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4.05 | 19 ratings | 2 reviews | 42% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Conquistador (4:43)
2. Bringing Home the Bacon (4:19)
3. Whaling Stories (8:58)
4. New Lamps for Old (4:19)
5. Beyond the Pale (3:07)
6. As Strong as Samson (5:44)
7. Simple Sister (6:03)
8. The Idol (6:45)
9. Grand Hotel (6:34)
10. Butterfly Boys (4:43)
11. Nothing But the Truth (4:00)

Total Time: 59:15

Line-up / Musicians

- Gary Brooker / lead vocals, piano
- Alan Cartwright / bass, backing vocals
- Chris Copping / organ, banjo
- Matthew Fisher / Hammond organ (1)
- Mick Grabham / guitars, backing vocals
- Keith Reid / words
- Barrie James Wilson / drums, percussion (2)

Releases information

CD Varese 061055 (2000)

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PROCOL HARUM BBC Live in Concert ratings distribution

(19 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(42%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(32%)
Good, but non-essential (26%)
Collectors/fans only (0%)
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Review by loserboy
4 stars In 1974 Gary Brooker and the new PROCOL line-up stepped into The Hippodrome in London to be recorded live for the BBC performing some of their classic numbers and in the process something wonderful happened... Ladies & Gentlemen please welcome the magical PROCOL HARUM. I still can not believe that this fantastic recording has been hidden in the BBC vaults for so many years (released in 1999). I have always been a big lover of PROCOL HARUM and this BBC live disc just puts it over the edge for me. This live disc is wonderfully remastered and sounds very clean and fresh offering great musicianship and some of PROCOL's most beloved melodies. This evening PROCOL were bang on and everything clicked with the lads sounding just incredible. Without a question a wonderful little piece of history that you need to get your hands on... essentially scrumptious!

Review by tarkus1980
4 stars For an art-rock band with two live albums dating from its overall prime, Procol Harum feels pretty lacking in terms of its prime period live coverage. Edmonton had a couple of essential cuts ("Conquistador" and "Whaling Stories"), but the rest of it either felt redundant ("A Salty Dog") or not especially benefited by the orchestra (the other two). This one's plenty better, but it's still only an hour long, and it doesn't fix the lack of any documentation of the band's peak lineup (with Trower and Fisher). Ah well, you take what you can get, and while this is hardly an essential live album, it's still a blast.

This album is a portion (at least, I assume it's only a portion) of a show from right before the release of Exotic Birds, and the setlist reflects this. The four tracks I love so much from that album indeed make it here, and while there's not a ton of departure from the studio versions, there's enough roughness (and hard work from the band to overcome this roughness) in the sound to make them worthy companions. They also do "Butterfly Boys" and "New Lamps for Old," and while part of me would have preferred some more straight-up rock'n'roll with "Monsieur R. Monde," these do just fine. Previous albums are represented as well as they can be given the time constraints: Grand Hotel gets the title track (with some amusing organ substitutions for the missing orchestrations) and a rousing "Bringing Home the Bacon," Broken Barricades gets "Simple Sister" (featuring an extension of the mid-song instrumental part, with the piano/bass riff getting played quietly into a crescendo over a long period of time while the guitars do their thing), and of course we get "Conquistador" and "Whaling Stories." Not surprisingly, "Conquistador" is a killer live track even without the orchestra, but I'm kinda surprised that "Whaling Stories" still sounds better live even without the orchestra. I really can't explain why the studio version sounds so labored and stiff compared to both live versions I've heard, but it does, and this live version is every bit the blast that the Edmonton version was.

And that's it! I would have definitely preferred a lot more material, but what's here shows that this lineup of Procol Harum was a perfectly servicable live unit, and I get plenty of kicks out of it.

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