Barclay James Harvest Chart Positions

Discography

Chart Positions and Sales Worldwide

Album Chart Positions

UK D CH FR NL BE NO DK USA
Barclay James Harvest Live 40  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Time Honoured Ghosts 32  -  -  - 34  -  -  -  -
Octoberon 19 40  -  -  -  -  -  - 174
Gone To Earth 30 10 9  -  -  - 37  -  -
Live Tapes  - 33  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
XII 31 18 ?  -  -  -  -  -  -
Eyes Of The Universe  - 3 ?  -  -  - 6  -  -
Turn Of The Tide 55 2 1 ?  - ? 4 ?  -
Berlin 15 1 ?  -  -  - 14  -  -
Ring Of Changes 36 4 2  - 26  - 7  -  -
Victims Of Circumstance 33 4 1 1 34  - 13  -  -
Face To Face 65 9 7  -  -  - 14  -  -
Glasnost  - 47 30  -  -  -  -  -  -
Welcome To The Show  - 10 7  -  -  - 24  -  -
The Best Of BJH (1991)  - 9 13  -  -  -  -  -  -
Caught In The Light  - 82 33  -  -  -  -  -  -
River Of Dreams  - 71 33  -  -  -  -  -  -

Singles Chart Positions

UK D CH FR NL BE DK USA
Titles  -  -  -  - 9 21  - 107
Live EP 49  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Hymn  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Loving Is Easy  -  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Love On The Line 63  -  -  -  -  -  -  -
Life Is For Living 61 2 1  - 49  - 8  -
Child Of The Universe (live)  - 27  -  -  -  -  -  -
Just A Day Away 68 40 5  -  -  -  -  -
Victims Of Circumstance  - 46 19 1  -  -  -  -
Stand Up 92  -  -  -  -  -  -  -

Key:

UK = United Kingdom, positions taken from the Guinness Books Of Hit Singles/Albums
D = Germany, positions from Hit Bilanz - Deutsche Chart Singles/Albums
CH = Switzerland, positions from www.swisscharts.com [thanks to Matthias Oeschger]
FR = France
NL = Netherlands
BE = Belgium
NO = Norway
DK = Denmark
USA = United States, positions taken from Billboard magazine.

Sales Awards

The total sales of Barclay James Harvest albums worldwide are in excess of 10 million. Unfortunately, it is virtually impossible to get figures for individual album sales from record companies, but the official sales awards with which the band have been presented give us some idea of the relative success of each album.

Gold and silver discs are highly desirable collectors' items, but beware of fakes. The genuine item (below left, a Victims Of Circumstance Swiss gold disc presented to producer Pip Williams) has the record company name and the country of issue clearly stated, and matches one of the entries in the list below.

Other "awards" are made privately purely for collectors and have no official status. They are often offered for sale on auction sites such as eBay. The example shown below right displays many clues that it is not a "proper" award: the record itself is an MCA label American pressing but the plaque says Polydor, the frame is not of a type used by the record industry, and the plaque claims that it is for 500,000 sales but doesn't mention a country - the only award for which Octoberon qualified was a silver disc in the UK.


Genuine 'Victims' Swiss gold disc presented to Pip WilliamsGold 'award' sold on eBay


German Sales Awards:

Gone To Earth:Gold
Platinum
Triple Gold
Live Tapes:Gold
XII:Gold
Eyes Of The Universe:Platinum
Turn Of The Tide:Gold
Berlin - A Concert For The People:Gold
Ring Of Changes:Gold
Victims Of Circumstance:Gold
Welcome To The Show:Gold
The Best Of BJH:Gold
     [German 'gold' = 250,000, 'platinum' = 500,000]

Swiss Sales Awards:

Gone To Earth:Gold
XII:Gold
Eyes Of The Universe:Platinum
Mockingbird - The Early Years:Silver
Turn Of The Tide:Platinum
Ring Of Changes:Gold
Victims Of Circumstance:Gold
Welcome To The Show:Gold
     [Swiss 'gold' award = 25,000 copies, platinum = 50,000]

French Sales Awards:

Eyes Of The Universe:Gold?
Turn Of The Tide:Gold?
Ring Of Changes:Gold
Victims Of Circumstance:Gold
     [French 'gold' award = 100,000 copies]

UK Sales Awards:

Once Again:Silver1
Everyone Is Everybody Else:Silver2
Barclay James Harvest Live:Silver1
Time Honoured Ghosts:Silver1
Octoberon:Silver2
Gone To Earth:Silver3
XII:Silver3
     1 = 75,000 worth of sales
     2 = 100,000 worth of sales
     3 = 150,000 worth of sales



Finally, a couple of CDs for which we do have accurate sales figures:

Alone We Fly, a CD compilation of single versions licensed from Polydor by the Connoisseur Collection, released in 1990 (now deleted) - total sale: 77,000

Barclay James Harvest Live CD licensed from Polydor by the Connoisseur Collection in 1991 - total sale: 25,000



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