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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The group's hardest-rocking classic album is, beyond some superb vocalizing by Gary Brooker, principally a showcase for Robin Trower's high-powered guitar and a rock-hard rhythm section, with B.J. Wilson only a little less animated than Ginger Baker on some of the music. Procol Harum had a split personality by this time, the band juxtaposing straight-ahead rock & roll numbers like "Still There'll Be More" and the Elvis Presley-influenced "Whisky Train" with darker, more dramatic pieces like "Nothing That I Didn't Know" and "Barnyard Story." Chris Copping doubles on organ, replacing Matthew Fisher, but the overall sound is that of a leaner Procol Harum, all except for the...
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All Music Guide - Bruce Eder
The group's hardest-rocking classic album is, beyond some superb vocalizing by Gary Brooker, principally a showcase for Robin Trower's high-powered guitar and a rock-hard rhythm section, with B.J. Wilson only a little less animated than Ginger Baker on some of the music. Procol Harum had a split personality by this time, the band juxtaposing straight-ahead rock & roll numbers like "Still There'll Be More" and the Elvis Presley-influenced "Whisky Train" with darker, more dramatic pieces like "Nothing That I Didn't Know" and "Barnyard Story." Chris Copping doubles on organ, replacing Matthew Fisher, but the overall sound is that of a leaner Procol Harum, all except for the ambitious "Whaling Stories" -- even it was a compromise that nearly worked, showcasing Trower's larger-than-life guitar sound coming off here like King Crimson's Robert Fripp in one of his heavier moments within a somewhat pretentious art rock concept. It shows the strains within their lineup that the producers chose the lighter, more obviously accessible "Your Own Choice" -- on which Gary Brooker's piano is the lead instrument -- to end the album after "Whaling Stories"' pyrotechnic finish. [Salvo reissued the album in 2009.]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/2009
  • Label: Salvo
  • UPC: 698458812124
  • Catalog Number: 5881212

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Procol Harum Primary Artist
Robin Trower Guitar
Gary Brooker Piano, Vocals
Chris Copping Organ, Bass Guitar
B.J. Wilson Drums
Technical Credits
Elton John Author
Jimmy Page Author
Chris Thomas Producer
Robin Trower Composer
Gary Brooker Composer
Chris Copping Author
Jeff Jarratt Engineer
Keith Reid Composer, Lyricist
Nick Robbins Mastering
Bernie Taupin Author
Andy Stephens Engineer
Henry Scott-Irvine Liner Notes
Chris E. Thomas Producer
John Kalinowski Author
Simon Platz Executive Producer
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