Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection.
BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST released a number of fantastic recordings in the 70's with "Time Honoured Ghosts" representing one of this music lovers favourites.
Barclay James Harvest are an English rock band specialising in Symphonic/Melodic Rock with folk/progressive/classical influences. The band was founded in Saddleworth, a civil parish now in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in September 1966 by John Lees, Les Holroyd, Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme, and Mel Pritchard (1948-2004). Time Honoured Ghosts is an album released by English rockgroup Barclay James Harvest in 1975. The title was suggested by the wife of Harvey Lisburg, the band's manager at the time, though it is believe that she was quoting from another unknown source. It was recorded between May and July 1975 at the "His Masters Wheels" studio in San Francisco. It was produced by Elliot Mazer and released in October on the Polydor Records label.
In 1966 two R & B bands local to Oldham (UK) merged to form a blues outfit The Blues Keepers. With sponsorship from a local businessman (also their manager) they rented an 18th century farmhouse where they practised extensively, gradually moving towards a progressive rock style then beginning to emerge. On turning professional the name Barclay James Harvest was adopted, and the line-up stabilised as John Lees (guitars, vocals), Les Holroyd (bass, rhythm guitar, vocals), Stuart "Wooly" Wolstenholme (keyboards, vocals) and Mel Pritchard (drums). After releasing their first single in April 1968, the band joined the legendary progressive Harvest label, quickly expanding their musical horizons, chiefly by experimenting with longer evolving song structures and orchestrations…
Barclay James Harvest was, for many years, one of the most hard luck outfits in progressive rock. A quartet of solid rock musicians John Lees, guitar, vocals; Les Holroyd, bass, vocals; Stuart "Wooly" Wolstenholme, keyboards, vocals; and Mel Pritchard, drums with a knack for writing hook-laden songs built on pretty melodies, they harmonized like the Beatles and wrote extended songs with more of a beat than the Moody Blues.
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…
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection
“Eyes of the Universe” offers some gorgeous prog moments very reminiscent of the best ALAN PARSONS PROJECT work.
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.