Octoberon [UK Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Paul Collins
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Paul Collins
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. [Octoberon was reissued in 2003 with five additional bonus cuts.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/27/2003
  • Label: Universal I.S.
  • UPC: 044006539928
  • Catalog Number: 653992
  • Sales rank: 52,239

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 The World Goes On (6:30)
  2. 2 May Day (7:58)
  3. 3 Ra (7:20)
  4. 4 Rock N' Roll Star (5:17)
  5. 5 Polk Street Rag (5:38)
  6. 6 Believe in Me (4:23)
  7. 7 Suicide? (7:59)
  8. 8 Rock N' Roll Star (4:55)
  9. 9 Polk Street Rag (5:34)
  10. 10 Ra (7:24)
  11. 11 Rock N' Roll Star (3:19)
  12. 12 Suicide? (7:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barclay James Harvest Primary Artist
John Lees Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Richie Close Conductor
Les Holroyd Acoustic Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Vocal Harmony
Mel Pritchard Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Steve Smith Engineer
Barclay James Harvest Producer
Richie Close Arranger
David Rohl Producer, Engineer
Phil Smee Packaging
Mark Powell Producer, Liner Notes
Paschal Byrne Remastering
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