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Once Again

Once Again

27 May 2002
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews

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  • Original Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Release Date: 1 Mar. 2003
  • Label: EMI UK
  • Copyright: 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd. This label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved. (C) 2002 Parlophone Records Ltd
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  • Total Length: 1:01:00
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  • ASIN: B001HZ47HY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 17 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,964 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)
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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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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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'Once again' is one of those albums like a fine wine, it get's better with age. Originally released in 1971 it still has the appeal that it had all those years ago. Right from the opener 'She said' to the closing 'Lady loves' this is classic progressive rock from a long underated band.
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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 symphonic/progressive rock albums on E.M.I's subsidiary label, Harvest. 'Never Again' (1971) is widely regarded as an overlooked masterpiece in the 'BJH' canon with several superbly crafted songs featured. The opener, 'She Said' (essentially 2 songs rolled into 1) lasts for a glorious 8 minutes ; there are heavy reminders of the Moody Blues (and even King Crimson) along the way and John Lees' cracking guitar work and 'Woolly' Wolstenholme's gorgeous mellotron sounds are both heavily featured throughout. There are 2 enduring classics here - the gentle 'Galadriel' and the stunning 'Mockingbird', which make full use of the orchestra directed by Robert Godfrey (who became one of the leading players in the enigmatic 'classical/progressive' rock band 'The Enid'). To my mind, there isn't a weak track here - 'Too Much On Your Plate', which didn't even make the final cut for this album's running order, is brilliant and could easily have replaced 'Ball and Chain' - make up your own mind. Overall, this is an classic album which is well worthy of finding its way into any progressive music collection. Recommended.
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