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Roy Harper Bullinamingvase [Aka: One Of Those Days In England] album cover
2.99 | 38 ratings | 6 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Studio Album, released in 1977

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. One Of Those Days In England (Partt 1) (3:25)
2. These Last Days (4:26)
3. Cherishing The Lonesome (5:54)
4. Naked Flame (5:06)
5. Watford Gap (3:22) (*)
6. One Of Those Days In England (Parts 2-10) (19:27)

Total time 41:40

Bonus track on 1996 CD release:
7. Breakfast With You (2:42) (*) On LP 2nd pressing and US edition this song substitutes track 5

Bonus 7" Single on some LP editions:
1. Referendum
2. Another Day (Live)
3. Tom Tiddler's Ground

Line-up / Musicians

- Roy Harper / vocals, acoustic guitar, arrangements, co-producer

- Henry McCullough / guitar
- Jimmy McCulloch / guitar
- B. J. Cole / steel guitar
- Andy Roberts / guitar & vocals (3)
- The Vauld Symphony Orchestra / orchestra
- David Lawson / keyboards, electronic Fx, orchestra conductor, arrangements (1)
- Max Middleton / piano
- Skaila Kanga / harp
- Dave Cochran / bass
- Herbie Flowers / bass
- Percy Jones / bass
- Steve Broughton / drums
- Alvin Lee / guitar (1)
- Ronnie Lane / bass (1)
- John Halsey / drums (1)
- Paul McCartney / backing vocals (1)
- Linda McCartney / backing vocals (1)
- Dave Plowman / ?

Note: Some of the instrumentation could not be confirmed at this moment

Releases information

Artwork: Hipgnosis

LP Harvest - SHSP 4060 (1977, UK)
LP + 7" Harvest ‎- PSR 407 (1977, UK) With a bonus 7" single
LP Harvest 1 C 068-06336 (1977, France)
LP EMI 3C 064-06336 (1977, Italy)
LP Harvest 1C 064-06 336 (1977, Germany)
LP Chrysalis CHR-1138 (1977, US) Re-entitled "One Of Those Days In England", different track list

CD Science Friction HUCD021 (1996, UK) 20-bit remaster with a bonus track

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ROY HARPER Bullinamingvase [Aka: One Of Those Days In England] ratings distribution

(38 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(37%)
Good, but non-essential (37%)
Collectors/fans only (13%)
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ROY HARPER Bullinamingvase [Aka: One Of Those Days In England] reviews

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Review by fuxi
3 stars After the initial shock of seeing Roy Harper labelled as 'prog folk' had worn off (one usually thinks of Harper as a 'stoned beat poet singer-songwriter') it seemed 100% fair that at least SOME of his work be described as 'prog folk'. The label seems especially apposite to BULLINAMINGVASE, which is roughly contemporary with Jethro Tull's MINSTREL and shares many of its features, especially the 'streaky bacon' technique of alternating lyrical, acoustic passages with heavier, electric ones. Both albums contain a mixture of angry (or indignant), playful and melancholic tunes; melancholy being the dominant mood. Both Ian and Roy have a habit of writing lyrics which are usually meaningful but sometimes wilfully obscure: the simpler the emotion they try to convey, the more convincingly they come across. Finally, Harper's ten-part suite 'One of these Days in England' is similar in its structure and its changing moods to Ian Anderson's 'Baker Street Muse', although the Tull piece has a 'city' theme and Roy H.'s creation talks about the English countryside. So it's a fair guess that most admirers of folksy Jethro T. will also admire this (minor) Roy Harper masterpiece. One major difference: BULLINAMINGVASE is, of course, free of the extended instrumental variations (dominated by flute, lead guitar, bass and exhilerating drumming) which are, in my opinion, one of the main glories of MINSTREL (especially its original A-Side). BULL is predominantly vocal, but it does contain some (a lot!) of the freshest and loveliest acoustic guitar playing I'm aware of. As a singer, Roy Harper is particularly gripping when he sounds wistful or sad. 'These last days', for example, is a wonderfully wistful ballad, and 'One of these days...' contains some beautiful passages which evoke the feeling of everything slipping into History.
Review by Chris S
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2 stars Roy Harper always had moments of pure grandeur and other times inconsistency. For me 'Bullnamingvase' is one such album. The album opens with the very English "One of Those days in England" (part one I guess!) which canters along at a medium pace, overall a pleasant enough track but nothing earth shattering. The follow up song is beautiful "These Last Days" as is the concise "Naked Flame". The album ends with the 19 minute continuance of "One of Those days..." with Harper's poetical lust in abundance. Noteworthy contributions from Alvin Lee of Ten Years After fame on guitar and a certain Paul McCartney. I would recommend this for collectors only with 2 and a half stars.
Review by Sean Trane
2 stars also titled One Of Those Days In England, this is almost the last classic album of his. As the rest of his discography will be much wiser and conventional. Dave Lawson (Greenslade) on keys. Ambitious work that had to censored for defamation, this album is not really up to par with its predecessor
Review by GruvanDahlman
3 stars Roy Harper holds a real excentric and genuine talent. That goes, really, without saying. And while I do appreciate folk-rock and progressive folk my feelings towards the bulk of Harper's work are divided. The album prior to this one, HQ, is a great album, of sorts. I gave it four stars, mainly due to the outstanding ending, 'When an old cricketer leaves the crease'. So, I was really excited to hear this one. Supposedly this ought to hold similar brilliance. Having said this I guessed that it would also hold songs of less interest to me. I was right.

Being an anglophile I do love when songs hold that very specific british tone. The opener, 'One of those days in England', hits the spot perfectly. Sublime and gentle it really touches me. A great song that opens the album in the most humble of ways. The songs following are more or less in the same vein, folky songs with more or less complex arrangements. Though it need to be said, there are not any overly complex compositions to be found on the first four songs. They are simply great folk inspired songs with a hint of rock and splashes of prog. The only song I disapprove of is 'Watford gap'. It created some sort of stir back in the day but that does not make the song any better. I could easily live without that one.

And then it comes, the rumbling epic of 'One of those days in England (parts 2-10)'. This is the true progressive folk number of the album. In this epic work Harper throws in ideas of all sorts. It really is an accomplished number, tying the opener to the ending track by including the theme. There is a rock'n'roll section I disagree with but apart from that it is a really interesting and great track.

The real reward on this album is, really, 'One of those days in England (parts 1-10)'. Apart from 'Watford gap' there is not a bad song on here BUT apart from the 10-part epic the other tracks are too much in the same way. Nice to listen to but I forget them too easily. So, 'Bullinamingvase' is an interesting album and I really enjoy it but in the end I have to face the truth and I cannot give this album more than three stars. I recommend you to listen to the 10-part epic, though. That is truly brilliant stuff.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Prog Folk: a progressive rock subgenre. At least as defined by Prog Archives. But it amazes me that few grasp exactly what this infers, even with PA's definition. It's simply what it claims to be, a combination of progressive rock and folk rock. And few albums better exhibit this music ... (read more)

Report this review (#1477658) | Posted by SteveG | Monday, October 19, 2015 | Review Permanlink

4 stars I'm really surprised by the low rating the other reviewers have given this album. With any Harper album, there's bound to be a weak track on even his best albums; in this case, it's "Watford Gap" (it's not a bad song, just inessential). However, the rest of the tunes should appeal to fans of H ... (read more)

Report this review (#247044) | Posted by jude111 | Thursday, October 29, 2009 | Review Permanlink

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