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TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICEon 25 January 2014
This, their seventh studio album, with so much going for it that, with a harder-handed producer, could have have been astounding. The self-indulgent creativity of the band seemed to be its very weak point. As with others of their mid-career albums, we have a track that doesn't seem to belong anywhere - in this case Ra. Its overblown opening and mad ending are interesting but jar badly with the rest of the album. That said, with several compensating high points - The world Goes On, Mayday, Polk Street Rag, and the slightly comic final track, Suicide - it's an album that delivers much.

BJH never did hit the really big time, but they came close. In 2014, mention of BJH may get the reply "Who?" but back inn the 1970s, BHJ was a significant player. This release on CD, which has been out for a while now, offers a chance for us older folks to listen back to what was, and what might have been.,
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on 25 March 2011
It has taken many years to replace my record collection onto CD; all the essential ones I had already replaced, however there were a few that were questionable! One of which being this BJH classic. Barclay James Harvest were always a bit of a unusual band with a knack of being able to cross-genre; to me they were a bit folky orchestral, prog-lite or even poppy at times. However if classy prog is your thing then this is definately an album for you. The first three tracks are superb prog tracks that can comfortably sit beside some of the best 70s prog, (even with a bit of orchestra on the first track, a choir at the end of the second and keyboard heavy on the third). The fourth track, Rock 'n Roll Star was there biggest hit on this album and despite the title its still quite a mellow track, Polk Street Rag is the heaviest track and is probably the weakest, (the lyrics are a bit too cringworthy). Believe in me, although the shortest track is another superb prog number, this leaves the last, the weird but compelling Suicide. The bonus tracks are throwaway, only listened to once.
I have forgotten how good this album is and personally I would only recommend two other 70s BJH albums; Everyone is everybody else and Gone to Earth.
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on 14 November 2013
BJH were a guilty secret of mine as a young teenage Prog head.

Amongst my Yes, ELP, Genesis and Camel (along with Rush and Zeppelin) there lurked some BJH.

This is one of their finest hours and the remaster is superb.

After the disappointment of "North" its nice to revisit the real sound of BJH.
Sometimes its better for bands to draw a line under their career.

This is the band at their peak.
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on 12 April 2018
Arrived on time. Bought as present for husband for Christmas - very pleased.
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on 24 August 2017
Their best of Harvests from what I have heard. A bargain.
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on 10 February 2018
If you like BJH, this is great listening.
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on 3 March 2018
Great 70s piece
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on 1 April 2014
1976 punk just emerging and barclay James harvest get there biggest studio album chart placing , for me not as good as gone to earth or time honoured ghosts but still a solid album , pay less than a fiver and you can't go wrong can you .
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on 7 May 2015
my second favorite album of radio Caroline pirate radio personal top 100 all time Albums back in late '70s. Probably not very relevant seemingly to a young man today but it pays to be good? Ok not in every detail but ...
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on 28 October 2017
Bought this to replace my old well used LP it's all my original memories back again , one of their best albums ,have also purchased other back albums to compliment
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