Barclay James Harvest Octoberon [UK Bonus Tracks]
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- Released: June 2, 2003
- Originally Released: 2003
- Label: Universal I.S.
- 1.World Goes On - (studio)
- 2.May Day - (studio)
- 3.Ra 7:18 - (studio)
- 4.Rock N Roll Star - (studio)
- 5.Polk Street Rag - (studio)
- 6.Believe In Me - (studio)
- 7.Suicide? - (studio)
- 8.Rock 'N' Roll Star - (Alternate mix, studio, Bonus Track)
- 9.Polk Street Rag - (Alternate mix, studio, Bonus Track)
- 10.Ra - (alternate take, studio, Bonus Track)
- 11.Rock 'N' Roll Star - (studio, Top Of The Pops Recording, Bonus Track)
- 12.Suicide? - (Alternate mix, studio, Bonus Track)
This version of Barclay James Harvest's 1976 album OCTOBERON features five tracks not available on the original album.
Personnel: John Lees (vocals, acoustic guitar, electric guitar); Les Holroyd (vocals, acoustic guitar); Mel Pritchard (drums, percussion).
Audio Remasterer: Paschal Byrne.
Liner Note Author: Mark Powell.
Recording information: Marquee Studios, London, England (??/??/1976-03/15/1977); Strawberry Studios, Stockport, England (??/??/1976-03/15/1977).
Arranger: Richie Close.
With Wolstenholme's keyboards pushed back in the mix, and strangely missing the harmonies that enriched their earlier work, Octoberon is something of a departure for the band. While Wolstenholme's stately "Ra" shows a dabbling in mysticism and the soaring sound of their previous work, most of the album is a strangely glum affair. John Lees adopts a pub rock sound in his compositions, although "May Day" manages to veer unexpectedly into a glorious choral and organ arrangement. "Polk Street Rag," despite its name, is a slick rocker about a sordid X-rated movie house in San Francisco. There's a black humor throughout, as in this brutally funny line from "Suicide?": "Heard a voice shouting 'Don't jump, please for God's sake let me move my car.'" Not up to the level of their best work, but worth a listen for fans. ~ Paul Collins
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