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    Posted: October 19 2010 at 11:20
Okay, so, I just listened to my very first Procol Harum album.  I picked up Shine On Brightly earlier today, set aside some free time and sequestered myself.  Currently listening to the latter strains of In Held 'Twas In I, and just boggling at how great their sound is.

So, is there love for these guys hereabouts?  I would think they would be one of the most influential, well-known prog groups, but I never see them featured on the list of Popular Artists.  They seem to have it all: an extensive discography, a sound that was years before its time, and an epic, undisputed prog track that pre-dates ItCotCK and was covered by Transatlantic on their first release.  Plus, from what I've heard thus far, Gary Brooker has one of the most distinct voices in prog.  Rich and bluesy, and very versatile. 

So what about it?  Are these fine proggers really second tier?




Edited by Lozlan - October 19 2010 at 11:22
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Absolutely a first rate rock band with major prog inventiveness. Clap
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Procol Harum are awesome. My favorite is their first album.

They were in Proto-Prog for a long time but they got upgraded to Crossover. They don't have a lot of ratings on PA. Most of their stuff is normal song length. "In Held 'Twas in I" is one of the few exceptions to the rule.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Icarium Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2010 at 12:06
get Grand Hotel, Broken Barricades, the Salty Dog and Strange Birds and Fruits,
 
strong melodic rock with symphonic structure, I have all their 8-9 albums from 67 till 77, and all are 4 to 5 star albums (exept Procols 9th which is a bitt less good a solid 3 star album),
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Procol Harum is one of my favorite bands ever. Absolutely first tier for me. I would suggest getting "Grand Hotel" and  "A Salty Dog" next. The live album with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is a must have as well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2010 at 13:01
They were, and remain, one of the most important bands to come out of the great British Blues/Prog explosion of the late 60's - period. Tremendous band.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Lozlan Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2010 at 15:51
Thanks for the recs; there really is no way that I'm not going to devour their discography entire.  Trying to decide if I should go chronologically from here, or skip around as is my wont.  I set out to investigate them (finally) for next week's podcast...I'm doing a focus on prog pre-'69, and I figured these fine fellows fit the bill.  I wasn't expecting to be so completely blown away!  I am a very happy prog fan, yes.  LOL

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jammun Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 19 2010 at 17:31

^^ Do not pass on their first album!  In fact get that one before moving forward from that SOB album LOL

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I've heard A Whiter Shade of Pale about a million times and I love it, but I've never heard anything else by the band. Similar sort of sound? Which album should I start with?
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^ A Salty Dog their signature sound is most pressent their
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Salty Dog is really good. I was also late to discover how great these guys were. Had only heard Conquistador on the radio, then was fortunate enough to see them open for Jethro Tull some years ago and they absolutely floored me. Went out and immediately got Salty Dog and Greatest Hits. Terrific band!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2010 at 06:24
Originally posted by Majikthise Majikthise wrote:

I've heard A Whiter Shade of Pale about a million times and I love it, but I've never heard anything else by the band. Similar sort of sound? Which album should I start with?


The first three are essential in my opinion. You could, however, try a greatest hits and see where you go from there?


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The-time-is-now Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 26 2010 at 08:28
I love Procol Harum too. Great band, really.

For example, I love it more than Genesis (just to give an idea), even if they can't contest Genesis' creativity. But they attract me much more.

Just listen to Bringing Home The Bacon !!! This track is extraordinary !


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Second Tier? Absolutely not, they're up with the best. I just don't get why they are not talked about more, they were very creative and had a wonderfully lush sound, its a damn shame they are only remembered for that one song, they have SOOO much more to offer.Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: December 03 2010 at 09:48
For sure ,PROCOL is a great band, i saw them on stage in paris in the seventies and at the time they still had a lot of fans.Even some underrated albums ( in france) as something magic contain good stuff, have a listen to the long track tittled THE WORM AND THE THREE. It's funny to realise that several great prog band starded with a pure pop single, i think about procol , moodie blues, aphrodite's child, rare bird..........
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