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BROKEN BARRICADES

Procol Harum

 

Crossover Prog

3.32 | 146 ratings

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Guillermo
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4 stars I prefer this album much more than their previous album (titled "Home") because the songs are more melodic and Progressive. They even used some orchestral arrangements in some songs ("Simple Sister", "Luskus Delph") and some synthesizer playing ("Broken Barricades"). The best songs in this album in my opinion are: "Simple Sister" (the best of all, with some Heavy Progresive Rock arrangements), "Broken Barricades" (with a very good melody played on the keyboards and very good arrangements in general) and "Luskus Delph", with a very good Classical Music arrangement (and this song also was included in a live recording as a bonus track in one of the re-issues of their "Live" album from 1972, played in a very similar way). "Power Failure" included a very brief good drums and percussion solo by B.J. Wilson which also included a somewhat humorous "fictitious ovation" from an obvious "imaginary in concert audience" at the end of it. "Song for a Dreamer" is a song which was composed by Robin Trower and Keith Reid in memory of Jimi Hendrix, and it is a song with some Indian Music influences (maybe they could have included a sitar and a tabla in this song!). Despite that Trower composed the music of three of the eight songs in this album, and that the band sounded better and more united in music styles in this album, Trower left the band to become a soloist. The band carried on without him replacing him with Dave Ball, and they also added a new bassist (Alan Cartwright) to leave Chris Copping free to concentrate only in playing the organ.
Guillermo | 4/5 |

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