I'm quite surprised that on this site, the debut Procol Harum currently has a slightly higher rating than Shine On Brightly as I think this album is surely their masterpeice. There's so much more to this band than just A Whiter Shade of Pale. Grand Hotel might soon deserve the same score. "I Told on You" is the best opening track since "Nothing but the Truth", and there's still nothing here as bad as, say "Thin end of the Wedge". The album artwork is like a more positive interpretation of the debut. Review # 54. I think the album deserves at least a 2.5 since it's not exactly poor. Reviews: Reviews : Reissues / repackagings / remasterings, often including interesting bonus tracks and exhumations, early versions, hitherto-unknown or abandoned songs, backing-tracks and so on: Released 24 November 1967 on Regal Zonophone (catalog no. I gave an extra point five since I enjoy R&B... I like every songs of the album. Album Rating: 3.0Album has grown on me lately. The departure of guitarist Robin Trower has meant that there are fewer bluesy licks in the music but new guitarist Mick Grabham is a good replacement who´s playing style to my ears actually suits Procol Harum´s music better. These are treasures. Wilson … But as just an album (or as a Gary Brooker solo album, if you like), I'd give it a solid 2-1/2 stars. I just wish it was more like classic Procol Harum. Yeah, that song and Salad Days have the best organ parts here. My favorite song is easily ''The Only One''. Shine On Brightly - 1968 Repertoire A (Very Good / Good) Best song: Shine On Brightly. I'm happy someone has articulated my own slight misgivings here. Check this song out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZXNGLvFg_M I guess we just differ on how much the spoken passages bring it down. CD . Musically tight. Exotic Birds & Fruit was Procol Harum's seventh studio album, and it's my favorite release of theirs, post-1970's Home . Repent Walpurgis is such a great instrumental. Whiter Shade of Pale has such a great organ part. These guys are really unknown here, I might do some more PH review in the near future. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_W67hc6HgQ, Album Rating: 4.0Awesome song. Procol Harum • Procol's Ninth 3CD set from Esoteric Records ... Ninth is the first Procol album to include third party material. Will listen to it but I'm not hurry. Album Rating: 2.5Some of it was good, but I thought that 3-part suite about the tree was just a warmed-over reflection of the great epic songs of their past. Since I am a loyal fan of the band and rarely play my vinyl anymore, I finally caved in and bought this. Album Rating: 2.5There, I've got that out of my system. The 1960s was a decade in which the Great Britain was dominated by the British Beat Boom, a time which pop music had exploded beyond popularity and reason. LIVE IN CONCERT WITH THE EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA. I am glad I dragged you away from your piano to complete this very well-written piece. Procol Harum’s compositions are, like those of almost any other progressive band, theatrical and, for the most part, complex, but, unlike their contemporaries, the band never descends into pointless meandering and the songs never feel overblown. At that time there were no restrictions at all to create, and so it brought to us full of epic albums. While ''The Worm and the Tree'' is not their best epic song, it's well done instrumentally. It's incredible. Rated #372 in the best albums of 1970, and #9845 of all-time album.. A little detail to point out at the 3rd paragraph: ''...contemporary style It's a kinda average Procol Harum album, but it would be a good Gary Brooker's solo work, so I give it a solid 3. A supreme album from '67, Procol Harum's debut easily sits with Cream's 'Disraeli Gears' and Hendrix's 'Axis Bold as Love' or the Beatles' albums of the day in terms of originality and quality. This, Shine on Brightly and Grand Hotel are all brilliant albums. Procol Harum – Something Magic: Album Review By Mike Ainscoe on 28th October 2020 • ( Leave a comment ) First released in March 1977, Something Magic by Procol Harum gets a remastered and expanded reboot with a live show from the period. Might still check it out. Album Rating: 4.0@Jethro Album Rating: 2.5I agree with that, Jethro. There is only one overtly "classical" moment here, and it’s a send up -- there's a direct quote from Pachelbel's Canon as a brief intro to the wonderful "Sunday Morning.” Some truly perverse lyric moments are expertly crafted into well-composed songs (would we expect anything less? SLRZ 1014; Vinyl LP). By the way, check this song out, it might just be my favorite by PH. Never missing an orchestra. Review by iluvmarillion Broken Barricades, the fifth album of Procol Harum is the one associated most with the playing of Robin Trower. Album Rating: 4.0k. He must have felt suffocated by Gary Brooker's classical style. It made me hope for greatness! Do write more on them, if you have time. Shine On Brightly (Procol Harum) A&M SP 4151: Jim Miller in Rolling Stone, 7 December 1968. Both enjoyable songs, though I preferred the Traffic song by a bit. Have a pos. A supreme album from '67, Procol Harum's debut easily sits with Cream's 'Disraeli Gears' and Hendrix's 'Axis Bold as Love' or the Beatles' albums of the day in terms of originality and quality. A lot of the songs are harsh sounding and boring. Esoteric Recordings. Album Rating: 2.0Took the words right out of my mouth. Press reviews: Liner notes: 1983 'Procol Harum' on Amiga: Press reviews: Liner notes: 1982: Historia de la Musica Rock Vol.15: Press reviews: Liner notes: 1982: Procol Harum's Greatest Hits Vol 1 (Pickwick) Press reviews: Liner notes: 1981: Gigantes Del Pop .. Volume 17: Press reviews: Liner notes: 1981: Procol Harum : Memorial Album Vol. Just heard A Whiter Shade of Pale and realize I need to get this now. Review Summary: Procol Harum pioneers the prog and psychedelic genres even further in the right direction. Album Rating: 4.0You should definitely get this, Jethro, I could definitely see you liking this a lot. A Whiter Shade of Pale, Conquistador and Repent Walpurgis are the only 3 songs I know on here. Poor Trower. A Salty Dog is a music studio album recording by PROCOL HARUM (Crossover Prog/Progressive Rock) released in 1969 on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. I really, really want this to be better than you guys seem to put it as. I had it rated 2 originally, raised it to 2.5 when I shifted my thinking and considered it as a Gary Brooker solo album. AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder After the multi-million selling "A Whiter Shade of Pale," Procol … Oh no, please no. Album Rating: 3.0I was not aware they released a new album. Featured peformers: Keith Reid (lyrics), Robin Trower (lead guitar), B.J. The other was recorded for old KZEW radio in Dallas, Texas the same year. Songs contain good ideas, but could be more developed or more enticing for most of them. Procol Harum, an Album by Procol Harum. Melodies are kinda bland. Edit: Salad Days is a great song. Of course I didn't expect to hear classic Procol Harum even if the cover art suits them well. I'll give it a listen in the hope I disagree, but I'm not sure I will great review fella, pos'd :]. Trower performs and sings on the psychedelic, Song For A Dreamer, a homage to Jimi Hendrix who died only a fortnight after Trower last saw him perform. Genres: Psychedelic Rock, Psychedelic Pop. Nice review as usual, Diva. Procol Harum did it once before (1969) without shaking the music world. What's on offer here is the most rocking sound Procol Harum have delivered since Broken Barricades. I'm delighted to hear something new however and I'm sure it'll grow on me. Album definitely needed one, along with some more recognition. Home is a music studio album recording by PROCOL HARUM (Crossover Prog/Progressive Rock) released in 1970 on cd, lp / vinyl and/or cassette. Believe me, remastering made a world of difference. The other favorites are hard to determine. Album Rating: 4.0Thanks! You might even add an extra 1/2 star if you're more of a fan of R&B than I am. Another ProgJect review is done, just saying. @Irving Procol Harum's albums To be listened to in the spirit in which they were made. Album Rating: 4.0Good return in the spirit of the 60s, vanderb0b. Ah… the London Palladium. Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RZXNGLvFg_M, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b_W67hc6HgQ, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3M8Sk7X51k, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X0oxZeg5S28&feature=fvst. The only real fun on this album is the opening track. I need to give another spin before rating it. All hands on deck for a remastered and expanded classic live album; plus an orchestra. LRZ 1001; Vinyl LP). Album Rating: 4.0Your welcome bro. One thing I disagree with you is about the ''mediocrity'' of Something Magic. I didn't even make it all the way through. Rated #154 in the best albums of 1967, and #7346 of all-time album.. Thanks for pointing out that error. Now I think I'll go have a good cry. There's one song I absolutely HATE because the lyric is simply cringeworthy, but that's nothing new as I don't think there's ever been an album by anyone I could listen to without skipping a track. Like both Jimi Hendrix, Jefferson Airplane, Soft Machine and The Byrds among others, Procol Harum certainly paved the way to the progressive rock to come. Before I finish, I shall warn people of the latest reissue of this album by Salvo. Released 5 June 1970 on Regal Zonophone (catalog no. It's only that the narrative passages make it lose the flow. Album Rating: 3.0Well I was directly inspired by a statement of yours from your review, bro. However, critically Procol Harum was very well recieved, especially among many of their contemporary musicians. Album Rating: 2.5I think we're pretty close on this one, Jethro. Album Rating: 4.0Totally. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x3M8Sk7X51k Great review. "Whisky Train" rocks and rolls just fine, and allows us to appreciate the guitar artistry of Robin Trower. This well-considered review does justice to the music while expressing legitimate doubts about the fit between Pete Brown's lyrics and Gary B's music. Album Rating: 4.0Yeah, I know that album. As a Procol Harum album, it rates no better than 1-1/2 to 2 stars. Album Rating: 4.0Album is prog mastery. On the other hand, I sometimes hear some Bruce Springsteen, Bob Seger, Elbow or Traffic in there. Nevertheless, what I just want to add is that Procol Harum amazes me as one of the most consistent art rock groups in history - for years, they've been pumping out album after album, quite a lot of which either are masterpieces or come close; loss of key members like Fisher or Trower didn't really have any serious impact on the individual talents of Brooker as a composer or Reid as a lyricist. The rythm section are very well playing too. AllMusic Review by James A. Gardner Procol Harum's first album for Chrysalis, Grand Hotel, … What makes this really special are the 2 live discs. I literally had to give it 5 or 6 listens before I heard any good in it, Twig, except for Brooker's voice and decent musicianship. I can't help but giving you 2 links that came to my mind, not sure why. Recent scene of a little run of rock band + orchestra events. Procol's Ninth sounds much better today than when it was first issued. Album Rating: 4.0Hey vanderb0b, dude, I could see you digging The Zombies - Odessey and Oracle (1968), a pure bliss of pop/psychedelic. Excellent job :D. I'm not sure what I was expecting, but this album was a disappointment. I liked the song "Something Magic", though. I hope not! Review scores; Source Rating; Allmusic: TeamRock: The Spill Magazine: Novum is the twelfth studio album by Procol Harum, released on 21 April 2017. Procol Harum fans usually are very open-minded and appreciative, but this album separates the true from the fake. [Review] Procol Harum (1967) Although initially lost in the flurry of psych/prog releases at year’s end, this is today recognized as an early classic in the genre. This page includes Home's : cover picture, songs / tracks list, members/musicians and line-up, different releases details, free MP3 download (stream), buy online links: amazon, ratings and detailled reviews by our experts, collaborators and members. Lately, Friday Music has been remastering and re-releasing old Procol Harum recordings both great and not so great. Available now. I've heard to a couple of their albums and it's really good stuff. Genres: Progressive Rock, Art Rock. I saw your rating go up the other day, Sandwich, so I knew we were on the same page on that one. Procol Harum are great. Album Rating: 4.0Yeah, I've listened to Strawbs before (thanks to you). Procol Harum is the debut studio album by English rock band Procol Harum.It was released in September 1967 by record label Deram in the US, following their breakthrough and immensely popular single "A Whiter Shade of Pale".The track doesn't appear on the UK version of the album… The album did not sell well in the band’s home country of England, as neither of their charting singles, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “Homborg” were included on the original English version. Hope you find something you like in Novum. Just follow my reviews … Album is an easy 4. Readers dismayed by the cacographic opening of this review are invited to read this article and then the marvellous books to which it alludes. Drummer Barrie James Wilson´s energetic style is a real treat. After two fairly tepid albums (Exotic Birds & Fruit and Procol's Ninth), the band returns to the rich, creative melodies with orchestral colorings featured so prominently on 1973's Grand Hotel. ;), Bands: A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z. Is there anyone who was expecting Procol Harum to release their 17th studio album, after a long 50-year-old career, in order to form an opinion about them? I don't really remember many things out of it, but I have it at a 4. This is a nice review though--and so true! It's surely one of their most progressive one. From your rating and review, I see I didn't really miss anything. I've always been a huge fan of this band, so I'm not sorry I checked it out. But, despite the technical and aesthetic difficulties such a project presents (like not allowing the electric guitars to drown out the violins), In Concert proves to be both valid and interesting, if excessively fluffy at times. There was never a possibility this could have been as good as I wanted it to be, as I've been a fan since forever, and desperately wanted something new for more than a decade. Album Rating: 2.5Thanks guys. Home, an Album by Procol Harum. Improved database with more reviews = always better. A classic, cheers man! A great Procol album. ''Businessman'' is one of them, but again, it's not perfect. Read and write album reviews for Procol Harum - Procol Harum on AllMusic The only problem with the album is that it got overlooked by about 95% of those people who turned the band's debut single, 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', into the all-time best seller it became. I remember the record from '74 or so. Sounds like some good Bob Dylan. I like the album art too, Friday, and the album title. Featured peformers: Gary Brooker (vocals, piano), Matthew Fisher (Hammond organ), Robin Trower (lead guitar), David Knights (bass guitar), B.J. Album Rating: 3.0That's pretty radio-friendly stuff. Will revisit for sure. I might check these guys out - the way you describe them makes me feel like they're something I would like. I want a copy of that influential album. Album Rating: 3.0K. Review Summary: The last (nearly) great Procol Harum album. Kronomyth 1.0: An unrepentantly intelligent debut. PROCOL HARUM. ). AllMusic Review by Bruce Eder This album, the group's third, was where they showed just … I must admit that this new release caught me by surprise, as I wasn't expecting anything like that. 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