Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

Barclay James Harvest

Barclay James Harvest LP Hülle    Barclay James Harvest remasterte CD

LP: Harvest 1C 064 04372, 1970
CD: Remaster mit 13 Bonustracks, EMI GB, 27. Mai 2002


Seite 1
Taking Some Time On (Barclay James Harvest)
Mother Dear (Barclay James Harvest)
The Sun Will Never Shine (Barclay James Harvest)
When the World Was Woken (Barclay James Harvest)

Seite 2
Good Love Child (Barclay James Harvest)
The Iron Maiden (Barclay James Harvest)
Dark Now My Sky (Barclay James Harvest)


Bonustracks auf remasterter CD:
Early Morning (Barclay James Harvest)
Mister Sunshine (Barclay James Harvest)
So Tomorrow (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
Eden Unobtainable (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
Night (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
Pools of Blue (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
Need You Oh So Bad (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
Small Time Town (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
Dark Now My Sky (Barclay James Harvest) [1968 BBC Session]
I Can't Go On Without You (Barclay James Harvest)
Eden Unobtainable (Barclay James Harvest)
Poor Wages (Barclay James Harvest)
Brother Thrush (Barclay James Harvest)



Aufnahmedetails

Aufnahmestudio:
Abbey Road Studios, St. Johns Wood, London

Aufnahmedatum:
8. November 1969 bis 26. Januar 1970

Produzent:
Norman "Hurricane" Smith

Toningenieur:
Phil McDonald

Weitere Details:
Zwei 8-Spurgeräte wurden zur Aufnahme des Albums benutzt, einschließlich all der orchestralen Teile!



Zusätzliches Personal

Das Barclay James Harvest Orchester (frühere Mitglieder des New Symphonia).
Im Haus wohnender musikalischer Direktor: Robert Godfrey



Mitarbeit

"Special thanks to Jim and Jim" - Jim Tetlow war der Tourmanager und Toningenieur der Band, und Jim Litherland war der Gitarrist von Colosseum, ein Typ aus Oldham, der bei "Taking Some Time On" etwas Percussion mitspielte.



Hülle

Entwurf: Ian Latimer, Photos von Richard Dunkley (aufgenommen in "The Hanging Gate" in Diggle und im Preston House).


Taking Some Time On

Der erste Titel war eigentlich der zuletzt aufgenommene, da man einen aufsehenerregenden Auftakt suchte. Er hat ein Riff mit "Too Much On Your Plate" gemeinsam, dem Song, der 1991 nur durch den Fanclub ans Tageslicht kam.

John Lees: "Es war ein Hippie-Song, sehr ironisch, wie "Psychedelic Child". Mein zweitliebster eigener Song des Albums."

Text:
Let's come on and get together
Like the sky gets to the sea
Just taking some time on
Let's come on and make it better
Let's make everybody see
Just taking some time on
For those who feel inclined
To talk about the hideen feelings of their mind
Let's come on and get together
Let's come on and get together
Like the sky with the sea
Like the sky with the sea
Just taking some time on

Let's come on and tell the story
Of the way it used to be
Just taking some time on
Let's come on and sing a song now
Of the days when we were free
Just taking some time on
For those who feel inclined
To talk about the hideen feelings of their mind
Let's come on and get together
Let's come on and get together
Like the sky with the sea
Like the sky with the sea
Just taking some time on

Let's come on the feeling's right now
We want everyone to be
Just taking some time on
Let's come on and get together
Like the sky gets to the sea
Just taking some time on
For those who feel inclined
To talk about the hideen feelings of their mind
Let's come on and get together
Let's come on and get together
Like the sky with the sea
Like the sky with the sea
Just taking some time on

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]


Mother Dear

Auch von John Lees, aber ein ganz schöner Kontrast: "Mother Dear" ist eine Schauergeschichte über nächtliche Geistererscheinungen und entstand 1967. Anscheinend wurde eine frühe Version mit einem Honky-Tonk Barklavier zurückgewiesen, weil sie nicht zum Thema paßte!
Text:
Oh Mother dear
What a night this has been
I awoke in the light of a vision in white
The prettiest girl that I have ever seen

Lately my love, said the lady in white
I have watched from afar, but love draws me near
Now take my hand, hold tight, Mother dear
Do you know what this could mean, Mother dear?
Was it just another dream..... in the night?

Mother dear, on that same silver night Saw a figure in black by the lady in white
He said his name was death, was he right?
Do you know what this could mean, Mother dear?
Was it just another dream..... in the night?
Do you know what this could mean, Mother dear?
Was it just another dream..... in the night?

Mother dear, what a night this has been
It's so cold by your side, no don't cry, can't you see?
Won't you listen to me please, Mother dear
Was it just another dream, Mother dear?

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]


The Sun Will Never Shine

Woolly Wolstenholme: "Es wurde als eine Art Gegengift zu "Mr. Sunshine" geschrieben, das handelt vom Verstecken vorm hellen Tageslicht, nicht von Drogen! "The Sun Will Never Shine" und "Ra" haben ein ähnliches Thema."

John Lees: Mein liebster Song auf diesem Album - es gab mir einen großen Auftrieb und klingt immernoch großartig."

Text:
In corridors of air the clouds were waiting there
They knew that never again the skies would be so blue
They took away the sun and with it took the fun
It's true, and now there is really nothing I can do
So I look outside my window at the sheets of pouring rain
And I wonder if the sun will come again

But the sun will never shine the way it used to do
The clouds won't let it through
Oh the sun will never shine its smile for me and you
The clouds won't let it through

It wasn't long ago the people that I knew were glad
And nothing they ever thought about was sad
But since the sun has gone their laughing times are none
That's bad, to make them forget the happy times they've had
So they look outside their window at the sheets of pouring rain
And they wonder if the sun will come again

But the sun will never shine the way it used to do
The clouds won't let it through
Oh the sun will never shine its smile for me and you
The clouds won't let it through

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]


When The World Was Woken

Les Holroyd: "Ich weiß noch, daß ich alle Melodiezeilen dafür auf einer Hammondorgel geschrieben habe. Der Gesang ging kreuz und quer, aber damals hatte man nicht den Luxus, zurückzukommen und alles nochmal aufzunehmen!". Der ursprüngliche Titel sollte eigentlich "When The World Has Woken" lauten, aber er wurde auf der Hülle falsch zitiert und ist seitdem so geblieben.

Text:
When the world was woken
Save all unknowing eyes
And thoughts that once were spoken
Left only to despise
And when the dawn is breaking
Look upward to the sky
If life is so hard to live
Why not die?

When the world has woken
And shadows leave the air
Then each spell will be broken
For everyone who cares
The day will then be endless
The night will soon pass by
If life is so hard to live
Why not die?

When the world has woken
For all who see the sun
And gentle words are spoken
The dawning has begun
Then man can live together
With one triumphant cry
If life is so hard to live
Why not die?

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]


Good Love Child

John Lees: "Das ist einfach durch und durch ein Rock'n'Roll-Song."
Text:
Get up, get up, get up, child
Get off your knees
Take it, take it, take it, I'm easy
We're here to please
Put your hands in the air
Put your feet on the ground
Put your mind in a dream
'Cause there's nothing we ain't seen
Good love child
You know what I mean
Good love child
You've got to keep it clean
Good love child
Gonna steal the scene

Make love, make love, make love, child
And make it mean
Take love, take love, take love, child
And keep it clean
Put your hands in the air
Put your feet on the ground
Put your mind in a dream
'Cause there's nothing we ain't seen
Good love child
You know what I mean
Good love child
You've got to keep it clean
Good love child
Gonna steal the scene

Get up, get up, get up, child
Get off your knees
Take it, take it, take it, I'm easy
It's here to squeeze
Put your hands in the air
Put your feet on the ground
Put your mind in a dream
'Cause there's nothing we ain't seen
Good love child
You know what I mean
Good love child
You've got to keep it clean
Good love child
Gonna steal the scene

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]


The Iron Maiden

Woolly: Es spiegelte ein mittelalterliches Gefühl wider - ein Folksong im altenglishcen Stil. Es ging übrigens um ein verhaßtes Mädchen, das ich kannte, mit dem Spitznamen Behemoth!".

"The Iron Maiden" kam ins Fernsehen, als es in einem Filmclip über die Rückkehr des Dampfschiffes SS Great Britain nach GB gesendet wurde, was in Disco 2 gezeigt wurde, einem Vorgänger von BBC2's Old Grey Whistle Test.

Text:
She walks on through the night
Her circumstances slight
Are only helping her to fail
And though she feels she's right
She tries with all her might
And makes the deepest peril pale
Oh, but she is unreal
Oh, but she doesn't feel
Oh, but she is unreal

She chooses who to love
And then unlike a dove
She takes the laughter from their smile
She wears a velvet glove
Her friends may find it rough
It is a gauntlet all the while
Oh, but she is unreal
Oh, but she doesn't feel
Oh, but she is unreal

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]


Dark Now My Sky

Johns Epos war ein fester Liebling früher Fans und ist immernoch sein liebstes eigenes Lied dieses Albums. Les und Woolly nennen es auch als Lieblingstitel des Debütalbums. Das Lied gab es schon 1968, aber in einfacherer Version ohne die überladene Orchestration. Woolly gibt zu, für den shakespearemäßig gesprochenen Anfang verantwortlich zu sein - das wahnsinnige Lachen kam übrigens von Robert Godfrey.

John: "Ich wurde von einem Buch namens The Silent Spring (von Rachel Carson) inspiriert, das in den 60ern über die Umweltzerstörung durch den Menschen geschrieben wurde."

Les: "Es ist immernoch mein Liebling von der LP, weil es sich so von allem anderen unterschied, was wir gemacht hatten."

Text:
Don't ask me how I know
But this dark sky will soon be blue
Don't ask, no don't ask
Just watch as the grey mists of winter fall
Like so many drops of dew
Feel the ice melt to warm tears in my eyes
Uner the light of a tin sun
Do not ask me how I know
The effect of light on unseeing eyes
How should I know?
How could I know?

Dark now my sky
The sea of peace has left my shore
No birds cry
The silent spring will overflow
Oh you'll never know
I love you so
You'll always be
A part of me

Dark now my eyes
The sea of peace has met the sky
No birds sing
And like the Spring life whispers by
Oh you'll never know
I love you so
You'll always be
A part of me

Dark now my sky
The winds of time have swept my shore
No birds fly
The trees that fall will rise no more
Oh you'll never know
I love you so
You'll always be
A part of me

[Barclay James Harvest, © Ardmore & Beechwood/EMI]

Das letzte Wort

Woolly: "Insgesamt war das Album nicht so erfolgreich wie es hätte sein können - es war eher überblasen. Es schien eher ein Präventivschlag, eine Übung für das Wahre."


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