Crucifiction Lane - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale / A Salty Dog (Vinyl, LP)

The Milk of Human Kindness take 1 McGreggor Your email address will not be published. However if you want these albums for the car, or the office, or just as a backup; or to persuade all your friends and relatives that the stuff you've been obsessed by for 35 years really is worth listening to, it really cannot be bettered.

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Buy this album now or Amazon UK will do the trick. If you do happen to have a defective one, they assure us that you need only write in and it will be replaced. Yet even they had to concede top spot to Procol Harum's A Whiter Shade of Pale , the Bach-influenced ballad delivered by Gary Brooker which, by common consent, was Britain's prime contribution to the soundtrack of the Summer of Love. For the rest of their career, though, Procol would follow Sgt Pepper 's lead and concentrate on producing albums of real quality.

The first four are packaged here — and, though they've been made available many times since their release, they have more than survived the exposure. There was also the small matter of a six-month delay. Procol Harum had been recorded the previous June at London's Olympic Studios on the same kind of primitive four-track equipment as Sgt Pepper and finished in a matter of days, around half the songs having been recorded in one memorable marathon session.

Robin Trower now had his chance to write songs, but we always used Keith's lyrics. Remembers Keith: 'It was a pretty amazing song with a lot of seafaring imagery. All those songs had different ideas behind them. I wanted to have strings on the number and it was my first arrangement.

I loved doing it. I'd met a viola player when we were on tour with the Bee Gees in Germany who were using an orchestra. He was very supportive, almost like a music teacher. He actually put an orchestra together for us and members were all leaders of top London orchestras. We got a very warm chamber music sound on A Salty Dog. A good example is the captain's phrase 'All hands on deck - I think we've run afloat' instead of 'aground'. Somebody in America once wrote about the song for her university degree thesis.

She developed no less than 17 different interpretations of the song, which were all a kind of valid. I've always sung it for BJ Wilson since he died a couple of years ago, and it does seem to be about man's journey through life in some way. It's also about the group. Und als wir noch einen Drink bestellen wollten, brachte der Kellner gleich ein ganzes Tablett.

E-Mail Adresse. Website optional. Billy, der Auskenner The title track opens the album - a somewhat risky move, as it's clearly a ballad, and a pretty lengthy one at that. With watery sound effects,seagulls chirping, a melodramatic string arrangement keyboard players Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher composed all their own orchestral arrangements, by the way , and a simple yet vivid lyrical portrait Keith Reid, the band's lyricist, is one of the finest lyric writers in rock history, in my opinion of a sea captain, Procol Harum produce a stunning masterpiece with this song.

Keith Reid's lyrics about ennui and boredom almost feel cheerful in this context. A big shocker opens side two -- the stark country blues of "Juicy John Pink" by Trower, with lyrics by Reid , with little other than Trower's Hendrix-inspired guitar and Gary Brooker's vocal to carry it along. And to go from that into the symphonic drama of Fisher's "Wreck of the Hesperus" is even more shocking. Probably the most elaborately produced piece here, "Hesperus" seems to be of a piece with "A Salty Dog" in its maritime theme.

Next is "Crucifixion Lane", a tough, soulful blues number sung by Robin Trower unfortunately in a raspy croak of a voice. It's a bit jarring after hearing Brooker and Fisher's superior voices for the rest of the album, but overall it's still a good track, further adding to the album's stunning diversity. Last but not least, we have a third Fisher composition, the excellent "Pilgrim's Progress" - an organ-based ballad seemingly similar to "Whiter Shade of Pale", but about halfway through, the song shifts into an elongated coda led by an upbeat piano riff that ends the album on a happy note.

Though this is often considered Procol Harum's masterpiece, I still prefer Shine on Brightly , but this album is still essential for those wishing to get into the band, and the title track, "The Devil Came From Kansas", and "Wreck of the Hesperus" are all key songs in the development of progressive rock. The album is confident and focused, even as it tackles an impressively diverse array of musical styles.

I know the album is not the best progressive one. But it is so meaningful to me. A Salty Dog is the first progressive album I've really tried to listen to and I had to play song by song without stopping since hearing the first song A Salty Dog.

I've loved progressive music since then. The story Strangely, this is the only album review in which I'm in complete agreement with all of PA's reviewers and collaborators, so I'll keep it short. The title track is easily Porcol Harum's, and composer Garry Brooker's, finest achievement. Captain heavy-hearted and his men welcome you to a doleful journey among weeping seamen and crying Valkyries, in this album on life at sea.

Before the release of "A salty dog", Procol Harum already had accomplished enough to earn their place in the history books. With a worldwide hit single and Procol Harum continued through the late sixties and produced their third album with the lovely sailor look. Unfortunately this record was less progressive than the last one even if the highlights are great. The low rating on PA for "Salty Dog" absolutely baffles me. Another gem from the somehow-forgotten Procol Harum.

Considering this is still the 60s, it Given the disagreement between Brooker and Fisher on the authorship of "Whiter Shade of Pale" Fisher won, paving the way for more equitable sharing of the wealth with the musicians who play on hit records , I'd say that Fisher proves the more elegant musician on "Salty Dog. I've been a fan of progressive music for the better part of 5 years now, embracing a wide range of genres.

So to see this album getting such poor reviews astounds me! It may not be technical prog, but the emotion which is emitted throughout is superb to say the least. Also I won't go into it, Well after being involved with the band for years as a number 1 fan I can tell you with truth this was not the greatest effort.

Coming just after the great Whiter Shade Of Pale this album has the follow up feeling. Again being slightly dark were material is concered and never really very sure You must be a forum member to post a review, please register here if you are not.

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. A Salty Dog 1. A Salty Dog 2. The Milk Of Human Kindness 3. Too Much Between Us 4. The Devil Came From Kansas 5.

Procol Harum performing A Whiter Shade of Pale with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledreborg Castle, Denmark in August

9 Replies to “Crucifiction Lane - Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale / A Salty Dog (Vinyl, LP)”

  1. Jan 04,  · Whiter Shade sounds brillant, but a bit harsh for my ears, while Salty Dog ist brillant as well, but the sound is warmer. - As a pity, I cannot compare with the original pressings. My AMIGA "Procol Harum" record () is warmer, but less rich in sound.4/5().
  2. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of A Whiter Shade Of Pale / A Salty Dog on Discogs. Label: Fly Records (3) - TOOFA 7/8 • Series: Doubleback Series - TOOFA 7/8 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Mono Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo All Media Compilation • Country: UK • Genre: Rock, Pop • Style: Soft Rock, Psychedelic /5(18).
  3. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of A Whiter Shade Of Pale / A Salty Dog on Discogs. Label: EMI - TOOFA/2,Cube Records - TOOFA/2 • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo Vinyl LP, Album, Stereo All Media Compilation, Reissue • Country: Australia • Genre: Rock, Blues • Style: Blues Rock, Classic Rock /5(13).
  4. From Fly Records Toofa series, this has two studio albums packaged as one double. Side 1 & 2 "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (, TOOFA 7). Side 3 & 4 "A Salty Dog" (, TOOFA 8).4/5(32).
  5. Side A & B "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (, TOOFA Mono). Side C & D "A Salty Dog" (, TOOFA Stereo). This is a pressing which can be seen near the UK imprint inside (see last close up picture)4/5(6).
  6. My introduction to Procol Harum wasn't "A Whiter Shade Of Pale", but my dad's vinyl copy of In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Therefore I've known this album's "A Salty Dog" and "All This And More" for years. The studio versions really aren't that different as they were already recorded with an orchestra.
  7. Content. A Salty Dog has an ostensibly nautical theme, as indicated by its cover (a pastiche of the famous Player's Navy Cut cigarette pack). Interspersed with straight rock, blues and pop items, A Salty Dog showed a slight change of direction from its predecessors, being thematically less title track itself was the first Procol track to use an orchestra, as would be .
  8. A Salty Dog is the 3rd studio album by English progressive rock band Procol Harum, originally released in The album has an ostensibly nautical theme, as indicated by it's cover (a pastiche of the famous Player's Navy Cut cigarette pack).A Salty Dog showed a slight change of direction from it's predecessors, being thematically less obscure/5().
  9. A Salty Dog was the last Procol Harum album to feature the original 5-piece line-up. Compared to the previous two, which were very much dominated by Gary Booker's songs and vocals (not a negative thing at all), more space is given to guitarist Robin Trower and organist Matthew Fisher/5().

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