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Time Honoured Ghosts

2 Jun 2003 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2003 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
  • Record Company Required Metadata: Music file metadata contains unique purchase identifier. Learn more.
  • Total Length: 42:57
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  • ASIN: B001KGU4YA
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 42,000 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By alextorres on 10 Dec 2006
Format: Audio CD
This album became my favourite as soon as I first heard it at the age of fifteen in 1975 and it has been the "no.1" ever since.

I was doing some homework one Saturday afternoon with the radio on - it was Alan Freeman's show and he played a song called One Night from Time Honoured Ghosts. Its effect on me was like always having lived in a dark room, then someone coming along and turning on the lights!

On first hearing One Night, here was the music I'd always been waiting to hear! Unhurried, melodic, perfectly composed and arranged. John Lees sang the poignant, sympathetic lyric about prostitution with real heartfelt feeling and laced the music with gorgeous lead guitar phrasing. The overall effect was magical.

The album did not disappoint: In My Life launches it in great fashion at a lick with pacey guitar phrasing and a storming couple of verses , before the song slows in its middle section, picking up the pacey guitar again on the outro. All the songs had, and still have, immense appeal. The two main song-writers in the band (John Lees and Les Holroyd) contribute four songs apiece with Woolly Wolstenholme, the Mellotron and keyboards maestro, chipping in with one short, punchy number, Beyond the Grave. The formula of alternating John's and Les's songs on the album was a successful, oft-repeated one, for the band: the continuous contrast between their slightly differing voices and song-styles enhancing the listening pleasure.

This music is not hard rock, nor could you dance to it. The fact that The Beatles are a big influence on the band is obvious from John's clever tribute song Titles, whose lyrics are made up from Beatles's song titles.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By BobM on 23 Oct 2010
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BJH....an underrated band in their own country, so much more popular in Europe.
My brother introduced me to their music in the early 70's, and we both had pretty much every one of their early albums.
I recall listening to them on the headphones through my record player, in glorious stereo!
This is my second favourite album, Everyone is Everybody Else being my favourite.
This though stands alongside that album very well......superb songs, with John Lees' expected high standard of guitar playing, and Wolstenholme's keyboards (and mellotron) on top notch form.
I recommend this to any BJH fan out there!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Hades on 9 July 2009
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Well I remember getting this in the mid 70s from Britannia Music on a trial.(God bless em or I'd never have come to know BJH)....This is their best album ever. Falling asleep to this playing on the record player (vinyl) ensured I had the best siesta every time. Real haunting thoughtful stuff. Worth getting the vinyl version just for the album cover alone, which must rate as one of histories finest. We lost so much of the *art* when we went down to CD size.

Their second best album was *Everyone is everybody else*

The post 70s stuff seems to have turned a bit weird to me, and not very joined up somewhow.

RIP Mel....the drummer who died in 2004.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jeremy S on 14 Nov 2012
Format: Audio CD
I recently bought this re-issue, having virtually forgotten about Barclay James Harvest. Once you get past its modest production, mundane song titles and (let's face it) variable quality of the lyrics, This CD is actually rather good. The ambience and atmosphere are uniquely delicate for a rock group. This is a band who turned fragility into an asset: you can almost imagine them disintegrating mid-song (in a pleasant way)! Of course the album was originally released in the mid seventies when macho rock titans still ruled, and BJH must have looked and felt a bit out of place with their gentle balladry. Ironically, their fortunes improved (especially in continental Europe) during the punk movement, which is probably not a coincidence: they were a perfect antidote to the harsh thrash of punk! (it is interesting that a lot of 'soft rock' bands peaked in the late seventies after punk was supposed to destroy them).

It would be disingenuous to claim that the music hasn't dated, particularly as several tracks feature the sound of the mellotron, a staple of Seventies prog rock (played compellingly by Woolly Wolstenholme, who was a singular talent). But the overall effect is surprisingly powerful. There is not a bad song on the album, with standouts being Jonathan (with a deeply affecting outro) and Moongirl, with its delicate vocals and melodies. These are two of Barclay James Harvest's finest compositions. In My Life is a strong opening track, and Hymn For The Children features a remarkable guitar sound.

Some other BJH albums have one or two token hard rockers, which sound a bit false to me. This hasn't, really. For that reason I think it is their purest, truest and best!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By theAmazonian on 27 Aug 2011
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one of their best albums( mid 70s) as they do each song in the style of other well known groups without abandoning their own sound - very clever, these midlands rockers have been going since 1968 and are still good value
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer of AMAZON-UK on 28 April 2004
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This edition from last year (June 2003) has an added bonus, a tenth track, originally on 'Everyone Is Everybody Else' (June 1974)

Tracks:

1. In My Life
2. Sweet Jesus
3. Titles
4. Jonathan
5. Beyond The Grave
6. Song For You
7. Hymn For The Children
8. Moongirl
9. One Night
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