Helga's Album of the Week III  

helga_hansen 49F  
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8/27/2005 9:44 am

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Helga's Album of the Week III

When I first had the idea of writing Helga's album choice for the week, it was because there was so much up-and-coming new talent out there. And it is still out there...

This week, however, I've decided to write about an album that has had so many airings in this house, that if it were vinyl, I think it would have been worn away from all the playing its had.

Music has been an important part of my life for as far back as I can remember, so meeting Mr Hansen was fate. Mr Hansen had been involved in music for 20 years by the time I met him (this rock[er] in my life is 15 years older... and wiser). And it was Mr Hansen who introduced me to Procol Harum.

We all know and love the ageless Whiter Shade of Pale, released back in 1967... two months before I born. But it was this single that was almost the death of the band, as critics trashed the band's follow-up single Homburg as either being, or NOT being Whiter Shade of Pale.

The album I love most from this brilliant band is A Salty Dog, the band's third album, which turned out to be their best-selling album. The inspiration for the album title was a wood carving in a bar with the words 'Great God, Skipper, we done run aground.'

Vocalist/pianist Gary Brooker wrote many of the songs with famed lyricist Keith Reid, and Robin Trower, the band's guitarist also co-wrote on a few of the album's tracks. Producer/writer/singer Matthew Fisher was an important addition to the band's line-up, as it is his classical organ background which added something that made the band's music stand out from others. Drummer Barrie (BJ) Wilson concluded the line-up.

Sadly Matthew Fisher left the band after A Salty Dog was completed, as he had not had much opportunity to sing (a solo on one or two songs at best) and most of the songs were Brooker-Reid's.

Bizarrely, there wasn't even a Brooker-Reid-Fisher credit for A Whiter Shade of Pale, despite Matthew's trademark organ work (which, contrary to popular belief, was not lifted directly from anything in Bach, but was barely inspired by a few passages in old Johann's work).

My favourite track from this classic album has to be Homburg, which was ironically only a bonus track for CD on this particular album.

You may struggle to find this album today, but I promise you it is worth the effort.


Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
8/27/2005 12:48 pm

I continued to like Procol Harum past A Salty Dog. Actually, it was the U.S. hit "Conquistador" that steered me to the band in the first place. And then I discovered the other material. I like "Shine On Brightly" quite a bit and still sing it to myself now and again. Also, I followed Trower's solo career for awhile... he's a tremendous guitarist. Thanks for putting in your two cents on our weekly music discussion over at: [post 75086].

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toothysmile 50M
16515 posts
8/27/2005 2:33 pm

Well, that's refreshing. It's great to see people your age appreciate such "dinosaurs" as Procol Harum. They're not my all-time favorite band, but I do have all their albums, and, yes, "Salty Dog" is my favorite too. I was actually lucky enough to see Gary Brooker live once and it was wonderful. Perhaps you also enjoy Cream (the band, not the other one), and early Pink Floyd ?
PS: Have you ever listened to "The live adventures of Mike Bloomfield and Al Kooper" ?


helga_hansen 49F  
1987 posts
8/27/2005 2:56 pm

Rock... my pleasure. It's an honour to have you commenting on this blog... I'm an amateur compared to yourself, Sir.

Hx

Love, hugs and kisses from ♥♥HH♥♥


rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
8/28/2005 3:31 pm

Helga... thanks for the compliment. I think with blogs and the consumption of popular music that anyone can be a music critic these days... and we are certainly better off if intelligent folks like you are doing the commenting. No need for someone to have been a professional reviewer at one time.

Just an interesting side note, given the comments of toothysmile: Procol Harum was the band that headlined the first rock concert that I attended. Still very memorable. Gary Brooker's voice could soar.

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rockwriter58 56M
1389 posts
8/28/2005 3:32 pm

Damn! The system is double-posting on me! Sorry for the clutter Helga. Please, by all means delete the extra material, if you wish.


easyrider4008 60M
315 posts
11/14/2011 12:04 pm

Glad i wasn't the only one that still thought PH were brilliant, seem to have lost the albums though, still have all the Robin Trower ones!


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