Barclay James Harvest: “Early Morning” (1968)

 “Early Morning” b/w “Mr. Sunshine”

I have eyes in my eyes, and the bees surmise that the blissful dawn of day is breaking on, not a May of my own making, but one of a different shape and size, where a dark sun casts the whitest lies and the millipedes of mellotrons dance as they land on the sunlit lawn. I had a thought, raised it, ushered it into the world with an attaboy, along the lines of “Early Morning” being the dawning of some great commotion that eventually fizzled into a porridge of pale shadows and pastoral prayers, and “Mr. Sunshine” starring as caster of shadows and payers unanswered, but that thought grew dim in the dust of time and gave its bones to the likes of lime, and both of these reasons are why I’m stopping.

Original 7-inch single
A1. Early Morning (2:30)
B1. Mr. Sunshine

Both songs credited to Barclay James Harvest.

1968.04.26 / Parlophone / UK / 7” / R 5693
1968 / Sire / US / 7” / 45-4105

Les Holroyd, John Lees, Mel Pritchard, Stuart “Woolly” Wolstenholme with Robert Godfrey (organ and backing vocals). Produced by Norman Smith.


  • Oddly, the song “Poor Wages” later appeared on an Iranian 7-inch EP under the billing of “Top 4 No. 1 Hits” (EX 4316).

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