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Old 01-29-2003, 03:18 AM
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Question Poor Man's Moody Blues

Barclay James Harvest have always been slagged off in the british press as "The Poor Man's Moody Blues" - They even recorded a track called this on one of their albums - but they are a good band for all of that.

If you want to get a good feel for their material I would suggest their 1974 album "BJH Live". It has some great tracks on it. Mockingbird, Summer Soldier, Medicine Man and Galadriel for example.

I'd be interested to know what you think.
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Yes, but...

I liked BJH, but I recently gave one of their albums a re-listening and it turned out to sound VERY dated and a little weak. The same with Uria Heep's Magician's Birthday. I loved it when it was new but it sounds a bit reedy nowadays.
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I ordered a greatest hits collection from BJH - we'll see...
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Old 12-29-2003, 07:36 AM
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I'll have to dig out my BJH vinyl...
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Brewer and Shipley's "One Toke Over The Line"?

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Re: Poor Man's Moody Blues

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Barclay James Harvest have always been slagged off in the british press as "The Poor Man's Moody Blues"

I'd be interested to know what you think.
I just recently discovered that Robert John Godfrey was BJH's Keyboard player.

He founded one of my all time favourite prog bands - The Enid.

I'm dying to see some of their work posted here - I'm certain it would go down dambusters (sorry) and I really think the Americans should get a chance to hear what they've been missing.
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I ordered a greatest hits collection from BJH - we'll see...
Jim,

If you don't like the Greatest Hits package let me know and I'll send you the BJH live collection and you can see what you think of that in comparison.

I always found that they were one of those bands that came over much better live than in the studio. Not that their albums weren't any good, they were, but the live stuff is more immediate and raw. They always put on a good show and had a very loyal and knowledgable following.
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Keithie,

Turns out the CD I got was live, from a fairly recent (1999 I think) concert. I like it, and it will be added - just waiting for Avian to do the next update.

The song "Poor Man's Moody Blues" steals openly from "Nights In White Satin", but is a good listen. Most of it is pretty nice stuff - not the most progressive album I've ever heard, but a solid add.
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is there like

500 CD's for the next update????

Seems like a lot, from your posts......
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The song "Poor Man's Moody Blues" steals openly from "Nights In White Satin", but is a good listen. Most of it is pretty nice stuff - not the most progressive album I've ever heard, but a solid add.
Good to hear that Jim.

The Moody Blues steal was a conscious attempt at irony on behalf of the band. They were always being called "The Poor Man's Moody Blues" by the British music press and thought they'd "get their own back" by being just that.
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The Moody Blues steal was a conscious attempt at irony on behalf of the band. They were always being called "The Poor Man's Moody Blues" by the British music press and thought they'd "get their own back" by being just that.
So unlike most prog bands, they don't take themselves to seriously...

They got my vote
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500 CD's for the next update????

Seems like a lot, from your posts......
not 500, but there's well over 50 CDs in the next update...
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well then

I will be listening intently!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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I was searching for something and found this thread...I played the song in question by BJH a few weeks ago. Between that and not even remembering this thread at all, it's a weird circumstance...
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If you want to get a good feel for their material I would suggest their 1974 album "BJH Live". It has some great tracks on it. Mockingbird, Summer Soldier, Medicine Man and Galadriel for example.
Interesting you should open this thread again Rick. The Album that I mentioned in the original post has recently been added to the Playlist and I stick by my track recommendations. They really are great versions of some great songs.
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Re: Poor Man's Moody Blues

For the record, "Poor Man's Moody Blues" was not a blatant rip-off. It is a slightly rearranged "Nights in White Satin" with different lyrics. This was done with permission and blessing from the Moddy Blues.
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Re: Poor Man's Moody Blues

It is a little dated, but so is early Tull stuff.
I still enjoy hearing it.
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Youse issa sick f**ker, Rick! LOL!!




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Re: Poor Man's Moody Blues

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I enjoy cross-pollination as much as the next person, but please don't get any on me!
That has got to be one of the most disgusting degenerate things I've ever seen on this forum.

Good show Rick!

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