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... AND OTHER SHORT STORIES

Barclay James Harvest

 

Crossover Prog

3.26 | 131 ratings

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Moogtron III
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3 stars Is there a bad Barclay James Harvest album? BJH always had a basic quality in song writing. There are very good albums, and less good albums, but no bad albums.

"BJH And Other Short Stories" is not one of their best albums, still it's a charming album. Once again they were using an orchestra, and the sound of the album is good.

So why is it not one of their better albums? Because there aren't many standout compositions on this album, not as much as on, for instance, "Everyone Is Everybody Else". Still, there are at least three compositions that are classics: Medicine Man, and the twin songs (albeit written by different persons) The Poet and After The Day. The latter two belong two the very best that BJH have ever written, so if you like BJH, you shouldn't miss this album at all. Actually, I bought the cd mainly because of those two songs, which some friend had taped for me some time ago.

If you buy the remastered version (which you really should, like with any of the Barclay albums: a lot of extra songs, interesting liner notes, and the original artwork is within the booklet, and I have the idea that the sound is much better, which can be an important factor in enjoying BJH) you find that there is also an alternative version of their classic song Galadriel.

Not one of their best albums, but if you like Barclay, it's still enjoyable from A to Z. And the last two songs are spine chilling. For me: maybe the best they have ever released.

Moogtron III | 3/5 |

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