Despite the departure of organist Matthew Fisher, Procol Harum survived, and this album is ample proof. Fisher was one of the prime architects of the Harum sound, and his work on such classics as "Shine on Brightly" and, of course, "Whiter Shade of Pale" underline that. Procol continued as a four-piece, and it was indeed a good thing that they decided not to replace Fisher. The sound of the band on this album is a bit sparser, but definitely not without dimension and dynamics. "Simple Sister," one of the finest Gary Brooker/Keith Reid compositions, is truly glorious, with Robin Trower's frightening lead guitar work juxtaposed nicely against a wonderful string arrangement. Several other tracks are first rate, including "Power Failure" and "Playmate of the Mouth." Along with Little Feat, Procol Harum was a great survivor among rock bands that lost a key member. The proof is in these grooves.
Performance CreditsProcol Harum Primary Artist
Robin Trower Guitar
Gary Brooker Harmonica,Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Voices
Chris Copping Organ,Bass,Keyboards
Chris Michie Voices
Keith Reid Spoken Word
B.J. Wilson Drums
Technical CreditsGary Brooker Composer
John Punter Engineer
Keith Reid Composer
Takeo Komatsuzaki Liner Notes
Chris E. Thomas Producer
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I have always enjoyed this album. The first time I heard it, I was just a 10 year old kid. Now, at 42, it sounds even better! Besides "Simple Sister", "Poor Mohammed" is a great track..excellent guitar riffs........