Barclay James Harvest

Archive News: 2003

1st December, 2003


Eclectic Discs issue two CDs of interest to BJH fans on January 12th, 2004:-


Before Woolly's new studio album hits the streets, the rare 1982 recordings from the "Black Box" sessions will be made available once again. The new CD, entitled Black Box Recovered, will include all of the songs from the 1982 sessions which appeared on the Songs From The Black Box CD (although "Deceivers All" is a different version, which originally appeared on a compilation called Rime Of the Ancient Sampler - The Mellotron Album). In addition there are nine bonus tracks, including original demos for songs from the 1980 Maestoso album, a previously unreleased song from the 1982 sessions and some live material from an audience recording of a 1982 Mæstoso concert in Vienna. Last, but definitely not least, there's a demo of a brand new song, "Bootham Park Elegy". Full track listing is as follows:

  1. Deceivers All (different mix)
  2. Has To Be A Reason
  3. Down The Line
  4. All Get Burned
  5. Too Much, Too Loud, Too Late
  6. Even The Night
  7. The Will To Fly
  8. Sunday Bells
  9. Open

    Previously unreleased bonus tracks:

  10. Why Remain
  11. Sail Away - Demo
  12. A Prospect Of Whitby - Demo
  13. Patriots - Demo
  14. Quiet Islands - Demo
  15. American Excess - Live
  16. Lives On The Line - Live
  17. Deceivers All - Live
  18. Bootham Park Elegy


On the same day as Black Box Recovered, Eclectic will release a CD of Mandalaband's much sought-after album, The Eye of Wendor: Prophecies. Conceived and recorded at Strawberry Studios in Stockport between 1976 and 1977 by producer David Rohl, the album features musical and vocal appearances by Barclay James Harvest, 10cc, Justin Hayward (The Moody Blues), Maddy Prior (Steeleye Span), Noel Redding (Jimi Hendrix Experience), Sad Café and the Hallé Orchestra. The Eclectic Discs reissue is digitally remastered from the original master tapes and will feature the original album artwork and booklet alongside extensive liner notes and photographs and an extra previously unreleased bonus alternate mix of "Dawn Of A New Day", featuring Justin Hayward.

Both of these CDs are available to pre-order now through the secure order form on this site. All pre-orders will be despatched as soon as the CDs are released.

Christmas Orders

If you would like to order any other CDs, T-shirts etc. that you wish to receive before Christmas, please note the following deadlines:

For orders within the UK, we must receive your orders by the 19th December.
For orders to Western Europe, we must receive your orders by the 14th December.
For orders to Eastern Europe, Canada or the USA, we must receive your orders by the 11th December.
For orders to outside Europe and outside Canada/USA, we must receive your orders by the 7th December.

If we receive your orders before or on the above dates, we will do our utmost to get them to you in time for Christmas. Anything after that may still make it, but cannot be guaranteed.

1st November, 2003

ON SALE HERE!  Tour T-shirts, programmes etc.

Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd Tour Update

Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd play a number of shows in France and Switzerland in December. Support for all French dates is Insert Coin. The list of dates now reads:-

     01 DECEMBER:  PARIS Bataclan (Ticket info:
     02 DECEMBER:  YUTZ l'Amphy (Ticket info:
     03 DECEMBER:  ST. ETIENNE - Hall C - Bld. Janin (Ticket info:
     05 DECEMBER:  THANN Relais Culturel (Ticket info:
     06 DECEMBER:  GENEVA Grand Casino (Tickets from GLOBUS Genève (00 41-22-319-55-83) or Centre Commercial BALEXERT - Instand Info)
     07 DECEMBER:  CLERMONT-FERRAND la Cooperative de Mai CANCELLED!
     08 DECEMBER:  JOUES LES TOURS Espace Malraux (Ticket info:
     09 DECEMBER:  EPERNAY Salle des Fêtes CANCELLED!
     10 DECEMBER:  VILLEURBANNE (Lyon) Transbordeur (Ticket info:
     11 DECEMBER:  NANCY Poirel (Ticket info:
     13 DECEMBER:  ISTRES l'Usine (Ticket info:

2003 French Poster

14th December, 2003


The first taster of Woolly Wolstenholme's forthcoming album is now available for download from Woolly's own web site at The album is being recorded at Chapel Studios in Lincolnshire, and is scheduled for release in April 2004 on the Eclectic record label.

1st November, 2003

New Album From Woolly, New Songs From John

On November 10th Woolly Wolstenholme begins recording a new studio album, which will also feature Craig Fletcher and Kevin Whitehead from the Nexus and Revival band line-up, plus guitarist Steve Broomhead, who previously worked with Woolly on Mæstoso. The album will be released next spring on the Eclectic label. The same company will also release CDs of Black Box Recovered, a collection of Woolly rarities and unreleased material, and Mandalaband's Eye Of Wendor - Prophecies, a 1978 concept album which included contributions from all four members of BJH. For more details, see

In the meantime, John Lees has also started writing new material which should be complete by Christmas. It looks likely that 2004 will see a continuation of the collaboration with Woolly under the Barclay James Harvest Through The Eyes Of John Lees banner.

15th October, 2003

Live In Bonn CD

The Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd Live In Bonn, 30th October 2002 CD, originally scheduled for June, and subsequently delayed until October 13th, is now in stock. The same label, Pure Music, has already issued the mid-priced, repackaged version of Revolution Days with new artwork and a bonus track (a studio re-working of "Love On The Line" recorded at the original album sessions). Both CDs can be ordered direct from us using the secure order form on this site.

Live in Bonn, 30th October 2002 cover
  • It's My Life
  • Revolution Day
  • Yesterday's Heroes
  • Prelude
  • January Morning
  • Rock 'N' Roll Star
  • The Song (They Love To Sing)
  • Life Is For Living
  • Marlene

2nd September, 2003

More Compilations

Two new CD collections make their appearance in the form of Gold Collection (R2CD4262), a 2CD boxed set of most of the tracks from Nexus and Revival released by Retro on August 26th, and Hymn - The Best Of Barclay James Harvest Through The Eyes Of John Lees Live (!), a budget-priced CD issued on the Music Club label (MCCD531) on September 15th:

Gold Collection 2CD box set Hymn Best Of BJHTTEOJL Live
The Iron Maiden
Brave New World
Hors d'Oeuvres
Sitting On A Shelf
The Devils That I Keep
Star Bright
A Devilish Intro
She Said
For No One
The Iron Maiden
River Of Dreams
Poor Man's Moody Blues
New Song
She Said
For No One
The Iron Maiden
Mocking Bird
Poor Man's Moody Blues
Loving Is Easy
Brother Thrush

26th July, 2003

Live In Bonn CD

The tracklisting for the forthcoming Live In Bonn 2002 CD has now been confirmed as follows:-

Release date will probably be 6th October, whilst the reissued Revolution Days has been delayed again, to 11th August in the UK and 6th October in Germany. However, we expect to be able to offer the reissued CD, which comes with a bonus studio version of "Love On The Line", through this site by the end of July.

SALE: Revolution Days Tour Merchandise

If you're going to see Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd play live this summer, or even if you can't make the shows, why not buy the tour merchandise in advance and save money! We now have T-shirts, polo-shirts, badges and tour programmes on sale at bargain prices. For details, please see the secure form on this site.

31st May, 2003

Polydor Remasters in Stock

The remastered CDs of the band's first five studio albums for Polydor (see below) are released on June 2nd and are now in stock for immediate despatch. For full information and to order, please see the secure form on this site, or you can read a full review.

28th May, 2003

Revolution Days Delayed

The re-release of Revolution Days has been postponed while manager Alex Rose resolves distribution matters in the UK, Germany and France. We shall keep you informed of the new release date when we know it.

6th May, 2003

Polydor Remasters in June

Polydor/Universal have announced the release of remastered CDs of the band's first five studio albums for the label, namely Everyone Is Everybody Else, Time Honoured Ghosts, Octoberon, Gone To Earth and XII. Each has been newly remastered for the best possible CD sound, and comes with bonus tracks plus a sixteen-page booklet including new sleeve notes and previously unseen photos. See full review.

Release date is June 2nd, and we are now accepting pre-orders through our secure order form. Orders for all five discs received by the end of May will receive not only a discount but also a free "winged woman" badge. Details of the CDs are as follows:-


Everyone Is Everybody Else remastered CD Bonus tracks:


Time Honoured Ghosts remastered CD Bonus track:


Octoberon remastered CD Bonus tracks:


Gone To Earth remastered CD Bonus tracks:


XII remastered CD Bonus tracks:

26th April, 2003

Woolly Out Of Hospital

We're very pleased to say that Woolly has been discharged from hospital and will now spend some time recuperating at home. Many thanks to everyone who sent messages, cards or gifts - they really made a big difference. We'll keep you in the picture as to his progress and, with any luck, his musical activities in the not too distant future.

18th April, 2003

More Les Live Shows

Three more live appearances have been confirmed for Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd, as follows:-

     04 JULY: PLATO IN HELMOND, near Eindhoven, Holland (see
     17 AUGUST: WORMS Weckerlingplatz, Openair (Tickets on sale May 2nd,
     19 SEPTEMBER: NAMUR Festival, Belgium (Ticket information to follow)

Please note that the Dutch gig has a capacity of only 700, so it will be first come, first served for tickets.

10th April, 2003

Les Live Show Confirmed

Les's manager, Alex Rose, has confirmed today that Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd will be playing an open air festival in Germany in July, as follows:-

     05 JULY TUTTLINGEN, Open Air-Sommerfest Honbergsommer

At this time, no other dates have been confirmed, but Alex is looking at possibilities in Holland, also in July, Belgium, probably on the 19th September, followed by some more shows in Holland and a show in Austria in October. The Austrian show may be the start of the indoor tour this year.

Revolution Days Repackaged

Revolution Days is expected to be re-released around the end of April, with new artwork and with "Love On The Line" (a new version recorded at the same time as the album sessions) as an extra track. The album will be the first release on a new label set up by Les and his manager, Alex Rose, called Pure Music Ltd. A forthcoming live CD and DVD of last year's Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd tour will also be released on this label.

1974 Concert BBC Broadcast

News from BBC 6 Music that they will be re-broadcasting BJH's 1974 In Concert programme on Wednesday, April 16th between 22.00 and 23.00 British Summer Time. The concert was recorded on 19th June, 1974 at the Golders Green Hippodrome in London, and originally broadcast on Radio One three days later. BBC 6 Music can be heard on digital radio, online via the BBC Radio Player, satellite TV, cable TV and freeview. For more information, see the 6 Music web site at

15th March, 2003

EMI Repackages

Double CD repackage from EMIEMI will be releasing a double CD set of the Baby James Harvest and Once Again remastered CDs, complete with all the bonus tracks, on March 17th. Be warned that the CD set is copy-protected by EMI, meaning that it may not play on some computers. You can order now through our secure form.

On April 7th the single disc mono version of the BBC In Concert CD will be issued, and this will be the only version available once stocks of the limited double CD are exhausted. Detailed track listings can be found on the Archive News pages.

14th February, 2003


25th Anniversary Concert DVD sleeveClassic Rock Productions release a new DVD entitled 25th Anniversary Concert on February 18th. The DVD is an edited version of the 1992 Best Of Barclay James Harvest Live video, recorded at London's Town and Country Club on February 16th, 1992. Track listing is:-

Mockingbird; Medicine Man; Play To The World; Life Is For Living; Rock 'N' Roll Lady; Poor Man's Moody Blues; Stand Up; Hymn

BONUS FEATURE Classic Rock Showcase (43 minutes): (i) Uriah Heep - Acoustically Driven; (ii) Mostly Autumn - The Spirit of Autumn Past; (iii) Nektar - Live; (iv) Caravan - At Nearfest; (v) Fairport Convention - The Rocky Road; (vi) John Lawton Band - Still Payin' My Dues; (vii) Karnataka - Heaven Can Wait

The DVD comes in European and Japanese PAL Region 2 format and in NTSC Region 1 for North America and the cover artwork is by Rodney Matthews. Both versions can be ordered now using the secure form on this site.

6th January, 2003

Revolution Days to be Reissued

Following the demise of M Records, the Revolution Days CD is set to be re-released as soon as possible. The date is yet to be announced, but it will be released with new artwork and at least one previously unreleased track in addition to the original recordings.

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