VA - Harvest Festival (1999) (5CD)

MUSiC. April 8, 2011 by aomua.

VA - Harvest Festival (1999) (5CD)
Release: August 3, 1999 | Quality: mp3 | Bitrate: 320 Kbps | Total Size: 870 MB
Genre: Rock,Pop | Label: EMI

Harvest Festival is a genuinely comprehensive and thorough look at the one British major label venture into psychedelia and progressive rock that actually worked, commercially and artistically; it's a panoramic journey though a major part of British rock as it developed over a period of just under a decade. Over the five CDs and 119 songs, more than two dozen acts are featured, ranging from purely English phenomena like Michael Chapman, Quatermass, and Pete Brown to mega-arena acts likePink Floyd , and the set comes complete with a built-in 120-page book that would be worth 35 dollars by itself. Beginning with the Edgar Broughton Band's Jimi Hendrix meets the Crazy World of Arthur Brown track "Evil," the programming goes a long way to explaining why Harvest worked while other attempts at forming psychedelic and progressive labels in England failed -- in contrast to the slick, commercial psychedelic ventures at rival Deram Records, Harvest always gave its artists the freedom to be louder (or softer) than the norm, and to be bold in their expressions. Moreover, the diversity of form was astonishing, from the acoustic instrumental chamber music rock of the Third Ear Band, to the lively acoustic psychedelia of Syd Barrett and Kevin Ayers, to the high-energy attack of Deep Purple, Quatermass, and Bakerloo -- it all sounds amazingly strong, well crafted, and exciting. Harvest had room for jugband music, traditional acoustic folk, progressive folk-rock, spoken word, and, full-circle commercially from Harvest's late-'60s origins, psychedelic Beatles-influenced commercial rock by way of ELO. Harvest also grew to embrace sounds that would have been inconceivable for EMI to have signed when they started, including Be-Bop Deluxe (versions 1 and 2), Bill Nelson's Red Noise, the reggae outfit Matumbi, the Shirts with Annie Golden, and the punk bandWire . It's all fascinating stuff, told in great detail in the accompanying book, but ultimately, a set like this stands or falls on the music. The archivists have dug deeply enough to find material that makes Barrett's output look tame and conventional, specifically Tea & Symphony, whose "Maybe My Mind (With Egg)" is a truly dissonant and strange journey into thought processes bent by the prism of drugs and meditation. Not everything on this set will be to everyone's liking, but anyone inclined to enjoyPink Floyd or Syd Barrett's solo stuff will be entranced by most of the content. The sound has been treated first-class, with new state-of-the-art 1999 remasterings. The other measure of success of this box is that there's a huge amount of material here that leaves the listener wanting more from a lot of the acts



01 Edgar Broughton Band - Evil
02 Michael Chapman - It Didn't Work Out
03 Deep Purple - Hard Road
04 Pete Brown & His Battered Ornaments - Morning Call
05 Roy Harper - Tom Tiddler's Ground
06 Third Ear Band - Stone Circle
07 Greatest Show on Earth - Real Cool World
08 Syd Barrett - Octopus
09 Panama Limited Jug Band - Round and Round
10 Barclay James Harvest - Mother Dear
11 Tea & Symphony - Maybe My Mind (with Egg)
12 Michael Chapman - Postcards of Scarborough
13 Forest - A Glade Somewhere
14 Edgar Broughton Band - Out Demon's Out
15 Pete Brown & Piblokto - Living Life Backwards
16 Quatermass - Black Sheep of the Family
17 Bakerloo - Big Bear Ffolly
18 The Pretty Things - The Good Mr Square
19 Kevin Ayers - The Lady Rachel
20 Shirley & Dolly Collins - A Forsaking-Our Captain Cried

01 Deep Purple - Speed King
02 Pete Brown & Piblokto - Things May Come and Things May Go but the Art School Dance Goes on Forever
03 Edgar Broughton Band - Apache Dropout (Apache Intro Droupout Boogie)
04 Climax Chicago Blues Band - Everyday
05 Kevin Ayers - Butterfly Dance
06 Barclay James Harvest - Mocking Bird
07 Michael Chapman - Kodak Ghosts
08 The Move - The Words of Aaron
09 Deep Purple - Fireball
10 Electric Light Orchestra - 10538 Overture
11 Ron Geesin & Roger Waters - Breathe
12 Barclay James Harvest - Medicine Man
13 Kevin Ayers & the Whole World - Stranger in Blue Suede Shoes
14 Michael Chapman - Fennario
15 Roy Harper - The Same Old Rock (End Section)
16 Edgar Broughton Band - Hotel Room
17 Syd Barrett - Evervescing Elephant
18 Kevin Ayers - Song from the Bottom of a Well

01 Pink Floyd - Money
02 Roy Harper - South Africa
03 Kevin Ayers - Interview - International Anthem
04 Babe Ruth - The Mexican
05 The Move - Do Ya
06 Southern Comfort - Something Said
07 Be-Bop Deluxe - Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape
08 Roy Wood - Dear Elaine
09 Kevin Ayers - Take Me to Tahiti
10 Edgar Broughton Band - Things on My Mind
11 Babe Ruth - Hombre De La Guitarre
12 Roy Harper - Another Day (Live)
13 Electric Light Orchestra - Roll Over Beethoven
14 Be-Bop Deluxe - Maid in Heaven
15 Climax Chicago - You Make Me Sick
16 Wizzard - Ball Park Incident
17 Electric Light Orchestra - Showdown
18 Roy Harper - I'll See You Again

01 The Albion Band - Poor Old Horse
02 Martin Carthy - Old Hog or None
03 The Albion Band - Hopping Down in Kent
04 The Albion Dance Band - Postmans Knock
05 Gryphon - Spring Song
06 Unicorn - Have You Ever Seen the Rain
07 Be-Bop Deluxe - Fair Exchange
08 Kevin Ayers - Ballad of a Salesman Who Sold Himself
09 Be-Bop Deluxe - Electrical Language
10 David Gilmour - Short and Sweet
11 Roy Harper - When an Old Cricketer Leaves the Crease
12 The Saints - Erotic Neurotic
13 Wire - Reuters
14 The Saints - (This) Perfect Day
15 The Shirts - Lonely Android
16 The Banned - Little Girl
17 Wire - I Am the Fly
18 The Saints - Swing for the Crime
19 Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Revolt into Style
20 Wire - A Touching Display

01 Deep Purple - Black Night
02 Pete Brown & Piblokto - Flying Hero Sandwich
03 The Move - California Man
04 Greatest Show on Earth - Magic Woman Touch
05 Kevin Ayers - Caribbean Moon
06 Trinidad Oil Company - The Calendar Song
07 Matumbi - Rock (Part 1)
08 Wire - I Should Have Known Better
09 Ivor Cutler - Life in a Scotch Sitting Room Vol 2 (Excerpt)
10 Vivian Stanshall and Kilgarron - The Young Ones
11 Spontaneous Combustion - Sabre Dance
12 Be-Bop Deluxe - Ships in the Night
13 Bombadil - Breathless
14 Marshall Hain - Dancing in the City
15 Bill Nelson's Red Noise - Radar in My Heart
16 Strapps - Child of the City
17 Deep Purple - Hallelujah
18 Babe Ruth - Wells Fargo
19 Professor Longhair - Mess Around
20 Syd Barrett - Golden Hair
21 Edgar Broughton Band - Up Yours



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