Barclay James Harvest’s first, eponymous album – originally released on the Harvest label (not necessarily named after them, despite some information even in the booklet to this reissue) in 1970, and already reissued in remastered form in 2002 with bonus tracks under the title “Their First Album”. It’s now being made available as a four disc set – three CDs and a DVD. The CDs feature the original mix of the album, a new mix for 2018, and bonus tracks (several previously unreleased) including single A and B-sides, BBC Radio sessions and one original Woolly Wolstenholme demo (of Dark Now My Sky). The DVD contains a brand new 5.1 surround mix of the album, the original stereo mix, some of the additional tracks and a short 1968 film called “Mr Sunshine” which features Early Morning, Washing The Dishes and Mr Sunshine. There’s also a comprehensive and well illustrated 68 page booklet to accompany the sounds. The newly remastered original mix is crisp, and compares favourably to both the original release and the 2002 reissue. » Continue Reading.
What does it sound like?:
Released by Esoteric in April 27th, this is a mostly instrumental 4 CD set – of the 87 tracks, only one (She’ll Be Waiting on the first CD) has vocals. These tracks range from 38 seconds to 17-and-a-half minutes in duration and, across the four CDs in this set, the sound varies hugely. Much of the music contained on these discs is very filmic or incidental music, and I have the feeling that quite a lot of the material from CDs 2 and 3 – in particular – were actually written as library music pieces. CD 1 – Private Parts & Pieces Vol IX: Dragonfly Dreams – originally came out in 1996 and is the most immediately listener friendly disc in this set. Mostly classical/acoustic guitar pieces, it’s much more in-keeping with what the “casual” Anthony Phillips listener may expect. CD 2 – Private Parts & Pieces Vol X: Soiree – was originally released in 1999. This is all piano music, quasi-classical if you will, and the reverb-drenched sound is not necessarily the most appealing to the ear. CD 3 – Private Parts & Pieces Vol XI: City Of Dreams – originally issued in » Continue Reading.