Barclay James Harvest
Despite being signed to EMI at the same time as pop-rockers Pink Floyd and releasing a string of decent tunes throughout the late Sixties and early Seventies, Barclay James Harvest never really broke through into the mainstream music consciousness. A label change to Polydor in 1973 hinted at a change in fortunes for the group though their work still failed to chart until finally, a year later, their double album Barclay James Harvest Live made the UK top 40. Subsequent releases climbed higher still and the boys found popularity at last. A personnel change ensued as vocalist Stuart Wolstenholme left the band to begin a solo career and was replaced by two all-rounders; Kevin McAlea and Colin Browne. With new blood onboard, BJH broke Europe and released a further live album Concert For The People (1982) which was filmed and recorded at a gig in the Reichstag, Berlin. It became the group's biggest seller in their Homeland - hitting Number 15 in the charts and seeing them achieve some success in Germany where they have since remained on the public's radar.