Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

Barclay James Harvest Album Mappe

XII

XII LP-Hülle

LP: Polydor 2460 282, September 1978
LP: Polydor Club-Sonderauflage 27234-4, 1978
MC: Polydor, September 1978
CD: Polydor 821 941-2, 30. Juli 1984
CD: Remaster mit 5 Bonustracks, Polydor/Universal 065 571-2, 2. Juni 2003


Seite 1
Fantasy: Loving Is Easy (John Lees)
Berlin (Les Holroyd)
Classics: A Tale Of Two Sixties (John Lees)
Turning In Circles (Les Holroyd)
Fact: The Closed Shop (John Lees)
In Search Of England (Woolly Wolstenholme)

Seite 2
Sip Of Wine (Les Holroyd)
Harbour (Woolly Wolstenholme)
Science Fiction: Nova Lepidoptera (John Lees)
Giving It Up (Les Holroyd)
Fiction: The Streets Of San Francisco (John Lees)


Bonustracks auf remasterter CD:
Berlin (Les Holroyd) [Single edit]
Loving Is Easy (John Lees) [Singleversion]
Turning in Circles (Les Holroyd) [First mix]
The Closed Shop (John Lees) [First mix]
Nova Lepidoptera (John Lees) [Ambient instrumental mix]



Aufnahmedetails

Aufnahmestudio:
Strawberry Studios North, Stockport

Aufnahmedaten:
März bis Juli 1978

Produzent:
Barclay James Harvest und Martin Lawrence

Toningenieur:
Martin Lawrence



Titel

Ziemlich offensichtlich, aber es ist nur dann BJHs zwölftes Album, wenn man die Starline-Zusammenstellung Early Morning Onwards wegläßt, die inzwischen gestrichen worden war, und Live-Alben und EMIs The Best Of Barclay James Harvest wieder hinzuzählt. Der Titel paßte auch, weil die Band zwölf Jahre lang zusammengearbeitet hatte.



Hülle

Das Konzept war von Maldwyn Reece Tootill, der auch Gone To Earth entwarf, und die Ausführung übernahm Chris Clover. Die LP sollte auch ein großes Ausklapp-Poster mit dem Coverdesign auf einer Seite und Texten auf der anderen haben. Polydor UK vergaß allerdings die Poster in der ganzen ersten Auflage, fügte sie aber später bei mit einem Aufkleber "includes free poster". Originale haben eine gestanzte Hülle, wogegen spätere Exemplare eine glatte Glanzhülle und kein Poster enthalten. Ausgaben aus anderen Ländern, z.B. Deutschland, haben die Texte nicht auf einem Poster, sondern auf einem kleineren Faltblatt.



Martin Lawrence

Als die Aufnahmen begannen, produzierte David Rohl, wurde aber wegen Meinungsverschiedenheiten auf halbem Wege durch Martin ersetzt. Martin war hauptsächlich der Toningenieur von Strawberry, hat aber seitdem mehrere BJH-Alben coproduziert und mit Gruppen wie 10cc und Joe Longthorne gearbeitet.


Fantasy: Loving Is Easy

Alle Songs von John auf diesem Album haben Titel wie die Abteilungen einer Bücherei; allerdings wäre das wohl etwas effektiver gewesen, wenn Les und Woolly sich dem Muster angeschlossen hätten. In der Singleversion war der Text von "Loving Is Easy" zensiert, aber hier steht er in seiner vollen schmutzigen Länge!

Text:
Even the bad times are good when you're around
Darlin', you kiss away all my blues
Even the hard times are easy to face
'Cause I know that your love will come through

You light up my flame, then you drive me insane
There ain't nothing that you cannot do
Then you rip up my heart, you just tear it apart
As I shoot all my love into you

Lovin' is easy with both eyes closed
You know that's the best way to feel it
Lovin' is easy with both eyes closed
Just get a hold and watch how it grows

Even the bad times are good when you're around
Darlin', you kiss away all my blues
Even the hard times are easy to face
'Cause I know that your love will come through

You tear up my soul and then fill up the whole
Of your being, your love, your desire
Then you grab for my heart and just tear it apart
As I shoot all my love in your fire

Lovin' is easy with both eyes closed
You know that's the best way to feel it
Lovin' is easy with both eyes closed
Just get a hold and watch how it grows

[John Lees, © St. Annes Music]


Berlin

Les' Klassiker wurde von Berlins Zustand inspiriert, welches zu jener Zeit noch durch die Mauer in Ost und West geteilt war. Die westliche Hälfte der Stadt war eine "Insel", völlig von der DDR umschlossen.

Text:
Came to your border
Looking back into the night
Falling down on the city lights far away

Tell me the answer
Who knows the wrong from the right?
Years may come and years they go
You've seen your bridges burning
And the wheels of time keep turning

Like a ship in the night
You passed along the highways of my life
And now my mind you're always in
And the ten-thirty flight will soon be headed my way
As she sails across the skyway of Berlin

Oh, and to think of all the changes you have seen
Oh, and reflect upon the way it might have been

Like a ship in the night
You passed along the highways of my life
And now my mind you're always in
And the ten-thirty flight will soon be headed my way
As she sails across the skyway of Berlin

[Les Holroyd, © St. Annes Music]


Classics: A Tale Of Two Sixties

Johns liebevoller Blick zurück auf einige seiner frühen Einflüsse: der Titel ist ein Wortspiel um Charles Dickens' Buch A Tale Of Two Cities. Die weniger bekannten erwähnten Gruppen usw. sind mitunter Easy Rider, ein Film mit den Byrds im Soundtrack, Bob Dylans Rolling Thunder Revue und Arthur Lee von der Band Love, auf deren klassischem Album Forever Changes auch "Andmoreagain" vertreten ist. "Chairman Young", dessen Gedanken den Song angeblich inspirierten, arbeitete mit John Crowther zusammen und stellte BJH die Musik von Gruppen wie Love vor.

Text:
I'm hitting the road to heading nowhere
Got no place to go
I'm stuck inside my generation
Round and round I go

I'm sick of the sound of Rolling Thunder
Times they were a-changing
And rock 'n' roll died with Easy Rider
Tearing up my traces

David Bowie was Hunky Dory
Aladdin quite insane
Give me the sound of Arthur Lee with
Forever Changes, I'll remember
Andmoreagain, don't leave me ever
Buddy Holly say "Baby, please be mine"
All the time

I'm cutting out now before the New Wave
Takes my surf board flair
Remember the time when Zappa said
"Punk, where you going with that flower in your hair?"

There's so many who's whos Rolling Stones
Rod Stewarts and Small Faces
And Tommy's the king of the pinball flings
That chased my generation

David Bowie was Hunky Dory
Aladdin quite insane
Give me the sound of Arthur Lee with
Forever Changes, I'll remember
Andmoreagain, don't leave me ever
Buddy Holly say "Baby, please be mine"
All the time

[John Lees, © St. Annes Music]


Turning In Circles

Ein Liebeslied von Les mit einem ähnlichen Thema wie "Hard Hearted Woman"; irgendwie scheint es wie ein Vorgänger von "Life Is For Living".

Text:
How come you happened to be hanging around
When I was looking for a good time?
I thought I always had my feet on the ground
I've got the feeling that it won't be for long

Take it easy, you're moving too fast
You're gonna make it, but let's make it last
The way you're dancing ain't good for my soul
The situation's getting out of control

(You've got me)
Turning in circles
Where do I go?
Turning in circles
Crazy I know

How come you happened to be hanging around
When I was looking for a good time?
I thought I always had my feet on the ground
I've got the feeling that I'm spinning and spinning
(You've got me)
Turning in circles
Where do I go?
Turning in circles
Crazy I know

[Les Holroyd, © St. Annes Music]


Fact: The Closed Shop

Der "closed shop" war eine kontroverse Praktik, wo Arbeitern Jobs verwehrt wurden, wenn sie nicht in der Gewerkschaft waren. Obwohl John keinesfalls gegen die Gewerkschaften war, fand er diese Maßnahme destruktiv zu einer Zeit, wo manche Leute fanden, daß die britischen Gewerkschaften zuviel politische Kraft hatten. Die Maßnahme wurde später gesetzlich verboten und der Einfluß der Gewerkschaften stark geschädigt.

Text:
Born a poor worker's son
Taught to fight for all his rights
Life for him's just begun
Union might is the leading light

It's a shame and it's a sin
They don't know the mood they're in
Until they strike for what is right
Not what has been

Shop floor, that's where he's at
Back to back, bring out the rack
Squeeze them 'til they retract
Wield the gun, see how they run

It's a shame and it's a sin
They don't know the mood they're in
Until they strike for what is right
Not what has been

All out for freedom, all out for more
Show them we mean it, tell them the score
Brother for brother, that's what we're for
Don't give us your reasons
Our reason has gone out the door

Born a poor worker's son
Taught to fight for all his rights
Life for him's just begun
Union might is the leading light

It's a shame and it's a sin
They don't know the mood they're in
Until they strike for what is right
Not what has been

[John Lees, © St. Annes Music]


In Search Of England

Woolly: "Dies ist ein Song über Jugend und Prinzipien auf einer Seite und Erfahrung auf der anderen, eine Art Vater-Sohn-Kiste. Trotz der Reihenfolge, in der sie auf dem Album erscheinen, war es der letzte Song, den ich mit BJH aufnahm."

Text:
THE BOY
I was cast adrift, without a hope
My only friend is my old boat
With an empty sea and an open sky
A void no man can justify

THE OLD MAN
Your sacrifices will ensure
A port of refuge ever more
Lost and drowned
We'll wait 'til England's found
Again

THE BOY
I was torn between what was good and right
And those who told me when to fight
So they left me here and they sailed away
To sink or swim 'til Judgement Day

THE OLD MAN
Your sacrifices will ensure
A port of refuge ever more
Lost and drowned
We'll wait 'til England's found
Again

[Stuart John Wolstenholme, © St. Annes Music]


Sip Of Wine

Eine Warnung vor den Gefahren, von Groupies verführt zu werden! Les' frecher Song beinhaltet eins meiner liebsten BJH-Wortspiele: "I held her breath and she was holding mine!". Widerlich!

Text:
On the road and I'm feeling low
Got a ticket for my way back home
I start to feel like a rolling stone
Without company

Down in the bar talking to the trees
I found a lady hanging on my sleeve
I said, "I thank you but I have to leave"
She said, "Stay with me, I need company...
Take a sip of my wine
It's gonna make you feel fine
Come tomorrow, leave it all behind."

I didn't see a warning sign
I held her breath and she was holding mine!
I think I'll be here for a long, long time
If you stay with me, got to be
Take a sip of my wine
It's gonna make you feel fine
Come tomorrow, leave it all behind."

[Les Holroyd, © St. Annes Music]


Harbour

Woolly: "Es geht um die Heimkehr in einem Flugzeug von einer Riesentour oder aus Amerika. Zuerst sollte es eine Single werden und wurde recht schnell aufgenommen, dann aber als Albumtrack verlangsamt, wobei es einiges an Biß verlor."

Text:
To our fore the harbour lights
Shining out like beacons burning
They can stop this endless night
They can stop the wheels from burning

Faces in a setting sun
Say again that we soon will be one

Starlight rakes the silver wing
Bringing home its sons and daughters
No-one knows the state I'm in
Spinning swift above the waters

Faces in a setting sun
Say again that we soon will be one

[Stuart John Wolstenholme , © St. Annes Music]


Science Fiction: Nova Lepidoptera

Der Morseteil am Anfang des Songs buchstabiert "U.F.O.", und der Text wurde aus Titeln und Phrasen aus Johns Science Fiction-Sammlung zusammengesetzt.

Text:
Silver, drifting on high
Deep range star lords
Rebel land of black night
Float by your stars

Mistress of fear see me towards always
Nova bright shine far beyond all time

Beings of the fourth kind
Night time wanderers
Ring worlds timeless in ice
Deep inside gods

Mistress of fear see me towards always
Secret mood of corridors in hyperspace
Nova bright shine far beyond the barriers of night
Take me through the laser beams
The moving sands of Mars to see

Silver, drifting on high
Deep range star lords
Rebel land of black night
Float by your stars

[John Lees, © St. Annes Music]


Giving It Up

Noch ein atmosphärisches Liebeslied mit angehäuften Chören von Les und John per Multitrack.

Text:
I give up my world
And giving it up, it ain't easy
I give up my life
And giving it up, it ain't easy
I give up everything I have
Even give this heart of mine
I would give up my soul
Giving it all for you

I give up my time
And giving it up, it ain't easy
I've made up my mind
And making it up, it ain't easy
Give up everything I have
Think about this heart of mine?
I would give up my soul
Giving it all for you

[Les Holroyd, © St. Annes Music]


Fiction: The Streets Of San Francisco

Basiert auf der gleichnamigen amerikanischen TV-Serie mit Karl Malden. Haight ist ein Vorort der Stadt, und das Golden Gate ist die berühmte Hängebrücke über die "Frisco Bay".
Text:
On a cold misty night
On the corner of Haight
She stood with a Colt 45

The gun in her hand
Awaiting her man
A victim to take by surprise

She's the Golden Gate Park killer
She's the scourge of 'Frisco bay
Where she got herself beat up and left for dead
By a man she felt true love for
But who left her out of hand
Now she's out to take revenge on every man
As she stands there with a pistol in her hand

The victim arrives
She looks in his eyes
He goes for the gun in her hand

Karl Malden was great (unlike the film, though)
But just a bit late (this was the real show)
And got it right between the eyes

She's the Golden Gate Park killer
She's the scourge of 'Frisco bay
Where she got herself beat up and left for dead
By a man she felt true love for
But who left her out of hand
Now she's out to take revenge on every man
As she stands there with a pistol in her hand

[John Lees, © St. Annes Music]


Woolly: "Die Dinge schienen sich paarweise zu ereignen; Ich fand, daß Other Short Stories von Once Again überschattet wurde, und XII wiederum vom Erfolg von Gone To Earth, obwohl sie klangmäßig eher ein Paar sind. Ich persönlich finde, daß manche Songs auf XII besser sind.

So, jetzt bin ich fertig - kann ich dann in die Kneipe?"


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