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Procol Harum

Procol Harum (formed 1967, London, England) is arguably the most successful “accidental” group creation — that is, a band originally assembled to take advantage of the success of a record created in the studio — in the history of progressive rock. With “A Whiter Shade of Pale” a monster hit right out of the box, the band evolved from a studio ensemble into a successful live act, their music built around an eclectic mix of blues-based rock riffs and grand classical themes. With singer/pianist Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid providing the band’s entire repertory, their music e ...read more

Procol Harum (formed 1967, London, England) is arguably the most successful “accidental” group creation — that is, a band originally assembled to take advantage of the success of a record created in the studio — in the history of progressive rock. With “A Whiter Shade of Pale” a monster hit right out of the box, the band evolved from a studio ensemble into a successful live act, their music built around an eclectic mix of blues-based rock riffs and grand classical themes. With singer/pianist Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid providing the band’s entire repertory, their music evolved in decidedly linear fashion, the only major surprises coming from the periodic lineup changes that added a new instrumental voice to the proceedings. At their most accessible, as on “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “Conquistador,” they were one of the most popular of progressive rock bands, their singles outselling all rivals, and their most ambitious album tracks still have a strong following. They differ from most of the progressive rock bands of the 70s in the relatively prominent blues component to their sound, which is largely due to the voice and piano of leader Gary Brooker. In the early years, Matthew Fisher’s organ and Robin Trower’s guitar combined for a unique sound. « hide

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LPs
The Well's On Fire
2003

3.8
8 Votes
The Long Goodbye
1995

2.5
3 Votes
The Prodigal Stranger
1991

3.1
6 Votes
Something Magic
1977

3.7
7 Votes
Procol's Ninth
1975

4
8 Votes
Exotic Birds and Fruit
1974

4.2
7 Votes
Grand Hotel
1973

4
15 Votes
Broken Barricades
1971

3.9
13 Votes
Home
1970

3.9
11 Votes
A Salty Dog
1969

4
29 Votes
Shine on Brightly
1968

4.1
37 Votes
Procol Harum
1967

4
65 Votes
Live Albums
Live With the Danish National Concert Orchestra
2009

One Eye to the Future - Live in Italy 2007
2008

One More Time – Live in Utrecht 1992
1999

4.5
1 Votes
Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
1972

4.3
11 Votes
Compilations
Secrets of the Hive - The Best of Procol Harum
2007

5
1 Votes
Greatest Hits
2000

4
2 Votes

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