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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.49 | 8 ratings

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2 stars I have to agree with the previous reviews, this is rather poor and lazily done compilation. It does not fulfill the criteria that make a compilation good. First, no written info about the band, not even the album sources mentioned - so the new listeners are quite lost with this very uneven material; second, some really bad songs are included. Third, it could have been 15+ minutes longer. And fourth, the principles of the track selection could be more openly revealed, in this case the (sub)title of the album could have given the years 1969- 1973 because to name it just "The Collection" makes unjustice to the post-'73 output.

Though I have listened to most covered albums, I still was amazed how poor songs they have made. 'Thankyou' is an imbecile rocker that originally replaced written album credits. 'Good Love Child' was for me 5 minutes of embarrasment, begging it to stop. Four songs were new to my ears, nowhere near the best but neither the worst. What comes to the best of BJH's early years, of course many great songs are missing here. But there is 'Mocking Bird', 'Song for Dying' and 'Galadriel' from Once Again (their best album), 'The Iron Maiden' from debut and 'Medicine Man' from And Other Stories, all fine songs. Also many others are good ones, if only there weren't bad songs too... I bought this to my library, I hope at least some clients get interested in Barclay James Harvest by it. (My low rate concerns the overall edition; for the music itself it would be 3 stars.)

Matti | 2/5 |


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