Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Barclay James  Harvest - Eyes Of The Universe CD (album) cover


Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.92 | 115 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

4 stars Yes, "Eyes" is an underrated one, it's got a great flow and tightness offering some of Les Holroyd's finest songs - hard to choose which of the four are best, but Prog-Lovers may, just as me, prefer "Play to the World" and "The Song ( they Love to sing )", while the Single "Love on the Line" has got a groove that can take you right into space... it was never recreated in concert that way... "Rock'n'Roll Lady" is another catchy one with fine guitars ) and, at least, two great ones by John Lees ( "Sperratus" is furious, recalling the spirit of BJH's best previous work, while "Capricorn" features some great bass-work to picked Guitar and a Tango-bridge... another underrated song to me, with lyrics making perfect sense to a "Capricorn" like me although they were rather fantasy-fun-work ).

"Skin Flicks" would have been far better with Woolly I believe, though I still like the reference to "Question" by the Moody Blues ( Anyone noticed that John Lees really STARTED hitting that note AFTER the critics wrote it ? Funny ! ). The only lesser one is "Allright down get Boogie", but, hey, it was the end of the 70s and it was FUN, nothing to take for granted...

All in all "BJH without Woolly" appeared to be colder but still very good then, I have to say that I still prefer that Album before Woolly's first "Maestoso" Album and it ranks among the other 70s-Classics of my favourite band, no wonder why it was such a smash in Germany where, by then, nearly everybody had ( and loved ) it and BJH where fashionable... can't give it less than 4 stars, Rupert

rupert | 4/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password


Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives

Donate monthly and keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever.