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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

2.93 | 107 ratings

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3 stars Alright Down Get Woolly

This is the first Barclay James Harvest album without Wolly Wolstenholme but it is not as bad as people say! Sure, Alright Down Get Boogie is a truly horrible song, but it is hardly the first time Barclay James Harvest have included an awful song on an album, is it? Do you remember Loving is Easy from the last album? Friend of Mine from Gone to Earth? Believe in Me from Octoberon? etc. It was indeed something of a habit of theirs, and Alright Down Get Boogie is not any worse than those, horrible though it is.

The absence of Wolly cannot pass by unnoticed, he was often the one that kept the band at least broadly progressive. But the style of the band is here not yet transformed into the commercial band they later became.

The opener Love On The Line sounds very much like an Alan Parsons Project cut; would have fitted nicely on I Robot. It is alright, I suppose. But Sperratus and Play To The World are the highlights here, both very good songs with great guitar sound. The addition of sax gives a Pink Floyd feeling and sound.

Overall, this is a good album that I actually enjoy more than some earlier albums of theirs.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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