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The Prodigal Stranger: session pictures

Unsteady Freddie

 


Thanks, Unsteady Freddie, for these splendid offerings. By way of a stylistic contrast, see BJ in the studio in the mid-70s. Who knows when we shall be able to show work-in-progress on another Procol studio album! (see here, of course!)

 


Gary Brooker, Bronxville, New York, during the recording of The Prodigal Stranger,
and during his pony-tail days

Keith Reid, Bronxville, New York, during the recording of The Prodigal Stranger: grand
chair! Anyone identify the band in the pictures behind?

Robin Trower, Bronxville, New York, during the recording of The Prodigal Stranger: it
could well be KR to his left and that chair also appears in the first picture on this page.

A good shot of the set-up: slim keyboard on slim stand, digital recording machines to the right,
monitor speaker just in front of the control-room window

Gary holding a guitar, and, by the look of it, a Rizla, or else a business-card. This sofa also appears on the second picture on this page, if anyone's trying to piece together the topography of the studio.

Robin plays in reflective mode: it's not clear what the many-lipped cabinet is in the background,
but there's no huge Marshall stack visible. An umbrella a strong Prodigal Stranger motif
hangs furled in the background.

Gary 'Skate Escape' Brooker listening to playback; note the 'Gary' and 'Keith' mugs !

Some interaction in the studio: can anybody identify the keyboard? Yes, George Bertok can ... here!

At a different studio, mixing the album: Keith and Gary, with Unsteady Freddie (right)
and his daughter Courtney: Palers may remember her calling Procol Harum "Purple Harry" and "Broken Arm" in response to Gary's accent he pronounced Procol Harum almost as "Brokal 'Arum"
(which Keith Reid refers to
here


 

(thanks, Unsteady Freddie)

 


More pictures

The Prodigal Stranger

More pictures from these sessions

BJ in the studio

 

 

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