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Encyclopedia > Barclay James Harvest
Barclay James Harvest
Origin Saddleworth, Oldham
Country England
Years active 1966–present
Genres Rock, Classic Rock, Progressive Rock
Members John Lees
Les Holroyd
Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme
Past members Mel Pritchard

Barclay James Harvest is a British rock band specialising in Symphonic/Melodic Rock with folk/progressive/classical influences. Saddleworth is a civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham formed by a collection of villages and hamlets amongst the west side of the Pennine hills, in North West England. ... For the larger local government district, see Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Unified  -  by Athelstan 927 AD  Area  -  Total... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Rock music (disambiguation). ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... This article needs additional references or sources for verification. ... John Lees (born 13 January 1947, in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English musician who founded the rock group Barclay James Harvest. ... Les Holroyd (born Richard Leslie Holroyd, on March 12th, 1948 in Oldham, Lancashire), is the former bass guitarist with the British rock band Barclay James Harvest. ... Stuart John Wolstenholme was born in Chadderton, Oldham on April 15th, 1947, and went to school at North Chadderton Secondary Modern. ... Melvyn Paul Pritchard (b. ...

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The band was founded in Saddleworth, a civil parish now in the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham, in 1966 by John Lees (*1947, vocals, guitars), Les Holroyd (*1948, bass, guitars, keyboards, vocals), Stuart "Woolly" Wolstenholme (*1947, vocals, mellotron, keyboards) and Mel Pritchard (1948-2004, drums, percussion). Saddleworth is a civil parish of the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham formed by a collection of villages and hamlets amongst the west side of the Pennine hills, in North West England. ... A civil parish (usually just parish) in England is a subnational entity forming the lowest unit of local government, lower than districts or counties. ... This article relates to the Metropolitan Borough of Oldham. ... Year 1966 (MCMLXVI) was a common year starting on Saturday (link will display full calendar) of the 1966 Gregorian calendar. ... John Lees (born 13 January 1947, in Oldham, Lancashire) is an English musician who founded the rock group Barclay James Harvest. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... The classical guitar typically has nylon strings. ... Les Holroyd (born Richard Leslie Holroyd, on March 12th, 1948 in Oldham, Lancashire), is the former bass guitarist with the British rock band Barclay James Harvest. ... Bass guitars typically have four strings instead of six as found on regular guitars. ... The classical guitar typically has nylon strings. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... Stuart John Wolstenholme was born in Chadderton, Oldham on April 15th, 1947, and went to school at North Chadderton Secondary Modern. ... In music a singer or vocalist is a type of musician who sings, i. ... The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ... This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... Melvyn Paul Pritchard (b. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ...


History

After early success in the UK with their second album Once Again, the band broke into the mainstream European market with their 1977 set Gone to Earth. Once Again was the second album released by Barclay James Harvest, in early 1971. ...


Woolly Wolstenholme – whose mellotron playing was a trademark of the band's sound in the 70s – left in 1979. Woolly pursued a short solo career fronting Maestoso before retiring from the music business to pursue farming. The Mellotron is an electromechanical polyphonic keyboard musical instrument originally developed and built in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s. ...


The remaining three members continued. At the height of their success they played a free concert in front of the Reichstag in Berlin (Germany), with an estimated attendance of 250,000 people (30 August 1980). They were also the first Western rock band to play an open-air concert in pre-Glasnost East Germany, playing in Treptower Park, East Berlin on 14 July 1987 to a 170,000+ audience. The Reichstag building. ... is the 242nd day of the year (243rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1980 (MCMLXXX) was a leap year starting on Tuesday (link displays the 1980 Gregorian calendar). ... //   (Russian: IPA: ) is politics of maximal openness, transparency of activity of all official (governmental) institutes, and freedom of information. ... GDR redirects here. ... hayfield Treptower Park is a park area along the river Spree south of downtown Berlin in the district of Treptow-Köpenick. ... East Berlin was the name given to the eastern part of Berlin between 1949 and 1990. ... is the 195th day of the year (196th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ...


The band continued as a threesome, with regular guest musicians supporting, until 1998. Some 1990s albums were released under the abbreviated name BJH.


In 1998, musical differences in the band saw the three members agree to take a sabbatical. John Lees subsequently released an album, Nexus, under the band name "Barclay James Harvest through the eyes of John Lees". Woolly Wolstenholme played in this band, subsequently resurrecting Maestoso to record and tour with new material, as well as back-catalogue favourites. Les Holroyd and Mel Pritchard teamed up to record under the name "Barclay James Harvest featuring Les Holroyd".


Mel Pritchard died suddenly in early 2004.


All three "derivatives" of the original Barclay James Harvest lineup continue to record and tour, and enjoy ongoing popularity, particularly in Germany, France and Switzerland.


Discography

Barclay James Harvest 1970-1997

  • Barclay James Harvest, 1970
  • Once Again, 1971
  • Barclay James Harvest and other short stories, 1971
  • Early Morning Onwards, 1972
  • Baby James Harvest, 1972
  • LIVE, (live) 1974
  • Everyone Is Everybody Else, 1974
  • Time Honoured Ghosts, 1975
  • Octoberon, 1976
  • The Best of Barclay James Harvest, 1977
  • Gone To Earth, 1977
  • Live Tapes, (live) 1978
  • XII, 1978
  • The Best of Barclay James Harvest, Volume 2, 1979
  • Eyes Of The Universe, 1979
  • Mockingbird/Best of, 1980
  • Turn Of The Tide, 1981
  • The Best of Barclay James Harvest, Volume 3, 1981
  • Berlin - A Concert For The People (live), 1982
  • Ring Of Changes, 1983
  • Victims Of Circumstance, 1984
  • The Compact Story of BJH, 1985
  • Face To Face, 1987
  • Another Arable Parable, 1987
  • Glasnost, (live) 1988
  • Welcome To The Show, 1990
  • Alone We Fly, 1990
  • The Harvest Years, 1991
  • The Best of Barclay James Harvest, 1992
  • Caught In The Light, 1993
  • Sorcerers and Keepers, 1993
  • Endless Dream, 1996
  • River Of Dreams, 1997
  • The Best of Barclay James Harvest, 1997
  • Mocking Bird, 1997
  • Master Series, 1999
  • The Collection, 2000
  • Mockingbird, 2001
  • Mocking Bird - The Best of Barclay James Harvest, 2001
  • BBC In Concert 1972, 2002
  • BBC In Concert 1972, 2003
  • All is Safely Gathered In, 2005

Once Again was the second album released by Barclay James Harvest, in early 1971. ... Time Honoured Ghosts is an album released by English rockgroup Barclay James Harvest in 1975. ... Gone to Earth is an album by the English rockgroup Barclay James Harvest released in 1977. ...

BJH Through The Eyes Of John Lees

  • Nexus, 1999
  • Revival - Through The Eyes Of John Lees, 2000

BJH feat. Les Holroyd

  • BJH featuring Les Holroyd - Revolution Days, 2002
  • Live in Bonn, 2003
  • Evolution Years - The Best of Barclay James Harvest featuring the songs of Les Holroyd, 2003
  • Classic Meets Rock double CD with Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 2006
  • Classic Meets Rock DVD with Prague Philharmonic Orchestra 2006

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Barclay James Harvest was, for many years, one of the most hard-luck outfits in progressive rock.
In 1970, they released their first album, Barclay James Harvest, which included several of the early songs and displayed the group's strengths: filled with strong harmony singing, aggressive electric guitar, and swelling Mellotron parts, it set the pattern for their subsequent releases, with Lees and Holroyd handling most of the songwriting.
Their 1979 album Eyes of the Universe was a modest hit in England, but its release marked a flashpoint in Barclay James Harvest's career in continental Europe, especially Germany; on August 30, 1980, the band performed a free concert in front of nearly 200,000 people at the Reichstag in Berlin, which was filmed and recorded.
MySpace.com - Barclay James Harvest - Oldham, UK - Classic Rock / Psychedelic - www.myspace.com/barclayjamesharvest (2122 words)
It was a logical step, then, to record their debut album, Barclay James Harvest, with their own orchestra led by Resident Musical Director Robert Godfrey, later of The Enid, and to back the release of the album in June 1970 with a short orchestral tour.
BJH then retreated to their homes in Saddleworth to write new material and prepare to bring their music into the Nineties.
Barclay James Harvest Featuring Les Holroyd continued as a six-piece without Mel, touring extensively in Europe, and a new studio album is planned.
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