- 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)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 104,617 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Once Again Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
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1 x CD Album, Reissue, Remastered
UK & Europe 2002
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)
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)
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Before 'BJH' became a somewhat predictable 'stadium rock' act during their long tenure with Polydor records, the band produced a number of really rather innovative... Read morePublished on 19 Feb. 2015 by Prog Rob
another excellent addition to my collection of BJH material excellent compositions.Published on 12 Nov. 2014 by sb
Nice proggy album full of nostalgia for me. I now have Mocking Bird as my ringtone but She Said would have done as well.Published on 6 Oct. 2013 by N. D. White
Take some time on to listen to this album it is a great listen and the musicianship and production is greatPublished on 17 April 2013 by A. Gordon
It comes from a period where the music unfortunately sounds slightly dated. In addition, the lack of a lively opener and the fact that the album pretty much finishes at the track... Read morePublished on 7 Dec. 2011 by sussexbowler
This is a fine album and also a rare one in that the bonus material is also good, put it on with your headphones and enjoy the quality of the music as a collective and the... Read morePublished on 24 Oct. 2011 by Manoerwar
Had this on vinyl back in the 70s and had been thinking about buying it again for some time. My only doubt was whether it would have stood the test of time and my changing tastes. Read morePublished on 8 July 2011 by sctrainer