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Barclay James Harvest Berlin: A Concert For The People (1980/Eagle DVD)


Picture: C+ Sound: C+ Extras: C Concert: C



When you hear about Rock groups mixing that genre with Classical Music, you usually think of Progressive Rock bands like Yes or Emerson, Lake & Palmer, but Barclay James Harvest (formed in 1966) is more of a Pop and Folk band that seems to weave Rock and Classical here and there, so that is why they would never be considered Progressive Rock and that is why they are not that memorable in their concert DVD Berlin: A Concert For The People which was taped back in 1980 as the Cold war was about to heat up.


First, the songs performed are as follows:

1)     Berlin

2)     Loving Is Easy

3)     Mockingbird

4)     Sip of Wine

5)     Nova Lepidoptera

6)     In Memory Of The Martyrs

7)     Life Is For Living

8)     Child Of The Universe

9)     Hymn



The vinyl album version was first issued in 1982. As well intended as it was and historic as it might be, I was only so impressed. Decent at best, they are an acquired taste for those who might like Bread, ABBA and The Carpenters, but I was just not that impressed, even as a time capsule. However, the filmed bonus footage dubbed Time Honoured Tales (a 1975 promo film with what amounts to some Music Videos) is more interesting with clips including Moongirl, One Night and Beyond The Grave. It shows the band in its best light and offered more than the concert, which is still ambitious, but only ultimately for the curious. This is at least a well made DVD.


The 1.33 X 1 image videotaped image may have some analog tape errors (cross color, softness, staircasing, aliasing) in places, but looks good overall, but the filmed bonus footage (shot in 16mm) is a little smoother, even when the color is not 100%. The DTS 5.1 on the concert can only do so much for the older audio, so it is only a shade better than the Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo options. The filmed extras have aged audio, but it is no worse.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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