27 Feb

Procol Harum – Live on Vinyl Record

This is an interesting album. Up until this time (1972), many people thought of Procol Harum as a one hit wonder with their hit song “Whiter Shade of Pale”. When they decided to do this album, guitarist Robin Trower quit the band because he did not want to play with an orchestra again.

Procol Harum - Live Vinyl Album

What was so different about this concert is that the band decided not to include their hit song in the set list. They wanted to show that they were more than just one song. Because of this, the first song “Conquistador” hit 16 on the US charts, even thought the band didn’t actually have time to rehearse it with the orchestra. Here is Conquistador in MP3,

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One thing to remember is this album was recorded live before even 4 track recorders. If you don’t know what that means, it just means that recording an entire symphony, plus a rock band was not as easy as it is today.

Also used in this concert was quadraphonic effects. The album isn’t in quadraphonic sound (some are) but the concert-goers would have been treated to an early surround sound. Quadraphonic sound is basically four speakers surrounding you.

Procol Harum were already at the forefront of progressive rock, and this album put them at the beginnings of symphonic rock also. They were one of the first bands to successfully bring together the rock band and the orchestra sound.

You’ll definitely want to buy some Procol Harum on vinyl at Musicstack.

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