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Taking Some Time On: Parlophone Harvest Years

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  • Audio CD
  • ASIN: B00582GLBC
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
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BJH's Harvest years have been piecemeal chronicled so many times over so many titles and releases that you'd be forgiven for thinking this is just the next in an endless sequence. In fact what we have here is everything they committed to recorded media, presented chronologically, and even includes the Bombadil sideline experiment. Everything here is available on other CD sets, but not everything together in one place at one time. The running order, while chronological, means that original albums are interrupted and spread over adjacent discs, but this presents no problem if yu transfer everything to iTunes and use the "disc number" facility to ensure correct sequencing (how many people forget to do that??). We all have our favourite albums and mine is Other Short Stories.
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UK released 18 July 2011 - "Taking Some Time On: The Parlophone-Harvest Years (1968-73)" features 69-tracks across 5CDs and is housed in a double jewel case (with fold-out flaps on the inside for some of the discs). Here's a detailed breakdown of EMI/Harvest 5099908378826 (SHTW 802)...

Disc 1 (60:56 minutes)
Tracks 1 & 2 are "Early Morning" and "Mr. Sunshine" - the non-album A&B-sides of the band's debut UK 7" single released 26 April 1969 on Parlophone R 5693
3. So Tomorrow
4. Eden Unobtainable
5. Eden Unobtainable (May 1968 Version)
Tracks 3 to 5 are a 'BBC Top Gear Session' recorded live 23 April 1968
6. Night
7. Pools Of Blue
8. Need You Oh So Bad
9. Small Time Town
10. Dark Now My Sky
Tracks 6 to 10 are a 'BBC Top Gear Session' recorded live 30 July 1968
Tracks 11 and 12 are "Brother Thrush" and "Poor Wages" - the non-album A&B-sides of their 2nd UK single on Harvest HAR 5003 (released 20 June 1969)
Track 13 is "Mocking Bird" (May 1970 version at 6:17 minutes)
[Another version at 6:39 minutes is on the "Once Again" album on Disc 2]
14. Taking Some Time ON
15. Mother Dear
16. The Sun Will Never Shine
17. When The World Was Woken
Tracks 14 to 17 are Side 1 of their debut LP "Their First Album" released 5 June 1970 in the UK on Harvest SHVL 770

Disc 2 (62:42 minutes):
1. Good Love Child
2. The Iron Maiden
3. Dark Now My Sky
Tracks 1 to 3 are Side 2 of "Their First Album" (as per 14 to 17 on Disc 1)
Track 4 "I Can't Go On Without You" was a 'Bonus Track' on the expanded 2002 CD of "Their First Album"
5. She Said
6. Happy Old World
7. Song For Dying
8. Galadriel
9. Mocking Bird
10. Vanessa Simmons
11. Ball And Chain
12.
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One day, BJH will be truly recognised for their contribution to British experimental music from the early 1970's. When they moved to Polydor, their output was rather mixed as they tried to move towards a more mainstream sound. They then broke through in Europe and it felt like that influenced their output. Before all that, they began life on the Harvest label and to me, that is where they made their most lasting music. Presumably, this collection is called "The Parlophone Years" as they had already released a box set called "The Harvest Years". This is however, more comprehensive as it includes all their studio albums with Harvest and extras as live sessions with a few bits and pieces. The distribution of tracks has been done in chronological order. This results in the albums being spread across more than one disc: the primary victim being the first album. I assume that the argument against this is that with transfer to ipod's etc you can play around with orders etc anyway. It does seem a bit odd though. The music itself, is awash with sound, with the Mellotron being influential on a number of tracks. Sound and lyrics often alternate between a dark and oppressive sound (Dark Now My Sky or Song for The Dying) and quite powerful uplifting songs (Brother Thrush or Good Love Child). Each of the albums have their highlights and each will also have a track you will dislike: that is the nature of the sound they were trying to create. Overall though, for approx £15 you get 69 tracks from a groundbreaking band that don't deserve to be overlooked. Apart from the sequencing of tracks, the only other gripe is the "token gesture" of a booklet. A comprehensive set like this deserves more than a brief rehash of old info and the odd picture. Alas, Mel and Wooly have now passed away: whilst not recognised in their lifetime, they were very good musicians in their own right. Hope you buy it...and enjoy it, but it may take a few listens!
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I had already purchased Once Again and decided to get this set which also contains Once Again plus 4 more CDs of tracks from the other albums the band recorded from 1968 to 1973.
What I enjoy about Barclay James Harvest is the beautiful melodies and production they put into their music.
This box set is timeless with many great songs that really captivate and move me.
I am very glad I was able to discover Barclay James Harvest.
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There are many such boxes appearing which give a clutch of key albums at a reasonable price. Barclay James Harvest wer an underrated prog outfit often compared with moody blues but with their own sound. Can't fault the music on this box, but i wish more thought was give to the running order, so that albums aren't split onto 2 discs. Ok they were split on vinyl and can be played in sequence on mp3, but sometimes you want slap on a cd and listen to an album in sequence - I know I do. I'd still recommend this set as any cds are a great listen, and there's much great music here, but lacking the cohesiveness of some individual albums. So great music, but compilers take note - albums are more important than strict chronology. Robin Trower set makes same mistake, but again the music is great.
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