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Victims of Circumstance Original recording remastered, Import


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  • Audio CD (July 3, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Esoteric
  • ASIN: B007XCH0RY
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #238,879 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Digitally remastered and expanded two CD edition of this 1984 album from the British Prog Rock band. Victims Of Circumstance was a major European success. The subsequent European tour saw BJH play to some of the largest audiences of their career, a highlight of which was an appearance at Wembley Arena in London in October, tracks from which comprise Disc Two of this expanded edition. This reissue has been newly remastered from the original master tapes, and features a booklet that fully restores all original album artwork with a new essay by BJH experts Keith and Monika Domone. Esoteric.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Rui Lobo on June 28, 2002
Format: Audio CD
I would recommend this only to "hard-core" fans of the 74-82 period, when the band was always so near to reach a mainstream wider audience. I still can`t believe how they didn`t make it ! I remember this album(from 84) being an obvious effort to change their sound and attitude slightly towards a more obvious "commercial" appeal. It looks as if it was already too late, with more - yes - nice production hooks, but less songwriting inspiration. In any case, it is interesting and enjoyable enough for curious BJH lovers as this is clearly a different album from their catalog.
For those of you who dont`t know the band yet too much, start in 74 with "Everyone is Everybody Else" or in 75 with "Time Honoured Ghosts" and you will agree with me that this is not just another minor band of the golden pop/rock era ...
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This isn't a good starting point for someone delving into the huge Barclay James Harvest catalog, but the album still doesn't fail. "Hold On" became a concert classic and "For Your Love" is one of the band's best ballads. "Inside My Nightmare" sounds a little too much like Elton John's "Act of War," but it is one of BJH's few up-tempo rockers. And the album-closer "I've Got a Feeling" is classic BJH smoothness. The bonus: An entire disc of live songs from Wembley Arena 1984, highlighting this studio album and adding the favorites "Life is for Living," "Hymn" and "Poor Man's Moody Blues."
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"Victims of Circumstance", originally published in 1984, gets the same treatment as "Ring of Changes" in this 2012 reissue. The sound has a good bass and is at its best compared to previous CD editions. The main CD includes extended versions of "I've got a feeling" and the title track. Nothing exceptional there, but the third bonus track, the instrumental of "Victims of Circumstance", is quite enjoyable. It is more than a "karaoke" version, indeed a true stand alone instrumental with altered chorus and additional music tracks to carry the melody in the absence of the voice track. I had never heard it before and found it to be a very pleasant surprise.

"Victims of Circumstances" is perhaps, in BJH's discography, the most remote musically from their first albums before Woolly Wolstenholme's leave. It was their boldest attempt to widen their base after the success of the Berlin concert and the decent performance of "Ring of Changes". It both failed to convince many old fans and attract young ones. Perhaps it was too late. Perhaps the obsession to be a bigger band was not a necessity. Barclay James Harvest was renowned for its melodic brand of music, often labelled prog rock but in reality a close cousin of the Moody Blues. They were an album band, and not too many bands were as good as BJH at making really good albums. Pink Floyd were not famous for their singles, and it worked for them very well, The "commercial" BJH sound was confusing for the early fans, but I recall my feeling when the album came out was that it was a refreshing contribution from a proven band. It was not trying to be a "new wave" album or something not really true to the spirit of the band. It had its own character and sound, just like its predecessor had.
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