Everyone Is Everybody Else [Deluxe Expanded Edition] – Barclay James Harvest
Everyone Is Everybody Else by Barclay James Harvest was the bands 5th album and the first of their albums to feature on their new record label Polydor Records and was released on the 14th June 1974. The album contained 9 songs and had a total playing time of around 39 and a half minutes. The band formed under the name of Barclay James Harvest in 1969 and the radio DJ John Peel took quite an interest in them and got them signed to EMI Records and in 1970 they released their self titled album Barclay James Harvest.
The 1974 album Everyone Is Everybody Else was recorded at the Olympic Studios in London. The album was produced by Roger Bain who was known for producing Black Sabbath’s first 3 albums. The band was never really happy with the producer Bain from the offset. Basically because Barclay James Harvest’s music was a far cry from heavy metal.
There is no doubt that Barclay James Harvest’s music can be beautifully meek at times, and seeing how the band never did what most band’s done back in those days (Wishbone Ash for example) is to simply sack the producer and either get somebody else or produce it themselves. This might have reflected that the members of the band were to meek, mild and too soft to have the guts to sack Bain. So they just went along with him and at the end of it all, it resulted in them having to remix the first track on the album “Child Of The Universe” themselves.
The 4 members of the band that make up Barclay James Harvest are as follows:
John Lees: Acoustic & Electric Guitars/Vocals & Backing Vocals.
Les Holroyd: Acoustic & Electric Rhythm Guitars/Bass/Vocals & Backing Vocals.
Stewart “Wooly” Wolstenholm: Keyboards/Vocals.
Mel Pritchard: Drums/Percussion.
The bands line up was very consistent throughout the 70’s and it was only in 1979 that their keyboard player Wolstenholm left due to musical differences in the band’s music changing its style a bit more. Even with his departure the band continued as a 3 piece outfit and kept the band more or less in tact throughout the 80’s and 90’s picking up a few spasms of commercial success along the way.
The first time I took any notice of the band Barclay James Harvest was when I heard their 5th album Everyone Is Everybody Else a couple of years after its release in 1976. I absolutely adored the album and no doubt all of its 9 tracks were very well written strong material, it was very much a solid body of work and superb album. If I remember rightly a week after buying this album I went out and brought the bands double live album that was released in the same year of 1974 entitled Barclay James Harvest Live.
The reason why I brought it was because it had quite a few of the tracks off Everyone Is Everybody Else and I wanted to get a feel for their earlier material that came before it. It was another really great album and I liked it a lot even their earlier material that I had never heard before. To be honest I was going to back track on the bands earlier albums there and then, and I noticed they had just released a new album entitled Octoberon. So I brought that first and that was without doubt another really great album I enjoyed a lot.
With a lot of my other favourite artists releasing new albums I got sidetracked from buying the bands earlier material and even after I brought their next new album Gone To Earth in the following year of 1977 which was another superb album I got even more sidetracked and never brought another album by them till the 80’s.
In 1984 my oldest brother brought their latest album at the time entitled Victims Of Circumstance. I also remember hearing them on the radio myself at work around that time. My brother lent me the album and I ended up buying it myself. My brother also had brought the 3 albums I had of them having heard them as well. We would quite often talk about our record collections when we met up, and would end up borrowing each other’s albums.
By the late 90’s I was getting a bit bored with latest music that was coming out and I always found myself back tracking to the 70’s. There is no doubt that it depends on when you was born and one was old enough to take notice of music to go out and buy it, that will reflect on you always wanting to go back to that decade, that period when music came into your life and you enjoyed it.
I was born in the last month of the 50’s so the 70’s was always going to be my favourite decade has I was approaching my teens then, and music would have been having more of an effect on me to go out and buy it. I still live in that decade to be honest. Had I have been born a decade later I dare say the 80’s would of been my favourite decade for music. But in all honestly I hated that decade the most out of them all.
The very fact that I was fed up with music in the late 90’s made me buy all the 4 albums that came before the album Everyone Is Everybody Else all at once, and boy was I shocked. I can honestly say that if it was not for John Peel in the first place. I honestly do not think the band would of even been signed up by a any record label.
Do not get me wrong here because the band Barclay James Harvest are without doubt excellent musicians. But as for the material they was writing back then. It was just never in the same league as what we got on their 5th album. To be honest what little tracks they did play live on their 1974 Barclay James Harvest Live album I had sounded a lot better live than they ever did on the studio albums.
To be honest the bands first 2 studio albums reminded me a lot of the so called English Prog Rock band Van der Graaf Generator who I thought was absolutely dreadful. I still do till this day. They was more like Avant Garde than Prog Rock and used a lot of orchestral woodwind and brass in their music. Honest to god the local Salvation Army made more sense than these idiots and I am not joking, and I would of sooner have brought what they had done :)))))))))). I absolutely love Prog Rock and whoever said what both of these bands were doing back then was Prog Rock wanted locking up in a loony bin :)))))))))))))).
To be honest both Barclay James Harvest’s 3rd and 4th albums Barclay James Harvest and Other Short Stories and Baby James Harvest fared better, but I still think has songwriters at this stage they was very weak, and very little material stuck out at all on them album’s apart from a couple of songs. It was no wonder EMI let them go.
I even lent all 4 albums to my oldest brother, and even he thought exactly the same as me, and said just like me that they never really said a thing until they made Everyone Is Everybody Else, and when they did make that album, it was a real album.
Being an albums man and an avid music listener. I can assure you that I have played those first 4 albums of Barclay James Harvest at least 10 times over and even listening to any one of them today, I would still say exactly the same thing about them. They was just dreadful and never spoke to me at all.
The Deluxe Expanded Edition Review…
The Deluxe Expanded Edition of Everyone Is Everybody Else was released on the 10th June 2016. It comes with 2 CD’s and a DVD with a 5.1 surround mix of the album. Before I get my teeth into the review of this particular more recent release of the great album. Let’s take a look at the packaging and its contents.
The Packaging & Contents…
The packaging that holds all the discs is very neatly made. Its built of good sturdy cardboard and opens up to reveal all 3 discs that are mounted in the same plastic holders they use in plastic jewel cases. I have quite a few 3, 4 and 5 disc sets of other artists that come in the same packaging.
The 2013 Collectors Set of the 1970 album Benefit by Jethro Tull is a perfect example and comes with exactly the same amount of discs and also comes with a 5.1 mix of the album on the DVD. Though I must say that regarding the quality that we got on the Jethro Tull 3 disc set, and the fact that it only cost £14. It absolutely wipes the floor with this release.
You can buy The Deluxe Expanded Edition of Everyone Is Everybody Else from the bands website for £20 and no doubt they will charge you another few quid to deliver it to you. Unfortunately Amazon never had this in stock otherwise I would of got it for £17.99 which is still expensive. I ended up paying £20 for it including postage & packing from an online shop in London called Cherry Red Records.
Also with the discs both the end pockets contain a booklet in one side and a poster of the band with all the lyrics printed on the reverse side in the other side. The booklet is missing some major information regarding what you are really getting here for your money. So let’s now see exactly what you do get for the money in the continuation of my honest fully detailed review.
The Deluxe Expanded Edition Review (Continued)…
The 1st CD contains the original remastered mix of the 9 track album that was done in 2003. It also includes all the bonus tracks that was on that release spread over the 2 CD’s we get with this edition.
The 2nd CD contains the new stereo mixes of 8 tracks of the album and also contains 3 bonus tracks. Notice how there is only 8 and not 9 tracks of the original tracks that was on the original album. One of the best tracks on the album which was the 9th track “For No One” is missing.
The other thing that is missing as I mentioned earlier about booklet missing some vital information. Is down to the fact that nowhere in the booklet does it give any explanation as to why this track is missing. To find that out you are going to have to do some research on Google or visit the bands website.
If like myself you know this album off by art and like the back of your hand. I am pretty sure you are going to be missing that last track on the album. Every time you play this 2nd CD. The simple reason why! Is that the 9th track “For No One” not only contains the title of the album in its lyrics, but it also came in straight away at the end of track 8 “Mill Boys” without even a pause or a stop mark.
Regarding the new mixes of only 8 of the original tracks. Some of them are without a doubt well done. Craig Fletcher is the guy they brought in to do the new mixes and to be honest I have never heard of him, but I quite like how he has used the stereo field so very well to place and pan all the instrumentation out to bring out the clarity on some of the instruments.
You can also hear that he has in fact moved some of the instrumentation around to allow him to be able to inject a bit more bass to the tracks. But unfortunately you can also hear that he had indeed added a few more things to the original recording to make what we have here, and for purists they are not going to be liking what Fletcher has done at all by adding other elements into the pot here.
To be honest I think it works wonders for the 1st track “Child Of The Universe” and a few other tracks. However it’s not that hard to actually see and hear what he has done here to get the end result.
For example to get “Child Of The Universe” to sound like it does on this new mix. The first thing you are going to notice is that right from the start of the track he has very much moved the synth that was panned on the far right on the original mix, and placed it in the centre so it projects from the both speakers at the same time just like a mono source would.
At the 9 second mark you will notice very clearly the sound of a drumstick hitting a cymbal. This is very much an addition and was not on the original track or mix at all. Just listening to the synth at the 2:44 mark you can plainly here that this is not the original synth at all, and has in fact been replayed. It’s done very effectively too. So these new mixes do have other elements to get them to sound like they are today, rather than all those years ago when you brought them and cherished and loved them for what they were.
To be perfectly honest I do feel how “Child Of The Universe” sounds with Fletcher’s new mix is better than both the original and remastered mixes. But unfortunately it does not work that way for all of the 8 tracks of the album we have here at all. For example the other tracks that do work well are “See Me, See You“. “Poor Boys Blues” and “Mill Boys“.
As for the other tracks I just feel that he has added to many additions and the processing he’s even used on some of the original instruments is over the top and we are not hearing what the original album said in the first place. Especially if like myself you have had this album for over 40 years.
To be perfectly honest what we have here is something like what they did with the 1972 album Argus by Wishbone Ash. I know that band have split into 2 camps out of its original line up just as Barclay James Harvest have as well. BJH have a Lees camp and an Holroyd camp. Martin Turner’s side of the camp of Wishbone Ash decided to record the whole album Argus again in the studio with his new line up of the band. To be honest I went out and brought the album and even that he done the thing in 2008 with what may be considered as newer technology. I am sorry to say he wasted his time. It’s not a patch on the original album.
Now Andy Powell who is the other side of the camp of the band Wishbone Ash. Decided to do a new mix of the classic album instead of completely redoing the whole thing again. I went out and brought that too, and once again it was a waste of my time and my money. I cannot even play the bloody thing.
Honestly sometimes I even have to laugh at myself for buying these things, because in reality I am sorry to say you just are never gonna beat the real thing. To be perfectly honest none of these bands and artists are even capable of producing something they done in the 70’s today regarding the music they now make and even trying to put something new into an older product like this is not going to give you the best result by any means, especially if they are adding things to it.
Even Andy Latimer of Camel remade their classic 1975 album The Snow Goose all over again by completely recording it in the Studio again in 2013. What on earth was he trying to achieve by doing such a thing I will never know. The guy had been ill for a decade and the one thing I would of liked to have seen (and I am sure many Camel fans would agree) was a new album.
Poor old Peter Bardens one of the major writers of the band and keyboard player had been dead over a decade. Was he trying to say that his contribution to the album in the first place was not good enough. Sorry to say Mr Latimer but you done a piss poor job remaking the thing and it will never sound like the original album did in million years.
Getting back to the missing 9th track “For No One” and as to why it did not get a new mix, was because they could not find and had lost the original multitrack tape. So instead of just sticking the same remastered version of the stereo track we got on the 1st disc, they completely left it off because there was no way of making it match up with the new mixes, and it did not sound right.
Honestly listening to this album without one of it’s main tracks that put an end to the album so perfectly simply does not work. I would not of minded if they just let track 8 “Mill Boys” end has it did and then have “For No One” fade its way in afterwards. I am sorry to say that what they have done by doing it like this it’s rendered the 2nd disc totally useless and not worth sticking on at all.
Now let’s take a look at what we get with the DVD and to be perfectly honest it’s really all a complete shambles and pure waste of time.
The DVD & 5.1 Mix…
I have to say that this has got to be the most disappointing package I have ever brought with what these idiots have done and here is why?. First up considering the amount of material one can stick on a DVD with its capacity of 4.7 Gigs and can even double that capacity with a Dual Layered DVD. Just what they have stuck on here in all honesty is an utter complete joke.
OK! we all know they have not got the original master tape of “For No One” so the chances are it was never going to be getting a 5.1 surround mix. But to put as little as they did on this disc defies all belief with how better this whole album could of still have been done if they used their brains in the first place.
The DVD contains the original 8 of the 9 tracks from the album and 1 bonus track. The both CD’s have 3 bonus tracks on each of them, and all the 9 tracks including the bonus track that are on the DVD are all the original mixes and not the new mixes.
Now given that there is so little on here and once again we are missing the major last track of the album. It beats me how they could not even be arsed to do 5.1 mixes of the new mixes Craig Fletcher done on the 2nd CD. Not that it’s all that good, but at least it would of been something. They could of even threw in some old live videos from the 70’s. OK they may not of been of great quality but still they would of made great viewing for even nostalgic purposes for the band’s fans.
The fact that they never included just a stereo version of “For No One” is also another bad point. Honestly the amount of 5.1 DVD’s and Blu Rays I have that come with stereo bonus tracks on them still make the package work 100 time better than what they have done here.
The 5.1 Mix.
My biggest incentive in buying all these old album’s all over again from what I had many moons ago is down to the fact that they come with a 5.1 surround mix. A good 5.1 mix will bring out much more clarity, improve dynamics and having 6 channels to work with instead of 2 provides you with a lot better separation so that you are going to be able to hear things you simply never heard before in any stereo recording or mix.
5.1 mixes also if done right can breathe a complete new leash of life back into any old recording and basically bring it back to life and give the listener a much more enjoyable experience of hearing their favourite music with it’s processing technology that is built into an Home Cinema Amplifier or Receiver.
I myself have been a surround freak since the mid 90’s. Over the years since I brought my first surround system in 1994. I have changed my Home Cinema system 4 times to cater for today’s new HD technology and Blu Ray. I can honestly tell you that my experience over the past 2 decades with recordings that have been given 5.1 mixes has ranged from Mind blowing awesomeness, excellent, very good, good, bad and piss poor.
The 5.1 mix that comes on this DVD is what I would very much define as the same sort of mix many 5.1 sound engineers were doing back in the year 2002 or before then. To be honest not a lot of people know how to do a really good 5.1 mix and there are many people who literally give 5.1 a bad name when you listen to some of the piss poor mixes they have done. These days people are getting a bit more experience in the field and you can get some really great 5.1 mixes that will blow you away.
Personally I have never heard of Craig Fletcher before has I mentioned earlier, and to be perfectly honest having heard the half of a decent job he done on some of the tracks on the 2nd disc in this package, and read that he also was the guy who done the 5.1 mixes on the DVD. I knew not to have any great expectations about this 5.1 mix and I was entirely right.
Has I have already mentioned the mix sounds like it come from the year 2002 and no doubt about it in my mind that Craig Fletcher does not have any great experience in mixing a 5.1 mix. The way he has placed certain instruments over the 6 channels is really bad and in reality he has no attention to detail with what he has done here and even the levels are all over the shop. It’s like listening to an album that has not been mastered.
It sounds very much like he tried to do different things with every track he mixed in 5.1 and it results in one having to adjust their Home Cinema Amp settings more or less for every track you are hearing to get the best benefit out of them. If there is anything left to try and get something of real quality out of the thing. Trust me even though this thing comes with a DTS 24/96K audio track this is not what I call quality at all in what he has so dreadfully done with the thing.
Out of the 9 tracks that he’s mixed in 5.1 on this DVD the only 2 tracks he has managed to do any sort of a decent job on, are “Poor Boy Blues” and “Mill Boys” The 1st track on the album which is my favourite track of the album “Child Of The Universe” sounds absolutely dreadful and so do all the other tracks with how he has so foolishly moved a lot of the instrumentation from stereo field and placed in the rear speakers.
To put the whole thing into context. The 5.1 mix is not as a good as the original stereo mix. You are not going to benefit anything extra from how the original album sounded in the first place apart from those 2 tracks I mentioned maybe. It’s just totally disappointing with everything they have done in this package.It has entirely broken my heart that they could not of took a lot more time and consideration in presenting something a lot better and more for this truly remarkable album I absolutely love to bits.
Whereas the Steve Wilson 5.1 mixes of the 5 Yes albums I reviewed before this album had literally brought tears of joy to my eyes with how well they was mixed. This 5.1 mix brought to me nothing but tears of sadness with the bad treatment it got. Yet the original stereo album can also bring me those tears of joy.
Original Album Review…
The original 1974 album Everyone Is Everybody Else by Barclay James Harvest is one truly magnificent album from start to finish. It’s one truly beautiful album that does not contain one bad track and album truly worth its weight in gold with the material that’s upon it.
For me personally it’s the best album that they ever made. It not only captures their own great style, but also with some of its tracks they will perhaps remind you of bands like the Moody Blues. Eagles. Creedence Clearwater Revival and Crosby Stills & Nash. Barclay James Harvest have never really been a rock band, but do have the power to raise the tempo when they want too, and they do so perfectly on this album.
They are not really a prog rock band either, though some of their songs may have some great chord progression along its path. Their material is perhaps more of a soft or pop rock style but still powerful enough to deliver the hard edge when they have too. Whatever it is, the one thing they do have is quite unique style in the way they are instantly recognisable.
The band originated from their own town of Oldham in Lancashire England and unlike the many other bands who all ended up in London to get more well known. They decided to stay put where they was. This is why the band had very little success and were hardly noticed. But that is also how many of them preferred to be, and it was never about being rich and famous and the glory and success of being a popular band.
The album Everyone Is Everybody Else has always been considered as the bands artistic high point of success and it was welcomed on its release and got plenty of airplay on Radio Caroline. It even got voted by its listeners number 13 in top 100 best album’s of all time. There was no doubt the band broke the mould when they made this album it’s purely magnificent.
Track 1. Child Of The Universe.
The album kicks off with my favourite track on it “Child Of The Universe“. I say favourite and in reality both “For No One” and “The Great 1974 Mining Disaster” could easily be contenders for the top spot too. Oddly enough all 3 tracks are also written by John Lees.
Lees wrote “Child Of The Universe” in 1972 and it was originally intended for his solo album A Major Fancy but back then he could not get the album released and it was not released until 3 years after this album in 1977. To be honest I have never heard the album, but it sure as hell sounds great on this album with its collection of other songs that’s on it.
He was also never happy with how the song was recorded and felt it was best done live rather than any of the studio mixes the song got. In many ways it reminds of how I myself was never happy with my own songs and recordings, but I also know from experience that it should be left to other people to make that judgement and not the person himself, and I just totally love the Studio version has it is.
The song “Child Of The Universe” Stewart “Wooly” Wolstenholm starts on the piano vamping it’s opening main melody and then gets accompanied by heavy synths played on the lower region of the keyboard. It’s a melody line that will is also very familiar with another track on the album only it’s played at a slower tempo (I will point out when we get to it). During the short intro Les Holroyd comes in on the bass and is followed by Mel Pritchard on the drums all which lasts for 15 seconds, and then in comes John Lees with his great voice putting over the superb well written lyrics.
There as always been something special to me about this set of lyrics Lees wrote. They are far from straight forward and you have to delve a bit into the lyrical content of the song to get the gist of it all. In many ways it’s songs like this that can bring out many interpretations of what this song is all really all about. Especially if you take in the lyrical content of the song that follows it, and combine the word “Universe” with it. In many ways it’s a bit deceiving and it’s very much like the album’s material is written around some sort of concept with the subject matter that is contained in many of the song’s lyrics on the first side of the album.
To be perfectly honest I have never heard anybody else’s interpretation before of the song, and my own is that the subject matter of the lyrics are talking about a soldier fighting meaningless wars has in the 3 countries it mentions in the song. My favourite lyrics of the song are in the chorus and are as follows: “You can see me on the TV every day. I’m the child next door three thousand miles away”. The song ends off with a beautiful lead guitar solo played by Lees and it really is one truly superb song that is very lifting and exciting.
Track 2. Negative Earth.
“Negative Earth” was a collaborative piece of work written by Holroyd & Pritchard. Holroyd based the song around the traumatic events the crew of Apollo 13 had returning back to earth safely. The crew were left floating in a tin can in space not knowing if they was going to make it back home alive. Pritchard helped out with the lyrics for the song
It’s another really great song and one that Holroyd sings with his sweet voice. The great thing about the band, is that not only was they really great musicians but between them all they had great voices for harmonising too.
Being that this song is based around space and the 1st song had the word “Universe” in its title gives one the impression that this is some sort of concept album. But in reality they are both telling you different stories. Though they are both based on tragic events and the fear of survival. Just in different situations really.
Track 3. Paper Wings.
Another collaborative piece of work by Holroyd & Pritchard is the 3rd track “Paper Wings“. Once again Pritchard helped out with the lyrics and once again it’s based upon a tragic event. The song was inspired from their trip to Paris in France when they both took up a trip up the Eiffel Tower and noticed a plaque in memory of someone who had fallen to their death from the tower.
Once again it’s another superb song and once again we are getting the whole feeling that this album is based entirely around the concept of tragic events and tragedy, and if that does not convince you enough, just take a look at the title of the next song that’s following it. “Paper Wings” is another really great song and one that has a great build up, and ends off with a powerful instrumental section. Nothing but good songs run along one after each other on this album and it’s prolific in every way.
Track 4. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster.
This track on the album is another classic song written by Lees entitled “The Great 1974 Mining Disaster“. It’s the song that opens up with that familiar piano melody we got on the 1st track “Child Of The Universe” only the tempo is slower. It’s not entirely bang on to it but never the less I could quite easily sing the opening verse from “Child Of The Universe” to it and it would work with it up till the point it changes and Lees voice comes in after 24 seconds.
Regarding the songs title and the event Lees basically deconstructed a 1967 song by The Bee Gees entitled the “New York Mining Disaster 1941” and reconstructed his own version to suit the situation we had here in England over the miners strike in 1974.
The President of the minors union at the time was Joe Gormley who was the man who supported the miners strongly over the poor wages for putting their life’s in danger. He was the one responsible for bringing down the Conservative government and in the song is referred to as “Mr Groan“. The Conservative Party was led by the British Prime Minster Ted Heath. The words “a sailor oh so gay” in the song refer to Heath and him always sailing around the world on his yacht.
To make the song up as well as Lees did, he decided to mix politics with music and used a couple of lines from a couple of songs written by David Bowie. For example the words about “a major out in space” from “Space Oddity” and “The Man Who Sold The World” from the same titled song of Bowie’s. No doubt in my mind that Lees carved out another classic song with what he done here and it’s always been another one of my firm favourites on the album. It also ended off side 1 of the vinyl album in style.
Track 5. Crazy City.
Side 2 of the original vinyl album or track 5 of the CD if you like is a song penned by Les Holroyd entitled “Crazy City“. The lyrical content and subject matter for the song was based around the town or the city of London. In context and contrast to the 4 song’s that were on the first side of the album, it’s at this point that the album is no longer based in any form of a concept, and there are no disasters here at all and perhaps it’s content is more based around one getting an headache more than anything else.
Having been and worked in London myself there is no doubt that is one hell of a busy city and things run a hell of lot faster than my own city of Birmingham. Just stopping in an underground station and watching the people in the rush hours of going to work and returning home later literally is the most craziest thing I have ever seen.
For example the tube trains that run in the underground arrive at a rate of 1 every minute during the rush hours. The people are literally running that fast up and down the escalators as if their life depended on it to catch the train, and it’s as if the next one does not arrive till about half an hour later. They even squash themselves up like sardines in a tin to get on the train :))))))))))))).
Crazy City! you bet your ass it is (LOL) and no way on this earth would I want to live there either. But I do enjoy going there to watch live concerts and I think most of the artists I have seen play live were in that city too.
There is no doubt that Holroyd depicted the hustles and bustles about London very well in the song, even to the fact that he wanted to be out of its madness and be in the country. It’s a really great rocking song that has some wonderful melancholy about its come down sections and has really great 3 part harmonies that one would hear from the likes of Crosby, Stills, Nash and Young back in those days too.
Track 6. See Me, See You.
Another beautiful song written by Lees is “See Me, See You“. There is no doubt that Lees was influenced a lot by the Beatles as were many bands and artists. You will also see more of the Beatles influence come out of Barclay James Harvest on the album’s that came after this one. Especially on the album’s Octoberon and Gone To Earth.
Personally I was never a Beatles fan but I do have a lot more respect for them these days than back in the 70’s that’s for sure, and quite like some of their songs. But I honestly do not think they ever wrote an album with a collection of songs on it like you are getting here on this album. I certainly do not think they had better musicians either than what you have here too. But each to their own as they say.
“See Me, See You” is very much a love song that does not have to mention the 4 letter word “Love” to put the great song over The way all good love songs are written unlike the Beatles. Though Lees was inspired enough to use the line “Hey Jude” in the song and in many ways its another classic song on the album.
Track 7. Poor Boys Blues.
“Poor Boys Blues” is another of Holroyd’s penned songs. It’s at this stage of the album we get more of a country feel and in many ways this is perhaps very much a song that would be more familiar with the style of the Eagles. Interestingly enough besides the Eagles Holroyd’s bass on this song reminds me of Rod Clements the bass player of the band Lindisfarne. It’s also at this point of the album that the remaining 2 tracks run into one another and are tailed off to work that way.
Track 8. Mill Boys.
The way “Mill Boys” follows the previous song, you would think you was listening to the same song that Holroyd penned. But it was written by Lees. I have to say Lees did an incredible job of giving it the same country style the previous track had about it. He based the lyrics around his own town of Oldham and it gives it more of a country folk feel about it by doing so to with history of his own town he put into it with the lyrics.
To be honest it’s quite strange hearing how this song ends off on that 2nd CD with the new mixes, because you are left waiting with eager anticipation for the next song to come in at the end as it does so perfectly on the original album here.
Track 9. For No One.
Just as the album started off on an high point it sincerely ends with one too, and raises the game and its climax to pure perfection with “For No One“. Once again the lyrics are based around the subject matter of war we got on the opening track, and once again it’s another superb piece of song writing by John Lees.
The song “For No One” is very much the album’s self titled track simply because it contains the name of the album in the song itself. To be perfectly frank, it’s near enough impossible for me not to give this song the title of the best track on the album and not give it too “Child Of The Universe“. It’s just as good in every way.
You simply cannot take this track away from the album as they did on the 2nd CD and the DVD. The album simply does not work that way and it never will. It’s got to be the biggest cock up I have ever heard of any band doing, and it’s complete sacrilege that they could do such a thing.
It’s the most powerful song on the album and puts an end to one magical album one could simply never tire of hearing. It’s an album that will contentiously live forever in my book and even the original album still stands up today as it did all those years ago.
The Bonus Material…
The one thing the original vinyl album never included was bonus tracks as many of us will know. Though the 1st CD in this box set is the original 2003 Remastered CD. It only contains 3 of the bonus tracks on it. Unlike that 2003 release which had 5. The other 2 bonus tracks they have placed on the 2nd CD. The only other bonus track that is on that 2nd CD is a new mix of one of the bonus tracks done by Craig Fletcher.
So here I am only going to be taking 1 the 5 bonus tracks that was on the original 2003 Remastered CD. The bonus tracks are as follows:
1. Child of the Universe (USA single version). 2. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster (Original Mix). 3. Maestoso (A Hymn in the Roof of the World). 4. Negative Earth (Original Mix). 5. Child Of The Universe” (Remake for planned USA single).
As you can see from the list here, that 4 of the 5 bonus tracks are just other mixes of the tracks that were on the album. The only major track that is different is the one and only song that was written by the keyboard player Stewart “Wooly” Wolstenholm entitled “Maestoso (A Hymn in the Roof of the World) “.
The song was written for the 1974 album but the record company omitted it from the final release of the album. To be honest this is a very well good song and well worthy bonus track to have. Though I can plainly see why it was not included with the original 9 tracks and it has nothing to do with the restricted time of fitting it onto the vinyl record either.
It’s down to the actual song itself not being in line with the rest of the material. It sounds way different to the other tracks on the album and in fact sounds something more like Emerson Lake and Palmer would of done. Even with Wolstenholm’s voice singing on the track reminds me a bit like Greg Lake. To be honest had they have included it on the original album. it would of sounded more out of place than sticking “For No One” on that 2nd CD with the new mixes.
The “Child of the Universe (USA single version)” has a different intro done by playing lead lines on the electric guitar instead of if just starting off with the piano. Though it’s a lot shorter than the original album track it still makes a worthy addition with what they have injected into it with the guitars and keyboards. It’s a different take in some ways.
The 2nd version of the song “Child Of The Universe” (Remake for planned USA single)“. is another slightly different version in that instead of using the guitars on the intro as they did with the other bonus track. They used a gliding synth on the intro. I also think the drums were redone for this version too as they have more of a harder hitting edge and more fills. The song also ends off differently too with the keyboards and how the Lees voice echoes out at the end.
The 2 original mixes of “Negative Earth” and “The Great 1974 Mining Disaster” you will hear a slight difference in the vocals more than anything else in comparison to the 2003 remastered versions and the original vinyl album too. So all in all the bonus tracks do represent great additions and worthy of having.
Summary Of The Original Album…
There is no doubt the original album is worth it’s weight in gold regardless of if you have it on vinyl or the 2003 Remastered CD. Both are excellent quality and represent the 1974 album Everyone Is Everybody Else in every detail.
I would also highly recommend the 2003 Remastered CD over the vinyl album too, just for the extra bonus material that comes with it, and is a good quality recording and not like the earlier CD’s that got released off this album, which would of never got anywhere near the sound of the vinyl record.
The one thing I would never recommend is wasting your money on this so called Extended Deluxe 3 Disc Box Set as I have. I can honestly say with all my heart the only thing inside it is on the 1st CD and if you want to throw £20 away on that then like me your a mug and a glutton for punishment :)))))))))))). Though I will confess that had I of heard this box set before hand. No way on this earth would I have brought it.
Everyone Is Everybody Else by Barclay James Harvest is one truly magnificent album that will forever stand tall and proud in my record collection. It has done since 1976 in mine. I believe the album would suit the biggest majority of peoples tastes. Even if you’re a fan of Simon & Garfunkel. The Bee Gees. The Eagles. Supertramp. The Moody Blues. The Beatles. Elton John or just about anybody this is music that was written to be enjoyed and give many listeners great pleasure in hearing it. For me personally it’s the best album ever Barclay James Harvest made and I could not recommend it enough. But if you’re interested in buying it, get the 2003 remastered version for as little as £5 or a bit more here from Amazon. Here: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Everyone-Everybody-Barclay-James-Harvest/dp/B00009029L/ref=ntt_mus_dp_dpt_7
The 2003 Remastered CD track listing is as follows:
01. Child Of The Universe. 5:06.
02. Negative Earth. 5:33.
03. Paper Wings. 4:18.
04. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster. 4:45.
05. Crazy City. 4:07.
06. See Me, See You. 4:36.
07. Poor Boy Blues. 3:35.
08. Mill Boys. 2:47.
09. For No One. 5:11.
10. Child of the Universe (USA single version). 2:54.
11. The Great 1974 Mining Disaster (Original Mix). 4:50.
12. Maestoso (A Hymn in the Roof of the World). 5:29.
13. Negative Earth (Original Mix). 3:53.
14. Child Of The Universe” (Remake for planned USA single). 3:35.
Lee’s overall Complete Package Value Rating…
The Packaging Rating Score. 8/10
The Bonus Tracks Rating Score. 8/10
The 5.1 Mix Rating Score. 3/10.
The Original Album Rating Score. 10/10.