Barclay James Harvest - Everyone Is Everybody Else album review

The prog pioneers' classic album is given a good spring clean

Barclay James Harvest Everyone Is Everybody Else album cover

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Remastering ancient albums is like window cleaning: you don’t notice how grubby the view was until afterwards. And if you can get hold of the original multitrack masters, you can tweak the original mix that was invariably done in haste.

Everyone Is Everybody Else marked a new dawn for Barclay James Harvest in 1974 as their songwriting went through the gears. This three-disc set gives you the remastered original mix, a remix and a surround-sound 5.1 mix. At which point you’re hearing it better than the band did back then.

The only problem is that the multitracks for the epic final song, For No One, have vanished so it’s missing from the remixed versions. This leaves you with a feeling of coitus interruptus, especially when you know it’s coming (so to speak). The consolation is that they’ve found a re-recorded, harder version of Child Of The Universe, released as a single in the US.

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Hugh Fielder has been writing about music for 47 years. Actually 58 if you include the essay he wrote about the Rolling Stones in exchange for taking time off school to see them at the Ipswich Gaumont in 1964. He was news editor of Sounds magazine from 1975 to 1992 and editor of Tower Records Top magazine from 1992 to 2001. Since then he has been freelance. He has interviewed the great, the good and the not so good and written books about some of them. His favourite possession is a piece of columnar basalt he brought back from Iceland.