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A Major Fancy - John Lees

Harvest released a solo album by John Lees in 1977. Some 22 years later it is difficult to see why.

The sleeve notes tell us that with three regular writers in the band a number of John's best songs never see the light of day and A Major Fancy gave the label the chance to showcase his talent.

This is a sad and sorry collection that is far beneath the unique talent that is lees. It's a mixture of the tedious, mundane and monotonous with little to say for itself. There is a different version of Child of the Universe, but the rest of it is really waste bin fodder and easy to see how the songs never made an official BJH release.

The fact that three of the tracks are untitled rather suggests that it was an all too hastily put together mish mash which nevertheless took the best part of four years to see the light of day as release dates were put back on more than one occasion.

Fact File

Released 1977
Label Harvest
Catalogue Number SHSM 2018
Producer Wally Waller
Recorded when: 1972-77
Recorded where: Abbey Road, London and Strawberry Studios, Stockport

Track Listing

Track Title Time Written By Rating
1 Untitled No 1 - Heritage   John Lees 6.50
2 Child of the Universe   John Lees 7.25
3 Kes (A Major Fancy)   John Lees 6.25
4 Untitled No2   John Lees 6.25
5 Sweet Faced Jane   John Lees 6.50
6 Witburg Night   John Lees 6.25
7 Long Ships   John Lees 6.00
8 Untitled No. 3   John Lees 6.25
  Total     51.25

Average Rating 6.40

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