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Eclectic (2007)

Barclay James Harvest

While deft sequencing and above average live production lends the illusion that it's one 'gold' set, this expanded CD reissue of a '70s double LP showcase of the enormously popular pastoral proggers is actually culled from sundry live performances.

It's a box of treats - you can't keep down a good song and this four-piece, which by then had fine-tuned its road act (simulating the expansive and expensive symphonic soundscapes of the studio to near perfection) wrote plenty.

Bonuses in 'The World Goes On', previously-unreleased 'Hymn For The Children' and a truly stonking rendition of 'Medicine Man' complement crown-pleasers including 'Mockingbird', 'Suicide', 'Rock 'n Roll Star', encoring as ever with the lovely 'Hymn'.

Couple quality performance to a song catalogue at its peak and share in the rapture this seminal act held its audiences at the height of its powers.


Review by Peter Muir

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***** Out of this world | **** Pretty damn fine |
*** OK, approach with caution unless you are a fan |
** Instant bargain bin fodder | * Ugly. Just ugly

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