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BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST LIVE

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

4.40 | 103 ratings

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4 stars Tight but loose

This was BJH's first live album, released shortly after they switched labels from Harvest to Polydor. Consequently, many of the tracks are from their albums recorded for their former label.

The album kicks off with the majestic "Summer Soldier" from the "Baby James Harvest" album. This is as prog as BJH got, being a 10 minute piece in two distinct sections with a strong peace message, and a memorable guitar refrain. Next up, a stunning adaptation of "Medicine man". The studio version of this track, which appeared on the "..and other short stories" album, was a pleasant melodic opener with lush orchestration. Live, it becomes a thumping rock track with a great lead guitar solo.

The rest of the tracks are more faithful to their original counterparts, the highlights being "She said" and of course "Mockingbird", both from the "Once again" album.

The recording quality is adequate, if a bit flat, the subsequent "Live tapes" album being a vast improvement in that area.

An excellent summary of the band's early live performances, which demonstrates that the band were a "tight but loose" unit in that environment.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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