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Ring of Changes

Fact File

Released 1983
Label Polydor
Catalogue Number POLH 3
Producer Pip Williams
Recorded when: 1983
Recorded where: Far Studios, Frankfurt

Track Listing

Track Title Time Written By Rating
1 Fifties Child 4:20 John Lees 6.50
2 Looking From the Outside 5:18 Les Holroyd 6.25
3 Teenage Heart 4:20 John Lees 6.50
4 High Wire 5:00 Les Holroyd 6.25
5 Midnight Drug 5:05 John Lees 6.25
6 Waiting for the Right Time 6:10 Les Holroyd 6.25
7 Just A Day Away (Forever Tomorrow) 4:00 John Lees 6.75
8 Paraiso Dos Cavalos 5:45 John Lees 6.50
9 Ring of Changes 7:20 Les Holroyd 6.50
    47:18   57.75

Average Rating 6.41

Composer Songs Time Total Points Average
John Lees 5 23:30 32.50 6.50
Les Holroyd 4 23.48 25.25 6.31

Personal Review

Sadly there is little to commend what is a very ordinary album made up of nine songs lacking sparkle or originality. The instrumentation is reasonable, the orchestration at times good and the sound is clean but it really is a second rate album.

This is one of my least favourite BJH albums. They seemed to be struggling for direction and that is all too obvious. It has none of the charm of earlier and indeed many later albums and at times is downright tedious. Many of the songs are too long, too tedious and too boring.

The best track is John Lees' Just A Day Away (Forever Tomorrow) which at least has a reasonable hook line. Elsewhere there is very little to recommend.

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