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Cold War - Barclay James Harvest - Caught In The Light (CD, Album)


Download Cold War - Barclay James Harvest - Caught In The Light (CD, Album)
2016
Label: Esoteric Recordings - ECLEC 22542 • Format: 2x, CD Album, Deluxe Edition, Reissue, Remastered • Country: UK & Europe • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Soft Rock, Prog Rock

Knoydart 3. Copii Romania 4. Back To Earth 5. Cold War 6. Forever Yesterday Long Version 7. The Great Unknown 8. Spud-U-Like 9. Silver Wings Once More A Matter of Time Ballad of Denshaw Mill Tracks on Disc 2: 1.

Life Is For Living 2. John Lennon's Guitar 3. Crazy City 4. Rock N' Roll Lady 6. Berlin 7. Poor Man' Moody Blues 8. Stand Up 9. Shadows On The Sky Review: RIFF-it. RIFF-it good. Listen while you read! Add Comment. A Matter Of Time 2. Back To Earth 3. Ballad Of Denshaw Mill 4. Cold War 5. Copii Romania 6. Forever Yesterday 7. Knoydart 8. Once More 9. Silver Wings Spud-u-like The Great Unknown As the final number of this album is arriving soon, the feeling is a bit too mellowish with "A Matter Of Time".

It is now a bit too much, although guitar and keys are very nicely played but this is a constant during this work. It reminds me Mostly Autumn untill the vocals enter the scene. It is one of the longest BJH song ever. Talking about an epic is probably out of purpose. It is too uniform boring for this. Actually, it is a major disappointment to get such a long song without texture.

I would have expected something bigger to close this good album. The end is near for BJH, and even if I have no clue who was still interested in their music in I have to admit that this album is a very good surprise. A bit too long, probably by two or three songs. So, from time to time I am rewarded in reviewing a band's almost entire catalogue.

This album sounds as if Woolly had come back! Three stars but seven out of ten if I had been able to rate on this scale. I thought 3 years of rest would have helped the band coming back with another inspired effort, a sense of freshness or even maybe something a little bit different.

But sadly, what we have here is the same old BJH. If you guess the 2 songwriters wrote 6 tunes each, great news! As BJH is clowning itself, so am i. Thus i will keep this review shorter than usual.

What do you want me to say? Yes sadly nothing has changed so far. Trying too hard is not always good when sometimes keeping it simple and real is better.

Sometimes you can feel the authenticity of an emotion, but when you try to force it, it comes flat. Sadly , he is not coming with any new masterpieces either. I guess John Lees loves all those musical trips to the past. This is one of the highlight of this album. The music doesn't really get adventurous or elaborated as one would have expect. Not bad but a few minutes less wouldn't have hurt this song. The same Ol', same Ol, same old story! Barclay James Harvest and other short predictable stories!!!

This is not a great album, this is not bad either as usual! Right in the middle! While that album was hardly up to par with the band's 70's output, it did constitute some kind of return to the form and quality of early 80's albums like Turn Of The Tide and Ring Of Changes.

This small but obvious improvement over previous albums might make us expect even greater things from this follow up album. The nice cover art work by Rodney Matthews who has made many cover art pictures for Prog acts as well as the extended song lengths for this album might raise our expectations even further.

However, anyone with such higher expectations was certainly in for a major disappointment with Caught In The Light. The cover art work features the band's trademark butterfly, this time up in space again and thereby evoking the cover for the album XII. Sadly, the image does not represent the music as well as it did in This album is on the whole over 70 minutes long and given how similar most of the songs are in terms of sound, mood and tempo this is far too long for its own best.

As usual with this group, the sound is rather lightweight, the mood melancholic and the tempo slow. This lack of variety makes the album appear even longer than it actually is and listening to the whole thing in one session feels like it's taking an eternity!

Also, several of the individual songs are far too long for their own good. The longest track here is over nine minutes and five of the other tracks are over six minutes long. This would not have been a problem, of course, if these songs had contained some interesting changes and developments to justify their length. But none of the 12 songs on this album goes beyond simple and traditional song structures.

There is hardly anyhing particularly progressive about this music. With such a long running time overall, it is very hard to see any reason whatsoever to extend songs like Back To Earth and Cold War to over seven minutes each or to include such awful songs as Spud-U-Like and the pointless near-remake of the band's old classic Mockingbird, appropriately entitled Once More.

There are a few decent songs here too, particularly the first three and the last one. However, I will not comment further on each of the songs as I simply don't think that most of these songs deserve any special comment! Indeed, there is very little to even distinguish the different songs from each other. There are some nice passages spread over the album with, for example, some tasteful acoustic guitar licks or an unusual sound here and there, but these points of interest are very brief and fleeting.

Though, most of the songs are at least listenable and, in small doses, even pleasant in a minor way. But they are not at all memorable or particularly interesting.



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8 Comments

  1. Molabar Permalink
    View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the CD release of "Caught In The Light" on Discogs.
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  2. Sajinn Permalink
    If you are a fan of Barclay James Harvest, or are an uninitiated soul looking for a good introduction to one of the worlds most underrated bands, then look no further than "Caught In the Light"! This is a brilliant album from start to finish, perhaps my favorite overall BJH album, and this is saying quite a lot as I really love their other /5(23).
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  3. Malarg Permalink
    Digitally remastered and expanded deluxe two CD edition of the classic album by Barclay James Harvest. Caught In The Light was the band's last album to be issued by Polydor Records in the UK and was a highlight of their later work/5(23).
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  4. Akiran Permalink
    Expanded Deluxe Edition Digipack. Tracks to , to previously unreleased. Disc One: released as Polydor in June Bonus Track Promo Only Edition - Released in Germany as Polydor BJHDJ 1 in June
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  5. Kagajin Permalink
    Discover releases, reviews, credits, songs, and more about Barclay James Harvest - Caught In The Light at Discogs. Complete your Barclay James Harvest collection/5(36).
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  6. Tull Permalink
    Listen to Barclay James Harvest Cold War MP3 song. Cold War song from the album Caught In The Light is released on Apr The duration of song is This song is sung by Barclay James Harvest.
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  7. Gusho Permalink
    Caught In The Light is a BJH low point. Much of it passes unmemorably in a wash of lush slow ballads with sad moody lyrics and arrangements often spoiled by unsuitable sequenced instrumentation. Some songs have been pruned in length, yet at 70 minutes it is far too long with insufficient variation in material/5(11).
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  8. Akik Permalink
    Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of a re-mastered and expanded deluxe two-disc edition of the classic album by BARCLAY JAMES HARVEST, “Caught In The Light”. The album was the band’s last album to be issued by Polydor Records in the .
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