Barclay James Harvest

Archive News: 2008

BJH Featured in BBC Prog Rock Season

29th December, 2008

Barclay James Harvest are amongst the bands featured in BBC 4's Prog At The BBC programme to be broadcast on Friday, 2nd January from 21:00 – 22:00 UK time.

The programme, which is repeated at 0340 in the morning of Saturday the 3rd, also includes Yes, Genesis, ELP, Caravan, Gentle Giant and Family, and is part of BBC 4's Prog Rock Season. It seems likely that the BJH material will be drawn from their Old Grey Whistle Test appearances, or, possibly, Top Of The Pops.

Immediately after this programme (22:00–23:30), BBC 4 broadcasts Prog Rock Britannia: An Observation in Three Movements, a documentary about the history of progressive music, structured in three parts. .

BBC 4 can be watched live online at the BBC web site, and for a week after the broadcast, any programme can be seen on the BBC web site via the BBC iPlayer.

Barclay James Harvest Box Set

27th November, 2008

We have managed to obtain a small number of brand-new, sealed copies of the Barclay James Harvest 5CD box set, All Is Safely Gathered In, from a mainland European supplier. The set, with lavish packaging and full-colour 60-page book, was released in December 2005, and has been unavailable for some time. Once these copies are gone, we will not be able to get any more, so don't delay!

Box Set track-listing and ordering details.

Christmas Ordering

27th November, 2008

If you're thinking of getting BJH CDs, DVDs, T-shirts for friends and family (or even for yourself!) for Christmas, the UK Royal Mail's last recommended posting dates for Christmas delivery are as follows:

Please ensure that your order reaches us in good time before these dates. A full list of BJH and related items available can be found on the secure ordering page on this site.

Manchester concert sold out!

12th November, 2008

The John Lees' Barclay James Harvest concert at the Lowry Centre is now completely sold out. We will be maintaining a waiting list in case any tickets are returned: if you weren't successful in booking, but would still like to get tickets, please e-mail us with your name and contact details, stating the number of tickets you require.

Manchester concert sold out!

12th November, 2008

The John Lees' Barclay James Harvest concert at the Lowry Centre is now completely sold out. Many thanks for all your support in making such a success of this, our first venture into direct concert ticket sales through our web sites.

BBC Orchestral Live CD to be Reissued

8th November, 2008

BBC In Concert 1972 CD reissue cover EMI are planning to reissue the BBC In Concert 1972 CD on 26th January, 2009. The single disc features the mono version of the band's classic live performance with their own orchestra, recorded at London's Paris Theatre in November 1972. The CD will be available through our on-line shop, which can supply all currently available BJH catalogue.

Manchester Tickets Selling Fast!

28th October, 2008

All normal tickets for the JLBJH concert at The Lowry Centre at Salford Quays in Manchester on Easter Sunday, the 12th April, 2009, are now completely sold out. However, the promoters have just released fifty extra tickets with a partial view of the stage. In recognition of this, they are offered at a price reduced by £6.00. These seats are at the front (stage) ends of the Stalls Tier and the front (stage) ends of Tier 1 Row B and Tier 2 Row B. See the Quays Theatre seating plan) for reference.

To avoid disappointment, don't delay if you would like to attend this special concert, and book now through the John Lees' Barclay James Harvest web site at this link:

JLBJH Concerts in 2009!

9th October, 2008

It is with great pleasure that we announce the first American concert by any members of the original Barclay James Harvest line-up since 1976. On the 3rd May 2009 John Lees' Barclay James Harvest will headline the last day of the annual Rite of Spring Festival, held at the Keswick Theater, Glenside, Philadelphia. Aside from John Lees and Woolly Wolstenholme, the line up will include Craig Fletcher on bass and vocals, Kevin Whitehead on drums and guest J.J. Lees on Cornet. A guest keyboard player will be announced in the next four weeks. In addition, the possibility of playing further American concerts is being investigated. Meanwhile, don't forget to check out the ROSfest website!

We are also delighted to announce an exclusive one-off concert by JLBJH at The Lowry Centre at Salford Quays in Manchester on Easter Sunday, the 12th April, 2009. This concert will be the only scheduled British appearance at this time by the band and is being staged as a thanks to fans for their continuing loyalty to the group and to serve as a warm up for May's activity overseas. Tickets for this unique event will be available ONLY from this web site or by post from the International BJH Fan Club. The price of every ticket will include a free concert programme in the form of a specially produced new edition of the fan-club magazine, Nova Lepidoptera. More details about how to order tickets will be released soon through this web site and in our e-mail news bulletins - if you haven't already, sign up now!

Finally, EMI Records intend to release a new deluxe edition of Once Again around this time which will include previously unreleased alternative versions of tracks from the original album, along with a bonus DVD disc which features a 5.1 surround mix of the album recently done by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios. More details of the final content of the package will appear in the coming weeks.

Mandalaband III Progress Report

29th June, 2008

David Rohl has added lots of new tracks to the Mandalaband MySpace page now. None of them is finished yet - there are still a lot of lead vocals to do, plus all of Ashley Mulford's guitars, Kim Turner's percussion and Geoffrey Richardson's violas and sax solos. Amongst the pieces to be heard is a rough mix of a new piece by Woolly entitled "Nimrod".

The plan is to release not one but two new concept albums - the first is to be called BC – Ancestors and will cover "the heroic age of our ancient ancestral history (leading up to the birth of Christ)". The second album will be entitled AD – Sangreal and concerns itself with "the Romano-Spanish legends surrounding the Holy Grail (minus King Arthur)".

Woolly Contributes to New Mellotron Book

16th June, 2008

Desert Hearts’ new book on the Mellotron featuring a wonderful interview with Woolly on life, the Mellotron and everything, is due to be published on September 1st, but special preview copies may be ordered now direct from Desert Hearts, and will be available from Monday July 14th. Orders can be placed through the Desert Hearts web site, or by post using this order form.

The 592-page hardback book includes twenty-plus interviews with classic exponents of the Mellotronic art including the Moody Blues, Strawbs, King Crimson, Yes and Genesis as well as later groups like Steve Hackett, XTC, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, IQ, the Flower Kings and the 21st Century Schizoid Band.

Watch out for details of the August "MelloFest" book launch, plus special guests.

Changes to Online Shop Payments

10th June, 2008

With effect from 20th June, we are switching our payment processor for the BJH online shop to PayPal. All this means in effect is that anyone paying by debit or credit card will get redirected to a PayPal payment page, but they will not have to sign up for an account with PayPal. Through PayPal we can accept not only Mastercard and Visa cards, but also Maestro, American Express, EC, Solo etc., plus direct payments from a bank account. These methods of payment are enabled already, so the only change will be that after June 20th you will not be able to use Visa or Mastercard without going through the PayPal page. Payments though the post by cash, cheque or Postal Order are unaffected.

Original Live Tapes CD in Stock

24th May, 2008

Now in stock, a limited number of brand-new copies of the original Polydor non-remastered double CD of Live Tapes. Please note that this is not the more recent Eclectic Discs version, and so has no bonus tracks, but does include all of the songs from the original vinyl double LP and comes in a "fat" double disc jewelcase. Full details on the CD and DVD sales page.

New "Best Of" Released in Germany

17th May, 2008

Welcome To The Show - The Best Of Barclay James Harvest A new Polydor/Universal 2CD compilation entitled Welcome To The Show - The Best Of Barclay James Harvest has appeared in Germany. The tracklisting covers the band's Polydor material between 1974 and 1990, as follows:

CD1: Life Is For Living; Hymn; Victims Of Circumstance; Love On The Line; Halfway To Freedom; Paper Wings; Love Is Like A Violin; Friend Of Mine; Taking Me Higher; Our Kid's Kid; I've Got A Feeling; The Streets Of San Francisco; Poor Man's Moody Blues; Song For You

CD2: Rock 'N' Roll Star; Just A Day Away; Loving Is Easy; Welcome To The Show; Child Of The Universe; Blow Me Down; Panic; Kiev; Hymn For The Children; Berlin; Cheap The Bullet; Waiting For The Right Time; Mockingbird (Berlin live version); Rock 'N' Roll Lady

Radio Broadcasts CD Now In Stock

8th April, 2008

The Polydor/Universal After The Day - The Radio Broadcasts 1974 - 1976 double CD is now in stock, and can be ordered through the secure order form on this web site.

Radio Broadcasts CD Delayed Slightly

31st March, 2008

Polydor/Universal have just told us that the Barclay James Harvest After The Day - The Radio Broadcasts 1974 - 1976 double CD, which was due out today, has been delayed slightly. The new release date is April 14th, but Universal have said that they will try to get our copies to us a few days ahead of that date. We will send out all advance orders as soon as we have the CDs.

Many thanks for your patience.

BJH Album to be Featured on the Radio - Your Choice!

18th March, 2008

Skyline 102.5FM in Southampton and Forest FM in Dorset broadcast a classic rock show called Dark Side Of The Moon, which regularly features BJH songs.

In two weeks' time BJH will have the featured album on the show, and you can decide which one! The only conditions are that it has to be from the 70s, it has to be a studio album and the presenter, Gary Jackson, will choose the tracks to be played from it.

Get voting now on the fans' forum on this site, and hear the results on Skyline 102.5FM and online at, on Friday April 4th between 8 and 10pm UK time - in the meantime, why not check out the station, and Gary's show in particular, which goes out every Friday evening.

Video Clips and Photos from Awards Night

14th March, 2008

Video clips from the Radio Regenbogen Awards Night, including the presentation of John's award and the JLBJH performances of "Hymn" and "Child Of The Universe", can now be seen on the videoclips page of this site.

Photos from the event can be found on the Radio Regenbogen picture gallery

Norman Smith

6th March, 2008

Norman Smith, the producer of Barclay James Harvest and Once Again, died on Monday, 3rd March, aged 85. In 1959 Smith started at Abbey Road Studios as a tape operator (as did Alan Parsons some time later) before becoming an engineer, working on all of the recordings by The Beatles until 1965 when EMI promoted him from engineer to producer. He produced Pink Floyd's The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn, A Saucerful Of Secrets and Ummagumma, and The Pretty Things' S.F. Sorrow. In 1971 he began making his own records under the name Hurricane Smith and scored hit singles such as "Don't Let It Die" and "Oh Babe, What Would You Say?". He was active into his eighties, issuing a new CD including re-recordings of his hit singles in 2004, and publishing his memoirs, John Lennon Called Me Normal, in 2007.

Award Time For John And Woolly

3rd March, 2008

John and Woolly will be travelling to Germany this week to be presented with a Lifetime Award for their musical achievements. JLBJH will also appear on stage for playback versions of two songs during the 2008 awards show, which will be broadcast live on the radio and over the net from the Karlsruhe Schwarzwaldhalle.

The show takes place this Friday, March 7th, and live coverage of the build up starts at 17.30 UK time, with the actual show beginning at 19.30. In Germany the show can be heard on Radio Regenbogen on 102.8, 100.4 and 101.1 MHz according to region, whilst the rest of the world can hear it on the web at - the site is in German, but from the front page all you need to do is look for "Webradio", then click on the Windows-MediaPlayer or Realplayer link as appropriate. The site also promises a live video stream of the show.

Radio Broadcasts 2CD now on Pre-Order

23rd February, 2008

After The Day - Barclay James Harvest Radio Broadcasts CD The Universal double CD of After The Day: The Radio Broadcasts 1974-1976, is now confirmed for release on March 31st. The price is £12.00 including UK postage and packing (£13.00 for the rest of Europe, £14.00 elsewhere), and the set can now be pre-ordered through the secure order form on this web site.

BBC Recordings Double CD - Coming Soon

20th February, 2008

Universal will shortly be releasing a 2CD set which gathers up all of the previously unreleased recordings which Barclay James Harvest made for the BBC. Whilst the Harvest-era John Peel sessions and the 1972 orchestral concert have already been comprehensively covered in EMI's BJH remasters, the recordings which the band made for the BBC whilst they were signed to Polydor have not been officially released at all - until now.

The set, entitled After The Day: BBC Recordings 1974-1976, has the following tracks:

Disc 1:
  1. Summer Soldier [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  2. Medicine Man [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  3. Crazy City: [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  4. After The Day: [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  5. Negative Earth: [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  6. She Said [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  7. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  8. Paper Wings [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]
  9. For No One [BBC Radio One "In Concert"]

Disc 2:
  1. For No One [BBC Radio One John Peel Session]
  2. Paper Wings [BBC Radio One John Peel Session]
  3. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster [BBC Radio One John Peel Session]
  4. Crazy City [BBC Radio One John Peel Session]
  5. Negative Earth [BBC Radio One Bob Harris Show Session]
  6. Sweet Jesus [BBC TV "Old Grey Whistle Test" Live Studio Session]
  7. Hymn For The Children [BBC TV "Old Grey Whistle Test" Live Studio Session]
  8. Crazy City [BBC "Rock Around the World" Series]
  9. Polk Street Rag [BBC "Rock Around the World" Series]
  10. Rock 'N' Roll Star [BBC "Rock Around the World" Series]
  11. Suicide [BBC "Rock Around the World" Series]

Release date is still to be confirmed, but is expected to be in late March. We will be stocking the set as soon as it is available, and will send out a bulletin to all free news list subscribers very shortly with all the details.

Japanese EMI CDs Out Now

14th February, 2008

Japanese EMI card sleeve CDs The Japanese mini-LP card-sleeve reproductions of the band's first four albums as remastered CDs are out now, and include the same bonus tracks as the European EMI remasters which were issued in May 2002.

We're unable to supply these CDs through this site, but copies are already being offered for sale on eBay, or they can be ordered from Japanese sites such as HMV Japan (site also available in English!).

Limited Edition Box Set For Japanese Card Sleeves

1st February, 2008

Promo box for Japanese card-sleeve Barclay James Harvest CDs Tokyo-based Disk Union record store chain is again producing a limited edition promotional box for buyers of the full set of EMI card-sleeve reissues of the band's first four studio albums, due out on February 14th - expect copies to turn up on eBay shortly after the release date!

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