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4 stars This is a double-disc featuring the whole "Nexus"- Album plus "Revival" from Barclay James Harvest "through the eyes of John Lees"... and this means John Lees and Woolly Wolstenholme performing together after the 1979's split, which - especially live - is a pleasure to hear... stunning versions of "She said", "Galadriel", "Mocking Bird", "The Iron Maiden"... just look for the reviews of "Revival" ( and "Nexus" ). This release was not authorised by the band and they were not happy with it, so if you don't mind spending a little more money just go and buy the original releases on Eagle-records with the original Artwork and John and Woolly getting fair royalities !


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Posted Monday, January 9, 2006 | Review Permalink
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3 stars Old songs, new songs?., and new old songs

This is a straight combination of two releases by Barclay James Harvest Through The Eyes of John Lees into a budget label double album release.

The two albums concerned are the first studio album by this version of the band ("Nexus"), and their subsequent live album "Revival". Since the tour was naturally intended to promote the new studio album, this means that quite a few of the songs appear on this release twice. Ironically, since "Nexus" included some reworkings of old songs, this in turn means that tracks such as "Mocking bird" "The Iron maiden" and "Loving is easy" are among the duplicates.

The music is of course pleasant and is performed competently, but since there are no differences whatsoever between the two albums used to form this compilation and what actually appears here, I will simply point you towards reviews of those two albums for further information on the contents.

In terms of value for money, this is a worthwhile collection, retailing in the UK for about half the price of a standard CD.

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Posted Monday, May 22, 2006 | Review Permalink
3 stars Isn't bad but not good. Stop! This is my unconsistent impressions. Because this double CD is inconsistent. The new songs... Aren't good and the old song are strip of the magic. Ok? For me is a moderate good album because is a CD for who not know the BJH. Vice versa because spent money for this double CD? Because is a BJH CD. A double CD of one of the great Prog Dinosaur. For these reason is a good purchase. But in merit of the music isn't a good purchase. Purchase or not purchase this double CD compilation? This is the great dilemma. But if you bought this double CD compilation your heart not crying. Because this is a sort of "The Best Of...".
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