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5.0 out of 5 stars Gathering in the Harvest..., November 3, 2008
This review is from: Breath of Fresh Air (Audio CD)
Over the last 10 years, EMI has released 2 boxed sets of classic tracks from its underground label Harvest's roster. The first was 1999's Harvest Festival, a 5-CD box covering the label's active decade, 1969-79, and a rather exhaustive set to boot--psychedelia (late period), prog rock, experimental, folk-rock, even punk and new wave were covered in that set. At one sitting, this can be a bit much to try and digest--I had some trouble staying focused through the whole 5 discs.

This set, A Breath of Fresh Air, is titled after another Harvest anthology from the '70s--Picnic: A Breath of Fresh Air--and is just 3 discs covering half the time (1969-74). Additionally, while ABOFA and Harvest Festival share a number of tracks, still others that do not appear on Harvest Festival do appear on ABOFA. The reduction to 5 years covered from 10 means some of the artists represented here have less representation (e.g. Be-Bop Deluxe, just 1 track here, as opposed to 4 on Harvest Festival), but the diversity still makes it quite enjoyable--you have Deep Purple, Roy Harper, The Move, Babe Ruth, Be-Bop Deluxe, Michael Chapman, Dolly Collins, the Edgar Broughton Band, Tea & Symphony, the Third Ear Band, and Pink Floyd, to name a few, a nice selection of both famous and obscure.

All in all, worth picking up.
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