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Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

Ring Of Changes

Ring Of Changes LP cover

LP: Polydor 811 638-1, Mai 1983
MC: Polydor 811 638-4, Mai 1983
CD: Polydor 811 638-2, Mai 1983


Seite 1
Fifties Child (John Lees)
Looking From the Outside (Les Holroyd)
Teenage Heart (John Lees)
High Wire (Les Holroyd)
Midnight Drug (John Lees)

Seite 2
Waiting For The Right Time (Les Holroyd)
Just A Day Away (Forever Tomorrow) (John Lees)
Paraiso Dos Cavalos (John Lees)
Ring Of Changes (Les Holroyd)



Aufnahmedetails

Aufnahmestudio:
Aufgenommen im Far Studio, Frankfurt (Frank Farians Studio).
Gemixt im RAK Studio London.

Aufnahmedaten:
Januar bis März 1983

Produzent:
Pip Williams

Toningenieur:
Gregg Jackman



Gastmusiker

"Special Guest Musician" war Bias Boshell, der zum ersten Mal mit BJH arbeitete. Bias (Kurzform für Tobias) war Ende der ‘60er ein Gründungsmitglied der Trees, arbeitete für Kiki Dee, schrieb u.a. "I’ve Got The Music In Me". Die Orchestration in "Fifties Child" und "Paraiso Dos Cavalos" wurde von Pip Williams arrangiert und vom New World Philharmonic Orchestra, von David Katz dirigiert, aufgeführt. Kevin McAlea spielte Keyboards in "Midnight Drug", und Henry Morris lieferte "gelegentlichen Hintergrundgesang".



Titel

Kam von 1982, was ein "Wechseljahr" für BJH werden sollte, als sie für ein Steuerjahr nach Deutschland zogen, den Produzent wechselten und zum ersten Mal mit Bias Boshell arbeiteten.



Hülle

Konzept und Design von Alwyn Clayden und David Walker. Das "ausgeschnittene" Design mit dem Atom dahinter war auf der LP sehr effektiv, aber die handgeschriebenen Texte im Kreis auf der Innenseite sind sehr schwer zu lesen - ein frühes Design hatte sie eher konventionell gedruckt (unten).

Early trial artwork for inside of Ring Of Changes sleeve



Pip Williams

Der geschulte Künstler, Arrangeur und Produzent Pip traf David Walker in den frühen 70ern und trat später Handle Artists bei. Pip produzierte Künstler von Mud, Kiki Dee (wo er Bias Boshell traf), Status Quo und The Moody Blues bis zu seiner eigenen Band Bardot. Gregg Jackman war Chefingenieur im RAK Studio, als er Pip zum ersten Mal traf, und trat 1980 ebenfalls Handle Artists bei.


Fifties Child

Das musikalische Thema des Songs wird durch den orchestralen Auftakt des Albums vorgestellt, ein neo-klassisches Arrangement, bevor die Band einsetzt. Der Song greift den verlorenen Idealismus derer an, die in den 60ern und 70ern aufwuchsen, und ruft nach Frieden und Liebe.

Text:
Love was a lesson we tried to learn
There were no exams to pass or fail
Only heartbreaks, renew our faith
Life was a lesson we've tried to learn
There were no tests to pass, no license to gain
Only win or lose, renew our faith

Renew our faith, let us see
Fifties child was right to believe
Peace and love were our needs
The need to be free

War is a lesson we've had to learn
We had to learn to kill, to destroy and burn
But our spirits cry, renew our faith
Peace is a lesson we've yet to learn
A prize for all mankind who race for the gain
Of love and harmony, renew our faith

Renew our faith, let us see
Fifties child was right to believe
Peace and love were our needs
The need to be free

Renew our faith, let us see
Young and old we're right to believe
Peace and love are our needs
The need to be free

[John Lees, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Looking From The Outside

Ein zweideutiger Text, der zuerst um eine Beziehung zu gehen scheint, wo der Schreiber einen Partner emotionell nicht erreicht, aber es kann auch ein erstes Zeichen sein, daß in der Band nicht alles in Ordnung war. Dies ist natürlich nur eine persönliche Konstruktion, aber im Licht von Johns und David Walkers Kommentaren, daß dieses Album ohne den starken Charakter von Pip Williams nicht gemacht worden wäre, scheint die letztere Interpretation etwas glaubwürdiger.

Text:
There is something that I can see
Every time that you talk to me
And it feels like I'm gonna be
Looking from the outside
There is something I've got to say
And it's making me feel this way
Does it mean that I'm gonna stay
Looking from the outside

I might as well fall
I might as well drift away
I might as well fall
It seems there is no other way
Looking from the outside
Looking from the outside
Looking for the inside of you

If I say that I like your song
Will you say that you played it wrong
Or that maybe I stayed too long
Looking from the outside
If I say that you're out of line
Will you say that I'm wasting time
'Cos it's making me feel that I'm
Looking from the outside

I might as well fall
I might as well drift away
I might as well fall
It seems there is no other way
Looking from the outside
Looking from the outside
Looking for the inside of you

[Les Holroyd, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Teenage Heart

John erlebt seine Jugend neu mit dieser Geschichte von nachpubertärer Leidenschaft für seine eigene Lolita!

Text:
It's the truth, or so they say
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
She's old enough to play fast and loose
In a schoolgirl kind of way

But this teenage heart's driving me insane
The moment that we touch will ease my pain
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
So they say

Finding words, finding the nerve
But never finding her alone
My heart's like sand she holds in her hands
One look, one smile, and I'd be there

But this teenage heart's driving me insane
The moment that we touch will ease my pain
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
So they say

Say what she said, "Is she going out?
Or is it me she'll see tonight?
Tell me the truth, I'm man enough
Well, in a schoolboy kind of way

But this teenage heart's driving me insane
The moment that we touch will ease my pain
Who holds her hand, holds her heart
So they say

[John Lees, © St. Annes Music]


High Wire

Der Song ist sehr treibend. Les greift eine Beziehung an, wo der Held schlecht behandelt wird, und warnt, daß sein Partner ein böses Ende nehmen wird, kann aber nicht widerstehen.

Text:
I have seen and I have heard
The story's all the same
Running here and running there
Your love is like a game
Everytime I look for you
You're walking in the clouds
When I look into your eyes
I see you looking down

You've got something that I want
You've got something that I need
If there's a chance that I can see
I will follow where you lead me

High wire, walking on a high wire
You're walkin' on a high wire
You're walkin' tall
But you know you're gonna fall someday

I have seen and I have heard
That you've been fooling me
You could try to make me feel
The way I used to be
Is there any reason why
You leave me on the shore?
When I look into your eyes
It makes me beg for more

You've got something that I want
You've got something that I need
If there's a chance that I can see
I will follow where you lead me

High wire, walking on a high wire
You're walkin' on a high wire
You're walkin' tall
But you know you're gonna fall from your...

[Les Holroyd, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Midnight Drug

Der Kontrast zwischen natürlichen Hochs der Liebe und und künstlichen, chemisch erreichter Freude ist für John nichts Neues (siehe "Hymn"), aber dieser Song ist persönlicher. Es geht um einen bestimmten Freund, der in Johns Augen mit Alkohol Drogen und Frauen sein Geld verschwendete und sein Leben zerstörte. Die Nachricht ist nicht bevormundend, sondern ehrlich.

Text:
I get up early in the morning
It's up and out with the sun
Spending my day making natural highs
And in the evening when my work is done
I make a phone call from the hotel
Speak to my woman each day
I tell my lady that I'm missing her
And I hope she feels the same
At least she knows that I'm not
Sharing out our love
With the midnight drug

You spend your day in an in-joke
Pouring your life in a glass of ice
And no one's laughing but the monkey in you
Paranoia for the highest price
You make a phone call from the hotel
Spending your life in the night
The kind of women who don't come for free
But then I guess they know you'll pay the price
If they can keep you up
They know you've got what turns them on
The midnight drug

How many times must we tell you
Just how much we care
You must know how we love you
But we can't even meet half-way
Well I've got something to tell you
If you can only take it in
I think you're worthy of a better cause
If you can just stop looking for
What you never get enough of
The midnight drug

Your kind of sugar is a sweet club
I like my sugar in tea
You spend your life going faster
There's no surviving if you crash at speed
Now, I'm not saying that I'm wrong or right
But that the truth is plain to see
I get my kicks from my friends and their love
It's the kind of love that comes for free
They're the kind of friends
That you don't find when you go looking for
They only pick you up then let you fall
'Till you come back for more
Of the midnight drug

[John Lees, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Waiting For The Right Time

Die zweite Single des Albums in GB, aber die deutsche Firma erwählte eine gekürzte Version von "Ring Of Changes". Es ist eine süßsaure Romanze um Einsamkeit nach einem Bruch, wo Les auf Versöhnung und Happy-End hofft. Die 45er Version der Single wurde so schrecklich gekürzt, daß die Struktur des Songs zerstört wurde.

Text:
Seems to me, the time has come
Party's over, you sit by the 'phone
Through the daytime, you're gonna be all right
But when the night time comes
You're gonna be alone

Even though your heart is breaking
I see it in your eyes
Even though there's no mistaking
I see there's no disguise

Waiting for the right time
To call out your name
Oh, the right time
To see you again
Oh, the right time
To reach out and touch your face

We said goodbye in the morning
Streets were empty and pouring rain
All the worries, all the bad times
Will simply fly right out of here
When I speak your name

Even though your heart is breaking
I see it in your eyes
Even though there's no mistaking
I see there's no disguise

Waiting for the right time
To call out your name
Oh, the right time
To see you again
Oh, the right time
To reach out and touch your face

[Les Holroyd, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Just A Day Away (Forever Tomorrow)

Johns Liebeslied war eine etwas überraschende Wahl einer ersten Single für das Album, aber es machte sich ganz gut und erreichte Platz 40 in Deutschland und durch eine recht bunte Picture Disc Platz 68 in GB. Das “Tijuana brass”-Trompetensolo am Ende klingt sehr synthetisch, wie auch das Streicher-Arrangement.

Text:
There's a beautiful sight
You know they call it tomorrow
It's the most beautiful sight
That you'll ever see

I know it's only a day away
And it's always in the future
But it's that something to look forward to
That brings me closer to you

Do you remember the time
We said we'd love until forever
'Till all the stars in the sky
Dropped one by one into the sea

I know forever's just a day away
And it's always in the future
But it's that something to look forward to
That brings me closer to you

I know forever's just a day away
And it's always in the future
But it's that something to look forward to
That brings me closer to you

When we're together again
We'll make love until the morning light
We'll hold each other tight
Until tomorrow comes

I know it's only a day away
But it's always in the future
This time you know forever I'll stay
Holding you closer to me

Oh, I know it's just a day away
And it's always in the future
This time you know forever I'll stay
Holding you closer to me

[John Lees, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Paraiso Dos Cavalos

Nach der 1980er Europatour ging John mit seiner Familie auf einen Reiterurlaub in der Algarve in Südportugal, der ein, zwei Wochen dauern sollte, und blieb dann monatelang dort! Die Reitschule hieß "Paraiso dos Cavalos" (Portugiesisch für "Pferdeparadies") und war in der Quinta do Lago-Gegend bei Almansil. Nico, Limpopo, Ipaminandas und Young Nero waren einige der Pferde. Hier ist das Orchester-Arrangement sensibler, und es gibt schöne Harfenklänge, die das Thema bis zur Perfektion ergänzen.

Text:
Met an old friend the other day
Recognised from a different age
Like a ghost in a photograph
Distant memories of the past
There was Nico and Limpopo
Ipaminandas and young Nero
All the old friends we've known so well
With all the stories they'll never tell

All it took was a photograph
To bring the memories chasing back
Of summer sunshine and cool green wine
And all the good times we'd left behind
We'd take the road down to Almansil
If I had known then we'd be there still
We left our hearts in the soft sea spray
With every Quinta Do Lago day

The wind in your hair
The sun in your face
The feeling of the power
The beauty and grace
Paraiso dos Cavalos
Paraiso dos Cavalos

Through our minds move the souls
Of our bygone years
As we ride through their ancient tears
To a place to a time where
We'd all be saved
To gallop on in the breaking waves

At Paraiso dos Cavalos
Paraiso dos Cavalos

[John Lees, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


Ring Of Changes

Die Morsezeichen, mit denen Les’ Titelsong anfängt, buchstabieren tatsächlich "ring of changes", und das Thema des Albums, zyklische Wechsel, wird nicht nur in dem Ring auf dem Cover und dem Text dieses Liedes wiedergespiegelt, sondern vor allem durch die Reprise des Orchester-Motivs am Ende , was uns genau wieder dorthin bringt, wo wir mit demselben angefangen haben.

Text:
Talk of tomorrow
And you talk of the times that have been
The wheels keep on turning
Turning circles we go round again
Never ending the time is bending
These songs all the same
And we will stand listening
Looking back on the ones that remain

And time hurries on
We are here, we are gone
And time passes on
All the words of your song

Turn the pages
Nothing ages
That's what you will see
Turn the pages
Ring of changes
Is what it will be

The sun when it's rising
Paints a shadow on where it has been
And night is surprising
To the people who stand in between
Filling spaces you see their face
As they wake from their dream
And we will stand looking
Taking note of the things we have seen

And time hurries on
We are here, we are gone
And time passes on
All the words of your song

Turn the pages
Nothing ages
That's what you will see
Turn the pages
Ring of changes
Is what it will be

[Les Holroyd, © BJH Ltd/Handle Music Ltd]


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