Barclay James Harvest - Once Again (1971/2014) High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 24bit/96kHz
Artist: Barclay James Harvest
Title: Once Again
Genre: Rock, Prog Rock, Art Rock, British Folk Rock
Label: © Parlophone Records
Release Date: 1971/2014
Quality: High-Fidelity FLAC Stereo 96kHz/24bit
Recorded: 9 October 1970 – 25 November 1970, EMI Studios, London
Once Again was the second album released by Barclay James Harvest, in early 1971. It is generally regarded as one of their strongest efforts, featuring powerful, epic tracks such as "Song For Dying", "She Said", and "Mocking Bird", one of their best known songs. As was the case with their other early albums, it was recorded with a full orchestra.
On the track "Galadriel", Lees played John Lennon's Epiphone Casino guitar, an event later recounted in a song on the band's 1990 album Welcome To The Show titled "John Lennon's Guitar".
In an interview with Songfacts, Keith Domone (official biographer of Barclay James Harvest with his wife Monika) said John Lees wrote "Mocking Bird" back in 1968 while he was living with the parents of his future wife, Olwen. The song is based on a musical phrase from "Pools Of Blue", which he wrote around the same time. In the Q & Mojo Classic Special Edition ‘’Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock’’, the album came #39 in its list of "40 Cosmic Rock Albums".
The band's follow-up still finds it working very much in the vein of orchestral rock, largely driven by Stewart Wooly Wolstenholme's keyboards and the presence of the London Symphony Orchestra. The reach of the music exceeds the grasp of the lyrics, though -- they lack the cold oracularity of Peter Sinfield or the allusive cleverness of Peter Gabriel. Still, there's some fine compositions here. "She Said" turns upon a keening opening Mellotron riff to develop into a slow-four dirge. "Song for Dying" shows off the band's fine ability at vocal harmonies, while the later concert standard, "Mocking Bird," shows a dramatic evolution from pensive acoustic guitar to a full-blown orchestral attack. --AllMusic Review by Paul Collins
1. She Said 08:22
2. Happy Old World 04:40
3. Song For Dying 04:55
4. Galadriel 03:17
5. Mocking Bird 06:43
6. Vanessa Simmons 03:49
7. Ball And Chain 04:51
8. Lady Loves 03:59
John Lees – vocals, guitars, recorder
Les Holroyd – vocals, bass, guitars, keyboards
Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme – vocals, mellotron, keyboards
Mel Pritchard – drums, percussion
The Barclay James Harvest Symphony Orchestra
Orchestra Leader: Gavin Wright
Conductor and Musical Director: Robert John Godfrey
Alan Parsons – jaw harp on "Lady Loves"
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