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Barclay James Harvest - Octoberon – Deluxe, Expanded Remaster album review

Album Review

Barclay James Harvest's soft-centred 1976 set gets a new sonic makeover.

BJH always seemed to have one foot in symphonic prog and the other in laid back soft rock, and by the latter half of the 1970s they were leaning ever further towards the latter territory. Yet this seven-track LP still showcases their rare skill with harmony-laden melodies and engagingly eccentric creative touches. This reissued version, complete with a stereo overhaul, sells the CD/DVD package pretty well, although there’s not a huge amount to mark it out from the remastered CD version that came out in 2003, save for gutsier live clips of Rock’n’Roll Star and The World Goes On, recorded for The Old Grey Whistle Test.

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