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RING OF CHANGES

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

2.66 | 63 ratings

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lazland
Prog Reviewer
3 stars Reading an article on the band in the latest issue of Classic Rock Presents Prog made me dig out this album from 1983, the first one that I brought of the band.

By this time, the old stereotype of kaftans and hippie dreamers was long gone, and this album, especially, marked them out as seeking to pursue a lighter, prog inspired, pop direction.

It is not a masterpiece, but I do think it has been a little harshly judged on the site, because Lees and Holroyd have produced on this album some exceptional pieces of music.

The title track is brilliant, Paraiso Dos Cavalos an enjoyable nonsense, and I also enjoy the melancholic feel of Fifties Child.

However, the highlight of this, and one of the band's finest, is Waiting For The Right Time, a plaintive call to a loved one who simply will not, or cannot, respond. Set against a backdrop of light synths, gentle guitar work, and fine percussive work from the much missed Mel Pritchard, it is the type of track to which love should be made after a massive emotional moment such as making up after a huge fight.

By no means essential, this is a good album, and certainly one that fans of lighter prog will very much enjoy. They made better albums, but I suppose the first one you bought will always hold a special place.

Three stars.

lazland | 3/5 |

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