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Options April 23, 2022: Bob Brainen & Pete Tomlinson Present The Music Of Procol Harum

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Artist Track Album Year Comments Approx. start time
Hank Levine Orchestra w/ Timothy Leary  Image, Part One / The Psychedelic Experience   Options   1961 / 1966    0:00:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  The Devil Came From Kansas   Options A Salty Dog - Deluxe Edition  1969 / 2015    0:02:22 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Quite Rightly So   Options Shine On Brightly - Deluxe Edition  1968 / 2015  MONO  0:07:00 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Kaleidoscope   Options Procol Harum  1967 / 2015  MONO  0:10:24 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Broken Barricades   Options Broken Barricades - Deluxe Edition  1971 / 2019    0:13:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Your Own Choice   Options Home - Deluxe Edition  1970 / 2015    0:16:23 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Nothing But The Truth   Options Exotic Birds And Fruit - Deluxe Edition  1974 / 2018    0:19:32 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Grand Hotel   Options Grand Hotel - Deluxe Edition  1973 / 2018    0:22:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
"frogs and more frogs" @ Joe Bauer's Ranch" 





0:28:43 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Paramounts  Freedom   Options Whiter Shades of R&B  1965 / 1983  cover of Charles Mingus piece  0:41:34 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  The Milk Of Human Kindness   Options A Salty Dog - Deluxe Edition  1969 / 2015    0:44:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Alpha   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  bonus track - one of their earliest recordings  0:48:31 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Toujours L'Amour   Options Grand Hotel - Deluxe Edition  1973 / 2018  bonus track: Dave Ball - guitar  0:52:19 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  As Strong As Samson   Options Exotic Birds And Fruit - Deluxe Edition  1974 / 2018    0:56:19 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Homburg   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  Bonus track - their 2nd single MONO  1:00:56 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Pandora's Box   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  bonus track - unreleased instrumental  1:04:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Pandora's Box   Options Procol's Ninth  1975 / 2018    1:07:53 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
"frogs and more frogs" @ Joe Bauer's Ranch" 





1:11:28 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
The Freedom  Trying To Get A Glimpse Of You   Options   1968  single from band formed by 2 (short-time) original PH members: Ray Royer-guitar, writer & Bobby Harrison-drums,  1:26:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Salad Days (Are Here Again)   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  from the film "Separation"  1:33:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Matthew Fisher  (Theme from) Separation   Options Journey's End  1973  re-recorded version of film's theme  1:33:49 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Whisky Train   Options Home  1970 / 2015    1:36:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Luskus Delph   Options Broken Barricades - Deluxe Edition  1971 / 2019    1:41:14 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Shine On Brightly   Options Shine On Brightly - Deluxe Edition  1968 / 2015    1:44:57 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  She Wandered Through The Garden Fence   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015    1:48:20 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)   Options Shine On Brightly - Deluxe Edition  1968 / 2015    1:51:43 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Wreck Of The Hesperus   Options A Salty Dog - Deluxe Edition  1969 / 2018    1:54:27 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
"frogs and more frogs" @ Joe Bauer's Ranch" 





1:58:17 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  A Salty Dog   Options A Salty Dog - Deluxe Edition  1969 / 2018    2:07:21 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  In The Autumn Of My Madness [from In Held Twas In I]   Options Shine On Brightly - Deluxe Edition  1968 / 2015    2:11:54 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Still They'll Be More   Options Home  1970 / 2015    2:15:10 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Lime Street Blues   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  single b-side w/ Royer & Harrison  2:19:53 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Morning Dew   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  bonus track: BBC version w/ Royer & Harrison 6-67  2:22:40 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Gary Brooker  No More Fear Of Flying   Options No More Fear Of Flying  1979    2:25:47 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Power Failure   Options Broken Barricades - Deluxe Edition  1971 / 2019    2:30:25 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
"frogs and more frogs" @ Joe Bauer's Ranch" 





2:35:13 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  A Whiter Shade Of Pale   Options Procol Harum - Deluxe Edition  1967 / 2015  MONO single
The song that introduced the world to the band.
2:40:41 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  In The Wee Small Hours Of Sixpence   Options Shine On Brightly - Deluxe Edition  1968 / 2015  3rd single b-side MONO  2:44:45 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Licorice John Death  Shopping For Clothes   Options Nothing To Get Excited About  1970 / 1997  Recorded during the sessions for "Home" by all ex-Paramount members.
Jack Lancaster [Blodwyn Pig] tenor sax.
2:47:43 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
Procol Harum  Pilgrim's Progress   Options A Salty Dog - Deluxe Edition  1969 / 2015    2:51:16 (MP3 | Pop‑up)

Music behind DJ:
"frogs and more frogs" @ Joe Bauer's Ranch" 





2:55:47 (MP3 | Pop‑up)
  In Memory of Gary Brooker, B.J. Wilson, Dave Ball, Alan Cartwright & Bobby Harrison

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Listener comments!

  9:53am Robbie White:

Good morning
Avatar 10:14am V Priceless:

Hi Bob! Really looking forward to this! I’ve shared your program info with Roland Clare, who curates the magnificent ‘Beyond The Pale’ PH website in the U.K., where he has posted links to today’s show for fans across the globe to enjoy! Cheers!
  10:56am 1whoknewcthulhu:

Good morning Bob, Pete, and all. Looking forward to a Procol Harum deep dive today.
Avatar 11:00am Bob Brainen:

Morning Robbie White of WOWD!
  11:00am dan:

Been waiting for this show forever. Long live Procol Harum
  11:01am Jeff:

Hey Pete and Happy Birthday Bob! Really looking forward to this one!
Avatar 11:01am Bob Brainen:

Thanks V Priceless, Pete and I have spent a LOT of time on that great site preparing for this show and at other times!
Avatar 11:01am TDK60:

Good morning Bob & Pete. I'm really looking forward to the P.H. special. I will have to leave early but, thanks to the archives, will catch it all later.
Avatar 11:01am Bob Brainen:

Morning 1whoknewcthulhu!
Avatar 11:01am Bob Brainen:

Hey dan!
Avatar 🥁 11:01am wmfromD:

Mornin' Bob and Pete.
Avatar 11:02am Bob Brainen:

Hey Jeff, thanks!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:02am listener james from westwood:

Morning, Bob, Pete, and all! This time I DEFINITELY have the right week for the PH fest!
Avatar 🥁 11:02am (Mr) Bill:

SO psyched to trip the light fandango.
Avatar 11:02am Bob Brainen:

Hey TDK60!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:03am Andrew in Toronto:

Happy Birthday Bob.
Hi there Bob, Pete and all other listeners!
Avatar 11:03am Bob Brainen:

Mornin' wmfromD!
  11:03am PeterT:

Nice tune to start with !!
Avatar 11:03am Bob Brainen:

Hey listener james from westwood!
Avatar 11:03am Bob Brainen:

Hey (Mr) Bill!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:04am doctorjazz:

Hi Bob and listeners out there! Working, but listening much as I can,.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:04am StringOFperils:

Good morning and a tip 'o the Homburg to alla youse!
Avatar 11:04am Bob Brainen:

Thanks Andrew in Toronto!
  11:04am PeterT:

Good morning from Seattle, both of you. Looking forward to your program today.
  11:04am regalzonophone:

The greatest band ever. RIP, Gary and thanks for giving us so much!
Avatar 11:04am TDK60:

They were quite the dressers back then. Of course, many folks were such then. Hee. I wonder, did they (P.H.) have a specific clothing designer? It looks like it.
Avatar 11:05am Bob Brainen:

Hey doctorjazz!
Avatar 11:05am Bob Brainen:

Hey StringOFperils!
Avatar 11:06am Bob Brainen:

Morning PeterT!
Avatar 11:07am Bob Brainen:

Hey regalzonophone! Certainly one of our top faves!
Avatar 11:08am SmokinJ:

Greetings and glad tidings bb & friends! 8-)
Avatar 11:08am Bob Brainen:

Hey TDK60! Ha, one account says The Move rejected these costumes
  11:08am Lake Hiawatha Doug:

Hey Bob and Pete! Word on the street is that it’s Bob’s birthday. So happy birthday Bob!
  11:08am dan:

It's a shame that the members of Procol Harum don't really make the top lists for their talents. Gary Brooker doesn't make the top vocalists list, Keith Reid the top lyricists, Matthew Fisher the top organists etc... They are a cut above the rest in my book.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:08am adamdoesit:

Good morning Bob, Pete, and scarum harum. Happy birthday, Bob!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:08am Doug Schulkind:

Happy to join the harem! Great to have you back on, Pete! Happy birthday, Bob!
Avatar 11:09am Bob Brainen:

Hey SmokinJ!
  11:09am regalzonophone:

dan, and BJ!!!
  11:09am V Priceless:

Hey HBD Bob! Thanks for gifting us with this show!
  11:09am PeterT:

Over the years, it's been heartwarming to learn and understand that this band has always been remembered fondly by so many.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:09am solo mon:

Happy Birthday!!
Avatar 11:09am Bob Brainen:

Hey Lake Hiawatha Doug!
Avatar 11:10am Bob Brainen:

Morning adamdoesit!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:10am WR:

Hello Bob, Pete and drumner streamers.

that photo just makes me go, What?
Avatar 11:10am Bob Brainen:

Thanks Doug!
  11:10am PeterT:

Pete, you will probably remember that PH was a favorite of our much loved and late friend, EddieZ.
Avatar 11:11am Bob Brainen:

Thanks solo mon!
  11:11am PT:

Good Morning, everyone! So psyched for this show, especially alongside the Birthday Boy! Mr. Brooker frequently used the British “whilst”, huh? Well, he WAS British.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:11am chresti:

Morning Bob and Braineniacs! Happy birthday!
  11:11am dan:

BJ Wilson and Barrimore Barlow are two drummers that are on the same level as John Bonham as to drumming technique and yet their names don't appear on top drummers lists.
  11:11am kaykay:

Loving this!
  11:11am PeterT:

Didn't The Litter also cover Kaleidoscope ?
Avatar 🥁 11:11am wmfromD:

Avatar 11:12am TDK60:

I always dug that Quite Rightly So has a fade-in.
  11:12am dan:

Not to mention Jon Hiseman from Colosseum. Also on that level.
Avatar 11:12am Bob Brainen:

Morning chresti!
Avatar 11:12am Bob Brainen:

Hey kaykay!
  11:13am regalzonophone:

still my fav album (1st) after all these years. Great songs not so well served by the recording.
  11:13am PeterT:

I talked to Matthew Fisher a long time ago, and was surprised to learn that the organ on Quite Rightly So wasn't a Hammond, but a Lowrey.
  11:13am kaykay:

Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:13am doctorjazz:

There's a chord for you(end f Kaleidoscope)
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:14am listener 126464:

Good morning, Bob & Pete, everyone.
Avatar 11:14am Bob Brainen:

Peter T, interesting, like Garth Hudson.
  11:14am regalzonophone:

gotta go (shopping) now but will catch up on demand later. EVERYONE <-------- enjoy this great music. Thanks Bob and Procol! RIP, Gary.
  11:14am dan:

Chris Copping was a great organist in his own way, but I don't think he was quite at Matthew Fisher's macabre level.
  11:15am PeterT:

Avatar 11:15am Bob Brainen:

Hey listener 126464!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:15am doctorjazz:

Just looked back at other comments...
  11:16am dan:

Before I forget, Happy birthday Bob
  11:16am PeterT:

Happy Birthday, Mr Brainen !
Avatar 11:16am Bob Brainen:

doctorjazz, thanks!
Avatar 11:17am Bob Brainen:

Thanks dan & PeterT!
  11:18am PeterT:

If memory serves, Pete's is only a couple of days away, as well.
  11:18am Todd E:

Wishing you a wonderful b-day on this elegant morn!
Avatar 11:18am TDK60:

Happy birthday, Bob.
  11:19am Todd E:

And gotta say, BJ Wilson was PH’s secret weapon and one of the great R&R drummers!
Avatar 11:20am Bob Brainen:

Thanks Todd E & TDK60!
  11:21am V Priceless:

Nobody in the same building with BJ Wilson, IMHO.
  11:21am PeterT:

Trying to suss out what the first representative track from Grand Hotel will be. I'm thinking 'A Rum Tale'.
Avatar 🥁 11:22am PT:

@Todd E: BJ ("the octopus in the bathtub") is criminally unsung. Just an amazing drummer who always played for and enhanced the song. Bonus props: his drumming on Joe Cocker's With A Little Help...
Avatar 🥁 11:23am (Mr) Bill:

Happy birthday to both of youse. When cometh/cameth the dates?
Avatar 11:23am TDK60:

Hola chresti.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:23am Will the Sound Guy:

Hi Bob, Pete, and all!!!
Avatar 11:23am Bob Brainen:

Thanks (Mr Bill) me today, Pete 4-29.
  11:24am dan:

My one and only time seeing Procol Harum in concert was on November 5, 2010 at Westbury Music Fair. Here was the setlist that night, the usual songs and a few surprises:

Shine on Brightly
Robert's Box
Wall Street Blues
The Idol
A Dream in Ev'ry Home
One Eye on the Future
Simple Sister
Whaling Stories

The VIP Room
The Blink of an Eye
Pandora's Box
Strangers in Space
Barnyard Story
An Old English Dream
A Salty Dog


Whisky Train
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Avatar 🥁 11:24am PT:

Yep, 4-29. Weird to turn 30! (Plus a few...)
Avatar 🥁 11:25am PT:

@dan: Some surprising "deep cuts" there!
  11:26am PeterT:

His drumming on the Cocker tune was just wonderful. I always loved the way he used his snare, i.e. gunshots, flourishes, crush rolls, etc., and the way that right hand swung certain tunes.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:27am Will the Sound Guy:

Happy Birthday Bob!!!
Happy future birthday Pete!!!
🎆🎇✨🎉🎊🎂 🥮 🍥
Avatar 11:27am Bob Brainen:

Thanks Will the Sound Guy!
  11:28am PeterT:

Also interesting that the Cocker tune was played in 6, as opposed to 4/4 like the original. It made the remake better than the original, to me.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:28am Will the Sound Guy:

🐸 🐸 🐸
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:30am neil quarantino:

I so love this band, thank you Bob!!!
  11:34am Gerry from Miami:

What's wrong with Bob's mic levels? Barely above a whisper. Pete's is fine, though.
  11:38am dan:

Keith Reid stayed with Procol Harum and the solo careers of Brooker, Fisher and Trower until the 2010s when the lyricist position was taken by another British Jew like Reid, Pete Brown.
  11:42am PeterT:

Incidentally, Charles Mingus would have been 100 yesterday.
  11:43am TheBeast:

This was “my” band - so glad to hear them in depth. Thanks
Avatar 11:43am Bob Brainen:

Hey Neil!
  11:43am dan:

Precursor to In Held Twas In I
Avatar 11:43am Bob Brainen:

Hey TheBeast!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:43am StringOFperils:

Glad to hear THIS. A lot of dedication in there.
  11:44am kaykay:

Is that Brooker on the Hammond?
Avatar 11:44am Bob Brainen:

Hey Gerry!
Avatar 🥁 11:44am PT:

@kaykay: Brooker on Hammond, yes.
  11:45am Gerry from Miami:

While I was in college in Philadelphia from 1964 to 1969, a new AM radio station, WFIL, came along to challenge longtime leader WIBG. One of the DJs for WFIL's name was Chuck(can't remember his last name, forgive me). Chuck would often introduce the single, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," as "a song about a bucket!" Funny pun, ha ha! He later moved on to a station in San Francisco. Missed his sense of humor. I became an instant Procol Harum fan from that first single release. Although the band has not yet been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame(still maintaining hope!), "Whiter Shade..." has been placed in the Hall's "classic" song pantheon.
  11:45am Greg g:

The Paramounts ( Procul Harum) covering Mingus: School’s in session!! Diggin it Bob and Pete! Happy Saturday
  11:45am kaykay:

Avatar 11:46am Bob Brainen:

Hey Greg g, thanks!
Avatar 11:46am AnnapolisSteve:

Thank you, Bob. My wife and I, long, long, time listeners, have been looking forward to this show. Gary Brooker was wonderful/in fine form when we got to see them February 23, 2019 in DC.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:47am chresti:

Haha a song about a bucket
  11:47am Joe W.:

Happy Birthday Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:48am neil quarantino:

And Happy Birthday, Bob, from a very long time listener!!
  11:48am Gerry from Miami:

Yeah, chresti, you get it!
  11:48am PeterT:

There's an interesting piece by Robert Fripp on Robin Trower floating around the internet praising Trower's playing and craft, and acknowledging some of his influence on his own playing.
  11:49am dan:

Is Royer and Harrison on this song?
  11:49am Cronbat:

Happy Birthday Bob!
It's a great birthday present you're giving us!
  11:50am ?:

so much depends

a whiter shade of

glazed with rain

beside the red
Avatar 🥁 11:50am PT:

@dan: Yep! Early credits are murky, but I think we can pin Royer (who's pretty much inaudible) & Harrison to Alpha.
  11:50am V Priceless:

Interesting seeing Trower playing a Les Paul during much of his PH tenure. Almost hard to believe, actually.
  11:51am Gerry from Miami:

Brooker's R&B chops are underrated. "Alpha" is ample proof.
  11:51am marc mendelson:

happy birthday Bob. rock on
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 11:52am StringOFperils:

The whole 'feel' of the band points to then all knowing their R&B chops. They're the UK's The Band.
Avatar 🥁 11:52am PT:

@V Priceless: There are photos online of PH playing at the Atlantic City Pop Festival (August 69) and Robin's playing an SG! Strange to see.
  11:53am Gerry from Miami:

I like that poem posted by ?. What would Keith Reid think of the wordplay?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:54am coelacanth∅:

greetings Bob & Pete and all
  11:55am dan:

Keith Reid also made a fortune off the song "You're The Voice" originally sung by Australian powerhouse and ex-Little River Band vocalist John Farnham and covered by Heart, Scott Grimes among others.
  11:55am ?:

I have eaten
the procol harums
that were in
the icebox

and which
you were probably
for breakfast

Forgive me
they were delicious
so sweet
and so cold
Avatar 11:55am TDK60:

I guess I don't know enough about electric guitars to know why a Gibson SG would be strange in Trower's context, then.
Avatar 11:55am Bob Brainen:

AnnapolisSteve, our pleasure.
Avatar 11:57am Bob Brainen:

Thanks Joe W & neil!
Avatar 11:57am TDK60:

StringOFperils: The inside notes to P.H.'s 2nd album, Shine On Brightly, mentioned The Band, if I recall right.
Avatar 11:57am Bob Brainen:

Thanks Cronbat!
Avatar 🥁 11:58am PT:

@TDK60: I meant the visual of Robin T playing an SG was strange, nothing to do with sound (though both Les Pauls and SGs are sonically similar)
Avatar 11:59am Bob Brainen:

dan, if you mean "Alpha" we're not sure but don't think so. We researched w/o much luck. Maybe one of the experts can say.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:59am WR:

Coming into this program; me: Robin Trower, not a fan; besides the initial hit, Procol Harem, not a fan. Respected music abilities but recordings I heard on radio or at record store didn't reach me.

Already several of the deep cuts you've played and the comments connect me with the music and an understanding of how Trower fit in. Thank you.
Avatar 11:59am watchpocket:

Happy Birthday Bob & hello Pete. Lovin' the show. Seems like PH never quite got their due beyond their 3 or 4 big hits. Nice to see that's being rectified right now.
  12:00pm dan:

I was referring to Alpha
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:00pm StringOFperils:

Can't believe these uber-challenging vocal parts were written. Ambitious
Avatar 12:01pm Bob Brainen:

WR, glad to hear it.
Avatar 12:01pm Bob Brainen:

watchpocket, long time, no hear. Thanks!
  12:01pm dan:

What's amazing about vocalists like Gary Brooker and Steve Winwood is that when they were around 20 years old, they had the voices of seasoned performers twice their age. You don't get that with today's singers.
  12:05pm dan:

Pandora's Box in 1967? Never knew that.
Avatar 🥁 12:06pm PT:

@dan: Our shows are entertaining AND educational! (We hope...)
  12:07pm Greg g:

Looking at the chat, I see I was remiss in my earlier post: Happy Birthday Bob!!!
Avatar 12:08pm watchpocket:

I've been listening on archive time for awhile, Bob. Saturdays got filled up for awhile with (don't kill me!) yoga workouts. I don't have a lot of PH albums, btw, so I'm especially enjoying this deep focus today.
  12:08pm dan:

Procol Harum released "Pandora's Box" at the right time because it at the point that they were due for another hit, which it was in Europe.
Avatar 12:09pm Bob Brainen:

Thanks Greg g!
Avatar 12:10pm watchpocket:

I do still have (& treasure) the first PH album that I bought as a kid.
Avatar 12:10pm Bob Brainen:

watchpocket, that's cool. I keep meaning to return to yoga!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:12pm Will the Sound Guy:

🐸 🐸 🐸
Avatar 12:12pm watchpocket:

Btw if anyone hasn't seen this 2006 Denmark performance, it's nothing short of fantastic. www.youtube.com...
  12:17pm V Priceless:

Fun fact: cover of ‘Grand Hotel’ features Mick Grabham’s head superimposed on Dave Ball’s body!
  12:19pm Gerry from Miami:

Still no improvement on Bob's mic level. What gives? Just barely a whisper.
Avatar 12:19pm watchpocket:

I'm hearing it fine.
  12:20pm dan:

As I mentioned earlier, Pete Brown was the lyricist on Procol Harum's final album "Novum".
Avatar 12:25pm watchpocket:

I mentioned above that PH didn't seem to entirely get their due beyond their hits. What I find interesting though is that I think they fall squarely into the "prog" camp, but they never got the flack and the bad rap that other prog bands got for being pompous and humorless (ELP, King Crimson, Yes, etc.), and that's good. (I'm not saying they WERE pompous or humorless - they weren't.) They're a rare example of a prog band that was not later villified.
  12:25pm Jeff:

I saw a reunion show in the ‘80s at Westbury Music Fair. I’m not sure if Trower was there, but definitely Brooker, Fisher, et al
  12:26pm kaykay:

Speaking of influencing, supposedly Procol inspired Townsend to write "Tommy" Not a Yes or Crimson fan so in my mind no surprise Procol headlined.
  12:27pm PeterT:

I'm still wondering whose hair came first - Ray Royer's or Rod Stewart's....
  12:27pm dan:

This Freedom number is in Moody Blues territory with the mellotron
Avatar 🥁 12:28pm PT:

@dan: We were thinking Traffic, but Mellotron-drenched a la Moodies for sure!
Avatar 12:28pm watchpocket:

Damn I miss the mellotron, but it ultimately was in impractical instrument, especially to take along on a tour.
  12:29pm Don S:

I was listening to the Willie Colon album "The Hustler" this morning, and in the Lieber/Stoller track you just played, I detected a similar "boogaloo" feeling. Comments?
  12:29pm PeterT:

The Academy show Pete was referencing (I was there, as well) saw Crimson using two mellotrons on stage.
Avatar 🥁 12:31pm PT:

Rick Wakeman tells some humorous stories (as is his wont, he's quite the raconteur) about taking temperamental Mellotrons on USA tours.
Avatar 12:32pm TDK60:

Did Brooker-piano) or Fisher-organ ever mention any classical composers that might've influenced? There was a classical feel along with R&B, psych, etc.
Avatar 12:32pm Bob Brainen:

Hey Don S, I don't know that Colon album, will try to check it out.
  12:33pm PeterT:

This first Matthew Fisher album is just charming.
Avatar 12:34pm TDK60:

  12:34pm AZ Dave:

Saw PH at the Rose Palace (affectionately known as 'Roach' Palace) in Pasadena CA in April '69. Santana had second billing -- pre-Woodstock.
  12:35pm Don S:

Bob it's a classic i just learned about from 1968. i theorize that Lieber and Stoller introduced that sound to PH.
  12:36pm PeterT:

I think you can pick up Bach from Fisher's early playing and melody composition. Brooker, not so sure what his classical influence or leanings were.
  12:36pm Gerry from Miami:

IN RE: the earlier reference I made to a Philadelphia DJ named Chuck, the one who made the pun with "pale" and "bucket." After some research, I found out it was Chuck Browning("the Chucker") who, after his stint at WFIL, moved out to the Bay Area and worked at San Francisco AM powerhouse,, KFRC, among other gigs. Very funny guy. Passed away in 1988.
Avatar 12:37pm Bob Brainen:

AZ Dave, the original quintet?
  12:38pm dan:

Whiskey Train is like ELO's "Don't Bring Me Down", the first song not to have the trademark sound. With ELO, the strings, here, the organ.
Avatar 🥁 12:39pm PT:

@AZ Dave: Cool show! I read that Santana (yes, pre-Woodstock) opened quite a few shows for PH, who were most impressed.
  12:39pm Greg g:

Whoa Whiskey Train !? Is this Procul Harum or Bad Company or ZZTop???
Avatar 🥁 12:40pm wmfromD:

The version of Conquistador on the live album is the one standout. Otherwise, meh.
  12:40pm PeterT:

There's an amusing cover of Whiskey Train by Al Kooper somewhere on YT.
  12:41pm Gerry from Miami:

@watchpocket. Thanks for the YouTube link to that live "Whiter Shade..." from Denmark 2006. Magnificent, better than any other recording of the song, studio or live!
  12:41pm Cronbat:

What a contrast in styles: from Albinoni ( Theme from Separation ) to ZZ-Top ( Whisky Train) .. from A to Z
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:41pm StringOFperils:

@PeterT > re. classical bkgd: Whatever the reason, I always get the pomp and slow processional kind of thing out of it that I think is Edward Elgar, a deliberately 'English' music
Avatar 12:43pm Bob Brainen:

wmfromD, yeah it was a live album of all previously recorded songs and those studio originals are pretty hard to beat.
  12:43pm PeterT:

@StringpfPearls - I'd agree. There was an overall stateliness to their music that would bring someone like Elgar to mind. Something like 'Luskus Delph', for example.
  12:44pm PeterT:

I recall Gary introducing this tune on the WPLJ live broadcast as 'underhanded smut'...
Avatar 12:45pm watchpocket:

@Gerry from Miami: My pleasure. It's so good.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:45pm doctorjazz:

Shine On Brightly-fabulous time!
  12:46pm Cronbat:

Is this not the birth of Prog?
  12:46pm PeterT:

They'd open with this, and I'd get chills down my backbone.
  12:46pm kaykay:

As a first-time listener I'm not sure if you take requests but would love to hear "Playmate of the Mouth". Similar to "Whisky Train" Brooker really let's loose on the last verse. It seemed to me he held back his vocal range in some recordings.
Avatar 12:46pm TDK60:

PeterT: I taped that live show from WPLJ onto reel to reel. Hey, I have to leave...during this?!!. Thanks Bob & Pete!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:46pm StringOFperils:

J.S. Bach was the birth of prog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:46pm doctorjazz:

WPLJ-that's a blast from the past! (Started as WABC-FM, then changed call letters)
  12:47pm PeterT:

...with Brother John !
Avatar 12:48pm Bob Brainen:

If Prog, as far as we know, they never used a mellotron, the very essence of Prog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 12:48pm chresti:

Have fun on the ferry TDK60 \\//
  12:49pm V Priceless:

I think the WPLJ show is bonus material on the deluxe reissue of ‘Broken Barricades’
  12:50pm dan:

When you actually read Keith Reid's lyrics out loud, you wonder what this guy was thinking. Especially the lyrics to "Luskus Delph" and "Garden Fence"
Avatar 🥁 12:50pm PT:

It's funny, neither Bob or I consider PH to be Prog in the accepted sense, though they are certainly prog-adjacent.
Avatar 12:51pm watchpocket:

Peter T - I think you nailed it with "stateliness."
  12:51pm TheBeast:

First saw them at Fillmore East in the trower/knights/fisher era. Opened with shine on brightly. Saw them several times then and in the trower copping era. Fabulous stuff
Avatar 12:52pm Bob Brainen:

Reid is brilliant.
Avatar 12:52pm TDK60:

Huh, SOP: Elgar. / Thanks, chresti, gotta run..
Avatar 12:52pm Bob Brainen:

The Beast, you were lucky!
Avatar 🥁 12:52pm PT:

@V Priceless: yes, the WPLJ show is an entire bonus disc on the deluxe Broken Barricades (which is a 3-CD set!)
  12:53pm Cronbat:

I must disagree: Bombast is the essence of Prog. Mellotrons are handy to enforce bombast, though.
  12:53pm PeterT:

I still have the cassette I recorded of that PLJ show, and it still works. Took it out last year on the 50th anniversary of that show.
Avatar 🥁 12:53pm PT:

Not merely a Zonophone, a REGAL Zonophone!
  12:55pm PeterT:

Pete, 'Hesperus' actually features Fisher on the piano, doesn't it ?
  12:55pm Cronbat:

And, who needs a melllotron, when a zonophone is at hand.
  12:55pm V Priceless:

@ PT - right on! All the reissues are jammed packed with superb bonus material, especially live gigs from their respective periods.
Avatar 12:55pm watchpocket:

However, the Beatles used a mellotron, Bob, and they sure weren't prog. Maybe that's irrelevant tho as the Beatles were their own category.
  12:56pm dan:

Matthew Fisher was huge in Greece in the 70s and 80s. His solo songs were chart toppers.
  12:58pm Patster:

Had a huge crush on Matthew when I was 12. Love WOTH!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 12:59pm Will the Sound Guy:

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Avatar 1:05pm watchpocket:

I do hope we get to hear Outside the Gates of Cerdes. The whole first album is magic.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:05pm Dennis Diken:

BJ Wilson so totally rules! boy, did he sit low at the drumset. Happy birthday, Bob! hey, Pete!
Avatar 🥁 1:08pm PT:

Hey, Dennis!
Avatar 1:08pm Bob Brainen:

Hey Denny, thanks! Yeah, BJ sat even lower than some of those old Swing Band drummers!
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:08pm StringOFperils:

I've always been a sucker for a song from the dead, such a good idea.
  1:09pm PeterT:

Mike Rutherford's book references he and Tony Banks listening to, and marveling at 'A Salty Dog', and Banks credits this album as an early influence on his songwriting.
  1:17pm dan:

Bernie Taupin probably took inspiration from "Still They'll Be More" when he came up with the lyrics for "The Bitch Is Back"
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:17pm StringOFperils:

Yeah. Great drums.
  1:17pm jimmytallow:

Kind of reminds me of Spacehog, with a better rhythm section :)
  1:17pm TheBeast:

Sadly I think they lost that special something when trower left. That bluesy bite contrasted so well with the prof/classical influences I was never a huge fan of his post PH work. Great guitarist but the lack of a tighter song structure hurt him. IMHO
  1:18pm Gerry from Miami:

You guys got anything from either of the two Keith Reid Project albums?
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:19pm StringOFperils:

So much built-in push and pull re. band direction (excess of talent); it could never be stable. And that is part of what made it great.
  1:19pm Gerry from Miami:

Hey, Denny D!! So right about BJ! The best!!
Avatar 1:19pm Bob Brainen:

Gerry, never heard them.
Avatar 🥁 1:20pm PT:

@TheBeast: I think I can speak for Bob when I say that neither of us are especially fond of Trower's solo stuff.
  1:21pm TheBeast:

For an encore at one of their Fillmore shoes they did old black Joe which went into Lucille - reviving the paramount days!
  1:21pm PeterT:

Even though the Grand Hotel album is kind of being circumvented here, I would humbly submit it contains some of BJ's most compelling playing.
  1:22pm TheBeast:

But trower’s solo on Christmas camel is one of the greatest solos ever. Emotional economical not a wasted note
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:22pm StringOFperils:

I agree about Robin Trower. He seemed so much better, contained within the combo. Better parts that go from A to B, without floundering.
  1:23pm Gerry from Miami:

BOB, that's OK. More than enough material to present here today. I have heard a cut or two from Reid's records. Nothing essential, but still interesting.
  1:24pm V Priceless:

at times it seems as though Wilson’s snare was almost at chest-level! Brillaint, musical drummer;
very much missed.
Avatar 🥁 1:26pm PT:

May I say that your comments re PH's musical appeal are all highly perceptive and trenchant. Bob truly has a top-flight listenership. I bow deeply in respect.
  1:29pm dan:

No More Fear Of Flying featured Fairport Convention's Dave Mattacks on drums and future Clapton and Pink Floyd sideman Tim Renwick on guitar.
Avatar 1:30pm Bob Brainen:

I was thinking the same thing, Pete. You can't beat the FMU/Drummer brain trust!
  1:30pm TheBeast:

I agreed with bob’s comments about the Edmonton symphony album. Brooker was is great voice but the orchestra and chorus never worked for me. The originals suggested all that without actually adding them. Whaling Stories was great without the extra layers
Avatar 1:31pm watchpocket:

@Pete - It's not lost on us that it's your and Bob's work that elicit all these interesting, funny & trenchant comments.
  1:32pm TheBeast:

Bob and Pete thank you so so so so much for this. Been an emotional reunion for me with this music - much of which I still have on vinyl and play!
  1:33pm V Priceless:

Renwick played guitar on the live US gigs following PH’s ‘Prodigal Stranger’ return (in lieu of RT).
  1:34pm Gerry from Miami:

Wait for the piped-in audience roars with that one guy shouting "Robin!" Should have shouted "B.J.!!"
  1:34pm PeterT:

@The Beast > Amen.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:35pm Andrew in Toronto:

Thanks for an awesome show Bob and Pete!
  1:36pm dan:

@V Priceless
Renwick was the segue between Trower's 2nd stint and the 30+ year stint of Geoff Whitehorn.
  1:37pm Gerry from Miami:

BTW, BOB, today's program has been an undeniable treat. A great way to spend your birthday! BEST WISHES!!
  1:38pm V Priceless:

@ dan - indeed! I always think of ‘Space Oddity’ when I hear Tim Renwick’s name.
Avatar 1:41pm Bob Brainen:

Great footage:
  1:41pm dan:

A Whiter Shade Of Pale is in my personal top 10 of the greatest rock songs of all time.
  1:42pm PeterT:

Fisher's melody statements so often use that little 'grace note' slur in the right hand that make his playing so identifiable. Just lovely.
Avatar 🥁 1:43pm wmfromD:

They played a legendary set at the UFO club the night this single was issued.
Avatar 🥁 1:43pm PT:

Ray Royer's timeless contribution (other than his eccentric hairstyle): that beautiful R&B-type guitar lick he plays between the lines "whiter/shade".
  1:44pm kaykay:

Bob, Pete, wonderful program today. Happy Birthday Bob!
  1:44pm PeterT:

@PT > Indeed.
  1:46pm V Priceless:

Thank you Bob and Pete for putting together this fab show! RIP Gary Brooker, BJ Wilson, Alan Cartwright, Dave Ball, Bobby Harrison…Procol Harum forever! Peace.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:46pm coelacanth∅:

totally different take than the stereo version
not better, but interesting
  1:47pm V Priceless:

hey coel! Hope u r doing well!
  1:47pm Eugene J Bentley:

Hey Bob, just catching the end of this program, Busy morning.
  1:47pm dan:

According to Scott R. Benarde's 'Stars Of David, Rock n Roll's Jewish Stories" Keith Reid identifies most with the song "Crucifiction Lane" because it dealt with the anti-Semitism he endured growing up.
Avatar 🥁 1:47pm (Mr) Bill:

Were there a valid, reliable index for measuring a rock-era musical work's distinctiveness from all others, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" might be at the top for me, along with a number of other semi-cognoscenti of my acquaintance.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:47pm coelacanth∅:

-and now i see i was out of the room when my by far fave ph song played (a salty dog)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm coelacanth∅:

hey Veep!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 1:48pm coelacanth∅:

damn, i missed shine on brightly too
  1:50pm PeterT:

Nice inclusion, this.
Avatar 1:54pm Frank Zaatar:

Hey Bob and Pete, i just caught the end of this show (RSD, don't you know). I'll catch it all in the archives. Sounds like it was epic. By the way, seeing Jack Lancaster listed makes me wonder whether you could pull together a Mick Abrahams show.
Avatar 🥁 1:55pm PT:

Thanks so much for joining us, and once again Happy Birthday, Bob! RIP Gary Brooker MBE, BJ Wilson and all other Procol Harum members (see V Priceless' post) who have passed on. See you next time!
  1:55pm PeterT:

Bob, Pete, thank you both so VERY much for an excellent, warm, and well-researched review of a most beloved group.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:56pm listener 126464:

Loved the program, Bob & Pete. Thank you! Happy Birthday Bob!
Avatar 🥁 1:56pm wmfromD:

Great great show Bob & Pete! Happy Happy Bob!
  1:56pm dan:

An amazing show Bob and Pete. This and the Traffic show are the two best retrospectives so far.
Avatar 🥁 1:57pm (Mr) Bill:

A two-semester course in Procol Harum--in just three hours. As great as it gets.
  1:57pm Greg g:

Thank you Bob and Pete for the wonderful lesson!! Take care everyone and enjoy the rest of your birthday Bob!
Avatar 1:57pm watchpocket:

This show has been a great service. A thousand thanks, Bob and Pete.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:58pm StringOFperils:

Thank you Bob and Pete! Much appreciated.
  1:59pm Patster:

Thank you both so much. HBD Bob.
Avatar 🥁 Swag For Life Member 1:59pm listener james from westwood:

Lovely survey, gents—many thanks!
  1:59pm Eugene J Bentley:

Great Show-- love Procol Harum.
  1:59pm Cronbat:

Thanks Bob & Pete! A splendid show!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:00pm coelacanth∅:

i think some of their songs could be considered "prog"... having classical influence, which is the main thing with prog.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 2:01pm coelacanth∅:

Thanks y'all Happy Birthday Bob!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 11:00am Revolution Rabbit Nov63:

~ TY Always DJ BB & PeteT ~
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