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LIVE TAPES

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

3.72 | 51 ratings

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Easy Livin
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4 stars BJH become Rock'n'roll stars!

A good record of BJH live during what was to be their most successful period. All of the tracks are taken from their Polydor albums, with the exception of the timeless "Mockingbird" from their second album, "Once again". There is therefore little overlap with the previous "Live" album in terms of the track listing.

The performances are pretty faithful to the studio recordings, but the sound is sharp and rich, representing a significant improvement in that area over the previous "Live" album.

"Rock'n'roll star" in particular benefits from the live performance, transforming from a good album track to a standout piece of driving rock with a full sound. The guitar work is especially noticeable throughout, exchanging the smoothness found on the original album for a much more cutting sound.

A good summary of BJH at their creative peak, caught performing live as a solid coherent unit.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |

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