Ihis record is a document..and a beautiful one it is, at that!!
March 10, 2012
Barclay James Harvest live and with orchestra (conducted by Martyn Ford) in the BBC studios sometime in 1972.........and what better track to begin with than: "Mocking bird" a grandiose...nay.. sublime track ..which at the time elevated them to their well earned status.....a high profile light prog outfit (repeat that sentence after a few pints..ha..ha) I have always thought that Moody´s and Barclay J H...were kind of sugar and honey pop-prog.....but time eventually caught up with me....well at least concerning BJH. As the Moody´s NEVER said anything to me...sorry guys (and fans of the Moody´s) This is a wonderful document of a time forever gone!! I do not recall anything I was doing back then in 1972...but I was probably roaming through 2´hand record stores...trying to find prog/psych records that looked interesting...or better yet.....sitting in my small room trying to figure out.. the fine art of tuning your guitar !! Back to reality...this record is a document..and a beautiful one it is, at that!! Barclay James Harvest always had that boy- ísh sound....and id have to admit that it is a wonderful record...for what its worth... it is beautiful pop/ prog ...well written songs...dare i say..well constructed songs....and here with symphony orchestra.....you cant beat that!! As I said... wonderful music...beautifully executed.......not essential (BJH fans excluded)...but still a sweet...beautiful....soft... prog / pop record.....for when your girl (or boy) friend needs comforting. BJH were never a "watch out for this solo" band....but hey they worked together... and that is a real quality in itself...dont you think !!??