Average Rating 7.53
The first thing that strikes you about this album
is the wonderful production which sounds as good today
as it did in the early seventies.
To me this album represents the true original BJH
sound and all these songs feel like comfortable
personal friends that have grown with me over the
The album kicks off with one of BJH's best songs -
Medicine Man - which still sounds fresh. Woolly's
Someone There You Know is much more of a
straightforward song and simpler than the classical
pieces that he is better known for. Harry's Song sees
John Lees in an aggressive tone of voice and this is a
contrast to the beautiful Ursula (The Swansea Song)
one of the most stunning and evocative songs ever
written by Woolly.
Little Lapwin is a simple and effective Les song
and he follws this with the whistful Song with No
The only weak link is the rather strident Blue
John's Blues where John's vocals are reduced to a
shriek. But the best is saved to last with the double
header The Poet/After the Day. Two individual songs,
they dovetail brilliantly and many fans take them as
one. The Poet is Woollie's most stunningly poetic song
and After the Day is John's apocalyptic prophecy. The
first time I heard these two was at a concert in 1971.
They finished the evening to them in a flurry of dry
ice and grinding noise. One of the strongest ends to a
concert I have ever seen.
The overall feel of this album is one of peace and
tranquility, emphasised by the orchestra which almost
brought about the band's financial ruin. Virtually the
only thing wrong with the album are Roy Hollingworth's
dreadful sleeve notes.
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