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I just love their sound
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3.0 out of 5 stars BJH's Last for Harvest
Baby James is a good but not an essential BJH album. The original's stripped down arrangements and hurried recording sound quality, due to record label pressures, are now compensated on this CD by re-mastering of the original, the 2002 remix of Woolly Wolstenholmes' epic orchestral composition "Moonwater", plus ten bonus tracks including the group's failed single...
Published on 28 Jan. 2009 by Musicat


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3.0 out of 5 stars BJH's Last for Harvest, 28 Jan. 2009
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Baby James is a good but not an essential BJH album. The original's stripped down arrangements and hurried recording sound quality, due to record label pressures, are now compensated on this CD by re-mastering of the original, the 2002 remix of Woolly Wolstenholmes' epic orchestral composition "Moonwater", plus ten bonus tracks including the group's failed single attempts at commercial success under the names of BJH and Bombadil!
"Crazy (Over You)", "Delphtown Morn" and "Summer Soldier" remain among some of my BJH favourites - the latter becoming a classic BJH number, especially live. "Crazy (Over You)" is a catchy opener featuring John Lees' multi-tracked guitar parts and Woolly Wolstenhome's mellotron. "Delphtown morn" starts off sounding like a northern acoustic folk song and ends with the brass section of Syd Lawrence's Orchestra blowing free - a real gem.
Baby James Harvest was the band's last of their four albums for the EMI Harvest label and the end of chapter that some would argue was their most consistent musically - future commercial success, made by extensive touring and the gaining of wider European audiences, brought with it musical and lyrical blandness.
For me BJH are at their superb best on the orchestral numbers, BJH's second and third albums "Once Again" and "Other Short Stories" or EMI "Harvest's "Mocking Bird: Best of BJH" are ideal places to start for newcomers who love beautiful haunting melodies, strong vocals and harmonies, multilayered guitars, mellotrons and symphony orchestras.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Flawed masterpiece, 14 Nov. 2002
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David Mantripp (Lugano, Switzerland) - See all my reviews
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Apparently the band ran out of money half way through this album, and it shows. It is the least "produced" of any BJH album - practically unplugged by BJH standards, but this is not always a bad thing. The general feel is quite bleak, but there is a fragile beauty throughout. The opener, Thank You, is a straightforward rocker, but the rest is stranger. Delph Town Morn and One Hundred Thousand Smiles have got a very North-Of-England-cold-sunlight feel. The brass helps - very unusual on a BJH album. Summer Soldier is a classic, but the version on BJH Live is better. Sounds a lot like Supertramp's (much) later Fool's Overture. The closing track, Moonwater, is the one time Wolstenholme really hits the target with his orchestral songs. It is gorgeous. I actually love this album, but I'm giving it 3 stars 'cos it's not for everyone, and because of the pointless extra tracks.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Feels as If the Band Were Going Through the Motions, 12 May 2014
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Mr. Peter Steward "petersteward" (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
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In most BJH favourite charts, Baby James Harvest scarcely gets a mention. After the pomp of their first album, the brilliance of Once Again and the majesty of And Other Short Stories, it is not difficult to see the reason for this. Baby James Harvest is an album I bought with great expectations. It was a huge disappointment. I kept looking for classic BJH but just getting pale imitations. Now 30 years on I have revisited. My opinion is that it isn't a bad album, but there is a lack of sparkle and drive and it feels as if the band were simply going through the motions.

The first thing you notice is that it contains just six songs - one of which Thank You is a poor attempt at getting commercial success and definitely one of the bands worst offerings. Delph Town Morn has some nice acoustic guitar work but then seems to lose itself.

The two best tracks are without a doubt Summer Soldier and Moonwater. The former was later covered very well on a live album. Here it could be accused of being over-long and slightly pretentious although I must admit I still enjoy it. Moonwater sees Woolly playing to his strengths. Overall, however, Baby James Harvest remains a disappointment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Don't download buy the CD, 6 April 2013
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C. J. Bennell (Telford, Shropshire United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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As regards the music love it!!! But I did a silly thing instead of ordering the CD I downloaded it and of course as you can only down load it as an mp3 at 320kb the sound quality is not as good as it could be. So price may a little less than the CD but there again it should be as the record company saves a pretty penny as they have no production costs as regards making and packaging, printing and making the CD. So I feel the price should be at least half the price of the CD. Plus and it is a big plus you are also getting an inferior product as regards sound quality, so 3 starts for the product but would give 5 stars for the music
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars, 7 April 2015
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I just love their sound
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