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Barclay James Harvest, John Lees Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (14 Oct 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Esoteric Antenna
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 55,803 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  3. In Wonderland 5:490.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. On Leave 9:110.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. The Real Deal 5:480.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. On Top of the World 5:400.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. Unreservedly Yours 4:510.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. North 8:290.89  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. The End of the Day 2:340.89  Buy MP3 

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Esoteric Antenna are pleased to announce the release of the eagerly awaited new studio album by John Lees Barclay James Harvest - "North". The album (featuring all new material) draws on the fine musical heritage of Barclay James Harvest whilst bringing the BJH legacy up to date with expansive compositions and thoughtful lyrics. The band s roots in rural north-west England are explored on the album s title track, along with another extended piece, On Leave . The album also includes the recent digital single "Unreservedly Yours" and "Ancient Waves", a song performed live in more recent times. North continues the Barclay James Harvest story and is the strongest work to emerge from the band in many years, a true group effort by John Lees, Craig Fletcher, Jez Smith and Kevin Whitehead. The album release is supported by an extended UK tour by the band in November 2013

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File : BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST. 2013 album from BJH founder featuring 9 brand new tunes including 'Ancient Waves'.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A mixed bag 27 Jan 2014
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I love BJH and have all their releases in my collection. Was really looking forward to this release, but to be honest I was somewhat dissapointed with this. A couple of songs are okay, but in general they are sub-standard. Moreover, the production is poor. Supposedly, they have tried out a new sound, but it won't win them any new fans. Hopefully, this will not turn out to be this legendary band's swansong. They don't deserve to be remembered like this. New fans are strongly advised to look elsewhere.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Over-rated,but decent enough. 10 Jan 2014
By The Soft Machine Operator TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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John Lees experiments a bit with a slightly jazzy sound on this album - there's a Steely Dan sound to the 'grumpy old man' lyrics of In Wonderland, but the rest is a mish-mash of the 1980s sound with a couple of excellent quite 'proggy' songs. Ancient Waves is a familiar sounding track with decent lyrics that could have come straight off an 80s album, whilst If You Were Here now is a fairly dull middle of the road rock song. The Real Deal a typical rock number similar to 'cheap the bullet'... On Top of the World is a ballad backed by brass about the loss of the coal mines, sung with a weird US style accent: it's a well trodden path, and let's face it, not many people want to work in coal mines anymore.

The highlights of the album are On Leave and North, both epic tracks that are highly reminiscent of the earlier BJH sound with sweeping orchestral sounds. Unreservedly Yours is a cheerful enough, Celtic tinged pop song.

Overall, it's a decent enough album, but suffers from the same problem as many BJH albums: inconsistent. The vocals by the other singer (John Lees sings on half the tracks) are wrong - sung in a strange American rock accent.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Worthless 1 May 2014
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John Lees has never made a decent solo album, and that is what this is. He doesn't have enough good songs to do it. He needs to work with Les Holroyd; between the two of them they can just about manage an album.

Much of this is dreadful. A track starts with a hokey synthesised chord ... and holds it, interminably, while we marvel at how it is both uninteresting and unnatural. Production is dreadful. It frankly sounds like a pub band, and the standard of composition is no better.

I really wanted to like this. But it came along with Asia's "Gravitas" in the post, and there is no comparison.

Save your money.
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2.0 out of 5 stars John Lees with a BJH sticker slapped on it 27 April 2014
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Mel Pritchard must be turning in his grave at the thought of this album being associated with Barclay James Harvest. I wish Lees would simply release material under his own name so that the legions of BJH fans would know that they were paying for the B team. Les Holroyd being the main driving force behind most of the bands best work. In short this is not a good album. It is in essence Lees playing around with different musical styles from Jazz ( at which he is particularly bad ) to soft folk rock ( at which he is decent ) and the album as a whole comes across as confused and not knowing exactly what it wants to be. An insult to the great band that BJH used to be.
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant new album from BJH 16 Oct 2013
Format:Audio CD
I have just received the deluxe version of the new album with the live concert cd and I must say what a wonderful album North is. It certainly grows on you after a couple of plays. This is a must for lovers of their 1970s style albums, but with a modern feel. Good songs, clear vocals and well played instruments. Particularly liked the title track North and the live version of After the Day on disk 2.
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11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "North" Simply fantastic 18 Oct 2013
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Having been a lifelong fan of BJH, through the highs and lows, been to all the tours and endured the breakup of my favourite band. OK so maybe I'm biased but John Lees Barclay James harvest have kept true to all that was and still is BJH. I have never "got" the Les Holroyd version of BJH but with this album John Lees BJH have created the best BJH album in years. It literally brings tears to my eyes to listen to it, I cant put it into words just how this makes me feel! If you are or ever were a fan of BJH get this album now, I can say no more!
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once Again, Brilliant ! 14 Oct 2013
By ronto
Format:Audio CD
This is the best album by any version of Barclay James Harvest since their seventies classics.
If this was a debut by an unknown band I am sure that it would be voted album of the year by many rock critics.
The band still sound as classy as ever but the songs flow together in a way that they haven't done for a very long time.
Original guitarist John Lees has always been a superb guitar player and he still has a fantastic voice.
Craig Fletcher is also a great bass guitarist and we also hear his lead vocals on several songs, the chorus of the title track is sublime.
Kev Whitehead on drums and Jez Smith on keyboards complete the band.
Each member of the band have contributed to the writing and arranging of the songs and it is a true group effort.
This is the first new album since the death of mellotron genius Woolly Wolstenholme, I am sure that he would be very proud of North.
I would not hesitate to award this album 10/10.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars North great music 18 Oct 2013
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I have been a BJH fan for years have all their albums. I have seen them in concert 3 times and I have met the late sadly missed Woolly Wolstenholme in Manchester in 2001.Woolly would be proud of this. my favourite track is ON LEAVE. The bonus cd just shows how JOHN,CRAIG,JEZ and KEV play all the BJH CLASSICS LIVE great. Hope it is not to long for another album from this great band.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Only one really great track
Pretty run of the mill stuff here - apart from the track 'On leave' which is exceptional - complex, haunting, a great prog rock classic in the making.
Published 3 months ago by Mr. D Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, but not BJH
I enjoyed this album very much, but it fails to reproduce - as I understand was intended, the authentic early Barclay James Harvest sound. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars well done John Lees
having been an on off fan for years found this cd very good well worth buying needs a couple plays to get into it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Roy Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Some classic BJH songs
Great variety of tracks, very atmospheric and some with that haunting but amazing Mellotron! Echoes from the past no longer the poor man's Moody Blues!
Published 5 months ago by Rick
4.0 out of 5 stars Barclay are back
If you started listening BJH in the early seventies and grew to become a dedicated fan of their beautiful music, then you might want to add their latest Double CD to your... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Hans-Joerg
5.0 out of 5 stars A great return after almost 15 years .
A very deserved homage dedicated to Mel Pritchard and Woolly Wolstenholme , founders members of BJH . A very good album from John Lees and his band .
Published 6 months ago by Armando
1.0 out of 5 stars Embarrassing

"Do you know these?" asked a high school friend of mine, enthusiastically clutching two vinyl records. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Jose L. Teixeira Ribeiro
3.0 out of 5 stars john lees solo album ?
This not really up to true bjh standards but then is this band truly bjh when
the only original member is john lees ? still a good album on its own merits
Published 6 months ago by paul griffiths
5.0 out of 5 stars This one is a grower
I had the opportunity to see the band in Edinburgh last month and it was a great concert. The band played older songs and a selection from this album. Read more
Published 7 months ago by JA Black
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