Barclay James Harvest (album)

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Barclay James Harvest
Barclay james harvest cover1.jpg
Studio album by Barclay James Harvest
Released June 5, 1970 (1970-06-05)
Recorded November 8, 1969 - January 26, 1970
Studio E.M.I. Studios, Abbey Road, London
Genre Progressive rock, Symphonic rock
Length 39:42
Label Harvest (UK)
Sire (USA)
Producer Norman Smith
Barclay James Harvest chronology
Barclay James Harvest
Once Again
Alternative Album Cover
Cover of Their First Album
Cover of Their First Album
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Barclay James Harvest is the first album released by Barclay James Harvest.

Track listing

On the original vinyl LP all songs were credited to Holroyd/Lees/Pritchard/Wolstenholme. The list below shows the actual composers.[2][3]

Side one

  1. "Taking Some Time On" (John Lees) – 5:31
  2. "Mother Dear" (Lees) – 3:20
    Arranged and conducted by Norman Smith[2]
  3. "The Sun Will Never Shine" (Woolly Wolstenholme) – 5:07
  4. "When the World Was Woken" (Les Holroyd) – 5:50

Side two

  1. "Good Love Child" (Lees) – 5:10
  2. "The Iron Maiden" (Wolstenholme) – 2:43
  3. "Dark Now My Sky" (Lees) – 12:01

Bonus tracks

Barclay James Harvest was remastered and reissued by Harvest in 2002 as Their First Album with several bonus tracks:

  1. "Early Morning" (Holroyd, Lees, Mel Pritchard, Wolstenholme) – 2:34
  2. "Mister Sunshine" (Wolstenholme) – 2:54
  3. "So Tomorrow" (Holroyd, Lees, Pritchard, Wolstenholme) – 3:28
  4. "Eden Unobtainable" (Holroyd) – 3:10
  5. "Night" (Wolstenholme) – 3:20
  6. "Pools of Blue" (Lees) – 3:29
  7. "Need You Oh So Bad" (Wolstenholme) – 1:18
  8. "Small Time Town" (Lees) – 2:12
  9. "Dark Now My Sky" (Lees ) – 3:43
  10. "I Can't Go on Without You" (Wolstenholme) – 2:13
  11. "Eden Unobtainable" (Holroyd) – 3:04
  12. "Poor Wages" (Wolstenholme) – 2:34
  13. "Brother Thrush" (Lees) – 3:06

Deluxe Edition

In 2018 a multi format re-mastered limited deluxe edition was released. Initially available in a 3 CD and 1 DVD with the full 5.1 surround sound mix and 33 bonus tracks, there is also a 2 CD edition with the remaster and a limited number of bonus tracks.[4]


Barclay James Harvest
Additional personnel
  • Jim Litherland – guitar on "Taking Some Time On"
  • The Barclay James Harvest Symphony Orchestra
    • Orchestra Leader: Gavin Wright
    • Conductor and Musical Director: Robert Godfrey
  • Engineer: Phil McDonald


The original gatefold cover was designed by Ian Latimer, with photography by Richard Dunkley.


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave. Album review Barclay James Harvest at AllMusic. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Liner notes for Their First Album Harvest CD 07243 538405 2 5
  3. ^ "Barclay James Harvest Album Portfolio". (BJH official website). Archived from the original on 19 July 2011. Retrieved 20 August 2011.
  4. ^ "Barley James Harvest: Barley James Harvest 3CD/1DVD Limited Edition Deluxe Box Set". Retrieved 2018-06-25.
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