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Procol Harum


Crossover Prog

4.09 | 137 ratings

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4 stars After some years of looking for this album, I finally found it in C.D. some years ago. The recording and mixing of this album are very good, very "clear", one of the best live albums from the 70s. This album was recorded under some tension due to Procol Harum having to rehearse with the orchestra and with little time to do it. If someone wants to read a very good history of this album and reviews from this concert, visit the excellent "Beyond the Pale" website: . The live version of "Conquistador" was released as a single and it was a hit. B.J. Wilson`s drums are very powerful in all the songs. The orchestra and choir also add power. "Whaling Stories" is dramatic, with a combination of heavy orchestra sounds, choir and lead guitar by Dave Ball (in his only album as member of Procol Harum)."A Salty Dog" has the gulls recording in the background as the studio version. "All this and more" is played with a different arrangement in comparison to the studio version, particularly the drums, and it has an extended finale. The great "In Held 'Twas In I" has Gary Brooker and Keith Reid reciting some verses in some sections. This song also has a section called "'Twas Teatime At The Circus" which in my opinion has the same sense of humour than the "Willow Farm" section of Genesis ` "Supper`s Ready". "In Held 'Twas In I"`s "Grand Finale" section has an excellent piano section played by Gary Brooker complemented very good by B.J. Wilson`s drums, the choir, the orchestra and a guitar solo by Dave Ball. My C.D. doesn`t have the bonus track.
Guillermo | 4/5 |


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