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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

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The Runaway
5 stars This album is epic in so many ways! Alot of keyboards on this one, so you guitar proggies better get used to Ye Olde Mellotron for this album. That doesn't mean there aren't excellent guitar riffs on this album, it's just that this album is way more keyboards than guitars.

The opening track on this album is a classic, which you probably have heard on the radio before (if you listen to the radio, that is), is called Child of the Universe, a beautiful anti-war song written by Barclay James Harvest's guitarist, John Lees. The next few tracks are less Prog like and more Folky than other BJH songs and albums, then come the last three songs of the album, Poor Boy Blues, Mill Boys, and another excellent anti-war song, For No One.

Poor Boy Blues sounds like a blues song, but with a little Prog to it and not really the basic 12- bar you'd expect on a blues song (not saying every song featuring the word Blues is a Blues song). Mill Boys is sort of a Folk-Country song, different from the previous songs on the albums. Mill Boys has a sort of poppy feel to it, a mainstream feel, but we then discover it is only a prelude to the great track which bookends the album, For No One. For No One is another anti-war song written by Lees, sung about how everybody keeps leaning towards war, and never really care about peace. The song features fantastic guitar work by Lees, with the second guitar solo fading out, and ending the album.

This album is a masterpiece. Do not get Baby James, Gone To Earth, XII, Barclay Jamese, or any other BJH album before you get this one. This one is THE Barclay James Harvest album.

The Runaway | 5/5 |


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