Album Reviews of the 80s

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Barclay James Harvest, "Face to Face" / 1986 Review by: Matthew Ash
Released on Polydor in 1986, 'Face to Face' is one of the strongest 80s offerings from a band that started life on EMI's progressive label Harvest in the late 60s. This is much closer to AOR than their original symphonic rock style but, as always with BJH, it is particularly high calibre. The soaring ballad 'On the Wings of Love' is a moment of spine tingling beauty whilst 'All My Life' shows the bands ability to take the synthesiser led 80s sound to an altogether higher level. For sheer rocked-out thrills, 'Panic' is hard to beat, being a testament to the power of rock music. Altogether a fine album from one of this country's finest and most under rated bands. Now even better value at mid price on the Polydor CD reissue.

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