Barclay James Harvest - Everyone Is Everybody Else album review
Barclay James Harvest's brave new world given the surround sound treatment
They say a change is as good as a rest and for Barclay James Harvest in the 1973 that meant finding a new label. Cut adrift from EMI’s Harvest after their four albums had failed to achieve any significant commercial momentum, the quartet from Oldham looked about for a new home. Saddled with the debt accrued from an acclaimed but disastrously costly tour with an orchestra, the band were forced to rethink their sweet melange of gently rocked-up folk and pop. Changing what you do in the face of adversity is always a gamble but it’s one that paid off.
It’s perhaps no accident that their first Polydor release possesses a tougher sheen, a result, one suspects, to do with a determination to prove themselves a viable outfit with wider appeal, as much as producer Rodger Bain’s beefier sonics honed from his earlier work with Black Sabbath.