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on 24 June 2011
This anthology of BJH is an incredibly rich collection of instantly appealling material, culled from the best of their recording career on the 'Harvest' label. While it's not a definitive collection, it does cover the ground from early singles and through their first four albums 'Barclay James Harvest', 'Once Again', 'Other Short Stories' and 'Baby James Harvest'. While there are those who prefer their subsequent albums on Polydor, this collection is awash with classic numbers. Included is the hauntingly soulful 'She Said', with John Lees keening guitar against the swooningly beautiful backdrop of doomed love; there's the post-apocalyptic regret and loss of 'After the Day', with Woolstenholme's keyboards, and Lees despairing vocal and anguished guitar solo. There's the shimmering beauty of 'Mocking Bird' itself, the plaintive wonder of 'Early Morning', and the superbly produced mystery of 'Medicine Man'.
However, this is only a small sample of the wonders which await you here. If you're new to BJH but enjoy quality music-making combined with sensitive, meaningful lyrics, you needn't hesitate: this is music for the heart & soul. Check out the music samples if you have any doubt, then grab this outstanding bargain while you still can!