Their First Album [UK Bonus Tracks]

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It is churlish to complain, but this bonus-track-stacked remaster of Their First Album is one of those examples where one really does get too much of a good thing. In its original, seven-track form, Barclay James Harvest's sensibly titled debut album was one of the unsung classics of the late '60s, a post-psychedelic pop album that posits a peculiar collision between the Bee Gees' vision of classic grandeur and the heftier sounds leaking out of the rock underground. Add Norman Smith's epic production and one cannot help thinking that if the Pretty Things had ever looked elsewhere for their follow-up to S.F. Sorrow, Barclay James Harvest could have handed it to them on a plate. The opening "Taking Some Time On" is ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide
It is churlish to complain, but this bonus-track-stacked remaster of Their First Album is one of those examples where one really does get too much of a good thing. In its original, seven-track form, Barclay James Harvest's sensibly titled debut album was one of the unsung classics of the late '60s, a post-psychedelic pop album that posits a peculiar collision between the Bee Gees' vision of classic grandeur and the heftier sounds leaking out of the rock underground. Add Norman Smith's epic production and one cannot help thinking that if the Pretty Things had ever looked elsewhere for their follow-up to S.F. Sorrow, Barclay James Harvest could have handed it to them on a plate. The opening "Taking Some Time On" is absolutely phenomenal, churning and riffing on the one hand, positively hymnal on the other -- and poised, during its chorus, to plunge into a virtual dry run for R.E.M.'s "Talk About the Weather." Elsewhere, "When the World Was Woken" is unmistakably daubed in a whiter shade of Procol Harum, while the 12-minute closer, "Dark Now My Sky," is simply spellbinding. Indeed, Their First Album so ranks among the finest albums of the entire early prog boom that the mere prospect of 13 more tracks should leave the connoisseur salivating with anticipation. And so they do, although you need to take short steps as you make your way through them. The feast opens with "Early Morning" and "Mister Sunshine," BJH's debut single from April 1968, and captures the bandmembers in a distinctly pop-psychier mood than they would eventually grasp. From there, the listener moves into the fruit of two sessions recorded for DJ John Peel in April and July 1968, seven songs that include an early and distinctly uncertain stab at the album's "Dark Now My Sky." Two more tracks, "I Can't Go on Without You" and "Eden Unobtainable," date from an abandoned session aimed at recording a follow-up single later in 1968, all adding up to a sterling history lesson -- but all built so resolutely around foundations that the group would soon be departing that, not until the final two tracks, the 1969 single "Brother Thrush" and "Poor Wages," is one actually reminded again of exactly who is being heard, and the sheer majesty of Their First Album is again rekindled. None of which is to say that you're better off simply picking up an unadorned reissue of Their First Album
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2002
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 724353840525
  • Catalog Number: 38405
  • Sales rank: 112,568

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Taking Some Time On (5:30)
  2. 2 Mother Dear (3:20)
  3. 3 The Sun Will Never Shine (5:07)
  4. 4 When the World Was Woken (5:50)
  5. 5 Good Love Child (5:10)
  6. 6 The Iron Maiden (2:42)
  7. 7 Dark Now My Sky (12:05)
  8. 8 Early Morning (2:34)
  9. 9 Mister Sunshine (2:54)
  10. 10 So Tomorrow (3:27)
  11. 11 Eden Unobtainable (3:10)
  12. 12 Night (3:19)
  13. 13 Pools of Blue (3:28)
  14. 14 Need You Oh So Bad (1:17)
  15. 15 Small Time Town (2:12)
  16. 16 Dark Now My Sky (3:42)
  17. 17 I Can't Go on Without You (2:13)
  18. 18 Eden Unobtainable (3:03)
  19. 19 Poor Wages (2:33)
  20. 20 Brother Thrush (3:06)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Barclay James Harvest Primary Artist
Technical Credits
Robert John Godfrey Arranger
Phil McDonald Engineer
Norman Smith Arranger, Producer
Phil Smee Digital Photography
Philip Lloyd-Smee Artwork
Mark Powell Liner Notes, Tape Research
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