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    Posted: April 28 2011 at 23:50
Anyone....
They did have a keyboardist AND erudite lyrics.

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Originally posted by Heathcliffe

Anyone....
They did have a keyboardist AND erudite lyrics.



The band had more than one keyboardist. Incidentally, this topic is better suited to a different forum which I'm moving it to.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote yanch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2011 at 05:56
Yes they did. I never really appreciated them until seeing them open for Jethro Tull here in Massachusetts back in the late 80's/early 90's. They were amazing and all the songs I knew were so much better. It was a highlight performance for me. Great playing, great singing, great lyrics, etc! Smile
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: April 29 2011 at 09:26
a very good band , saw them on stage in the seventies in france, i've got most of their albums, just was listening to Grand Hotel yesterday
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Grand Hotel is their best one Cool
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I have their hits package, and it may prompt me to explore further.

Also they are one of the top 5 most frequently misspelled band names of all time (right up there with Led Zepplin, Greenday, Lynard Skynard and the Red Hot Chilli Peppers).

/it's "Procol"  Wink

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I am new to their music, but I just got the reissued copy of "Shine On Brightly," and am finding it quite enjoyable.  I will likely delve into their catalog more extensively, based on what I hear from this record.
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^ That's one of their best along with Grand Hotel......An excellent band.
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I love "A Salty Dog."  Brilliant song.
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Originally posted by Epignosis

I love "A Salty Dog."  Brilliant song.
   wonderful song and very good album
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Originally posted by jean-marie

Originally posted by Epignosis

I love "A Salty Dog."  Brilliant song.
   wonderful song and very good album
 
A Salty Dog is probably their best studio album, although I think they reached their pinnacle with Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, which superbly showcases their symphonic nature (and the live versions of "Conquistador" and "A Salty Dog" with the orchestra are extraordinary).
Please pay a visit to my blog...The Dark Elf File...a slighty skewed journal of music reviews, literary comment, fan-fiction and interminable essays.
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I have the procol albums from the debute Procol Harum all the way til Something Magic and all In Between those, Brokan Barricads is really good and so is Home as well
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Post Options Post Options   Quote resurrection Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 01 2011 at 01:29
Sort of erudite. Sometimes it was just nice sounding words that didn't mean anything. They also struggled with anything that approached A Whiter Shade of Pale.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2011 at 18:09
Something Magic is better than most of poeples think, Exotic birds and fruits contains good songs too but is underrated, Procol Ninth is different but i like it very much, i've got another brooker project tittled The Long Goodbye,Symphonic music of Procol Harum, it's interresting but Gary is the only original member in it with guest appearances by Robin Trower and Matthew Fisher.I do appreciate the two Gary solo albums too, Lead me to the Water and No more fear of flying 
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Originally posted by The Dark Elf

Originally posted by jean-marie

Originally posted by Epignosis

I love "A Salty Dog."  Brilliant song.
   wonderful song and very good album
 
A Salty Dog is probably their best studio album, although I think they reached their pinnacle with Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, which superbly showcases their symphonic nature (and the live versions of "Conquistador" and "A Salty Dog" with the orchestra are extraordinary).
 
The live album from Edmonton is also my personal favourite. Thumbs Up 
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Yes Edmonton is fantastic, i had good time too with the dvd from 2004 Live at Union Chapel, funny to see Geoff Whitehorn doing the seaguls on Salty Dog with his guitar
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Post Options Post Options   Quote JeanFrame Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 09:53
A Whiter Shade of Pale; that was about it, excellent though it was. Homburg was nice (though a parody) and Salty Dog was pleasant, but really, the group didn't have enough range of expression.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote jean-marie Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2011 at 17:18
well! i think i see what you mean, but try Procol Ninth for instance, you might be surprised. I saw them in the seventies in Paris ( under lysergic influence) and they had a huge range of expression LOL
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Their debut is the finest, imo. Not a weak spot on it.
"It's music, and I like it" - Miles Davis on Sketches of Spain
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Post Options Post Options   Quote TODDLER Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 05 2011 at 21:44
"Fires (which burnt brightly)" is a very timeless song to me. Truly one of their best. They were highly influenced by Johann Sebastian Bach and especially on their first 3 titles. Keith Reid equals intellectual gloom and doom. I was very drawn in by his stories. Especially "Dead Man's Dream". One part in particular that gives me the willies is when the man actually wakes from his dream of horror and finds himself on a death bed. It was quite reminiscent of a Rod Serling tale...although one must consider that the song could have meant yet something else to other listeners....no?
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