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Procol Harum

Discussion in 'Music to Your Ears' started by Dan R, Jun 29, 2016.

  1. Dan R

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    It may seem like the group Procol Harum is/was a one hit wonder with the smash hit "Whiter Shade of Pale", but they actually put out several good albums. Led by Gary Brooker on piano and vocals, an illustrious group of musicians passed through their ranks, not least of which was Robin Trower. In addition we have Matthew Fisher, Chris Copping, Dave Ball, David Knights, Tim Renwick and others.

    They had steady output from 1967 to 1975. The remarkable thing about them is that they pioneered Prog. Rock in many respects by blending classical, blues, rock n roll to create a unique sound. Lyricist Keith Reid was an essential part of the band, leaving Brooker with most of the musical compositions. By 1977, they had suffered the fate of many bands of the day, collapsing under their own weight. In the meantime, they created a rich musical tapestry that was certainly ahead of it's time. BTW, John Lennon and George Harrison were huge fans of Whiter Shade of Pale.
     
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    Broken Barricades...a great album
     
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    There is a live version of Whiter Shade of Pale from 2006 that's better than the original.

    Outdoors somewhere in Europe with a full orchestra and choir, and Gary Brooker is just killin it on vocals.

     
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    Big fan.
     
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    ##I had the wrong group##
     
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    Another fan here, back in the day we covered Salty Dog
     
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    I seen them play at the Atlanta Pop Fest - they were one of the favorite groups .
     
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    Interesting and non-conventional ruling in 2009 where Matthew Fisher was awarded co-writing credit for the opening organ melody. I think they got it right. Who knows where that song would have gone without it?
     
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    Also a big fan. Saw the original lineup around salty dog. Later Broken Baracades and later with Dave Ball and Mick Grabham. Wonderful everytime.
     
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    That was the best version of Whiter Shade of Pale I've ever heard, just beautiful.
    I know I'm weird, but I've always like orchestral music mixed with rock, blues, pop.
    The Moody Blues are one if my all time favorites because of the mix of blues and orchestra music
    Thanks for posting that video ac15.
     
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    I enjoyed that orchestral version and think it is just great that Gary sounds so good there.

    But the original will always be my favorite version of WSoP.

    My favorite composition? Homburg, at least right now.
     
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    Beautiful song. For the longest time, I thought it was a Clapton song.
     
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    I saw that a while ago, thanks for reminding me again it's out there. Quite a history and catalog of material from the PH boys. "Exotic Birds and Fruit" has always been one of my Top 10 albums, top-to-bottom their strongest release, only IMHO, of course- I highly recommend it to all.
     
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    I don't think Procol Harum was any better than when Robin Trower was with them. I think it's his best work.
    Here he is ripping at a little after the 1:00 mark, and again at about 3:20.
     
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    Is it just me or does Gary sound massively like Steve Winwood
     
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    There is something that they do with their throat when they sing that is very similar, yes.

    I don't think they sound similar, but I get why you would say that.
     
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    Let's not forget 'Juicy John Pink' --a fantastically perverse blues number that sounds like it was recorded in an oil drum.
     
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    I'm a big fan, seen them live twice. Whenever I feel like channeling the spirit of Gary Brooker - yes, I know he's still around :) - I sit at the piano to play and sing "Homburg".

    First time I saw them was in the early 90s, I remember Brooker at one point said "it's good to be here in Finland, the home of famous composer Sid Belius" :D
     
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    Never thought of them as that much alike.

    What they both have are excellent singing voices with a lot of expressive range. Don't mean to knock the guy, but take Ozzy Osbourne for example. He's a one trick pony, basically, and these two are the opposite of that.
     
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    Excellent band. I saw them back in the early 70s with Trower. The only thing wrong was that they closed the show after ELP, who were way too loud.
     
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