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Barclay James Harvest

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Saddleworth, Yorkshire, United Kingdom (1966 – 1998)

Barclay James Harvest are an English progressive rock band. They were founded in Saddleworth, Yorkshire, United Kingdom, in September 1966 by John Lees, Les Holroyd, Stuart “Woolly” Wolstenholme (1947–2010), and Mel Pritchard (1948–2004). They are best-known for their first four albums released in quick succession from 1970-1972.

The Barclay James Harvest story begins in the early sixties in the Oldham area of North-West England. John Lees and Stuart “Woolly” Wolstenholme met at Oldham Art School, and formed a band called The Sorcerers, which evolved into The Keepers. Meanwhile Les Holroyd and Mel Pritchard were playing in another local outfit rejoicing in the name of Heart And Soul And The Wickeds. In 1966 a new band was formed from a fusion of the two and performed live shows on a semi-professional basis as The Blues Keepers. The resulting six-piece gradually dwindled to a stable quartet comprising Holroyd, Pritchard, Lees and Wolstenholme, and in the summer of 1967 they turned professional with a new name selected by putting names into a hat, and Barclay James Harvest was born.

Under the patronage of John Crowther, a local businessman and their first manager, they moved into an 18th Century farmhouse called Preston House to write and rehearse, and their spartan lifestyle was captured in a short documentary film made for Granada TV. A one-off single deal was negotiated with EMI’s Parlophone label, and “Early Morning” appeared in April 1968, attracting acclaim and the opportunity to record radio sessions for John Peel.

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  • yerbyderby

    Yeeahh. It´s a "Hymn".

    10 Feb 4:35pm Reply
  • LucasDSimoes

    Dark Now My Sky S2

    6 Feb 6:55pm Reply
  • Nashiran

    Excelente!. Não conhecia.

    31 Dec 2013 Reply
  • Lubricio

    "Eyes of the universe" is a wonderful album :)

    19 Dec 2013 Reply
  • CliffAM

    Me arrependo de não ter escutado antes, banda magnífica!

    4 Dec 2013 Reply
  • ortalanus

    Toujours surpris par leur sonorité j aime et j aimerai

    14 Oct 2013 Reply
  • Assedor

    This respected group has always sought to extract a diverse and deep sound. They have always been adventurous in the choice of material, and in the philosophical approach to the music. They produce a great impression of a mixture of artistry and power of influence. It makes sense to have them for your own collection.

    14 Jul 2013 Reply
  • Ge_dutra

    me surpreende a cada vez que ouço...

    29 Dec 2012 Reply
  • tangerman

    "For No One" is their most important song! (and maybe top 5 in the world, regarding contribution to Total World Peace!).

    3 Nov 2012 Reply
  • freewebair

    When I was a teen I played BJH very often and I always like them 30 years later. It seems like that this is a timeless type of music.

    29 Sep 2012 Reply
  • azachel

    Once Again is one of most great rock-albums all time. Exactly!

    10 Sep 2012 Reply
  • Echlackowalex

    And i prefer*....Once again*

    12 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Nololob

    Everyone Is Everybody Else is a masterpiece.

    10 Mar 2012 Reply
  • Echlackowalex

    FOR NO ONE!!!

    22 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Arthur_Lima

    Suicide? is so great, really deserve more scrobbles.

    3 Feb 2012 Reply
  • Xylvanya

    If you like ambitious and relaxing music, maybe it´s possible you like XYLVANYA: „Anxious“; „Beach II“; Regenbogen; „SA RIERA part I“, "Imperial Crown" „Climbing“ or „Ex-Mannequin“ or „Horizont (III) or "Gewitter-Regen" or "Erinnerungen an meinen Vater" or "Trust (Piano-Version)" or "Norwegen" or "Retrospective view" and many many more.....(all in all 6 hours of music, all songs free download) . Thank you for listening, support or feedback! Peace, Xylvanya

    14 Jan 2012 Reply
  • shingouz

    Just like Genesis they continued making great music in the 80s, but their style evolved to stay current.

    30 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Musicboehmy

    Dear Music-Friends - My new group “Band Of The Week“ has opened now and I want to send a very warm welcome to all of you! If you want to click the “Member”-button already, please feel free to do so! Nevertheless, the vote won’t start until December 11th, 2011, when the voting for our “Songwriter”-group has ended and 100 interprets have been admitted to our HALL OF Fame. Please, tell all your Last.Fm-friends of our new group and do some promotionJ. Because the more people join in the votes, the funnier it will be. BAND OF THE WEEK

    24 Nov 2011 Reply
  • Claudio_00

    Lol \/

    10 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Claudio_00

    Great band !

    7 Aug 2011 Reply
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