Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

Barclay James Harvest and other short stories

other short stories Album Hülle    other short stories remasterte CD

LP: Harvest 1C 064 04922, 1971
CD: Remaster mit 6 Bonustracks, EMI GB, 27. Mai 2002


Seite 1
Medicine Man (John Lees)
Someone There You Know (Barclay James Harvest)
Harry's Song (John Lees)
Ursula (The Swansea Song) (Barclay James Harvest)
Little Lapwing (Les Holroyd)

Seite 2
Song With No Meaning (Les Holroyd)
Blue John's Blues (John Lees)
The Poet (Woolly Wolstenholme)
After The Day (John Lees)


Bonustracks auf remasterter CD:
Brave New World (Lees/Wolstenholme) [1971 demo version]
She Said (John Lees) [1971 BBC session]
Galadriel (John Lees) [1971 BBC session]
Ursula (The Swansea Song) (Barclay James Harvest) [1971 BBC session]
Someone There You Know (Barclay James Harvest) [1971 BBC session]
Medicine Man (John Lees) [1972 BBC session]



Aufnahmedetails

Aufnahmestudio:
Abbey Road Studios, St.John's Wood, London

Aufnahmedaten:
18. Juli 1971 bis 16. August 1971

Produzent:
Wally Allen und Barclay James Harvest

Ausführender Produzent:
Norman Smith



Weiteres Personal

Orchestermanager & Dirigent:
Martyn Ford

Arrangeure:
Toni Cooke und Martyn Ford

Orchesterleiter:

Martyn Ford

Martyn Ford ersetzte 1971 Robert Godfrey als BJHs musikalischer Arrangeur, wobei er von seinem vorherigen Platz als Orchesterleiter aufstieg. Mit seinem eigenen Orchester landete Martyn mit "Let Your Body Go Downtown" 1977 einen Top 40-Hit in GB.



Wally Allen

Wally wurde als Bassist von The Pretty Things zum ersten Mal bekannt, bevor er zur Produktionsseite übersiedelte.



Hülle

Von Barry Honeyford entworfen, zeigte die originale Klapphülle Farbfotos der Band von Barry Wentzel, ein schwarz-weißes Foto vom Orchester von Peter Vernon, Zusatznotizen von Roy Hollingworth (Melody Maker) und Texte.


Medicine Man

Johns klassischer Auftakt wurde von Ray Bradburys Buch Something Wicked This Way Comes inspiriert, dessen Titel selbst ein Zitat von Shakespeares Macbeth war, und natürlich benutzte John diese Zeile in "Lady Macbeth". Bradbury ist durch seine Science Fiction-Romane gut bekannt, und diese Geschichte betrifft einen geheimnisvollen reisenden Rummel und ein Karussel, das die Reiter seiner fliegenden Pferde jünger oder älter machen kann - das "calliope" ist die dampfbetriebene mechanische Orgel, die die Karusselmusik macht. Die Band war mit diesem Arrangement des Songs nicht glücklich und nahmen ihn deshalb später für die B-Seite von "Thank You" neu auf.

Text:
Didn't anybody see his hand move faster
Than the lightning in his eyes
Oh! what a cold surprise the flying horses cried
And didn't anybody want to ask the calliope
To call the tune
The flying horses crooned but did not know

The Medicine Man sits on the stage
Eats fire and water, earth and air while we all stare
The silver blade burns bright
And tells us to beware
Of mirrored passages that throw a thousand images
Of younger days
The wheel spins slower as it calls us back to play

Round and round now we go
Shout your name to the wind
As it spins by your side
Coloured lights echo as the sound slips on by
Could that have been me?

[John Lees, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


Someone There You Know

Woollys erster Beitrag zu Other Short Stories war über eine unglückliche Liebe, mit Les am Piano, während Woolly das Mellotron spielte. Woolly besteht darauf, daß die Refrainzeile nach "your shadow's sinking low" "just like a stone" lautet, nicht "just like you're stoned"!

Text:
I've been looking for a place that I know well
It's a long long way from here and when I get there
I will tell, I will tell

I've been looking for a time that I once knew
I could spend some happy hours just being there with you
It doesn't matter where you go
As long as there is someone there you know

So if you need a friend you can depend on me
'Cause I know what it feels to be alone
And in the darkest night you need a light to see
Your shadow's sinking low
Just like a stone
Feels like a broken bone
Guess I'll go on home

I've been looking for someone I know so well
She's a long long way from me and when I find her
I will tell her
It doesn't matter where she goes
As long as there is someone there she knows

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


Harry's Song

John Lees: "Den schrieb ich nach dem Tode eines vielgeliebten Familienfreundes, eines amazonischen Papageien mit blauer Brust, der uns viel Freude gemacht hat."

Angeblich endete der Refrain erst mit "Young Harry's coming back to stay", nicht "Young Harry he passed away". Harry war einer von vielen Papageien, die John gehabt hat, wobei der letzte ein älterer afrikanischer Grauer namens Fritz ist!

Text:
There's a little bit of you and some of me
There's a little bit of everything you see
But you don't know why Harry cried

There's a time right after love when you feel low
Like a bird with perfect wings denied the sky
But you don't know why Harry cried

Take a look at the common man
He can talk with the use of his hands
Pass you on by with a smile
Like he just don't care
Take a look at yourself in the light
People see by the look in your eyes
Either you're deaf or you're blind
Or you just don't care Well something stirred today
Young Harry he passed away

Someone moves and a leaf falls to the ground
Morning comes and he is not around
But you don't know why Harry cried

Well you pick him up and you put him in your hand
And he slips on through like tiny bits of sand
But you don't know why Harry cried

Take a look at the common man
He can talk with the use of his hands
Pass you on by with a smile
Like he just don't care
Take a look at yourself in the light
People see by the look in your eyes
Either you're deaf or you're blind
Or you just don't care Well something stirred today
Young Harry he passed away
Bye bye

[John Lees, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


Ursula (The Swansea Song)

Woolly: "Dies und 'Someone There You Know' gingen um dasselbe und wurden in einer besonders traumatischen Zeit meines Lebens geschrieben". Das wunderschöne Ende (für Musiker: ein Fis-Dur-Akkord nach einem A-dur-Ende) war Woollys Versuch, es mit "Little Lapwing" zu verbinden, aber erfolglos, da auf der Platte eine Lücke dazwischen war.

Text:
I once loved a lady who did change into a child
I saw the light of day shine in her eyes
I loved her like a baby and I raised her to the sky
It seems the light of day did pass me by

Now she walks along the seashore
And she listens to the sea
But I can't say if she ever thinks of me

If I were of the ocean
Or a wave upon the sand
Or just a drop of water in her hand
A pebble or a broken shell
A rock upon the shore
I doubt if I could love her any more

Now she walks along the seashore
And she listens to the sea
And I can't say if she ever thinks of me No I can't say if she ever thinks of me

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


Little Lapwing

Dieses ist unüblich, da, obwohl der Song von Les ist, John den Text schrieb, und zwar über eins seiner Lieblingsthemen, Vögel. Les spielte nicht nur Baß und sang die Hauptstimme, sondern spielte auch akustische Gitarre, zwölfsaitige, Steelguitar und Piano!

Text:
Bye, bye, bye
The time has come round again, my friend
A life and some time I just gotta spend
So bye bye, my friend

See you again
My mind in my pocket
The sun in my eye
There's gold in the mountains
The streams run by
So see you again

Swing low, swing high
Talk of the times, the love and the laughing
I'll come back to you in the spring, little lapwing
'Till then, bye bye

[Les Holroyd, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


Song With No Meaning

Noch ein typisch englisch-ländlicher Song von Les mit etwas Hilfe von seiner Freundin Christine und von Mel für den Text. Les spielte bei der Aufnahme fast alle Gitarren, außer der zwölfsaitigen, die Woolly übernahm.

Text:
Passing time in the sun
To think of things, lost and done
You wonder why she left so soon
No word or reason why
All feelings born can only die

Lazy days passing by
With memories you just can't hide
The song flows on you can't pursue
Your words don't mean a thing
The mood's too hard for you to sing

Moving on with a sigh
A silhouette against the sky
The seconds they dripped right on by
And slowly filled the day
And feelings born can only fade away

[Les Holroyd, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


Blue John's Blues

Wohl eher in Trauer als Ärger geschrieben, war dieser Song Johns Kommentar zum Musikgeschäft und der Position, in der sich die Band zu der Zeit befand. "Joe Crow" war die Abkürzung, unter der ihr Ex-manager John Crowther bekannt war.

Text:
Mystery is following me down that lonesome road
And I don't know my way, my way back home
There's someone on my shoulder and he will not share a load
And I don't know my way, my way back home

There's a certain something deep inside
Like a rolling sea or a river wide
As the orchestra starts playing
Get down Joe

You can see his face, you can feel his smile
Yeah, look down low and let the tears run wild
When the orchestra starts playing
Blue John's Blues

Think about me, girl, and the things I ain't said
I could not be sad, thinkin' 'bout the things that you do
While the folks around me sing on
Blue John's Blues

Band is swinging, people singing
Get down Joe

There's a place down home where people meet
They clap their hands and they stamp their feet
When the music starts and the band plays
Get down Joe

They sing out loud and they sing out clear
Turn your head round girl and you might just hear
And if you do then start down singing
Blue John's Blues

Think about me, girl, and the things I ain't said
I could not be sad, thinkin' 'bout the things that you do
While the folks around me sing on
Blue John's Blues

Band is swinging, people singing
Get down Joe

Take hold of John's blues (?)
Must be a thousand hues (?)
Blue John's Blues
Get back Joe
Take back all of your dough
You've got no place to go
Blue John's Blues
Get back now Joe
My sweetest girl that I ever had
She's drive any poor man bad
Blue John's Blues

Well my Ma and my Papa said, Son
You'll get the KB when you're not on the run (?)
Blue John's Blues
Well my lady and me we're gonna dance all night
Yeah yeah we're gonna dance until the broad broad light
Blue John's Blues
The sweetest girl that I ever had
Was guaranteed to drive a poor man bad
Blue John's Blues
Blue John Blues
Get back Joe
Lord, get back Joe

[John Lees, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


The Poet

Woolly: "Der Song wurde 1967 geschrieben und richtet sich gegen die Wichtigtuerei des 'Künstlers' - jene Art von 'Du darfst neben mir sitzen und zuhören, aber nicht anfassen oder kritisieren'-Haltung. Toni und Martyn schrieben den Orchesterteil zwischen diesem Song und 'After The Day'".

Text:
Here I sit watching the day out
No-one beside me who may doubt
All of the words that I could chose to say
So listen, believe, or be gone from this day
I need a friend to walk with me
And sit in the shade of an old tree
To think nothing much, just agree with my thoughts
To say nothing much, never tell what I ought

Watching the people pass by now
They just don't know why or know how
They don't seem to care about all that I've seen
They just walk on by never knowing I've been
Sitting up here where I'm wind blown
Only to ask and to be shown
Things that would make you believe what I say
I'll tell you myself and I'll show you some day

[Woolly Wolstenholme, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


After The Day

Johns Vision von Harmageddon beendet das Album im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes mit einem Knall! Die Anspielungen im Text auf ein farbiges Glasfenster ("eine große Mauer aus bunten Teilen") und "das bunte Kreuz, das stehengeblieben ist" verstärken noch das apocalyptische Gefühl des Songs, der viele Jahre live ein Liebling war, vor allem in den Zeiten, als die Band ihre Konzerte mit dem Orchester spielte. Vielleicht ist es an der Zeit, daß dieses Lied auch mal wieder ein Comeback macht?

Text:
The eyes of night march slowly by
The last grain falls
The kneeling man just sighs
Protected by the one great wall
Of coloured parts
He probes his clouded mind

If he takes a look around him
Is there nothing left to see
Is there nothing left at all
After the day

With trembling hands he wipes his eyes
He tries to stand
But does not feel the need
The morning sun shines on
The multicoloured cross
Left standing through it all

If he takes a look around him
Is there nothing left to see
Is there nothing left at all
After the day

If he takes a look around him
Is there nothing left to see
Is there nothing left at all
After the day

[John Lees, © RAK Publishing Ltd]


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