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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

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Easy Livin
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4 stars "Everyone's a loner till he needs a helping hand, everyone is everybody else"

This was BJH's first album for the Polydor label, who must have been delighted with what the band delivered. The album represents a subtle change of direction, with the heavier opening tracks "Negative earth" and "Child of the universe" indicating that the symphonic and orchestral influences apparent in their previous albums had been largely set aside in favour of a more rock orientated feel. This meant that the often cited Moody Blues similarities of their early albums were also less apparent.

"The great 1974 mining disaster", appears to be a "tribute" to the Bee Gees song of very similar name, with both lyrics and melody being uncomfortably close to that of the Brothers Gibb. "Crazy city" was one of their most commercial tracks to date (not a criticism!), and was therefore released as a single.

The album ends with a trilogy of tracks which join together to form a single piece. "Poor boy blues" and "Mill Boys" cleverly reverse 2 themes between their vocal and instrumental sections. These almost folk like songs give way to one of BJH's great powerful tracks, "For no one" (no relation to the Beatle song). The track crashes in, in similar fashion to "After the day" from "..and other short stories", with John Lees pleading vocals lifting the song to an impassioned climax. "Everyone's a loner till he needs a helping hand, everyone is everybody else".

A very complete album, which moved BJH's standing significantly further up the ladder.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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