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BJH THROUGH THE EYES OF JOHN LEES: NEXUS

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

3.04 | 34 ratings

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matt
4 stars After the River Of Dreams tour in 1997, BJH decided to take a sabbatical. In other words, John Lees and Les Holroyd were "allowed" to pursue "solo" projects under the name of "BJH through the eyes of John Lees" and "BJH featuring Les Holroyd". Later on, this way of using the name Barclay James Harvest led to great confusion amongst the audience.

Nexus is John Lees's project. On this album he worked together with BJH-founder member and master-of-arrangements Woolly Wolstenholme.

The record company (Eagle) obviously wanted them to re-record BJH-Hits and record new material. So this album is a strange combination between a greatest hits album and a new record.

Amongst the re-recorded classics are Mocking Bird (proving Mr Godfrey wrong!), Hymn, Titles (definitely better than the original!) and Loving Is Easy (groovy!). They are good versions, capturing the essence of those songs whilst being different enough to justify the re-recording.

The new songs are Festival (a rather strange but interesting rock-number), Brave New World (probably closest to latter-day BJH-material), Float (dark and moody Woolly stuff), Sitting Upon A Shelf, The Devils That I Keep and Star Bright (classic John Lees!).

A return to form, particularly inspired by the return of Woolly Wolstenholme.

| 4/5 |

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