Barclay James Harvest Album Portfolio

Barclay James Harvest Album Portfolio

Glasnost

Glasnost album cover

LP: Polydor POLD 5219, 5th April, 1988
MC: Polydor POLDC 5219, 5th April, 1988
CD: Polydor 835 590-2, 5th April, 1988
Remastered 2CD: Esoteric Recordings ECLEC2 2384, 25th March, 2013


Poor Man’s Moody Blues (John Lees)
Alone In The Night (John Lees)
Hold On (Les Holroyd)
African (John Lees)
On The Wings Of Love (Les Holroyd)
Love On The Line (Les Holroyd)
Berlin (Les Holroyd)
Medicine Man (John Lees)
Kiev (Les Holroyd)
Hymn (John Lees)
Turn the Key (Les Holroyd) [on CD and MC only]
He Said Love (John Lees) [on CD and MC only]


Remastered 2CD track listing:

Disc 1:
Nova Lepidoptera (John Lees)
Hold On (Les Holroyd)
African (John Lees)
Love On The Line (Les Holroyd)
Alone In The Night (John Lees)
On The Wings Of Love (Les Holroyd)
Mockingbird (John Lees)
Rock And Roll Lady (Les Holroyd)
He Said Love (John Lees)

Disc 2:
Turn the Key (Les Holroyd)
Medicine Man (John Lees)
Kiev (Les Holroyd)
Child Of The Universe (John Lees)
Life Is For Living (Les Holroyd)
Poor Man’s Moody Blues (John Lees)
Berlin (Les Holroyd)
Loving Is Easy (John Lees)
Hymn (John Lees)


Recording Details

Recording Dates:
Recorded on July 14th, 1987 at Treptower Park, East Berlin, using Derks Mobile.

Mixed at Advision Studios, London

Producer:
Gregg Jackman, Barclay James Harvest and Ian Southerington

Engineer:
Gregg Jackman, assisted by Karen Down

Live Engineers:
Gregg Jackman, Gerd Rautenbach and Peter Brandt, assisted by Wally Nitzer

Remix Engineers:
Gregg Jackman and Ian Southerington



Background

BJH were invited by the then East German (DDR) authorities to play a concert in East Berlin as part of Berlin’s 750th birthday celebrations. The original venue was to have been the Island Of Youth, a small island in the middle of a river which flows through the city, but, faced with over 50,000 ticket applications in the first two weeks, the authorities decided to relocate the concert to Treptower Park.

The ticket price was a nominal 4,05 East Marks (equivalent to about 50p), but on the day the ticket collecting arrangements were so haphazard that thousands of people got in for free, making it almost impossible to give an accurate figure for the attendance - estimates varied from 130,000 to 170,000.

Unlike the first Berlin album, the recording went well, and, despite comments about re-recordings, virtually none was done: the clean sound is down to good mixing and, most importantly, an almost flawless live performance by the band.

The remastered double CD from Esoteric Recordings includes the entire concert in the correct running order.



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