Progrography

Barclay James Harvest
This is a story of a promise only partially kept. A pair of isolated singles in the late '60s indicated that Barclay James Harvest might be well suited to the growing progressive rock movement, based on their facility for psychedelic pop and (reason enough for induction) their use of the mellotron. Beginning with their eponymous debut in 1970, BJH released roughly an album a year throughout the '70s. But despite more than enough talent to succeed, BJH never really carved out a niche for themselves; when it came time to describe their music, the comparison was invariably drawn to more established bands like The Moody Blues and The Beatles. Their earliest music (up to Baby James Harvest) is a psychedelic treasure chest waiting to be rediscovered (or endless variations on "Puff The Magic Dragon," depending on your stomach for psychedelia). The albums from the '70s are also quite good, but primary songwriters John Lees and Les Holroyd had grown into balladeers rather than space cowboys, leaving Wooly Wolstenholme to author sublime epics on his own. As prog was pushed to the cultural periphery by punk, BJH found themselves playing more to the continent in the '80s (where they were still very popular). In 1999, the band recorded a live album featuring a returning Wolstenholme on keyboards. However, by 2003, Lees and Holroyd were fronting different versions of the band and releasing separate works under the BJH banner. A reconciliation we hope is in the future.

Date ALBUMS / Singles
1968 April Early Morning
1969 June Brother Thrush
1970 June 5 BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
1970 June Taking Some Time On
1971 February ONCE AGAIN
1971 February Mocking Bird
1971 November 5 BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST AND OTHER SHORT STORIES
1972 April I'm Over You
1972 September Breathless
1972 September EARLY MORNING ONWARDS
1972 October Thank You
1972 November 10 BABY JAMES HARVEST
1973 May Rock And Roll Woman
1974 June 14 EVERYONE IS EVERYBODY ELSE
1974 Poor Boy Blues
1974? Negative Earth
1974 November LIVE
1975 October TIME HONOURED GHOSTS
1975 Titles
1976 October OCTOBERON
1977 January THE BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
1977 September GONE TO EARTH
1977 Hymn
1977 LIVE EP (EP)
1978 June 9 LIVE TAPES
1978 September 29 XII
1978 Loving Is Easy
1979 March THE BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST VOLUME 2
1979 November 5 EYES OF THE UNIVERSE
1980 March Capricorn
1980 MOCKING BIRD
1980 Life Is For Living
1981 February THE BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST VOLUME 3
1981 May TURN OF THE TIDE
1981 COLLECTION
1982 July CONCERT FOR THE PEOPLE (BERLIN)
1983 May RING OF CHANGES
1983 Just A Day Away
1983 Waiting For The Right Time
1983 PREMIUM GOLD COLLECTION
1984 April VICTIMS OF CIRCUMSTANCE
1984 Victims of Circumstance
1984 I've Got A Feeling
1985 November THE COMPACT STORY OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
1986 He Said Love
1987 January 30 FACE TO FACE
1987 Panic
1987 October ANOTHER ARABLE PARABLE
1988 April 5 GLASNOST
1989 EXCERPTS FROM WELCOME TO THE SHOW (EP)
1990 March 5 WELCOME TO THE SHOW
1990 Cheap The Bullet
1990 Welcome To The Show
1990 John Lennon's Guitar
1990 October 22 ALONE WE FLY
1991 May 20 THE HARVEST YEARS
1992 THE BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST (Polydor)
1992 Stand Up
1993 May 27 SORCERERS & KEEPERS
1993 June CAUGHT IN THE LIGHT
1993 Who Do We Think We Are?
1996 THE BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST (EMI)
1998 ENDLESS DREAM
1997 Back In The Game
2000 REVIVAL: LIVE 1999
2001 AU NATUREL (EP)
2002 May 14 BRAVE NEW WORLD
2002 ECHOES OF A BRAVE NEW WORLD
2003 August 23 GOLD COLLECTION
2003 September 2 HYMN: THE VERY BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST LIVE
2003 October 6 LIVE IN BONN 30TH OCTOBER 2002
2003 October 6 REVOLUTION DAYS
2003 BBC IN CONCERT
2004 August 30 EVOLUTION YEARS - THE BEST OF BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST
2005 January 10 FESTIVALE
2005 "ALL IS SAFELY GATHERED IN"
2007 LIVE AT THE SHEPHERDS BUSH EMPIRE 2006
2008 AFTER THE DAY: THE RADIO BROADCASTS 1974-1976

SEE ALSO...
JOHN LEES discography
WOOLY WOLSTENHOLME discography

 

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