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Posted February 14, 2014
Buy it while stocks last. This is a lavishly illustrated hardbac
Buy it while stocks last. This is a lavishly illustrated hardback book, with a colour section and a Foreword by Martin Scorsese. Buy it now!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 30, 2013
Best biography I've read in ages! I'm not quite sure why I boug
Best biography I've read in ages!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
I'm not quite sure why I bought this as I hardly knew any of Procol's music aside from the glaringly obvious, but I'm really glad I did. This tells the whole story from early days as R&B covers band the Paramounts through the highs and lows of a lengthy career and up to the present day.
This has been meticulously researched by someone who not only clearly understands his subject but also music in general. A thoroughly enjoyable read and I now look forward to investigating more of Procol's body of work.
Posted May 30, 2013
A Rum Tale Indeed! When it comes to Procol, I can still remembe
A Rum Tale Indeed!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
When it comes to Procol, I can still remember going down to Woollies' in 1972 to buy a certain Fly double-back ...; or i can remember seeing them in 1975 at the Stateside Centre in Bournemouth and wondering why B.J. Wilson was centre stage, and not at the back like most drummers. Needless to say I didn`t have to wait long to find out ... But hey, you don`t want to hear about that!
Henry Scott Irvine`s biography, The Ghosts Of A Whiter Shade Of Pale is the most enjoyable of reads. Well, maybe I`m overstating it just a little bit, but if you are a Procol fan like me, it`s essential. Scott-Irvine`s fair and balanced account, winds backwards and forwards through the warp of time. He takes you on a well researched journey: from coffee shop cellars; to tin-pan alley; gig`s with symphony orchestra`s; and on, across "the Marble Staircase plain ..." On to the House of Lords and beyond.
He tells the story of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, songwriters, whom for most people, and myself included, when simply put are Procol Harum; who couldn`t find anyone to sing their songs, so they thought they might as well form a band, and do them themselves. A monster hit ensued, that would later come back to haunt them; the summer of 1967, came - along with line-up changes - and went, but that was not the end of their story. It was only the beginning.
For most people, in this country, Procol only had the one song, but further investigation of their back-catalogue, during those frantic 67 - 77 years, reveals, that there was a raft of better songs hidden away in Brooker and Reid`s attic. How do we remember them in the present; well it`s like this, we remember them for their scholarly lyrics: "Windows Peeped Out On Their Neighbours', Inside Fireside Bedsides Gleam!" And we remember them for their fine musicianship, and we also remember them for being "Unique". Quite simply put there was no one else around like them.
Irvine`s book has all the right ingredients for any R n`R yarn, it tells the story of sibling rivalries, long term resentment, petty jealousies and unbridled ambition on the songwriters part. But it tells the story of a band, a band like no other. I`ll be honest, I simply could not put it down, and I`ve read other book`s about them, but if you`re a fan then this is the one, or put it this way, this is as close to the truth as you are going to get! In 2012 you ain`t going to read anything that betters this!
That day in 1972, when I bought their first album coupled with Salty Dog, started me off on my Procol journey. Let Henry Scott-Irvine`s meticulously researched book take you on theirs. It`s a real recommend!
Posted May 30, 2013