by Barclay James HarvestBarclay James Harvest


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Though it seems odd that a double-live album could serve as a band's breakthrough release, Live shows the band clearly building upon the strengths of their previous studio albums while avoiding their excesses. Without a string section to back them up -- or to smother them, depending on your thinking -- the band draws more heavily on its rhythm section and on the tonal colorings of Wolstenholme's Mellotron, the latter most clearly on "The Great 1974 Mining Disaster." The rich harmonies, political content, and poignant twang of John Lees songs like "For No One" come across here with the same kind of ragged majesty as Neil Young's live work. And an epic-length "Medicine Man," unburdened of its heavy orchestral arrangement and beefed up with a newly emphasized guitar and drum parts, reveals the brawn lurking beneath the lassitude of the studio version. Overall, it's a solid live collection, and a fine starting point for those new to the band's body of work.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/26/2009
Label: Esoteric
UPC: 5013929722224
catalogNumber: 2122

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Barclay James Harvest   Primary Artist
John Lees   Guitar,Recorder,Vocals
Holroyd   Bass,Bass Guitar,Rhythm Guitar,Vocals
Mel Pritchard   Drums
Woolly Wolstenholme   Synthesizer,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Mellotron

Technical Credits

John Lennon   Composer
Paul McCartney   Composer
Barclay James Harvest   Contributor
John Lees   Composer
Rodger Bain   Producer
Brian Humphries   Engineer
Keith Davis   Cover Design,Original Sleeve Design
Phil Smee   Packaging
Alex Agor   Cover Photo
Keith Domone   Liner Notes,Memorabilia
Ian Southerington   Equipment Technician
Vincent McEvoy   Cover Design,Original Sleeve Design
Tim Fulford Brown   Cover Photo

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