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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

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Tonbridge Man
4 stars BJH probably hit the peak of their popularity in the UK in the mid 70's although later they became even more popular in parts of Europe. Their style is melodic rock/soft prog. Their albums as reviewers above have said contains various influences to which for this album I would add Genesis, particularly evident in the most prog track Wolstenholme's Beyond the Grave and in their use of choral mellotron effects on some of the other tracks. The opening track In My Life is one of John Lees's best with a great guitar riff. Equally good is Les Holroyd's Sweet Jesus. A feeling of melancholy pervades some of the tracks on the album but they are mostly beautifully written by Lees and Holroyd at the height of their powers. Incidentally Titles seems as if it was conceived partly as a kind of tribute to the Beatles and to me it seems to suggest a nostalgia for that era evident even in 1975 when this album was released. The closing track One Night is another fine John Lees number which fades out in haunting style.

This album is maybe not quite the complete classic the previous studio album was but would make an excellent addition for any soft rock fan who enjoys symphonic prog.

Tonbridge Man | 4/5 |


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