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5.0 out of 5 stars A strong collection of songs
BJH are most famous for a series of excellent 1970s albums, and the famous Berlin Concert for the People. However, Turn of the Tide ranks with their best work featuring some beautiful songs from both John Lees and Les Holroyd. The sound is very different to their earlier work, being less guitar driven, and although the subtle use of synthesiser works as a sort of...
Published on 2 Sep 2001

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3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow Sadly Flat
Another formula album that hasn't greatly stood the test of time. Les Holroyd's compositions are rather insipid and John Lees seems to have lost some of his sparkle in a series of mundane pieces. There are three saving graces to the album, however, with Life is For Living one of the band's best songs of the pseudo-pop era and Lees does come up with In Memory of the...
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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A strong collection of songs, 2 Sep 2001
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This review is from: Turn on the Tide (Audio CD)
BJH are most famous for a series of excellent 1970s albums, and the famous Berlin Concert for the People. However, Turn of the Tide ranks with their best work featuring some beautiful songs from both John Lees and Les Holroyd. The sound is very different to their earlier work, being less guitar driven, and although the subtle use of synthesiser works as a sort of replacement for the mellotron, that defining aspect of the bands traditional sound is missing. 'Life is for Living' is probably the best known track here and is typical of the bands well written, pop influenced 80s output, although other highlights include 'Back to the Wall', 'Death Of A City' and the moving 'In Memory of The Martyrs'. The normal BJH practice of including songs by Holroyd and Lees, with each singing their own, continues here and helps to provide variety throughout the album. Both are excellent singers with Holroyd offering a more high pitched (not quite Barry Gibb high) foil to Lees' mid range and suprisingly flexible voice and despite these differences there is a cohesive feel to the album which was rare in the 80s. If you enjoy modern bands like Mercury Rev or BJH contemporaries like The Moody Blues and Camel, this (and other BJH material) is well worth exploring, and I would suggest that 'Turn of the Tide' is a very accessible and enjoyable starting point for a journey that covers 20 albums plus live and rare material. Take the risk, and dip your toes into the work of one of Britain's greatest and most under rated bands.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A very strong BJH album, 23 Sep 2006
This review is from: Turn on the Tide (Audio CD)
"Turn of the Tide" is BJH's second album following the departure of founding member Woolly Wolstenholme in 1979. Woolly was one of three writers in the band, with leanings towards classical music, and had brought that influence to bear on BJH's sound, particularly on their first four albums. By 1981 the band had become a major act in Germany and other countries of continental Europe;. This significant commercial success had been launched on the softer, more MOR sound of the "Gone to Earth" album, as compared with their earlier material. The scale of this success was never matched in the UK and the band developed the sound in subsequent albums to build on this new market.

The album saw the band near the pinnacle of its fame: it sold over 250,000 copies in Germany and was no.1 in Switzerland. Despite the fact that the band never recaptured Woolly's unique keyboard sound following his departure, this album has, unquestionably, the BJH-hallmark sound. The songs are well crafted and the keyboard arrangements, provided by session musicians Kevin McAlea and Colin Browne, often provide the "texture" and feel that are unique to BJH.

The songs work well together to give the whole album a cohesive feel. As on all the best BJH albums, there is a good mix of styles: from the pacey, guitar-driven "Highway for Fools", through the jazzy-feel of "Back to the Wall" and syncopated "Doctor, Doctor" to the joyous, poppy "Life is for Living". My personal favourites are the luxurious "Echoes and Shadows" and "Death of a City", which is a revisit to the subject matter of "After the Day".

In summary, a fine album which has stood the test of time. It deserves to be re-released!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A solid effort, 30 Jan 2013
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I know that many BJH fans don't rate this album among their favorites, but to me it's a solid album. Further, it was my first BJH purchase (along with "Eyes of the Universe"), so I did not miss Woolly Wolstenholme's input (who had left the band a couple of years earlier). It's a bit heavy on 80s-sounding synths, particulary on the opener "Waiting on the Borderline" and the radio hit "Life Is For Living", but it also contains the beautiful ballads "How Do You Feel Now" and "I'm Like a Train", the solid rocker "Death of a City", the dreamy "Echoes and Shadows" and the moving "In Memory of the Martyrs" (a personal favourite). Highly recommended for fans of melodic, well-produced 80s pop/rock.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I absolutely love the track - and not a bad album at ..., 11 July 2014
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Bought this for 'Life Is For Living' , having heard it on the radio. I absolutely love the track - and not a bad album at all.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Somehow Sadly Flat, 12 May 2014
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Mr. Peter Steward "petersteward" (Norwich, England) - See all my reviews
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Another formula album that hasn't greatly stood the test of time. Les Holroyd's compositions are rather insipid and John Lees seems to have lost some of his sparkle in a series of mundane pieces. There are three saving graces to the album, however, with Life is For Living one of the band's best songs of the pseudo-pop era and Lees does come up with In Memory of the Martyrs which sees him at his poignant best in a hefty song with biting lyrics and the wonderfully romantic How Do You Feel Now - as good a song as ever written about a new baby. Elsewhere the album is sadly flat without a great deal of interest.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic. I've been watching for this re- release for years!, 21 Mar 2014
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A top quality album. Great. Took me back in time. Happy days and excellent music. Very well re-mastered. The sound quality is top-notch.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Album, as long as you Delete Track 2..., 17 Mar 2014
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I discovered the delights of BJH in the year 1980 with the release of Eyes of the Universe, courtesy of the great Alan Freeman's radio show, and instantly went back into all the great stuff they'd done before. This put me in a state of great anticipation for their next album, which of course became Turn of the Tide. I recall being slightly disappointed with it overall but not being sure why exactly. It wasn't as good as Eyes that's for sure, although there was obviously a lot of great music on it. They even used Death of a City on BBC's Not the Nine O'Clock News program and I still can't hear that track without picturing Rowan Atkinson walking into a lamp post...
I would've played the vinyl a fair bit in the 80s but then probably didn't listen to the full album again for about 25 years, as the original CD release seemed to vanish and I only just got hold of this "remastered" reissue once the price had come down. (None of these Esoteric Remasters sound any different to the earlier Polydor disks by the way - save your money:)
As soon as I played the CD again I immediately knew what the problem had been with this album all along - Track 2 - "How Do You Feel Now? I feel sick, since you ask! What a bloody awful song that is. After a great atmospheric opening track from Les which should have set us up for an album of cerebral pop-rock classics, you get this boring, way too personal and literal insight into the lead guitarist's wife who's finally managing to squirt out a baby after years of "trying". What a picture that paints... And they were now attempting to be more commercial with this stuff? I'm obviously more cynical in my old age but what kind of Artie Fufkin record executive would've agreed to that kind of blatant self indulgence, even then?! Far too much Charlie going round in those days, obviously...
However, if you do delete that dreadfully duff track two, the effect on the rest of the album is highly redeeming - all the rest of the songs are very good to great apart from that stinker. They could even have sequenced it nearer the end of the album and done less damage, that's where most of John Lees' "novelty" songs were prone to appearing: think "Panic", "Inside My Night Mare" etc. To be fair on average I usually prefer John's songs even to those of Mr Holroyd, but what a different story this could've been with a real John Lees classic coming in burning on Track Two.
Well, I'm so glad I got that off my chest after all these years! I know, I really should get out more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nice, 26 Jan 2014
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A good album, from one of the finest bands ever...if that dont make you try this album....If you like quality music,that is
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4.0 out of 5 stars Lighter AOR, 25 May 2013
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Fairly light AOR on this one, they would rock harder further into the 80's. Still, some very strong tracks here. Worth owning for Back To The Wall alone !
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it!, 16 Feb 2013
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This was my second BJH album and to this day has always been my favourite. Great songwriting, good production values (even for the early eighties) and fortunately less Christian waffle made the original LP a frequent visitor to my turntable. This version does not loose much compared to the original album pressing, so I see this as a good investment.
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