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Gone To Earth

a Studio release
by
Barclay James Harvest

Release Year: 1977

Date Label Catalog # Comments
1977 LP
LP originally released September 1977
Polydor remastered CD with extra tracks released June 2003
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 7/18/2005 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 6/21/2010 1:59:00 AM by: Rob
  1. Hymn
  2. Love is Like A Violin
  3. Friend of Mine
  4. Poor Man's Moody Blues
  5. Hard Hearted Woman
  6. Sea of Tranquility
  7. Spirit on the Water
  8. Leper's Song
  9. Taking Me Higher

    Bonus tracks:

  10. Please Give Me One More Chance (Lied)
  11. Our Kid's Kid (B-side of "Hymn" single
  12. Hymn (Single edit)
  13. Friend of Mine (Single version)
  14. Medicine Man (Live EP version)
Les Holroyd
vocals, bass, guitar
John Lees
vocals, guitars
Mel Pritchard
drums, percussion
Stuart Wolstenholm
keyboards, Mellotron, backing vocals

Reviewed by Eric on 19 Jul 2005


‘Poor Man’s Moody Blues’. Well that’s what the band was often called by the British press and one of the highlights of what is possibly Barclay James Harvest’s finest work. While I never really heard many similarities between either band, other than the exception of their use of orchestra, I suppose in the 70’s a comparison had to be drawn somewhere. To me, the music of Barclay James Harvest is a bit more laid back almost in a Southern California way (CSN&Y) especially on their late 70’s work, yet still very British and progressive.

Gone To Earth begins on a seemingly 'Christian' note with the beautiful Hymn followed by Love Is Like A Violin which starts out very classical then breaks into a rock n’ roll chorus. An interesting track indeed. The legendary and tongue- in- cheek Poor Man’s Moody Blues is a take on Nights in White Satin and it works too, with Barclay James Harvest adding their own signature to the classic Moodies sound and is great fun! Leper’s Song seems to take us back lyrically into the territory of the first track and the positive Taking Me Higher, closes the album with one of the band’s most beautiful songs although it’s far too short.

This is one of the group’s most cohesive works by far. It’s also an uplifting and lightly ‘spiritual' work, or perhaps it’s how it makes me feel whenever I play it? In any case a wonderful record. ’If music be the food of love then play on!'

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