Procol Harum
In Concert

  1 x LP   180grs     

2013 EU reissue on 180g LP-In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is an extraordinary Procol Harum record. Being one of the very few times the band ever played with a choir and orchestra, the 3000-strong audience were witness to a unique spe...

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Release date: 14-01-2013(originally released in 1972)

2013 EU reissue on 180g LP-In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is an extraordinary Procol Harum record. Being one of the very few times the band ever played with a choir and orchestra, the 3000-strong audience were witness to a unique spectacle which thankfully is preserved by this high quality recording.

Tracks:
A1 Conquistador
A2 Whaling Stories
A3 A Salty Dog
A4 All This And More

In Held 'Twas In I 19:11
B1-a Glimpses Of Nirvana
B1-b 'Twas Teatime At The Circus
B1-c In The Autumn Of My Madness
B1-d Look To Your Soul
B1-e Grand Finale

In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra is an extraordinary Procol Harum record. Being one of the very few times the band ever played with a choir and orchestra, the 3000-strong audience were witness to a unique spectacle which thankfully is preserved by this high quality recording. 52 musicians, 24 singers and a regiment of sound, lightning, stage and special effects specialists ensured the impact of the show was felt both in and outside the concert building of Edmonton, Canada; with the album reaching the top 5 in the US album charts.

===Allmusicguide=
This whole album was an afterthought -- Procol Harum had been invited to play a concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Da Camera Singers in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, in August of 1971, at the tail-end of their last tour with Robin Trower in the lineup. Amid all of the preparation -- including the writing of new orchestral arrangements by Gary Brooker and with a new lead guitarist, Dave Ball, just joining the lineup -- Brooker decided that it might be a good idea to preserve a professionally made tape of the show and suggested that A&M Records, to which they were signed, might want to record the performance; the label agreed with just a week to go until the concert. Even "Conquistador," the song on which the resulting album's commercial success was built, was added at the last minute, with no time for the orchestra to rehearse the arrangement that Brooker wrote on the flight from England. They did it cold, opening the concert, and the eventual album featured a performance -- highlighted by the orchestra's brass in a Spanish mode, running scales on the strings, and B.J. Wilson's powerful drumming -- helped loft the single to number 16 in America. The group's second-biggest hit record (after "A Whiter Shade of Pale"), in turn, helped lift the album into the American Top Five. Ironically, the success of the LP also left Procol Harum's image slightly askew, with the presence of the orchestra and choir and the selection of songs, from the most ambitious part of the band's repertory, all combining to present the group as more of a progressive rock act than they actually were. "Conquistador" was the most accessible song on the album, and nothing else here matches it for sheer, bracing excitement, but the rest -- especially "Whaling Stories" and "A Salty Dog" and the multi-part "In Held 'Twas I" -- were all opened up by the vast canvas provided by the orchestra, and the group didn't wimp out in their own performance; Wilson, Ball, Brooker, and company all played hard and heavy where the songs required it.

Discs: 1
Drager(LP,EP,12,7,CD): LP
Qual(120grs,150grs,180grs): 180grs
Speed(33,45): 33rpm
Label: Music On Vinyl
Originally released: 1972
This release: 2013
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