Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
Featuring "The Iron Maiden"
BJH had been around for a while before this their first album was released. Their previously unsuccessful singles had given little indication of the talent and sophistication which was to reveal itself over the coming years. Until recently, those singles (A&B sides) had only been available on budget label compilations such as "Early Morning onwards". They are now however among no less than 13 bonus tracks on the remastered version of BJH (or "Their first album" as it is unnecessarily titled on the remastered version). These bonus tracks are worthwhile, but inevitably now sound dated.
Essential: A masterpiece of progressive rock music
This live from "Barclay James Harvest" (BJH) is a cornerstone in regard to progressive rock, this concert is for promotion their 5th album "Everyone is everybody else" (their best with any doubt.) All songs are a little masterpieces.
About 'Barclay James Harvest,' I can safely say they've 2 works to the best progressive rock I have ever heard and are the following: I am presenting today 'Everyone Is Everybody Else' and the double live LP called 'Barclay James Harvest - Live ', both published in 1974, a key date for me.
1993 studio album recorded at John Lees's Friarmere Studios. Expanded 2CD remaster comes in a digipack with a bonus disc containing half of the band's 1992 live performance at London's Town And Country Club, the majority of which has never been available on CD before…
Stuart John Wolstenholme (15 April 1947 – 13 December 2010), usually known as Woolly Wolstenholme, was vocalist and keyboard player with the British progressive rock band Barclay James Harvest. His first instrument was a tenor banjo, which he took up at the age of twelve, and he also played tenor horn for the Delph band. He met John Lees at Oldham School Of Art and Woolly played tambourine and sang with John in The Sorcerers, then The Keepers, where Woolly played whatever instrument was required, such as harmonica and twelve-string guitar.
This is compilation of BJH starting from when they left EMI's Harvest label in the mid 1970's. It therefore covers the period from their first Polydor album, "Everyone is everybody else". Unlike most stories, this one begins somewhere in the middle with a single edit of the title track from the "Ring of changes" album. The Harvest years are represented only by a later live version of the perennial "Mocking bird" taken from their famous Berlin concert. The overriding concern here is that the compilation purports to tell the "Story" of BJH.