Berlin 2. Loving Is Easy 3. Mockingbird 4. Sip Of Wine 5. Nova Lepidoptera 6. In Memory Of The Martyrs 7. Life Is For Living 8. Child Of The Universe 9. Hymn Total Time: This is apparently an official Poygram International music B. In every case is published with an official license but with totally different artwork. Recorded live in Berlin in front ofpeople, this is a fine representation of just how big BJH became in continental Europe.
While still languishing in relative obscurity in their native UK, they were a headline act in the likes of West Germany where their albums sold in their truckloads. The track listing leans heavily on their Polydor recordings with their album "XII" contributing RocknRoll Lady - Barclay James Harvest - Berlin (A Concert For The People) significant proportion of the songs. Only the perennial "Mockingbird" remains from the Harvest years, the version here giving the song a new lease of life.
The chosen selections are strong, highlights being the powerful "Nova Lepidotera", and the anthemic "Hymn". The performance is tight, and although the audience reaction is strong, the scale of the event is largely lost on an audio only recording.
This may also be partly due to the fact that some of the music was re- recorded later in the studio and overdubbed. For those who enjoy the music of BJH, this album makes a worthy addition to your collection.
The most important live track here in my opinion is Hymn, of which you can hear the best live version. A great "shouted" version from John and I Can´t Move No Mountain - Blood, Sweat And Tears - Previously Unreleased all the people of West Berlin!!!
Whatever the reasons, and I do believe some commentators have seriously over-stated the amount of re-recording that took place, this is not the most artistically successful of BJH's live albums, though inevitably it was a commercial success. It isn't that they are bad, it's just they don't stand out enough from studio originals or some other version. Best and worst?
For me, Sip Of Wine is the most successful song here. Though in itself a simple throwaway pop number, it is performed with much bounce and vigour, and crucially the coda sees the band at last stretch out, shifting into a different rhythm pattern and the guitar solo gets extensively reworked and extended. Low point for me has to be Child Of The Universe: it's still a good song, My Apology - DJ Dave & Dany BPM - My Apology sings it well and I can see why they played it at this concert, but Child Oh, and it has some irritating tinkly piano constantly rubbishing about in the background.
Oh, and Mocking Bird is just as disappointing! I come across fans who rave about this album, but I just have to disagree. For a committed BJH fan it is a worthwhile purchase, enjoyable with some unspectacular nice songs but little to lift it out of the ordinary. Above all else, there is virtually no sense of occasion whatsoever despite the presence of a huge audience While the studio version from "Hymn" and its awfull orchestrations could just bored me to death, I have to say that while played life, it turned out to be very pleasant.
It is again the case here as it was on "Live Tapes". Two great songs from their earlier repertoire will also boost this live album : "Mockingbird" of course I guess BJH played this number at each live set since "Once Again" as well as "Child of the Universe" from "Everyone". But I am afraid that four great tracks can hardly make a great live album. BJH was extremely popular in Germany in those days.
They could have released a wonderful live album, but therefore they should have played some more older songs, which was probably not the mood of the day. To date, this the poorest BJH live.
And we are lucky that no tracks from the disgusting "Eyes Of The Universe" album are featured. Two stars. This one would have been a great EP. Is it the fact that it was issued during the 80s? Everybody knows about the significance of this concert where berliners gathered at the Reichstag in Berlin to show support for the people of the other side of the city, still separated by the famous wall back then in There is a lot to like on this release.
Beside the historical aspect, this was a great concert; the track list is well balanced between oldies and RocknRoll Lady - Barclay James Harvest - Berlin (A Concert For The People) new tracks as only the better ones have been chosen for this event.
One can always complaint about why this particular song was not included and why that 'stinky' one was performed. I don't know of any compilation, best-of or live albums that can satisfy every fan as each one has their own idea of the ideal best-of.
The music is tight, definitely more powerful than what we can hear from the studio recordings. A beautiful majestic rendition full of emotions clearing the way for a wonderful musical evening.
A great concert, a band on top of his game full of energy,the attendance under the charm and the listener like me happy. This was a big commercial success as this album sold big time! My review is based on one of the first LP versions, which has a totally different running order and two additional songs, both originally on the mediocre "Eyes of the Universe" - the dreadful "Love on the Line" sounding Sticks & Stones - Various - Pigtrådsmusik 1 an Alan Parsons gone bad, and the rollicking "Rock 'n Roll Lady", rendered almost redundant by the superior and similar Sip of Wine.
Some of the highlights include the romantic keyboard laden "Berlin", the ponderous "In Memory of the Martyrs" which is far more successful as a live work than in the studio, mostly because of its lushness and acoustics, the spacey and solemn "Nova Lepidoptera", and the rousing closer "Hymn". In general the keyboards are pretty well done for the time period, even if they don't come close to replacing Woolly. The audience is very much a part of the historic concert and clearly even the Brits, long accused of ignoring the group, caught wind of the significance of the concert and LP, for they propelled "Berlin" to Number 16 on the UK Mariquinha - Various - As Melhores Da Continental 2 2001, the best showing ever by the group.
Buoyed by judicious track selection given the candidates, and an understated approach with accent on variety, this live recording is a valuable document of the live BJH of the early 80s. While Barclay James Harvest is certainly not among my favourite bands and this live album was not recorded during their strongest era, the result is pretty decent.
Especially if you consider it as a live document representing that particular era of the band's history. It is, of course, completely out of order to compare this album with the band's classic first live album which I think is the band's best album period. On the other hand, I actually slightly prefer A Concert For The People over their second live album Live Melissa Manchester - Midnight Blue / Come In From The Rain / You Should Hear How She Talks About You which is a pretty lifeless recording to my ears.
The selection of songs presented here is a good, but also quite short, representation of some of the better songs from this particular era of the band's long history.
However, the studio versions of these songs are clearly better. I would have liked a couple of songs from the slightly underrated Eyes Of The Universe album, but I am happy that they did not include the supposed "classic" Poor Man's Moody Blues, a song I never liked! I don't understand why Barclay James Harvest never managed to make a single album, live or studio with the exception of Barclay James Harvest Livewithout including at least one or two bad songs!
Was it part of their trademark perhaps? The sound of this album is not perfect, but it is still a listenable live recording. Short but decent. But I would not recommend this live album RocknRoll Lady - Barclay James Harvest - Berlin (A Concert For The People) the studio albums from which these songs were taken.
And having this live album in addition to the studio albums is clearly only for fans and collectors. I've always imagined Berlin as an album opener and the song definitely does a good job at that although it doesn't really reach the same intensity here as on the studio version. The rest of the performances vary in quality. The worst example of that is Loving Is Easy which just feels as though RocknRoll Lady - Barclay James Harvest - Berlin (A Concert For The People) band is following their usual routine and lacks in every major category.
I'm also a bit surprised at the performance of Mockingbird which just sounds out of place on this set list and would probably have worked better as an encore number. All in all it's not the best live performance that I've heard from this band but I guess it served it's purpose and turned Barclay James Harvest into big stars in Germany. Still I wish that this would have happened while Woolly Wolstenholme was still in the band. I was used to sayin' that Cherie Cherie - Eddy Wally - 28 Gouden Successen is the weakest BJH-Live-Album with John Lees on board while everybody's thinking of it as the "best", such was the hype about it.
Barclay James Harvest in the Eighties. In this album, the BJH show how the group is good alive. It is a live classic and show the band with a sound more progressive then "Ey Nope the East Germans were not allowed to listen to this Curbstone - Various - The Jazz Story concert.
Guess a lot of the You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker. The renditions from the Seventies era like "Mocking brid" and "Child of the universe" sound good but I miss the moving extra keyboard dimension from Woolly Wolstenholme.
A year before I had witnessed the "Turn of the tide tour" in Mr.
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For others, however, there are complications resulting in a lacklustre product. Due to an electrical malfunction, some of the original tapes were unusable, so what remains is an amalgam of basic tracks from the concert augmented by a degree of studio overdubbing.
While far from ideal, this was the only way RocknRoll Lady - Barclay James Harvest - Berlin (A Concert For The People) salvaging something from this importent event.
I had the memorable souvenir of their magnificent "Live '74" still in my mind and said to myself : this can not be bad. Of course, when you look attentively to the songlist there is little to expect. Latest members reviews I was used to sayin' that this is the weakest BJH-Live-Album with John Lees on board while everybody's thinking of it as the "best", such was the hype about it.
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