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  • Audio CD (27 May 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000063980
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
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Product description

1 x CD Album, Reissue, Remastered
UK & Europe 2002

Original Album
1 - She Said (8:21)
2 - Happy Old World (4:41)
3 - Song For Dying (5:02)
4 - Galadriel (3:15)
5 - Mocking Bird (6:39)
6 - Vanessa Simmons (3:46)
7 - Ball And Chain (4:49)
8 - Lady Loves (4:07)
Bonus Tracks
9 - Introduction - White Sails (A Seascape) (1:43)
10 - Too Much On Your Plate (5:29)
11 - Happy Old World (4:40)
12 - Vanessa Simmons (3:47)
13 - Ball And Chain (4:48)

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"Once Again" is Barclay James Harvest's classic second album, recorded in 1971. It is a brilliant album, criminally underrated by the rock press but universally loved by their fans, irrespective of the era during which they actually came to know the band.

It contains some timeless classics, of course: there's the brilliant "Mocking Bird" - heard here in its original form with Robert Godfrey's vibrant orchestral arrangement - the song which was to become one of the band's best loved and an ever present in the live set (they're still performing it now!); the gorgeously atmospheric and peaceful "Galadriel", also performed with the orchestra and also still to be heard live today; and the powerful opener "She Said", which brings the album to life with its powerful guitar chords and catchy chorus before introducing a beautifully melodic recorder (yes, recorder!) solo, which leads into a stirring lead guitar solo from John Lees as the song once more builds to a crescendo in the finale. Stirring stuff!

The melodic writing is first class and is the thread that unites these songs together, whether they be rocky, like "Ball and Chain", tending towards folky like "Vanessa Simmons " and "Lady Loves" (which features Alan Parsons guesting on jews harp) or the orchestral numbers already mentioned.

The album also features a couple of "conscience" songs, something that would become a trademark of BJH with at least one such number featuring on most of their studio albums. On this album we have an "environmental" song, "Happy Old World", with its clever key change in the chorus, and "Song for Dying", a short but powerful anti-war song - both were to be recurring themes in BJH's long history.
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By Sentinel TOP 500 REVIEWER on 3 Jan. 2011
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The other reviews comprehensively cover the strengths and individual merits of tracks on this magnificent slice of early 70's progressive rock, so I'll only underline the doomed glory of 'She Said' with its spacey guitar sound, achingly beautiful recorder solo, and yearning lyric, and point to the velvet melodic wonder of 'Galadriel' and 'Vanessa Simmons', the haunting percussion on 'Mocking Bird', and the mellotron-dominated 'Song for Dying'. The edgy, bluesy 'Ball & Chain' in the only song that sits uneasily within this beautifully textured collection of tales of love lost & found, and I agree with the reviewer who found the extra tracks out of context here. If you want to investigate the world of 'prog rock', this is a very accessible and melodic place to begin: even the lyrics capture that essential bittersweet quality. What a steal at the price!
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By Peter Steward TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 10 May 2014
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There may not be such a thing as the perfect piece of music or the perfect album and of course it's all down to personal taste and opinion. For me this is simply sublime. It is simply by far and away my favourite album of all time as you will find if you follow my musical links throughout our pages. It is hard to put into words the importance of this album to me. It contains my favourite three BJH songs - Mocking Bird, She Said and Galadriel and has an overpowering beauty. It has an unthinkable beauty. I just have to listen to this album to be reduced to tears - and that doesn't happen lightly.

There has never been an album to equal this one for mood setting. It reminds me vividly of a part of my life long since gone. I love to play it late at night on headphones and with all the lights off. Then the swirling melodies remind me of great times. To me this is as perfect as rock music gets. Virtually ignored by the critics, it is a wonderful collection of prog rock that in my eyes will never be equalled or surpassed.
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Once Again is probably the album that defines early Barclay James Harvest. Grand in its concept, lush in its orchestration, it marries quasi-classical arrangements with hard rock and unforgettable tunes. Standout tracks include the mighty She Said, the stately Mockingbird and the enchanting Galadriel, a song guaranteed to make your heart soar. For me, BJH didn't do anything quite as good as Once Again; it stands out as an unique testament to the musicality of John Lees, Stuart Wolstenholme, Les Holroyd and Mel Pritchard. While their later work continued on the themes laid down on Once Again, nothing quite matched up to its glory. For anyone wanting to see if the union of classical and rock can work, Once Again is the place to start.
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By A Customer on 26 Nov. 1999
Format: Audio CD
If you are buying this version of "Once Again", please bear in mind that this Brimstone release is the QUADRAPHONIC version - i.e. this CD contains the quadraphonic mixes that were made of "Once Again". These mixes are quite different to the 1971 stereo mixes that appeared on the original album, and on the other CD versions you can buy.
The quad mixes were made without the involvement of the band, the producer Norman Smith or any of the original engineers - in those days the record label was all-powerful!!! They were released on an SQ-format quad LP in 1973, which is a highly collectable item today.
However, for lovers of this album, this is really a rare treat. Some of the quad mixes work incredibly well, and you can hear additional guitar, vocal, percussion, keyboard and orchestral parts that were mixed out of the stereo version.
The thunderous "Ball and Chain" seems to have about eight extra guitars soloing away, whilst the ethereal "Happy Old World" benefits enormously from the quad treatment.
"Galadriel" and "Mockingbird" fare rather less well, as the sentimental nature of Robert Godfrey's orchestral arrangements are thrown under a rather harsher spotlight - i.e. you can hear some of the over-fussy twiddly bits that were mixed out of the original album!!
For lovers of "Once Again" this album is wonderful fun; you can spend ages finding differences between the two versions.
For lovers of 70's nostalgia there is the added bonus of the original liner sleeve (explaining the SQ Quad system) reproduced inside.
Oh, and the album itself - well it's arguably the finest album that was ever released on the Harvest label, and most definitely the finest ever fusion of rock and classical music.
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