Archive News: 2007



This page contains older stories previously posted on the web site news page. For the latest happenings, see the News page.


Free Download for Christmas!

15th December, 2007

By way of a small Christmas gift, JLBJH and Esoteric Recordings have kindly allowed us to offer a free exclusive download of the original version of "Valhalla", the short instrumental piece written by Woolly for the Legacy CD and DVD.

For the Christmas season only, you can download it from the JLBJH MySpace page at:

www.myspace.com/jlbjh

Enjoy!

K & M




Mandalaband III Update

10th December, 2007

WW and Craig F. are back after spending a week in Spain at Casa Rohl.

Things attended-to included Craig singing on 'Magdalena" and a few bass parts, whilst WW provided the basis for 'Nimrod' - though it's not anything to do with Elgar's chum.

This track will be worked on in the UK and have Kim T's drums and Steve B's guitar added.

David and Ditas fed them royally for the week, before preparing for a trip to Beirut and an editing job.




Legacy  live DVD and CD

30th November, 2007

Out now, the live CD and DVD recorded on 5th November, 2006, at the Shepherds Bush Empire in London. This is the first ever DVD from John Lees' Barclay James Harvest, and captures the band at their peak, playing a set of classic Barclay James Harvest material including songs which have not been played live for decades, such as "Poor Wages", "The Great 1974 Mining Disaster" and "The Poet"/"After The Day". Buy it now using the links below, or listen to selected extracts at the JLBJH MySpace page.



Legacy DVD cover


Legacy CD cover
Tracks on DVD:

  • Valhalla
  • For No One
  • Child Of The Universe
  • Harbour
  • The Iron Maiden
  • The Great 1974 Mining Disaster
  • Cheap The Bullet
  • Poor Man's Moody Blues
  • Galadriel
  • Suicide?
  • Medicine Man
  • In Search Of England
  • Poor Wages
  • Mocking Bird
  • The Poet/After The Day
  • Hymn

DVD Extras: behind the scenes footage from the 2006 tour, including the Barclay James Harvest convention before the last night in Wolverhampton



Tracks on CD:

  • Valhalla
  • For No One
  • Child Of The Universe
  • The Iron Maiden
  • The Great 1974 Mining Disaster
  • Poor Man's Moody Blues
  • Suicide?
  • Medicine Man
  • In Search Of England
  • Poor Wages
  • Mocking Bird
  • The Poet/After The Day
  • Hymn
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DVD and CD plus free pen! Temporarily out of stock





Legacy DVD Now In Stock

18th November, 2007

The official release date for the Legacy DVD has now been confirmed as November 26th. However, we already have both the Legacy CD and DVD in stock, and all copies pre-ordered from us have been despatched. Enjoy!


Legacy DVD and CD Release Dates

1st November, 2007

The good news is that the Legacy CD is now in stock, and all copies pre-ordered from us will be despatched before the official release date, November 5th.

The bad news is that there has been a technical problem with the manufacture of the DVDs, and they will be delayed slightly. We're not sure how long exactly, but probably a week or two. All of the DVD pre-orders will be fulfilled as soon as we get the DVDs - those who have ordered both the CD and the DVD will receive the CD first, then the DVD and free pen in a separate parcel afterwards. We'll keep you updated about the DVD release date here.


Legacy DVD and CD Details

29th October, 2007

Legacy DVD cover


Legacy CD cover
Tracks on DVD:

  • Valhalla
  • For No One
  • Child Of The Universe
  • Harbour
  • The Iron Maiden
  • The Great 1974 Mining Disaster
  • Cheap The Bullet
  • Poor Man's Moody Blues
  • Galadriel
  • Suicide?
  • Medicine Man
  • In Search Of England
  • Poor Wages
  • Mocking Bird
  • The Poet/After The Day
  • Hymn

DVD Extras: behind the scenes footage from the 2006 tour, including the Barclay James Harvest convention before the last night in Wolverhampton



Tracks on CD:

  • Valhalla
  • For No One
  • Child Of The Universe
  • The Iron Maiden
  • The Great 1974 Mining Disaster
  • Poor Man's Moody Blues
  • Suicide?
  • Medicine Man
  • In Search Of England
  • Poor Wages
  • Mocking Bird
  • The Poet/After The Day
  • Hymn
Details of how to order, plus special offers, can be found at the Barclay James Harvest mail-order shop.



Legacy  Sound Clips now on MySpace

5th October, 2007




You can now listen to two short extracts from the JLBJH live CD, Legacy on MySpace:

http://www.myspace.com/jlbjh

More to follow soon!


Live DVD and CD now on Pre-Order

1st October, 2007

We are pleased to be able to accept advance orders for the John Lees' Barclay James Harvest live DVD and CD, Legacy (and for the new Woolly Wolstenholme/Maestoso studio album, Caterwauling), with immediate effect. Details of how to order, plus special offers, can be found at the Barclay James Harvest mail-order shop.


Live DVD and CD Release Date Confirmed

21st September, 2007

Esoteric Recordings have now confirmed the release date for the forthcoming live DVD and CD from John Lees' Barclay James Harvest.

The DVD and CD, both entitled Legacy, will be issued on 5th November, one year to the day after the concert was recorded at the London Shepherd's Bush Empire.

We will be taking advance orders through this web site for both formats from the beginning of October. Although plans for a special package of the live DVD and CD have had to be dropped, anyone pre-ordering both from us will receive an exciting and exclusive JLBJH pen!


Two of John's Songs on US Charity CD

22nd August, 2007

Sweet Relief triple CD charity set Remastered versions of two John Lees songs from 1971 and 1983 appear on a new US-only Various Artists triple CD set, just released in aid of those suffering loss as a result of Hurricane Katrina. Sweet Relief includes John's original demos of "Brave New World" and "Star Bright", alongside contributions from other luminaries such as Anthony Phillips (Genesis), John Wicks and The Records, The Korgis, Klaatu and Shoes. The set is released by American label Jam Recordings, and we have a limited number for sale through this site - see our CD and DVD sales page for more info.


For more information about the project and the record label, please see:

www.jamrecordings.com (The Jam Recordings Home Page) , and
www.myspace.com/jeremyamorris (Label owner Jeremy Morris's MySpace Page)




Live DVD and CD Update

21st August, 2007

The John Lees' Barclay James Harvest DVD and CD, recorded live at the Shepherds Bush Empire last November, will be entitled Legacy, and are planned for release on October 1st by Esoteric Recordings (formerly Eclectic Discs) through Cherry Red.

The DVD will include the full concert plus bonus behind the scenes tour footage, and the CD will be a single disc distillation of the live show. Details of how to pre-order the discs will be announced shortly.


Eclectic 2 and the Shepherds Bush DVD/CD

13th June, 2007

Eclectic Discs have announced today that they are to become part of the Cherry Red group of labels, under the new name Eclectic 2. This will give them a much-improved distribution network and the opportunity to work within the oldest independent record label in Britain.

The first releases on Eclectic 2 will appear in September 2007 and will include the as yet untitled John Lees' Barclay James Harvest live DVD and CD, recorded on 5th November, 2006 at the Shepherds Bush Empire. More info soon ...


NEW! John Lees' Barclay James Harvest Mugs

2nd June, 2007

These luxury John Lees' Barclay James Harvest mugs are of the finest quality and hand produced in Stoke-on-Trent, home of English pottery. Your mug will be despatched direct to you by the manufacturer (not from the fan club), very securely packaged in a made-to-measure box, and the prices include the Royal Mail's (rather high!) cost of first class or airmail postage, as appropriate, and packaging.

John Lees' Barclay James Harvest mug John Lees' Barclay James Harvest mug John Lees' Barclay James Harvest mug

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DVD Update

4th May, 2007

Mixing of the audio for the forthcoming live CD and DVD recorded at the London Shepherd's Bush Empire last November is now complete, and all concerned are delighted at the quality of the recording - John's comment was that they must have been going through a purple patch that day, and the consensus is that the live recording captures the band at its peak.

Unfortunately the visual side has been delayed due to the video-editing studio not being available, but we are hoping that the video editing will be complete by the end of this month.

We're not sure yet what this will mean for the eventual release date, but will bring you further news and trailers from the DVD as soon as we can.


Woolly and Craig involved in Mandalaband III

19th March, 2007


Update from David Rohl:

As things stand at present (late February 2007) these are the plans for Mandalaband III. However, as is invariably the case with new projects, much can happen twixt cup and lip (especially when Woolly adds his recipe to the brew).

In January of this year Kim Turner flew out to Spain to work with me on some track sketches for a proposed new Mandalaband album. Those of you who are in the know will be aware that this initial get-together marks the first Mandalaband recording session in more than thirty years - probably a world record for an interval between albums. You can hear the backing tracks the two of us concocted at the David Rohl MySpace, URL: http://www.myspace.com/david_rohl along with some other earlier Mandalaband pieces.

But this was not the first chapter in the story of the Mandalaband reincarnation. That began about three years ago when I talked through the idea with Keith and Monika when I visited them in Southampton and then, subsequently, I had a meeting with Woolly at the British Museum (two antiquities, so to speak, meeting up for the first time in what would normally constitute an entire archaeological period, i.e. twenty years).

At the same time, and quite coincidentally, Ashley Mulford (Mandalaband I and Sad Café) got in touch by e-mail to let it be known that he would love to do something musical with me again. So the bones of the ancients were stirring in the ground and a resurrection appeared to be on the cards. Kim Turner, Steve Broomhead, Craig Fletcher (all of Maestoso), plus Dave Irving (of Sad Café) were quick to sign up. A studio band was beginning to take shape. I felt like Moses leading the mixed multitude out into the wilderness in search of the Promised Land. Mandalaband III was rapidly becoming a tribe. More great musicians and vocalists have joined up in recent months but I will keep that under my hat for the moment if you don't mind.

Anyway, the ball is now rolling and the first tracks are being written, recorded and dumped straight into the bin. Eventually, though, we will have enough good material for release - in about a year's time. In fact, it looks like we will be recording two albums simultaneously.

The first is provisionally entitled 'BC' and will be themed on the legends, heroes and great events of ancient history. The second is provisionally entitled 'AD' and deals with legends, heroes and great events of the centuries since the crucifixion. This second album will predominantly focus on the Sangreal and its history over the last 2000 years. If you have no idea what the heck I am rambling on about then just do some internet questing for answers or simply wait for the CDs. All will be revealed. Actually, very little will be revealed as the lyrics of the songs are intended to be doorways to your own personal discovery rather than instruction manuals. On the other hand, you could just forget all this esoteric nonsense and simply enjoy the music. We will prepare a sumptuous table for your repast and you can just eat what you will (or what you are). Of course, the music will be pompous, grandiose, self-indulgent, majestic, myopic and magnificent (I have told Woolly that he has to write with majesty and beauty for M III or else I won't let him play with all the new and wonderful sounds I have gathered together for his pleasure) so you can probably anticipate what sort of hydra we are going to create.

Woolly comes over to the Spanish studio retreat in a few weeks' time and I look forward to updating you on how things went and what we managed to achieve in amongst the cherry blossom.

With best wishes,

David.




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