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Procol Harum In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Choir

One of Classic Rock’s most beloved bands, Procol Harum, will have its In Concert With The Danish National Concert Orchestra And Choir released on CD (Eagle Records) and DVD (Eagle Vision) May 26.

Procol Harum In Concert With The Danish National Concert Orchestra and Choir is a 21-song DVD (running time:  124 minutes; retail sales price $14.98) which features 15 songs culled from two spectacular nights in August 2006 on the grounds of Denmark’s Ledreborg Castle. The band — pianist/vocalist Gary Brooker, drummer Geoff Dunn, bassist Matt Pegg, organist Josh Phillips and guitarist Geoff Whitehorn — is accompanied throughout by the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Choir. Six more songs (“Bringing Home The Bacon,” “Toujours L’Amour,” “Grand Hotel,” “The Devil Came From Kansas,” “The Idol” and “Butterfly Boys”) from a previously unreleased 1974 Danish television special serve as a bonus feature.

The CD (retail sales price $13.98) features the following 10 songs: “Grand Hotel,” “Something Magic,” “Homburg,” “Fires (Which Burn Brightly),” “Nothing But The Truth,” “Into The Flood,” “A Salty Dog,” “Sympathy For The Hard Of Hearing,” “A Whiter Shade of Pale” and “Conquistador.” Two of the songs, “Into The Flood” and “Sympathy For The Hard Of Hearing,” have never been released.

Procol Harum is seen as one of the prime progenitors of what ultimately became Progressive Rock or Symphonic Rock. Its 1967 “Whiter Shade Of Pale” has been an FM Radio staple for 42 years. Combining sweeping orchestral flourishes with bluesy minor-key melodic inventions atop mysterioso lyrics that begged different interpretations, the band’s swagger was only exceeded by its virtuoso chops. Brooker started the band in 1967 with non-musician poet Keith Reid, who, like Bernie Taupin with Elton John, plays no instrument nor sings, but has written or co-written every single Procol Harum song that is not a cover since the band’s inception.

DVD Track Listing
1) Grand Hotel
2) Something Magic
3) Butterfly Boys
4) Homburg
5) The VIP Room
6) Fires (Which Burn Brightly)
7) Nothing But The Truth
8) Into The Flood
9) Simple Sister
10) A Salty Dog
11) An Old English Dream
12) Sympathy For The Hard Of Hearing
13) A Whiter Shade Of Pale
14) Whaling Stories
15) Conquistador

One thought on “Procol Harum In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Choir

  • Old Man

    AcWhiter Shade of Pale. Now that takes me back to the 60’s. Defintly one of my favourite songs of the era! Defintly going out to buy this one

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