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BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST Through The Eyes Of John Lees - Nexus CD
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Correctly titled, Barclay James Harvest through the eyes of John Lees, this is BJH's lead guitarist teaming up with former BJH keyboard wizard Woolly Wolstenholm in this recording of new material and some re-recordings of BJH classics. Joining the pair were Craig Fletcher and Kevin Whitehead on bass and percussion respectively.
If we take the re-worked material first I guess whether you prefer the original or the re-worked version is obviously entirely dependant on personal opinion. None of the re-workings differ greatly from their original versions but songs like "The Iron Maiden" and "Hymn" certainly seem to sound fresher with the spruce up they receive. Standing out from the bunch is the superb "Titles" which gets an almost Oasis-like varnish, but still shines like a beacon amongst the other tracks.
Of the new tracks there are a couple of weaker offerings, "Festival" although probably meant in a jovial tone, fails to deliver and for me the clumsy lyrics to "Float" obscure the beautiful melodies and the gorgeous orchestrations that run beneath. "Brave New World" is a superb track although I prefer the slightly rougher version that appeared on a fan club free CD. "Star Bright", the final track on the album, is perhaps the best of both the old and the new though.
Leaving the comparisons between old and new aside it can certainly be said that the overall sound and tone of the album is far more like the classic 4-piece BJH of old than anything the trio produced post-XII.
As I say this was a landmark though, not least because it saw the follow on Nexus tour (and live album) which saw the first appearance on stage of both John and Woolly together for many a year. It could also be argued that this album also provided the catalyst for the subsequent Woolly-led Maestoso album "One Drop in a Dry World". It also provoked Les Holroyd to record his own "solo" album (with BJH drummer Mel Pritchard) "Revolution Days" and the following live album and DVD.
the Tide", but the prospect of hearing a renewed collaboration between
John Lees & Woolly prompted me to buy this CD from an auction site.
First impressions were that the revisited older songs were great but that
the new material was weak. Repeated listenings have changed my opinion
though and I now like the album a lot. The best part is that Woolly's
genius for creating an orchestral feel and for musical arrangement
is given free reign on the album.
It's always fascinating to hear reworked versions of familiar songs, and
each one on this album is approached differently. Iron Maiden is slower
than the original and is improved by the absence of the unsubtle, thudding
bass. Mockingbird (surprise!) features an gorgeous cornet solo in the outro, while Titles
has been extended and is stronger than before(I'm curious about the Oasis
reference included on this song). I question the choice of Loving Is Easy -
one of the band's more mediocre efforts with cringeworthy sexual-innuendo
lyrics, but they've created a nice laid-back feel on this version.
Of the new stuff, Festival is average but lively and Brave New World teeters on
the edge of sentimentality but has won me over. Shelf and Devils are
strong tracks with Woolly hallmarks. Float is an interesting track,
with the soft mellotron intro harkening back to the very early BJH
days before rolling into a deliberate, majestic chorus. On Star Bright, John
is in reflective mood providing a melancholy finish.
There's a bittersweet feel to the album - lyrics look back with affection
and sadness to times gone by, and the rerecording of old songs does
the same. Perfect then for an old fan who remembers "honey-scented
days" of 70's BJH at the Manchester Apollo.
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