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3.56 | 10 ratings | 2 reviews | 20% 5 stars

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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1992

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Medicine Man (3:56)
2. Someone There You Know (3:46)
3. Harry's Song (3:52)
4. Ursula (The Swansea Song) (2:53)
5. Little Lapwing (4:56)
6. Song With No Meaning (4:20)
7. Blue John Blues (6:49)
8. The Poet (5:33)
9. After The Day (4:04)
10. Crazy (Over You) (4:09)
11. Delph Town Morn (4:43)
12. Summer Soldier (10:23)
13. Thank You (4:23)
14. One Hundred Thousand Smiles Out (6:04)
15. Moonwater (7:22)

Total Time: 77:13

Line-up / Musicians

- Les Holroyd / vocals, basses, acoustic guitar, keyboards
- John Lees / vocals, guitars, percussion
- Mel Pritchard / drums, percussion
- Woolly Wolstenholme / keyboards, Mellotron, electric guitar, vocals

The Barclay James Harvest Symphonic Orchestra conducted by Robert John Godfrey (11-15)

Releases information

2CD Beat Goes On BGOCD 160

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(20%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(40%)
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Review by Easy Livin
SPECIAL COLLABORATOR Honorary Collaborator / Retired Admin
4 stars A tight squeeze for three and four

The band's third and fourth albums presented as a single CD. Once again, as with the pairing of the first two albums in a similar manner, there is little room to spare on this 80 minute CD.

These albums are more contrasting that the first two, but still sound good when heard as a complete package. They appear to have been remastered for this release, and the sound reproduction is certainly good.

I believe this particular release has now been deleted, having been replaced by re-releases of the original albums separately, but with bonus tracks. Well worth picking up though if you do not have the albums.

Review by Matti
3 stars BJH's first two albums are so gorgeous - especially Once Again (1971), best known for its perennial 'Mockingbird' - that it's hard for me to understand why these next albums are so much poorer to my ears. There are some fine tracks on both albums, though only very few comparable to the level of Once Again, and then there are several totally uninteresting ones with terribly lousy vocals.

The most ambitious track on Baby James Harvest must be Woolly Wolstenholme's Mahler-inspired 'Moonwater' scored for symphony orchestra, but I'm sad to say it doesn't really work. It remains pathetic and boring, and the frail falsetto vocals make any friend of 'real' orchestral vocal music (in which Gustav Mahler IS the greatest of all) shake his/her head. The second most ambitious track, 10-minute epic 'Summer Soldier' is among the cream of BJH, though as a bit shorter it would better keep the spirit up. In all the Baby album is very short with only six tracks, the rest four being of quite normal size. Three of them bore me to death and 'One Hundred Thousand Smiles Out' is pretty fine but somehow half-baked despite its grandiose lost-in-the-space melancholy.

And Other Stories is the better one of these. 'Medicine Man' - inspired by Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes - is a fantastic BJH classic that succeeds well in catching the spellbound atmosphere. Other highlights are 'Ursula (The Swansea Song)' which one could imagine to be a charming little Moody Blues song penned by Ray Thomas, and especially the final sequel of two songs, 'The Poet/ After The Day'. Here they reach the lyrical and emotional heights they did on Once Again and seem to be very uninterested of in the rest of these albums.

And Other Stories: ***+ / Baby James Harvest: **-

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