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Turn on the Tide

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  • Audio CD (4 Feb. 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B000006SQ5
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 272,155 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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BJH are most famous for a series of excellent 1970s albums, and the famous Berlin Concert for the People. However, Turn of the Tide ranks with their best work featuring some beautiful songs from both John Lees and Les Holroyd. The sound is very different to their earlier work, being less guitar driven, and although the subtle use of synthesiser works as a sort of replacement for the mellotron, that defining aspect of the bands traditional sound is missing. 'Life is for Living' is probably the best known track here and is typical of the bands well written, pop influenced 80s output, although other highlights include 'Back to the Wall', 'Death Of A City' and the moving 'In Memory of The Martyrs'. The normal BJH practice of including songs by Holroyd and Lees, with each singing their own, continues here and helps to provide variety throughout the album. Both are excellent singers with Holroyd offering a more high pitched (not quite Barry Gibb high) foil to Lees' mid range and suprisingly flexible voice and despite these differences there is a cohesive feel to the album which was rare in the 80s. If you enjoy modern bands like Mercury Rev or BJH contemporaries like The Moody Blues and Camel, this (and other BJH material) is well worth exploring, and I would suggest that 'Turn of the Tide' is a very accessible and enjoyable starting point for a journey that covers 20 albums plus live and rare material. Take the risk, and dip your toes into the work of one of Britain's greatest and most under rated bands.
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"Turn of the Tide" is BJH's second album following the departure of founding member Woolly Wolstenholme in 1979. Woolly was one of three writers in the band, with leanings towards classical music, and had brought that influence to bear on BJH's sound, particularly on their first four albums. By 1981 the band had become a major act in Germany and other countries of continental Europe;. This significant commercial success had been launched on the softer, more MOR sound of the "Gone to Earth" album, as compared with their earlier material. The scale of this success was never matched in the UK and the band developed the sound in subsequent albums to build on this new market.

The album saw the band near the pinnacle of its fame: it sold over 250,000 copies in Germany and was no.1 in Switzerland. Despite the fact that the band never recaptured Woolly's unique keyboard sound following his departure, this album has, unquestionably, the BJH-hallmark sound. The songs are well crafted and the keyboard arrangements, provided by session musicians Kevin McAlea and Colin Browne, often provide the "texture" and feel that are unique to BJH.

The songs work well together to give the whole album a cohesive feel. As on all the best BJH albums, there is a good mix of styles: from the pacey, guitar-driven "Highway for Fools", through the jazzy-feel of "Back to the Wall" and syncopated "Doctor, Doctor" to the joyous, poppy "Life is for Living". My personal favourites are the luxurious "Echoes and Shadows" and "Death of a City", which is a revisit to the subject matter of "After the Day".

In summary, a fine album which has stood the test of time. It deserves to be re-released!
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I know that many BJH fans don't rate this album among their favorites, but to me it's a solid album. Further, it was my first BJH purchase (along with "Eyes of the Universe"), so I did not miss Woolly Wolstenholme's input (who had left the band a couple of years earlier). It's a bit heavy on 80s-sounding synths, particulary on the opener "Waiting on the Borderline" and the radio hit "Life Is For Living", but it also contains the beautiful ballads "How Do You Feel Now" and "I'm Like a Train", the solid rocker "Death of a City", the dreamy "Echoes and Shadows" and the moving "In Memory of the Martyrs" (a personal favourite). Highly recommended for fans of melodic, well-produced 80s pop/rock.
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This B.J.H album from the 1980`s is one of there best..
along with the Victims album from 1984 i played them furiously at all times, until i left this album on the back seat of a taxi and never saw it again..
I have looked tirelessly for many years to replace `turn of the tide` but was rewarded last week and re-united with this old remembered and re-released classic and straight on it went..
Well what can i say about the songs?
If you are a devoted fan of b.j.h you will just go buy it to add to your collection "we just do don`t we"
If you are a virgin to B.J.H then i advise you listen to "Victims of Circumstance" 1st as this is a better album..
This album like others takes time to get used too..
my favourites on this album are `death of a city` and `i`m like a train`..
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I discovered the delights of BJH in the year 1980 with the release of Eyes of the Universe, courtesy of the great Alan Freeman's radio show, and instantly went back into all the great stuff they'd done before. This put me in a state of great anticipation for their next album, which of course became Turn of the Tide. I recall being slightly disappointed with it overall but not being sure why exactly. It wasn't as good as Eyes that's for sure, although there was obviously a lot of great music on it. They even used Death of a City on BBC's Not the Nine O'Clock News program and I still can't hear that track without picturing Rowan Atkinson walking into a lamp post...
I would've played the vinyl a fair bit in the 80s but then probably didn't listen to the full album again for about 25 years, as the original CD release seemed to vanish and I only just got hold of this "remastered" reissue once the price had come down. (None of these Esoteric Remasters sound any different to the earlier Polydor disks by the way - save your money:)
As soon as I played the CD again I immediately knew what the problem had been with this album all along - Track 2 - "How Do You Feel Now? I feel sick, since you ask! What a bloody awful song that is. After a great atmospheric opening track from Les which should have set us up for an album of cerebral pop-rock classics, you get this boring, way too personal and literal insight into the lead guitarist's wife who's finally managing to squirt out a baby after years of "trying". What a picture that paints... And they were now attempting to be more commercial with this stuff? I'm obviously more cynical in my old age but what kind of Artie Fufkin record executive would've agreed to that kind of blatant self indulgence, even then?!
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