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Eyes Of The Universe (Bonus Tracks Edition)
 
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Eyes Of The Universe (Bonus Tracks Edition)

28 Jan. 2013 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 1 Jan. 1979
  • Release Date: 28 Jan. 2013
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2012 Polydor Ltd. (UK)
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  • Total Length: 56:57
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  • ASIN: B00B3AUUO2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 16 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 81,791 in Albums (See Top 100 in Albums)

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"Eyes of the Universe" was BJH's first album after the departure of their long-time keyboard player (Wooly Wolstenholme). I know that many BJH fans prefer their older (mellotron dominated) albums, but personally I think this album is actually quite good and is in their top 5 (along with "Everyone Is Everybody Else", "Time Honoured Ghosts", "Gone To Earth" and "Octoberon). Actually, several songs from EOTU, such as "Play To The World", "Rock 'n' Roll Lady" and "The Song (They Love To Sing)" was included in their live repertoire right up to the last "real" BJH album, "River of Dreams" from 1997, which says something about the enduring quality of this album.
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I always had a soft spot for Barclay James Harvest particularly their early 1970's stuff when they were accused of being 'poor man's Moody Blues'. With tongue in cheek they even wrote a song with that title. Anyway their lush soft prog rock hit the mark on many occasion. With changing musical times of the late 70' s they tried to update their image and morphed into a kind of AOR pop rock version of their signature sound. And despite 1 or 2 exceptions for the most part this is a very good album with some excellent tunes particularly those on the old second side of the vinyl original such as Sperratus, Capricorn and Play to the World. This Esoteric re-master offers 4 bonus tracks and a signficantly improved sound quality over previous CD versions.
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This and Gone to Earth are the very best BJH albums there are. Earlier albums were a bit "old fashioned", later ones tended towards attempting a little too hard to appeal to the masses. These two are gems but I could not split them as they offer different styles.

This one never seems to get so much critical acclaim and I think that's unfair. I guess it might be criticised for being "too poppy" but make you own mind up - Amazon have clips you can listen to.

As this review covers both original and re-mastered versions, I would add that this review is of a pretty old CD version - certainly not a remaster. I've not heard the remastered version, but my limited experience remasters can be too bright. This is inherently mellow music so I would guess the originals will be good.
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Questo CD in versione non rimasterizzata suona meglio del suo successore, è quasi come avere il mio Lp in vinile a 33 1/3 RPM.
Trovare questo Cd nella mix originale privo di compressioni dinamiche è una vera rarità.
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I note that there is an import version of this album available with 9 bonus tracks from earlier albums - buy that one, it's much better value.

I really must echo the comments made by the only other reviewer (see the import version), although I feel that he was reviewing the 8-song CD which features Love On The Line; Alright Down Get Boogie (Mu Ala Rusic); The Song (They Love To Sing); Skin Flicks; Sperratus; Rock And Roll Lady; Capricorn; and Play To The World.

This is not BJH at their best although a pleasant enough listen. There is still some of their creative flair and originality of song topics. However, they seem to be moving ever further from their roots. This is not always a bad thing - a band that can move with the times and change its style is likely to survive...provided that evolution is the right one.

An unexciting album - unlikely to win praise from the majority of original fans.
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By Peter Steward TOP 500 REVIEWER on 12 May 2014
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When Woolly Wolstenholme left Barclay James Harvest they lost some of their sparkle and originality. This is the first of what I would call the "formula albums" where John Lees and Les Holroyd share the songwriting in equal amounts. A number of BJH fans have questioned whether this policy has been right. I prefer John's songs - it's a personal thing.

They always seem to be more original and I believe that is illustrated with this album. It does improve the more you hear it, but it is short of a vital undefinible ingredient. "Rock N Roll Lady", "The Song (They Love to Sing)", "Love on the Line" and "Alright Down Get Boogie" are very ordinary and the album is saved by the likes of Skin Flicks which seems to be two distinctive songs in one and "Play to the World" which for me is one of Les' best songs. Many of the basic BJH ingredients are here - the expansive guitar work, the crashing keyboards but they are less original and more sterile. Thankfully there was better to come.
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A good number of BJH biographers and music pundits have implied that this album was one of the first to be "less well received" by longstanding fans when it was launched. Despite having purchased many previous albums, this one passed me by completely at the time. I had not heard it before, although I knew one or two of the songs, until I bought the re-mastered, re-packaged release this year! Having read various disobliging comments about it, I was not expecting this excellent package of songs. Yes, there was a new approach to some of their arrangements, but they really worked very well. I'm very pleased to have caught up with album, albeit so many years later. Fits very well within the BJH tradition.
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