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Procol Harum


Crossover Prog

4.06 | 387 ratings

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4 stars This record has - arguably - the first prog epic ever. There have been long songs before, but none of them appears to qualify as a prog track. In Held 'Twas In I does.

In Held 'Twas In I is brilliant. It's every inch a prog classic. It's very obvious to me that acts like Genesis and Aphrodite's Child followed in their footsteps. On top of that, it is engaging, fun and brilliantly played. a solid 10 out of 10, certainly considering the time it was released. A time of experimentation indeed, but none had followed this path. 10/10

The rest of the album is more straightforward Procol Harum Is I have come to know them (through the classic tracks Whiter and Homburg).

Quite Rightly So is a great tune and should have been a hit 9/10

Shine on Brightly is another strong track. I especially like the squeaking guitar. 8/10

Skip Softly start rather uninteresting, but halfway through it totally changes and turns into an epic 8/10

Wish Me Well is a straight-up blues track. nothing wrong with it and confidently played and sang 7.5/10

Rambling On is very much what I know and love of Procol Harum. It has a resemblance with Homburg and Wither. 8/10

Magdalena starts the second side and introduces the epic. Another one that is close to their staple sound. 7.5/10

This album is a piece of the puzzle of prog. And on top of that, it is great. I thought about giving it five stars. The second side deserves it. But the first is merely very good. So 4 stars it is.

WJA-K | 4/5 |


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