//Barclay James Harvest – „Gone to Earth“ – 1977
It’s time now for Barclay James Harvest and the album “Gone to earth!” The title refers to the hunters’ scream as a fox manages to run back into its earth (metaphor of the owl on the pretty cover). The band from Oldham in England was really famous in Germany in the 1970s. The album “Gone to earth” stayed 197 weeks in a row in the German charts! And in 1980, they played a free concert in front of the Berlin Wall in the presence of nearly 200.000 fans! “Hymn”, the most known song of this album, invites at first to start a road-trip and could have been on the soundtrack of a movie like „The Secret Life of Walter Mitty“. But the lyrics are really serious.
The song is actually against the dangers of drug consumption and dedicated to musicians like Jimi Hendrix or Janis Joplin, comparing it with the spiritual light of religion. “You stand up there with your head in the clouds / Don’t try to fly you might not come done”. The rest of the album mixes ballades (“taking me higher), more energetic songs (“Hard hearted woman”) or a really thoughtfull/contemplative-one, “Sea of tranquility”.
Official Website : http://www.bjharvest.co.uk/