Tuesday, 27 April 2010

Barclay James Harvest "Once Again"

Barclay James Harvest

"Once Again"
( LP Harvest Records, 1971 )
Catalog # SHVL 788

A1 - She Said
Written-By - Lees
A2 - Happy Old World
Written-By - Wolstenholme
A3 - Song For Dying
Written-By - Barclay James Harvest
A4 - Galadriel
Written-By - Lees
B1 - Mocking Bird
Written-By - Barclay James Harvest
B2 - Vanessa Simmons
Written-By - John Lees
B3 - Ball And Chain
Written-By - Barclay James Harvest
B4 - Lady Loves
Jew's Harp - Alan Parsons
Written-By - Barclay James Harvest

Personnel & Credits:
Conductor - Robert Godfrey
Engineer - Peter Bown
Leader [Orchestra] - Gavin Wright
Producer - Norman Smith

Released on a yellow/green Harvest label without EMI logo in a fold-out cover. The second pressing has such a logo.

The band's follow-up still finds it working very much in the vein of orchestral rock, largely driven by Stewart Wooly Wolstenholme's keyboards and the presence of the London Symphony Orchestra. The reach of the music exceeds the grasp of the lyrics, though — they lack the cold oracularity of Peter Sinfield or the allusive cleverness of Peter Gabriel. Still, there's some fine compositions here. "She Said" turns upon a keening opening Mellotron riff to develop into a slow-four dirge. "Song for Dying" shows off the band's fine ability at vocal harmonies, while the later concert standard, "Mocking Bird," shows a dramatic evolution from pensive acoustic guitar to a full-blown orchestral attack.
By Paul Collins
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