While Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel was coming to make 'em smile downstairs, I was on the upper deck to witness a rare UK outing from Procol Harum who delivered a dark doomy set of proggy delights.
The lyrics are rather sinister on some numbers like the morbid Dead Man's Dream, but organist [sic] Gary Brooker (first here as a happy camper in '62) and the tight riffs of Geoff Whitehorn held those down the front captive with landscape movements of Grand Hotel [sic] and the majestic epic Whaling Stories.
Jaws remained agape for the superb Salty Dog and the marvellous
inquisition of Conquistador before skipping the light fandango with
the immortal Whiter Shade Of Pale.
A class act.
Mark Taylor ... same person, we imagine, wrote warmly
about Procol in Record Collector also:
... Procol Harum saw Gary Brooker stun with a set of dark, organic joy, before skipping the light fandango with Whiter Shade of Pale