Barclay James  Harvest - BBC In Concert 1972 CD (album) cover


Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.52 | 22 ratings

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Tonny Larz
3 stars Barclay James Harvest live and with orchestra (conducted by Martyn Ford) in the BBC studios sometime in 1972.........and what better track to begin with than: "Mocking bird" a grandiose...nay.. sublime track ..which at the time elevated them to their well earned status.....a high profile light prog outfit (repeat that sentence after a few pints..ha..ha) ive always thought that Moody´s and Barclay J H...were kind of sugar and honey pop- prog.....but time eventually caught up with me....well at least concerning BJH. As the Moody´s NEVER said anything to me...sorry guys (and fans of the Moody´s) This is a wonderful document of a time forever gone!! I do not recall anything i was doing back then in 1972...but i was probably roaming through 2´hand record stores...trying to find prog/psych records that looked interesting...or better yet.....sitting in my small room trying to figure out.. the fine art of tuning your guitar !! Back to reality...this record is a document..and a beautiful one it is, at that!! Barclay James Harvest always had that boy- ísh sound....and id have to admit that its a wonderful record...for what its worth... its beautiful pop/prog ...well written songs...dare i say..well constructed songs....and here with symphony orchestra.....you cant beat that!! As i said... wonderful music...beautifully executed.......not essential (BJH fans excluded)...but still a sweet...beautiful....soft... prog/pop record.....for when your girl (or boy)friend needs comforting. BJH were never a "watch out for this solo" band....but hey they worked together... and thats a real quality in itself...dont you think !!??
Tonny Larz | 3/5 |


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