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RING OF CHANGES

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

2.67 | 64 ratings

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SouthSideoftheSky
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Symphonic Team
2 stars Turn Of The Tide with an orchestra added

With Ring Of Changes, Barclay James Harvest continued with the same general approach as on the previous Turn Of The Tide album. The major difference is the presence here of a symphonic orchestra which marks the first time the band worked with an orchestra since their early days. Anyone who knows the history of the band, knows that their early "trade-mark" was to mix orchestra with their Rock music. I actually think that they blend the orchestra with the Rock instruments at least as good here as they ever did back in the days! But that doesn't help much if you don't have any good songs and it is in the song writing department that the main problem lies here.

There are, however, a couple of good songs here. My favourites being Paraiso Dos Cavalos and the closing title track. These are both of the same type as In Memory Of The Martyrs which was the best song from the previous album. But there is not much here to elevate this album above decent. As usual there are also a real stinker in Just A Day Away (Forever Tomorrow) which is truly disgustingly bad!

Only for fans and collectors

SouthSideoftheSky | 2/5 |

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