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Barclay James Harvest


Crossover Prog

3.80 | 233 ratings

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3 stars A very good album by an artist I was never really into as they seemed too mainstream for my tastes. This is perhaps their most commercial album with the famous hit single Mockingbird and in fact the song is the only one many would have heard such is its infamy, in the same way that many might consider Procol Harum to have only one hit with Whiter Shade of Pale. Mockingbird has an infectious melody and is difficult to get out of the head once heard.

Of course there is more on "Once Again" to revel in such as the glorious She Said, and very beautiful Galadriel. Ball And Chain is also worth a listen with some excellent riffs from Lees. The keyboard work of Wolstenholme is exceptional especially when he plays the Mellotron. The vocals are always easy on the ears and the whole album is quite a pleasant early 70s blast from the past. I would suggest it is the best of Barclay James Harvest and of course many might consider it to be a masterpiece. I am not so convinced as to that status but it deserves 3 stars for the two or three excellent songs.

AtomicCrimsonRush | 3/5 |


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