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27 August 2015 : the forty third bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the sixth in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the seventh in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the fourth in a first series and the fourth in a second series of interesting party-shots – specially interesting from the Brooker perspective – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


20 August 2015 : the forty second bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Normal service is now resumed at the Procol Harum online shop, following staff holidays. See here also. Thanks to all for your patience. Anything ordered since the end of June is now in transit.

Added the third in a first series and the third in a second series of interesting party-shots – specially interesting from the Brooker perspective – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Added the first in a series showing Procol onstage in Freising, May 2014 (thanks, Heidi)

Added the sixth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


13 August 2015 : the forty-first bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the second page in a first series and the second page in a second series of interesting party-shots – you'll again recognise some of the people! – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Added a third page of photos from Liquorice Jam (thanks, Tito)


6 August 2015 : the fortieth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Harry 'Your Own Choice' Pitch and Cilla Black

Added the first page in a first series and the first page in a second series of interesting party-shots – you'll recognise some of the people! – from Stuttgart at the end of July (thanks, Hary and Uta)

Added a second page of photos from Liquorice Jam (thanks, Tito)

Added the third and last in a series of Procol-related shots from Ewhurst (thanks, Graham)


30 July 2015 : the thirty-ninth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the fifth in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the fifth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


26 July 2015 :

Added (in German and English) a very interesting review of Procol Harum and Jethro Tull's Ian Anderson at Winterbach ... a must-read for fans of Procol and Tull alike ...


24 July 2015 :

Added the setlist from a Bellinzona show compromised and curtailed by atrocious weather


23 July 2015 :

Added the setlist from a great Winterbach show


22 July 2015 :

A fuller report will follow on this evening's wonderful Garden Party in Stuttgart organised by German/Irish Palers with the BtP team and attended by fans from about a dozen nations. Great food and drink; miraculously nice weather after an afternoon of 'orrible storms. Unheralded guests of honour were Procol Harum – Gary, Geoff, Geoff, Josh and Matt, with Johnny, Geoff and Thomas from the crew (the last of these with human and canine family members) – who evidently all had a good time and added immeasurably to the festivities by their amiable mingling and good humour!

Towards midnight a little live music developed, featuring The Commander initially on drums (playing Memorial Drive and A Rum Tale with GW on Elyra (a new style of electric guitar, the prototype designed by Tilly Fuchs, one of the party guests, and built by our German host Paul Koehrer) and Roland from BtP on piano. When Gary moved to the microphone Jens from BtP took over the drums, and Ian Hockley, and Roland (from the piano), helped out with lyrical prompts on Dead Man's Dream and Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) (assembled company sang the Legrand Ooh-la-las).

Lastly Gary improvised hilarious new lyrics to Grand Hotel, commending the food and drink, dancing with Sari from Finland during the 'Russian' section, leaving the 'band' (drums, Elyra and piano) to wind down the party. A really great and memorable time was had by all. 

Major thanks to Paul und Marion, and Brendan and Kellie, for planning and executing this very enjoyable and memorable event!

Added a page of pictures taken the previous day in Stuttgart where preparations for the Procol garden-party were in full swing

Also added a 42-song setlist from another amazing party that took place in Brooklyn just a few days before at Electric Garyland, being a gathering of musical allies and fellow-travellers commemorating our friend Dave Ball as he would surely have wished, with loud playing and risk-taking, lots to eat and drink, and a great deal of bonhomie and merriment.

Also added the first page of pictures from this excellent Liquorice Jam session (thanks, Tito)

Major thanks to Tito and Gary C for executing and planning this very memorable and enjoyable event!


16 July 2015 : the thirty-eighth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Going to the Winterbach concert, and have no ticket? One seated ticket available from a Paler who sadly cannot attend the concert. 50 Euros. Seated tickets are sold out from the venue.

Send a mail to webmaster@procolharum.com, and we will put you in contact with the seller.

Added a review of the recent Brooker and Friends gig in Paris

Added the fourth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the fourth in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the second in a series of Procol-related shots from Ewhurst (thanks, Graham)

Updated sundry pages here, here, here, here and here


9 July 2015 : the thirty-seventh bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'The arts succeed where religion often fails ... and if you don’t like Bach, try reading Marcel Proust.'
A
dded an illuminating, brief interview from Chris Copping (thanks, Justin)

See also the Copping/Proust page

Added the third in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added some pictures from May 2014: Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, hosted in Germany by 'Beyond the Pale' (thanks, Heidi)

Added the third in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Good to see BJ Wilson in the NME Top Drummers poll celebrating the 75th birthday of Ringo Starr: see here for more


2 July 2015 : the thirty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the second in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added the second in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the first in a series of Procol-related shots from Ewhurst (thanks, Graham)


1 July

Tickets for the Garden Party in Stuttgart are now sold out.

If you are going to the Procol Harum concert in Winterbach on 23 July, and need transportation between Winterbach and Stuttgart – we still have a handful of seats available on our bus. See here for details.


27 June 2015

RIP Chris Squire

Added the setlist from tonight's Gary Brooker and Friends concert at New Morning in Paris


25 June 2015 : the thirty-fifth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the first in a series of Procol Harum performance pictures from Ewhurst (thanks, Charlie)

Added the first in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added some long-overdue captions to this photo page (thanks, Peter)


18 June 2015 : the thirty-fourth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Gary Brooker and friends play Paris in a week's time

'There's lots more to do yet'
Added
'a message to my friends at 'Beyond the Pale' from Gary Brooker, in response to the numerous greetings sent to him by readers of this site on the occasion of his birthday. The page also includes pictures of Gary and Mme Françoise, and a fine Salmanazar (thanks, Gary)

Just a few more hours, that's all the time you've got ... to bid on eBay for the Commander's Tail Coat  (thanks, Gary)

Added a lavishly illustrated page reviewing the Ewhurst experience (many thanks, Charlie)

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's recent UK gig

' ...Dave's name and credentials plus his eagerness to collaborate with, jam and encourage local musicians ...'
Added a good obituary for Dave Ball
(thanks, Daniel)

Added an iTunes link to the Cross Section (feat. Josh Phillips) page: gigs coming up in November, London area
(thanks, Josh)

Added a couple of pictures here

'
According to Radio Times, BBC 6 Music is broadcasting 'Classic Concert with Procol Harum in 1977' on Saturday 20 June. This is the well-known 1977 Golder's Green TV Special. Runs from 2am to 3am.  BBC 6 Music is available on Freeview 707, Freesat 707, Sky 0120 and Virgin 909' (thanks, John).
 


11 June 2015 : the thirty-third bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP James Last, and Sir Christopher Lee, heavy metal artist

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK,
in two days' time

  To celebrate Procol Harum's first gig of 2015 ...

Offered for auction: Gary Brooker's iconic 'naval' tail-coat, tailored in the USA,
and worn by him on stage in the early 1970s for the orchestral (and other)
European concerts that led up to Grand Hotel.

The coat is in eminently serviceable condition.

Please read all the captions and view/click all the pictures at
the Commander's Tail Coat page 
(thanks, Gary)

 

Added a page of photos depicting the run-up to rehearsals at Ewhurst for Saturday's musical entertainment! The musicians involved this year include Ali Campbell, Andy Fairweather Low, Barry Wickens, Ben Mills, Chris Difford, Cross Section, Dave Bishop, Dave Bronze, Geoff Dunn, Geoff Whitehorn, Hamish Stuart, Jim Cregan, John Parr, John Thirkell, Josh Phillips, Julie Stardust, Kenney Jones, Lance Ellington, Lisa Stansfield, Malcolm ‘Molly’ Duncan, Mark King, Miles Bould, Mollie Marriott, Neil Sidwell, Nik Kershaw, Pat Davey, Procol Harum, Rock Chicks, Sam Blue, Sam Tanner, Simon Gardner and Steve Harley

In which connection, read this page about Cross Section (feat. Josh Phillips), suddenly recording afresh several decades after they featured in The Who's Quadrophenia: available on iTunes from 13 June. See also their website


5 June 2015 : the thirty-second  bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, next week

Added a good, detailed obituary for Dave Ball from an authoritative UK newspaper (thanks, Charlie)

There are still tickets for the Winterbach Procol-fans' party, and the shuttle 'bus to the gig ... book now!

Plugged a lacuna in an Old Testament Procol setlist (thanks, Jim)

Added a link to an article about Edmonton, Alberta ... about how it's changed since the famous Procol gig there (thanks, Charlie)

What was the most-played track at the Beatles' Sgt Pepper launch party? Have a guess before you click here and read the answer (thanks, Charlie)

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


29 May 2015 : the thirty-first bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, in a fortnight's time

Happy Birthday to Gary Brooker! Added a page of admirers' tributes and greetings

Just a few hours now for you to place your bids and win yourself a tee-shirt from The Commander's Wardrobe: click these links:

Cropredy (turquoise) 2003 Burgundy 1970s' 'Hero' shirt Exotic Birds and Fruit tee-shirt Barbican 1996 shirt
Procol Harum / Soft Machine tee-shirt Cropredy (lilac) 2003 Brick-red 1970s' 'Hero' shirt  

Another birthday salutation for GB may be read here (thanks, Charlie); and another here (thanks, Paul)


21 May 2015 : the thirtieth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP BB King | RIP Louis Johnson | Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, in three weeks' time

Next Friday Gary Brooker will be 70. If you’d like to be part of a worldwide fans’ greeting to him, send your message (addressed to Gary) c/o gb70@procolharum.com. Your words will be compiled in a physical document for The Commander, and will appear on a page at ‘Beyond the Pale’. Please include your name and place of origin!

Seven-tee shirts! To mark the anniversary, seven historic Procol tee-shirts are up for eBay auction (starting about 23:00 hrs GMT on 22 May). As usual, half the proceeds to the BJ Wilson fund, and half towards the running-costs of 'Beyond the Pale'. Many thanks to Gary Brooker who owned and in many cases wore these garments:

Cropredy (turquoise) 2003 Burgundy 1970s' 'Hero' shirt Exotic Birds and Fruit tee-shirt Barbican 1996 shirt
Procol Harum / Soft Machine tee-shirt Cropredy (lilac) 2003 Brick-red 1970s' 'Hero' shirt  

Added pages about the long-expected 2CD reissues from Esoteric Records, including links direct to Amazon for ordering purposes: see here (A Salty Dog) and here (Home) (thanks, Vicky)

Are there any Hammond pundits who'd like to help the Deep Purple Appreciation Society? Click here (thanks, Stephen)


13 May 2015 : the twenty-ninth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum play Ewhurst, UK, in four weeks' time

Added a page shewing the names of the four winners in the Esoteric Procol competition. BtP had a very pleasant drink with Esoteric Records yesterday morning, and learned that they were well aware, from the outset, of speed/pitch issues with the Salvo re-issues of these two albums. The problem was 'with the transfer, not the mastering', we were told. In any event, once again ... assurances that the songs sound as they were intended to sound, this time around.

BtP learns today that Procol Harum will be playing considerably more at Ewhurst than they did last year (see here). In the band's management's words, 'It won't be just a short set'. More details when we have them. Meanwhile, booking is still open.


Fans are reminded that Gary Brooker, Geoff Whitehorn and Matt Pegg (of Procol Harum), with Graham Broad (ex-Procol Harum) and Hammond organist Judy Blair are playing a gig in a Paris club at the end of June (Saturday 27th). Tickets are available! All details here (thanks, Roland)

Added a link (also here) to a comparison between the lyrics of Homburg and the work Meier Helmbrecht (Middle High German) by Werner der Gärtner (thanks, Christian)
 

7 May 2015 : the twenty-eighth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Errol Brown

Win the forthcoming Esoteric Records' 2CD reissue of Procol Harum 1967 or 3CD reissue of Shine on Brightly in our straightforward Prize Competition (thanks, Vicky)

Again added to the fan tributes to Dave Ball (thanks, Hans)

Added a Procol ticket here and here ... any more from this year? (thanks, Hans)

Added two pictures to the foot of this informative page (thanks, Martin)

Added a picture page showing some of the faces from last summer's fab Procol fans' party at Westbury Long Island, America (thanks, Bert)


1 May 2015 : the twenty-seventh bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Ben E KingGuy LeBlanc

' ...sounded of its time but also somewhat removed from that same time—a curiosity of tone and execution that felt genuine and refreshing ...'
Added an interesting appraisal of the first Procol Harum album (thanks, all)

Added a Rhythm Kings ticket here (thanks, Hans)

Added some photos of the venue for BtP's Garden Party in July (thanks, Marion)

Win the forthcoming Esoteric Records' 2CD reissue of Procol Harum 1967 or 3CD reissue of Shine on Brightly in our straightforward Prize Competition (thanks, Vicky)


16 April 2015 : the twenty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Regarding the BtP Garden Party and associated accommodation: you may find that it appears that all hotel rooms for 22 July are sold out. However BtP retains a block-booking of 10 rooms,  available until 1 May.

 If you wish to book one of these, send a mail to webmaster@procolharum.com with your arrival day and departure day and number of persons in the room.

BtP will forward a list of names to the hotel, and the hotel will contact each of you to confirm your booking. We must release the ten rooms on 1 May – When they are gone, they are gone.

Booking for the party itself is still open – we have about 30 % capacity remaining.

Again added to the fan tributes to Dave Ball.

Added pages about the long-expected multiple-CD reissues from Esoteric Records, including links direct to Amazon for ordering purposes: see here (PH67) and here (SoB) (thanks, Vicky)


16 April 2015 : the twenty-sixth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Percy Sledge  

Added many more fan tributes to Dave Ball. Gracious thanks to all subscribers.

If you didn't see the invitation to participate in this tribute to the late guitarist, you may need to sign up to our newsletter – but in any case it's not too late: just send your text in an e-mail to daveballtribute@procolharum.com and we'll add it to the page.

Added all the details about the Garden Party (and the fans' bus) associated with the Procol Harum show at Winterbach, 22 and 23 July.

Capacity is finite so please don't delay your booking if you'd like to be there  (thanks, Paul)

Added a modest contribution to the foot of the Terrible Spelling page

Added a 1968 ticket here (thanks, Rolf)


9 April 2015 : the twenty-fifth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'
 

Added numerous fan tributes to Dave Ball. Gracious thanks to all subscribers.

There are also page-length pieces from Poul Achton, Richard Beck, Unsteady Freddie and the BtP team (thanks, all)

If you didn't see the invitation to participate in this tribute to the late guitarist, you may need to sign up to our newsletter – but in any case it's not too late: just send your text in an e-mail to daveballtribute@procolharum.com and we'll add it to the page.

Added a Dave Ball obituary notice from The Burton Mail (thanks, all)

We had an excellent response to last week's "create a SHADE for the man who sang AWSoP" feature (see Gary Brooker requiring assistance with a lampshade): several entirely different methods of creating Gary's required shape are being explored – metal, glass, plexiglass – in various countries. But there weren't many people offering help with fabric. So if you are a person who understands cloth or has experience of stretching it to create particular forms, please visit the page and get in touch.

Added a good review of Robin Trower in Birmingham last month (thanks, Robin and Justin)

It's two years since Procol Harum played their magnificent symphonic concert in Wuppertal. Click here for the programme of the follow-up event – WupperTull Mania indeed  – that starts tonight (three completely sold-out concerts for this Ian Anderson world orchestral première ... there are Procol-related pictures and a particularly nice shot of Michael Ackerman and Marcus Grebe, without whom there'd have been no Wuppertal Procol Harum Convention (thanks, Michael)

Added the setlist from a recent Procol tribute concert (thanks, Jack)


1 April 2015 : the twenty-fourth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dave Ball – we are very sad to hear that our great friend, Procol Harum guitarist Dave Ball, lost his fight with cancer, just one day after his 65th birthday. You will be greatly missed, but your music, writings, paintings, videos and great memories will forever Shine On!.

It was with great sadness that Franky and I heard today that Dave Ball had lost his battle and has 'moved on'.

As a Procolite he made a great contribution during the early 70s and the band today – with the Geoffs, Matt, Josh and Chris – have spent happy days with him whenever and wherever he came to see us, which was often.

He was a very talented person, not just on guitar, but as a writer, artist, spy, melon picker, and humourist, and the contribution he gave to us and his many friends around the world will last – but the MAN and his presence will be very sadly missed.

Rest in Peace Dave
Gary Brooker
1 April 2015

Read a tribute piece about Dave Ball among his fans and friends, and another from Chris Copping

Ashley, Alex and Katy Ball (Dave's children) have organised this party in Melbourne, VIC

Added the first in a series of pages in which members of Procol Harum hope to tap into the craft skills of the fanbase, in order to realise one-off personal projects collaboratively.

"I created a SHADE for the man who sang AWSoP"
No 1, Gary Brooker, requiring assistance with a lampshade.

' ... the deep, dark organ in A Whiter Shade of Pale by Procol Harum, when you hear it, you know it'.
Added a link to a curious Procol reference (thanks, Charlie)

Added 'A Whiter Shade of Fail' to this excellent page (thanks, Tom)

' ...une voix magique qui n’a rien perdu de sa chaleur et de son émotion et reste remplie de ce feeling soul et mélancolique qui la caractérise ...'
Added booking information for Gary Brooker's concert in Paris in Jume (thanks, Laurent)

Added a Procol Harum ticket here and here (thanks, Hans)


19 March 2015 : the twenty-second bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Andy Fraser, Jimmy Greenspoon, Mike Porcaro

'For One Night Only'
Don't miss Radio 2's repeat of last November's excellent symphonic 'Friday Night is Music Night' on Friday 20 March at 8pm. ['
According to Radio Times, Gary Brooker  is 'joined by guitarist Geoff Whitehorn'. Oh dear! (thanks, John)]

Added some more fine pictures – and a key sartorial question – from Westbury 2014
(thanks, Bert)

Added another Procol Harum tour date here (thanks, John)

An absolute treat: Vintage TV concert by members of No Stiletto Shoes ... the magnificent Low Riders, headed up by Andy Fairweather Low ... flying dragons around his door!

Added the setlist from a recent Procol tribute concert (thanks, Jack)


12 March 2015 : the twenty-first bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Sir Terry Pratchett, he of the 'embuggerance', who 'leaves early to avoid the rush'

Added a Procol Harum ticket here and here (thanks, Hans)

Added some nice shots from Procol Harum's most recent Parisian outing (thanks, Charlie)

Added an outstanding mondegreen here: search for  'replace the cook'  (thanks, Steve)

Added a No Stiletto Shoes setlist (thanks, Peter)


6 March 2015 : the twentieth bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a half-dozen great pictures of Gary Brooker on stage (thanks, Bert)

Good to speak with Geoff Whitehorn this evening: worth revisiting the first interview he did with BtP, just seventeen years ago, (cheers, Geoff!)

On 28 February 2015 Procol Harum got a rare name-check on Radio 4, the BBC's flagship station for Arts, News, Comedy and Drama. As you'll hear from this (much shortened) mp3 extract, the show in question was The News Quiz, hosted not by an English presenter but by a splendid comedienne from the country where Procol are most lavishly lauded. It's about the middle of the clip, during a strange stream-of-consciousness deviation from any script, that the band's name will be heard.

When you've enjoyed the soundclip above, find a genuine Procol / Nigerian connection (first heralded here in 1998) by clicking here

Added a 1970 setlist
here  (thanks, Jack)

An hour of live music for two keyboards, guitar, bass and drums – by a composer who is a Redhill veteran and long-standing contributor to this site (see also here) – may be heard and seen here (thanks, Harry)


26 February 2015 : the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a new gig for this summerParis, no less (thanks, Franky / Roland)

Added a report on a recent gig at Winterbach, where Procol Harum kick off this year's concert appearances  (thanks, Marion)

In which connection, do have a look at this page

Added photos of an unusual 1991 promo item for The Prodigal Stranger (and how to get hold of it!)  (thanks, SG)

In which connection, do re-read this speculative page about The Imponderable Strangers

We're all up-to-date mailing out orders for the Procol Harum new vinyl 2LPs. More than half this limited edition is already sold, but they're not gone yet. Click the links ... (thanks, Andy).


Broken Barricades  
 

Live at Edmonton
 

Grand Hotel  
 

Exotic Birds and Fruit  
 

Procol's Ninth
 

Something Magic
 

The Well's on Fire  
 

Live at the Union Chapel
 

Upgraded the graphic (thanks, Marvin) on this page: it shows the address of the Procol fanclub website to which CD buyers were directed in 1997 by this German record-label – which wrote so winningly of Gary Brooker's 'thoughtful, reflective brand of dignified music'

Added news of another upcoming Procol Harum tribute-band gig (thanks, Carlo)


20 February 2015 : the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Lesley Gore

Added (sound and script) Gary Brooker's recent 'Tracks of my Years' BBC Radio 2 feature (thanks, Anvil)

Re-read GB's 1999 selection for a German Radio broadcast ... how many artists feature on both lists?

Keep the orders flowing in for the Procol Harum new vinyl 2LPs: click the links below.

BtP archives many pages of fans' interpretations of A Whiter Shade of Pale (a memorable one here). Readers might also be interested to read fans of They Might Be Giants tying themselves in knots over an equally inscrutable hit record

Added a graphic (thanks, Marvin) to this page: it shows the address of the Procol fanclub website to which CD buyers were directed in 1997 by this German record-label.


13 February 2015 : the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Steve Strange ... see also here

Added a page about eight delicious new Procol Harum double album releases, with numerous bonus tracks, on coloured vinyl (thanks, Andy)

Added individual pages (about track-listing, and how to order) about the following coloured vinyl double Procol Harum albums:


Broken Barricades  
 

Live at Edmonton
 

Grand Hotel  
 

Exotic Birds and Fruit  
 

Procol's Ninth
 

Something Magic
 

The Well's on Fire  
 

Live at the Union Chapel
 

Added a five-star Robin Trower CD review – with Amazon ordering links



5 February 2015 : the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

What was the date of the final gig from the line-up that recorded Procol Harum's first three albums?
Added a page of scholarly Procol research that presents conflicting accounts and evidence, and comes to a conclusion (thanks, Frans)

Remind yourself of our online Procol pedigree!

Added two ticket-sales links to the Bellinzona booking page for those who fancy hearing Procol Harum in July 2015 (thanks, Chris)

Added a surprising new Salty Dog picture here (thanks, Ruthie, whose Procoloid design-work may be seen here, here, here, here and here)

Added a thought-provoking Repent Walpurgis question here (thanks, Yukon) ... can anyone help?

Added a surprising and welcome footnote to this Vanilla Fudge superstar esteem page (thanks, Anvil)

Procol Harum and King Crimson fans may like to follow this link to hear and see Gary Brooker and Pete Sinfield performing together in on Spanish TV in 1982, on a song first aired by Lulu the year before. Gary sings the second verse of If You're Right (by Pete Sinfield and Andy Hill, words here, including a curious reference to Shakespeare's Romeo and Something or Someone) and plays an organ solo. The song was later performed by Barbara Dickson. Prog rock it ain't.


29 January 2015 : the fifteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Edgar Froese

Added a fascinating and inspiring background story, regarding the organisation behind the next scheduled Procol Harum gig (thanks, Paul in Germany)

Added a good Grand Hotel press-kit picture here (thanks, Paul in France)

Added a mysterious Homburg picture-sleeve, from Portugal, here (thanks, Jorge) ... can anyone help with info about this? If so, please write in

Added a choral/orchestral setlist here here (thanks, Jack)

Added a link to a film of Matt Pegg's famous Dad offering a brilliant bass guitar in a worthy cause (thanks, Anvil)


25 January 2015

RIP Joe Jones
Joe was the bassist (and occasional sax-player) with The Rockefellas, the band on whom The Paramounts modelled themselves (he was therefore, arguably, instrumental in catalysing the birth of Procol Harum). He had been ill for a short while, and was about 72 years old (thanks, Mick)

Robin Trower: “The big influence on us was this band from Romford that Pete Tobin used to put on in the Palace Hotel ballroom, called The Rockafellas.  They were fantastic.  I think they were actually called The Fabulous Rockafellas and they were just that – fabulous. Their lineup was guitar, bass and drums, with a piano-player who sang – and that was the template for The Paramounts.”


21 January 2015 : the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dallas Taylor

Listen to BBC Radio 2 during the rest of this week for the feature,  between 11.30 am and noon daily, featuring Gary Brooker's favourite records – two a day. Monday 19 January: B Bumble and the Stingers, Emeli Sande; Tuesday 20: George Harrison, Kate Bush; Wednesday 21: Chuck Berry, Andy Fairweather Low; Thursday 22: Ray Charles, The Beatles; and Friday 23: The Coasters, The Rolling Stones (thanks, John; tip of hat to Mike M)

Added some more superb pictures from a recent Procol orchestral show (thanks, Jens)

Added some moody shots from Procol Harum's most recent Parisian outing: make what you will of the hand gestures shewn (thanks, Charlie)

Masakichi: some really attractive, atmospheric new music (watch here) from Josh Phillips's niece Hannah Cartwright

Added a part setlist from 1993 (thanks, Jack)


14 January 2015 : the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dozy

Listen to BBC Radio 2 in this coming week for a feature,  between 11.30 am and noon daily, featuring Gary Brooker's favourite records – two a day. Monday 19 January: B Bumble and the Stingers, Emeli Sande; Tuesday 20: George Harrison, Kate Bush; Wednesday 21: Chuck Berry, Andy Fairweather Low; Thursday 22: Ray Charles, The Beatles; and Friday 23: The Coasters, The Rolling Stones (thanks, John; tip of hat to Mike M)

Added an illustrated report of a recent broadcast mini-documentary, featuring Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, about A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Frans)

Read also ... earlier Brooker words on the same subject

Added some more superb pictures from a recent Procol orchestral show (thanks, Jens)

Good to hear from Triumphant Victors who're now getting their Fab Prizes through the post. Do let us know when you get yours.


8 January 2015 : the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a gig to the schedule of Procol Harum concerts for 2015 (thanks, Chris)

'I have come away from the whole experience with a great deal of respect for Procol Harum, and their music ... I hope we get the chance to sing with the band again'
Added a choral note, the fifth and final instalment of our popular Dominion blog, From the Back Row of the Stage (many thanks, Jack/Al)

Added the solution to the BtP puzzles

Added the names of the Triumphant Victors in the above puzzles, with a note of the prizes they will end up withal.


5 January 2015:

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Good luck with the instructions that follow it: just read 'em carefully and all will be well.


4 January 2015:

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to have another look at the prizes and be ready with your preference order – all ten letters, please! – something like: "AGBHCIDJEF"

The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Sunday 4 January becomes Monday 5 January.


3 January 2015:

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


2 January 2015:

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes


1 January 2015: Happy New Year!

Added a New Year message from the BtP team to all fellow Procol fans worldwide

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles

Nice to see a Palers'  Project vocalist stylishly turning the tables on a troll


31 December:

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes


30 December:

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


29 December:

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes.

(Just a friendly suggestion: if you happen to notice some trick of how the questions/answers work, you might like to think twice before voicing it on public forums, in case doing so skews the thinking of other participants, or defeats their enjoyment of figuring things out for themselves).

Added news of another Gary Brooker radio appearance in a few days' time (thanks, Charlie)


28 December:

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


27 December:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes


26 December:

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


25 December: Happy Christmas!

Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They do get easier and easier, as the prizes get more and more munificent.


24 December

Added a page of advice and information about how to play and win the Christmas Quiz for this year


22 December

RIP Joe Cocker: time to play With a Little Help from my Friends, followed by Just Like a Woman, good and loud

Added a page for Procol Harum concerts in 2015 – Winterbach is already on sale


20 December:

Added the schedule of ten magnificent Procol Harum prizes that you'll soon be able to get your hands on (do read 'em all).  

Newcomers: our annual Christmas quiz starts in five days' time, and is always a lot of fun. There's one question a day for twelve days. Contenders send in a priority-list of all ten prizes in the order they favour them: the first three correct answers, against the clock, secure their highest-available choice of prize; then everyone else who responds correctly during the next 48 hours has an equal chance to win one of the remaining seven prizes, in the subsequent draw.

This year's answer (you'll see how it works as it unfolds) will be a single letter of the alphabet – so in fact you have a 1/26 or 3.84% chance of winning something very nice, even with a random guess. On the other hand, you are not encouraged to proceed by guesswork, nor to send in 26 different answers.


18 December : the eleventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP our fellow Procol-fan Richard Solly, 'Good Captain Claptrap'

Gary Brooker on British television on 19 December, telling how in 1968 he first got interested in rock-band-with-orchestra

Coming soon: your guide to the BtP Christmas puzzles (topics will include features of Procol song-titles; instrumental solos (Procol Harum and Matthew Fisher); curiosities of names of Procol players; long suites; GPS promos; lyrical quirks; songs with variant titles; an off-the-record remark of Gary Brooker in May 2014; locations of gigs; patriotic anthems; place-names in Keith Reid lyrics) and details of the Fab Prizes on offer this year.

Added some excellent and revealing insider pictures from the pre-Dominion week rehearsals (thanks, Geoff)

Added some excellent and revealing Abbey Road pictures from the Dominion Theatre rehearsals (thanks, Geoff)

Added some excellent and revealing insider pictures taken pre-show at the Dominion (thanks, Geoff)

' ... the concert I have most enjoyed in my time with the choir ...'
Added a choral note, the fourth instalment of our popular Dominion blog, From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

The excellent Crouch End Festival Chorus has a great gig coming up in the very venue where BtP staged Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert

Added another Procol tee-shirt to this index (thanks, Gordon)

Procol Harum on BBC radio again soon (thanks, Charlie)

Selling well and sounding fantastic: Procol Harum download-only album  ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]


11 December : the tenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added 'What's been lost and what's been caught' – quite a detailed page about the Dominion Theatre broadcast

Whaling Stories v Symphathy for the Hard of Hearing: added a page about the songs that Procol have played on a stage shared with an orchestra during the present century.

'... wonderful to work with musicians for whom we are not simply part of the furniture, and who treat us as part of a partnership'.
Added a choral note, the third instalment of our popular Dominion blog, From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

Added a page of pictures from the Dominion Theatre concert (thanks, Charlie)


4 December : the ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Bobby Keys and Ian McLagan

'There will be product'
Added some reassuring post-Dominion Theatre comments from Geoff Whitehorn
(thanks, Geoff!)

Added a good, illustrated review of the Dominion concert and broadcast (thanks, Charlie)

What was the scene during the four hours Procol Harum had to get the Dominion Theatre show ready with the Orchestra and Chorus at Abbey Road? A great photo reveals all (thanks, Chris)

Added news of impending Brooker activity (thanks, Chris)

Added a link to the Radio 2 Procol Harum marquee (as first shewn on our Facebook page, which you're welcome to 'like', if you like)

Added a Q&A session about the background to the Dominion Theatre broadcast on Radio 2 (thanks, Chris)

' ... mannered precision and sense of restless, unresolved anxiety ...'
Added a very illuminating rumination on Homburg and other Keith Reid lyrics, in the context of literary enquiry (thanks, Rob)

Amended this index page, and this photo page


26 November: the eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from a genuinely unique Procol Harum concert in London (and corrected (thanks, Charlie) a running-order error)

(BBC picture)

The unique line-up: Matt Pegg, bass; Geoff Dunn, drums; Gary Brooker MBE, voice and piano; Josh Phillips, Hammond and synth; Dave Colquhoun, lead guitar

Here's a link to a backstage introduction to Procol Harum's Dominion Theatre broadcast: 'Back in our own home country, and they love us. Albert Hall next time'. Amen to that!

' ... Procol Harum seem poised to reclaim their rightful place alongside Pink Floyd in the great British progressive rock pantheon ...'
Added a review of the Dominion Theatre gig from the UK's respected Independent national daily newspaper

' ... one of the things we hope we can do in playing here is demonstrate to a lot of people that in fact we do a lot more than that one song ... otherwise we wouldn't have lasted that long | ... you have to like music a bit to like Procol Harum, but you know, there are people that like music ...'
Click here to listen to Gary Brooker's interview from Sky TV from the Saturday morning before the Dominion Theatre gig.

Created a page for Dave Colquhoun, who played guitar with Procol at the Dominion Theatre, and amended this index

'They say a lot of their tunes are blues, then they give you five hundred chords to learn!'
Added a good-length interview, from a telephone call this evening, with Dave Colquhoun (thanks, Dave)

Added a photograph of the Dominion line-up here (thanks, Chris)

Added another Dominion review here

Amended the once slightly coy photo-caption of this page

Updated personal pages here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here


23 November:

Please spare a healing thought for Geoff Whitehorn who, midway through Procol's rehearsals for the Dominion show, was suddenly hospitalised with a chest infection. The band – to say nothing of the fans! – will miss him like mad on Monday night, of course; but the show must go on, and Geoff's stand-in, Dave Colquhoun, is riding the learning curve in great style. Best wishes to all involved for an excellent night!

A high-spirited posse of fans from England, Norway, Denmark, Ireland, France, Germany, America, Australia and Switzerland raised a glass to Procol's much-loved guitarist during the group meal that followed Ian Hockley's excellent organ recital in St Paul's Cathedral. Cheers, Geoff!


22 November: watch out for Gary Brooker on Sky television at around 9.30 am GMT on Saturday 22 November: the programme is called Sunrise.We don't know if it can be seen online, but this link could be worth trying. We understand that Gary will also be featured on Robert Elms's show next Wednesday, 26 November: you should be able in due course to find the schedule by clicking here(thanks, Chris)


20 November : the seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

The Dominion Theatre has released some extra tickets for Procol Harum on Monday, right near the front: click here to view

'No rest for the Crouch End Festival Chorus'
Added a choral note, the second instalment of a blog From the Back Row of the Stage
(thanks, Jack/Al)

Added an informative picture, taken at Thursday's Procol Harum rehearsal, here (thanks, Gary)

Since we cannot yet visualise the onstage scene on Monday night coming, let us enjoy some superb pictures from a more-or-less similar Procol orchestral show 626 days before the Dominion Theatre event (thanks, Jens)
 


13 November : the sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added news of some Brooker activity next year (thanks, all)

Added (here) a ticket stub (16 April 1972) sent in by attentive Paler Bob Young who notes that ‘it appears this is a new date for BtP for Procol's 1972 US tour. Unable to find any information on this date, I drifted over to a Ten Years After site to see if I could garner more info. There I found a 1972 tour archive that records six additional Procol dates with Ten Years After: none of these dates conflicts with existing PH concert dates on BtP's '72 page. That, in conjunction with the fact their ’16 April’ date coincides with my 720416 ticket stub (and the two archives are in agreement on the 720505 and 720506 dates) leads me to believe we now have seven new US concert dates (search for 'Bob Young') for Procol’s 1972 schedule
.(thanks, Bob!)

Added some nice pictures of an unusual Procol Harum line-up, on stage on tour 21 years ago (thanks, Verner)

Added a question about a 1969 performance in Illinois –anyone remember the power failure in question? (thanks, John)

Added a review of Robin Trower in a recent concert (thanks, Kaleidoscope Ken)


6 November : the fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Acker Bilk, RIP Manitas de Plata

Win a musical item owned by BJ Wilson, signed by Gary Brooker, and dedicated with your own name! Hang it on your wall! It looks as though these nine items of BJ memorabilia are going for a song at eBay. The average price per item, as we go to press, is about 4 GBP [6.40 USD]. Bid now! (thanks, Gary)

Added a Finnish ticket here and here (thanks, Markku)

SOLD OUT: every seat has now been taken for Procol Harum's London showcase, the broadcast gig with chorus and orchestra (keep an eye on the booking diagram, where occasional returns may be spotted). Ticket sales started via BtP's 'Fresh Fruit' newsletter (thanks Chris) which ensured a hard core of privileged fans in prime position to enjoy the concert and to lead the whooping, hollering, and standing ovations. BtP's promise to keep this special arrangement off Social Media was (by and large) honoured by its understanding beneficiaries ... thanks. The BBC opened public booking about a week ago – listen to a radio trailer (thanks, Paul) – and the wider audience has mopped up (it's a 2,000+ seater) in double-quick time. All set for a great night :-)

Added a choral note, the first instalment of a blog From the Back Row of the Stage (thanks, Jack/Al)

Added another Finnish ticket here and here (thanks, Markku)

'Attempts to wrangle these lyrics into linear coherence .... don’t let it bother you'
Added an article about Procol's 'lyric of the week'

Added another nother Finnish ticket here and here (thanks, Markku)


29 October : the fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a new page proposing the sale by auction of nine drumheads, formerly belonging to BJ Wilson, which will be signed and dedicated to the lucky winners (thanks, Gary)

Reminder about our historic and super-convenient venue for the before and after-show drinks meeting on the day of the London Dominion show  

Added a third page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played at Ridgefield in July this year (thanks, Bert)


25 October:

RIP the wonderful bassist, pianist, composer and singer Jack Bruce


23 October : the third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Alvin Stardust
... often enjoyed at Gary Brooker's charity gigs, and lately on the bill with Procol Harum at Josh Phillips's Ewhurst event raising funds for Prostate Cancer research

Great to see fans of BJ Wilson securing their chosen items from the sale of his early drumkit pieces – (here, here; here, here, here, here and ) – thanks all.  Yet to come: these items

Added a page about the historic and super-convenient venue for our before and after-show drinks meeting on the day of the London Dominion show  

Added an Italian article ... 'Named after a cat, they're selling millions' (thanks, Anvil)

Added a second page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played at Ridgefield in July this year (thanks, Bert)

Added some very heartening news about a seminal musician and former English teacher hailing from Essex

All visitors to this website are welcome to send their own accounts of recent Procol events (words, pictures, etc): please have a look at the Guidelines for Submissions page

Selling well and sounding fantastic: Procol Harum download-only album  ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs and events will stand out rather more clearly than they do among the adverts and promotions and music clips that predominate on our former Procol Facebook group.


15 October : the second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'It's not as if I hold any grudge to the people of Kansas, but it just seems to be a good place to talk badly about.'
Added to this page of celebrity Procol endorsement: nice to see the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens issuing a song from the A Salty Dog album

About 5½ weeks until Procol Harum's major London showcase. Do sign up here if you're going. And the before- and after-show drinks meeting on the day will be bookable through our Fresh Fruit newsletter, so make sure you're signed up to that too. If you think subscribed to it before 5 September, re-subscribe to the new-look newsletter by clicking this link . Your old subscription won't work any more.

Some Procol fans may be interested to watch the rather excellent recent time-lapse video from our fab chum whose 'In the darkness of the night' appeared on the first Palers' Project album: his exhibition is in London the same time that Procol Harum are.

Reminder about the page – linking to seven more pages (here, here; here, here, here, here and here) – relating to the auction of items of BJ Wilson memorabilia donated by Gary Brooker (thanks, Gary)

As we go to press there have been 142 bids on the various items of BJ Wilson percussion – see the kit in question here – the consequence of some 782 page-views. About three days to go ... could be interesting to watch the dénouement should you happen to be online on Saturday night (European thinking here)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for fans of the late, great percussionist.

All proceeds will be split equally between 'Beyond the Pale' and the BJ Wilson fund.

Added a report from the 'Shine on Brightly' New York concert on 11 October, and another from the contemporaneous 'mini-Redhill' event involving members of the Italian band, SormoRock


8 October : the first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #18 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Paul Revere


Today is BtP's 17th birthday ... a date on which we always remember the life and music of the great BJ Wilson

'One of the greatest rock drummers of all time ... his playing defined the essence of emotional, orchestrated rock music ...'
Added some excellent praise for BJ Wilson here (thanks, Charlie)

Added a page – linking to seven more pages (here, here; here, here, here, here and here) – relating to the auction of items of BJ Wilson memorabilia donated by Gary Brooker (thanks, Gary)

This is a once-in-a-lifetime
opportunity for fans of the late, great percussionist.

All proceeds will be split equally between 'Beyond the Pale' and the BJ Wilson fund.

2 October : the final hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Lynsey de Paul

Tomato? Hairbrush? Added a page looking forward to the London Dominion show and broadcast. Do sign up here if you're going. And the before- and after-show drinks meeting on the day of the London Dominion show will be bookable through our Fresh Fruit newsletter before long.

Visit this page for other – non-Procol – concerts in the 'Friday Night is Music Night' series, and read about the programme here

Created – rather late in the year – a tickets page for 2014 and added a couple of specimens. Do please find your tickets for 2014 gigs and send us the scans.

Amended this useful page

Advance notice: our next weekly update falls on 8 October, which is the seventeenth birthday of 'Beyond the Pale'. We've always been mindful of BJ Wilson in preparing all previous 8 October updates (it was the date of his passing away) and next week's bulletin will present an extraordinary opportunity for fans of the late, great percussionist. Watch this space.


26.September:

Public booking for Procol Harum's landmark concert at The Dominion Theatre in London, 24 November, is now open.

Well over 400 tickets were sold during the week-long Palers' early-booking period.

Many places are still available, but do hurry.

The best seats go first. And now the general public are invited to book their own tickets. Booking info here:


25 September: the ante-penultimate hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Christopher Hogwood

Procol Harum's show at The Dominion, London, on 24 November with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus will be recorded for later transmission on BBC Radio 2. Advance tickets were made available to readers of this website on 19 September – the organisers gave Palers a week's grace, to choose the seats they want, before the rest-of-world publicity starts (thanks, Chris).

Thanks to those who managed not to spread the details on to Facebook or other Forums, as requested by the people who gave us the privilege of prior booking.

Details of the before and after-show drinks meeting, and another concert the day before the show, will be announced  through our Fresh Fruit newsletter very soon. There's a Facebook Event page for the gig – do sign up if you're coming – at the new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs and events will stand out rather more clearly than they do among the adverts and promotions and music clips that predominate on our former Procol Facebook group. 

If you want forthcoming booking details, and subscribed to the Fresh Fruit newsletter before 5 September, re-subscribe to the new Fresh Fruit newsletter by clicking this link. Your old subscription won't work any more, and there will be no more mailings through the former Fresh Fruit mailing system – too many people's ISPs were creating delivery problems and there were too many 'dead' addresses on it.

Please also realise that when you subscribe you get the forthcoming bulletins, but you don't get the back issues.

Added this link to a recently-published Gary Brooker video-interview from Tracks Magazin, with some trenchant observations about 'rock meets classic' (thanks, Chris)

Added a page of pictures from the recent, excellent Palers' Convention in Westbury, NY (thanks, Bert)

Procol Harum tribute band 'Shine On Brightly' will be playing mid-town New York City on 11 October, Saturday night at Connelly's (thanks, Kaleidoscope Ken)
 

18 September: the forty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Joe Sample and Kenny Wheeler

Procol Harum's show at The Dominion, London, on 24 November with the BBC Concert Orchestra and Crouch End Festival Chorus will be recorded for later transmission on BBC Radio 2. Advance tickets will be available to readers of this website on 19 September – the organisers are giving Palers a week's grace, to choose the seats they want, before the rest-of-world publicity starts (thanks, Chris).

Details of how and where to apply will be announced  through our Fresh Fruit newsletter on that day.

Notes: BtP is not planning to organise a Basecamp Hotel this time; there are many hotels close to the theatre, and a hotel-booking link for you to click in the imminent Fresh Fruit mailing. What we shall do, however, is organise a fans' meal on the Sunday evening before the Procol gig, once we know how many people are coming to London. There's a Facebook Event page for the gig – do sign up if you're coming – at the new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs and events will stand out rather more clearly than they do among the adverts and promotions and music clips that predominate on our former Procol Facebook group.

Updated this useful page

Congratulations to pre-eminent Paler/scholar George Lovell FRSC (get his Procol book) ... read about his recent distinction here

Fixed a dating blunder here and here (thanks, Jim)

Added sad news from Denmark (thanks, Niels-Erik)

Added surprising news from Southend on Sea (good luck,. Riga Steve)

Added a setlist here and news of 'our own little Redhill' here (thanks, Jack)


12 September: the forty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum will be appearing at the Dominion, London, on 24 November 8 pm with a hundred musicians from the BBC Concert Orchestra and the Crouch End Chorus. The show will be recorded for later transmission on BBC Radio 2.

This was the news we'd originally hoped to bring you at Gary Brooker's birthday party in May this year ... negotiations have been continuing ever since (as have fans' speculations) and the contract was in fact signed only last night – so you read it here first.

Advance tickets will be available to readers of this website (thanks, Chris) on 19 September, and details of how and where to apply will be announced  through our Fresh Fruit newsletter on that day.

What do you do when you find that your musical chops have turned to minced meat over the years?
Added a very detailed and interesting account of one Procol fan's adventures in July 2014 (thanks, Paul)

In which connection, why not re-read another Adventure in Paler Wonderland from 2003?

8 September:

We are moving Fresh Fruit, our occasional Procol Harum newsletter, to a new system. If you wish to subscribe to the list, or to maintain your current membership, you need to subscribe again using this link. No more mailings will be sent via the old system.


4 September: the forty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Glenn Cornick

Added a great page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played at Ridgefield in July this year (thanks, Bert)

So, whose is the floating head on the cover of Procol's tenth album? It's taken us five years to get round to adding the liner notes for the Salvo re-issue of Something Magic, commissioned from and written by Roland from BtP (thanks, Chas)

'... another dimension of life and universal truth'
At last ... the meaning of A Whiter Shade of Pale! Add another explanation (thanks, Peter)

Procol Harum's high-profile orchestral gig in London on 24 November 2014: BtP and PH management are still awaiting news of how to book. As soon as we know what's what, we'll alert fans via the Procol newsletter, 'Fresh Fruit'. To get on the mailing list for this, sign up here.



28 August
: the forty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

RIP (last month) Paramount Diz Derrick

Added a page of good photos from Procol's gig at Durham NC, in America: good backstage portrait of the band (thanks, Daniel)

Added a page of pictures taken at the In Held 'Twas NY convention .(thanks, Larry)

Added some shots of Procol's performance in Germany on the Commander's birthday (thanks, Fred and Jan-Willem)


21 August: the forty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Procol Harum will play a high-profile orchestral gig in London on 24 November 2014.
'Beyond the Pale' visitors will enjoy a few days' priority booking before the tickets go on general sale (thanks, Chris); more details by the end of the month. The special booking arrangements will be released through the Procol newsletter, 'Fresh Fruit'. To get on the mailing list for this, sign up here.

To remind yourself of how brilliant the last two orchestral Procol shows in London have been, reacquaint yourself with the Rainbow pages (1972) and the Barbican pages (1996) (judging by the periodicity of those two recitals, we were not due another such triumph in the capital until 2020).

Updated this fascinating page

It's taken us five years to get round to adding them, but here are the liner notes for the Salvo re-issue of Procol's Ninth, commissioned from and written by Roland from BtP (thanks, Chas)

Added some nice band pictures taken at Procol's recent Westbury gig (thanks, Bert)

Added some good shots taken at Procol's most recent show in Switzerland (thanks, François)


14 August: the forty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Just a few more hours ... to the end of
another historic Procol Harum tee-shirt
donated for auction once again by Gary Brooker
which will help raise money BtP's next Paler gathering, and also support the BJ Wilson fund
(thanks, Gary and Franky)

Added some really good band portraits taken at Procol's recent Manhattan gig (thanks, Bert)

Added some more pictures taken at the 'In Held 'Twas NY' Convention (thanks, Gary)

SOB Story ... added a page about the début of 'Shine on Brightly', New York Procol Tribute Band. In one of the shots they appear even to have supplied their 'own tombstone'! (thanks, Ken)


10 August: (news flash)

Another New York Procol tribute band, 'Shine on Brightly', makes its debut today with a 60-minute set at Hawkins Park, City Island, NY at 5:00 PM. Entrance is free. The band includes Ken Stasion, guitar and voice;  Mike DeRosa, all keyboards and voice; Chris Scott, drums and voice; Tom Mahoney, bass. City Island is a picturesque island which is part of The Bronx, NYC.  'The weather promises to be lovely and there are a number of seafood restaurants in the area with an alehouse across from the park,' writes Ken.


7 August: the forty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

RIP Peter Sculthorpe

NEW!
Added a page about the eBay sale of another historic Procol Harum tee-shirt  –
donated for auction once again by Gary Brooker
which will help raise money BtP's next Paler gathering, and also support the BJ Wilson fund
(thanks, Gary and Franky)

Added a good illustrated report of Procol Harum in Paris, France ... pictures shot from Row Q! .(thanks, Charlie)

Added some pictures taken at the 'In Held 'Twas NY' Convention (thanks, Gary)

Added another good piece in our occasional series in which die-hard Procol fans confess to liking other music as well, and give their reasons (thanks, Elizabeth)

Have a click here and search for 'procoralan'. Strange how, even in an anecdotal, non-musical article like this, the writer for some reason thinks of Procol as a 'progressive' group. (thanks, Charlie)

All visitors to this website are welcome to send their own accounts of recent Procol events (words, pictures, etc): please have a look at the Guidelines for Submissions page

Check The StrumBums website for news of Geoff Whitehorn's forthcoming engagements


29 July: the fortieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Added an mp3 of Dave Ball's splendid message to delegates and fellow Palers' Band personnel as heard at BtP's New York Procol Convention (thanks, Dave)

Added a page about the eBay sale of a historic Procol Harum tee-shirtdonated for auction by Gary Brookerwhich will help raise money BtP's next Paler gathering, and also support the BJ Wilson fund. (thanks, Franky and Gary )

Also added a page about a similar shirt that you can also get from eBay ... though the price may not suit everybody

Added a first-timer's account of events surrounding (and including) the In Held 'Twas NY Procol Harum convention (thanks, Bert)

'Mysteriously whisked to the backstage area, I was asked to take a few pictures ...'
Added a nice portrait of Procol Harum 2014; also updated pictures here and here
(thanks, Bert)

Added a page of excellent 'insider' pictures from Procol Harum's symphonic Ottawa concert – thanks to a member of the choir (thanks, Diane)


23 July: the thirty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Aston  (thanks, Evan / Marvin)

Added a review of Procol Harum at Aston PA (thanks, Leigh)

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Ridgefield (thanks, Bob, Chris, Evan, Marvin and Bert)

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Durham (thanks, Gene)

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Atlanta (thanks, Tim)


17 July: the thirty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Alexandria (thanks, Evan, Bill and Phil)

Updated this complex and interesting page

Added an improved schedule, including performer credits, of all the entertainment on offer at the recent Palers' Convention in Westbury, NY

Procol fan Roland Grossenbacher enjoys the first birthday of his Rock Museum (thanks, Roland)


13/14 July:

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show in Manhattan

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Westbury

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show at Westhampton


11 July: the thirty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent gig at Gossau (thanks, Francois)

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent orchestral show at Ottawa (thanks, Bob)

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's recent show in Manhattan

The BtP team with many good friends are enjoying hot and hectic days of music-making and associated revelry in Brooklyn in preparation for tomorrow's Convention. (thanks, Gary C, Lorraine, Tito and many others)

Happy birthday to Jens Anders Ravnaas!

Enjoy this new PH-related film from Andreas Havlik, whose version of Repent Walpurgis was one of the many delights on the still available 2CD album, From Shadow to Shadow (thanks, Andreas)


6 July:

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – at Westbury, Long Island is SOLD OUT.

But there may still be tickets available for the Procol Harum concerts in USA. See here for details


4 July:
Added a Convention FAQ page ... please read it all.


3 July: the thirty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Bobby Womack

Very sorry tonight to report the death of our friend Pirjo Aalto, a core Procol fan – friendly, enterprising and committed – who organised the Helsinki Party in October
(and sent BtP such brilliant cameos, such as this). Our very sincere condolences go out to her family and many friends in Finland and beyond.

Added the setlist for Procol Harum's gig at the Casino de Paris (thanks, Stefano and others)

Added concert notes from Procol Harum's gig at the Casino de Paris (thanks, Ian)

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – is at Westbury, Long Island in nine days' time.

There is just under a handful of tickets remaining. Please note you cannot come in on the door ... entry for both parties is by advance booking only.

Follow these links to make your booking: the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place; Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates.

The Long Goodbye, the Short Goodbye ... an interesting film interview, in the light of recent events at Ewhurst


26 June: the thirty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

RIP Felix Dennis

Added a good Gary Brooker interview from the July/August 2014 edition of Rolling Stone (thanks, Chris)

Added a good review – illustrated – of Procol Harum playing at 'three Glastonburies rolled into one day' (it also explains about 'The Brooker Test') (thanks, Tom)

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – is at Westbury, Long Island in two weeks' time.

We have been able to add ten more tickets for the Westbury Convention, but when they are gone, they are gone and no more bookings can be accepted.
We originally planned ticket sales to end Friday 4 July, but now expect the eight remaining tickets to be sold earlier.

Follow these links to make your booking: the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place; Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates.
 


19 June: the thirty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

RIP Gerry Goffin

Added a setlist/review of Saturday's Ewhurst show. More will follow.

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – is at Westbury, Long Island.

Follow these links to make your booking: the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place; Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates.
 


12 June: the thirty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Added some images from the recent Brooker birthday-party (thanks, Marion)

Theo Miller tells his tale: added a nice illustrated review of Procol Harum's recent gig in Freising (thanks, Theo and Fred)

Added an illustration here (thanks, Fred)

Coming this weekend: Procol Harum's appearance in the UK this summer ... on a charity bill that includes The Who and a host of other top attractions (thanks, Josh)


5 June: the thirty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Sorry for the late update to BtP this week ... distracted by listening to Hammond Organ Radio!

Added some early pictures from the Brooker Birthday party in Freising (thanks, Arnt & Astrid)

Added  some more Freising pictures from the camera of our valued and highly dependable local collaborator (thanks, Paul)

Added some photographs of Late-Night Nuptials during the Procol celebrations in Freising (thanks, Fred)

Sign up for Procol Harum's appearance in the UK this summer ... on a charity bill that includes The Who and a host of other top attractions (thanks, Josh)

Updated this page (thanks, Jay)


29 May: the thirty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Happy Birthday Gary Brooker 1945

We're updating the site in the wee small hours after Gary Brooker's excellent birthday party. 50+ people from many nations ate, briefly sang, and laughed together at moving/fascinating/funny/rhyming speeches by the likes of special guest Eberhard Schoener, the BtP team, and of course Gary himself. A Methuselah of bubbly made a spectacular appearance, having been transported all the way from Rome. A notable guest was Emilia Wallace, whom Redhill veterans will remember as 'The Australian Baby in the Audience' in 1997! Procol themselves got a fine reception and mingled extensively. John, Thomas and Geoff from the crew got a special mention, as of course did Gary's former teenage gang-mate, and now manager, Chris. The food was tremendous and the brewery staff, specially Gaby and Patrick, could not have been more attentive. Photographs and more info to follow when 'the dust has settled'. Thanks to everyone who came and made it such a lovely occasion. Special thanks to Stefano, Andrea and Paul for administrative work, groundwork and much more. Meanwhile, if you have pictures from the evening, please send them to webmaster@procolharum.com.

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's very special Freising gig on The Commander's Geburtstag

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's Dunkirk appearance

Added pictures here of 'Broken Barricades', the ensemble who will share the stage with the Palers' Band at our Convention in July (thanks, Larry)

Sign up for Procol Harum's appearance in the UK this summer ... on a charity bill that includes The Who and a host of other top attractions (thanks, Josh)


22 May: the thirty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Gary Brooker's relatively recent recording of A Whiter Shade of Pale (with orchestra and backing singers), which was scheduled for June transmission on French TV, actually went out on 17 May.
The programme (as mentioned here) was called
Les Années Bonheurs... watch it here (thanks, Chris)

Sign up for Procol Harum's appearance in the UK this summer ... on a bill that includes The Who and a host of other top attractions (thanks, Josh)

Next Procol Harum gig, just a few days away: book here!

Lend an ear to Hammond Organ Radio ... (thanks Jay)

Nice to hear that Procol Harum have been 'dusting off the cobwebs', in a new rehearsal environment, though the available photograph isn't packed with clues as to what we'll be hearing as the 2014 tour starts (thanks, Josh)

Everyone in the Palers' Band of 2014 should by now know have their schedule of music to work on for our very short rehearsal in July. If by chance you haven't received it, send us an e-mail

Our attention is drawn to this extraordinary Procol sonic montage (thanks, Charlie)

Keep the orders coming in to the BtP online Procol store, but please be aware that there will be no despatches, nor 'dispatches', between now and 2 June 2014


15 May: the thirtieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Procol Harum confirm an appearance in the UK this summer ... on a bill that includes The Who and a host of other top attractions (thanks, Josh)

Next Procol Harum gig, just a week away: book here!

Added a weighty and revealing Geoff Whitehorn 'Player of the Month' interview: a must-read specially for guitarists (thanks, Barry)

Added links here and here to the above

New: Procol Harum live on vinyl : double Ledreborg album (thanks, Ian)

Here are the intrepid players who will come together as the Palers' Band of 2014 in New York State


8 May: the twenty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

RIP Antony Hopkins

Procol race: in a few hours' time bidding closes on two historic Procol Harum tee-shirts – here and heredonated for auction by Gary Brooker, which will help raise money for the enhancement of the In Held 'Twas N Y Convention . Have a look and see which one you fancy ... or if you can guess which one (the UK or the US one) will command the higher final price.

Added some more shots from Paul Jones's Christmas bash in December 2013(thanks, Heidi)

Added a frank and illuminating article about the Grand Hotel album by one of its illustrious creators (thanks, Chris)

Added more information (here) about Procol Harum at the Wankdorf Stadium (thanks, Jack)

Have fun identifying the six men depicted here, who made the early three Regal Zonophone Procol albums. If stuck, click the picture for a solution.

There's quite a lot more of this here: but until a suitably Procol-minded Nihongophone comes forward to translate the pages, we're somewhat in the dark about exactly what's going on (thanks, lots of people)

In which connection, another cartoon showing some of these players forms the cover of a rather good Live DVD

Next Procol Harum gig, just two weeks away: book here!

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – is at Westbury, Long Island. It comes at the midway point (in space and time) among Procol's three consecutive New York gigs, Manhattan, Westbury, and Westhampton

Follow these links to make your booking: the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place; Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates

Selling well and sounding fantastic: Procol Harum download-only album (released this month) ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]


1 May: the twenty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – is at Westbury, Long Island. It comes at the midway point (in space and time) among Procol's three consecutive New York gigs, Manhattan, Westbury, and Westhampton

Follow these links to make your booking: the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place; Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates

The Palers' Band booking, which was here, is now closed. Thanks all!

Added a link to a page about a historic 1991 tee-shirt donated to BtP by Gary Brooker, to be offered for sale to fans to raise money for the enhancement of the In Held 'Twas N Y Convention (thanks, Gary)

Added a link to a page about a historic UK 1995 tour tee-shirt donated to BtP by Gary Brooker, to be offered for sale to fans to raise money for the enhancement of the In Held 'Twas N Y Convention (thanks, Gary)

Added a poster here (thanks, Heidi)

Selling well and sounding fantastic: Procol Harum download-only album (released this month) ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]

If you're signed up for Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, your payment is now overdue

Added some pictures relating to Great Balls of Fire on the way home from Procol Harum's Christmas meal in December (thanks, Heidi)

Added a link to some interesting impressions of some relatively recent Keith Reid lyrics (thanks, Christian)


24 April: the twenty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – at Westbury, Long Island is 60% sold-out in the first week, so don't delay with your booking!

It comes at the midway point (in space and time) among Procol's three consecutive New York gigs, Manhattan, Westbury, and Westhampton

Follow these links to make your booking: the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place; Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates

There's a week left to sign up to play with fellow fans in The Palers' Band: click here to be part of this excellent party. The sign-up period it closes on Walpurgis Night, 30 April.

Added a link to a page about a unique tee-shirt donated to BtP by Gary Brooker, to be offered for sale to fans to raise money for the enhancement of the In Held 'Twas N Y Convention (thanks, Gary)

Added a link to some film of another event associated with last year's Procol Convention in Germany (thanks, Ian, thanks Luiz)

Added a Procol ticket here and here – from the most celebrated US Procol show in recent memory (thanks, William)

Added a brief report of a hitherto-unlogged Procol Harum concert in 1967 (thanks, Joe)


17 April: the twenty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Added all the details you need for booking July's Procol Harum convention – In Held 'Twas N.Y – at Westbury, Long Island.

This excellent affair comes at the midway point (in space and time) among Procol's three consecutive New York gigs so it could not be more convenient of you're going to any – or all! – of the gigs in Manhattan, Westbury, and Westhampton

In particular: Details of the Convention itself, what you get and what you'll do, and how to book your place
  Details of the Basecamp Hotels for the Manhattan and Westbury gigs, and special codes that will get you good accommodation rates
  Details about the Palers' Band activity, and how to sign up to be part of this excellent party. The sign-up period is two weeks: it closes on Walpurgis Night, 30 April
  And an Anglo-Norse glossary to assist with aspects of the above

For those wondering what BtP's Procol Conventions are typically like, here are some more as-yet unseen photos from the end of the last one (including the longest photo-caption at BtP to date) (thanks, Andreas)

Everybody who signed up for Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party has received an e-mail with details about paying and other matters; a number of people have not yet responded, and we look forward to hearing from you in the next ten days.

Tomorrow sees the publication of Koko Ura, a Procol Harum biography every bit as good as the recent one by Henry Scott-Irvine. More details if you click this link


9 April: the twenty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

Everyone seems to agree that there's never been a better-sounding live Procol Harum download-only album than the new (released this month) ... Some Long Road ... [click to download]

Everybody who signed up for Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party has received an e-mail with details about paying and other matters; a number of people have not yet responded, and we look forward to hearing from you.

For those wondering what BtP's Procol Conventions are typically like, here are some as-yet unseen photos from the end of the last one (thanks, Andreas)

Added a useful map to this page

Procol Harum's new InsideOutside 2CD album is on its way to fans all over the world who have ordered it from 'Beyond the Pale' for just 8 American dollars. (Amazon also stocks it, for those who prefer to deal with a commercial organisation).

Great response to this year's April Fool's day stunt. Big thanks to all of Procol Harum for the special recording :-). It seems that demand has crashed the server – our apologies! – but this has now been fixed so just click here. Judging by various reports, some fans didn't realise that the brief SatNav jingle is not the main event: the full file is an mp3 download with the complete new No Exit number, and full spoken comments (and two excerpts played live by two more PH numbers) from the whole band. You get this by choosing one of the operating-system links towards the foot of the page ... recommended  link is I would like to hear the sample clip.

Thanks to the various people who were confused about our
RIP entry on April Fool's day. There's still a few every year! Suffice to say it was not the only silly item in that update.

18 April sees the publication of Koko Ura, a Procol Harum biography every bit as good as the recent one by Henry Scott-Irvine. More details if you click this link (thanks, Jorma)

Added three links – here, here and here – to some intriguing reviews of Alexa Ray Joel  (daughter of Billy 'A Salty Dog' Joel) singing Procol Harum: 'It’s a great idea, and could be a hit single'  (thanks, Charlie)


3 April: an interim bulletin

Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party: booking is now closed, and payment details will be added to the page in coming days. 

Commiserations to people who would like to mingle with fellow Procol Harum fans at a BtP party, but who can't make the Freising celebrations. Don't despair ... still there'll be more ... as the famous song advises: see here

Commiserations also to anybody who couldn't figure out reasons for the inclusion of certain items in our April Fool posting below.

Orders are piling in for Procol Harum's new InsideOutside album. You can pre-order now from 'Beyond the Pale' for just 8 American dollars [we expect stock from the factory this week] and Amazon also stocks it, for those who prefer to deal with a commercial organisation.


April Fool's Day: the twenty-fourth abdominal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'  

RIP Carlo Curley

Now available: Procol Harum's new download-only album, all recorded live during recent tours (many fans will be intrigued to hear the Wuppertal orchestra, playing Procol, for the first time, and to hear the band play a great tune from the Brooker solo album, Echoes in the Night). Entitled ... Some Long Road ... it features twelve live songs, produced by Dennis Weinreich, which sound amazing. Liner-note and photography are by Bert Saraco from the USA.

... Some Long Road ... is available from the 'Spinshop'. As with past download albums, fans will get the recording through BtP (but not from BtP).

Something else you can get to through BtP (but not from BtP) is the brand-new recording of previously-unheard material, undertaken by the Procols in recent days and including a brand-new number, No Exit.

This is a promotional tie-in for ... Some Long Road ... : so if you own – or know how to drive – a motor-car ('automobile') then read more about it here (thanks, Elsabina). The website at http://www.phsatnav.info/ contains new Procol recordings for you to add to your collection, and to help you find your way around the world.

Last call for Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, to which fans are of course invited. Booking will close on Wednesday 2 April; after that, we're full, and we'll be sending individual mails to the participants with details of how, when and where to send payment.

BtP is thrilled to learn of all the Procol Harum Conventions being planned around the world, and looking forward to attending as many as possible thanks to the new system. Congrats and kudos to resourceful fans in Benghazi, Honolulu, Wyoming, Hyderabad, Scunthorpe, and Magnetic Island. The most innovative idea comes from new tribute band, 'Blight on the Orchard', who will be performing the entire Brooker/Reid catalogue – necessarily at high speed, and missing out the hard words – in an empty basement during Procol's not-yet-announced gig at Cleveland, Ohio.

Following his recent recording session in Paris, watch out for Gary Brooker's performance on French television – the programme is called La Bonne Année, and it will be broadcast in June: more info when we have it (thanks, Chris)

Watch out for Procol publicity in Jukebox Magazine, Paris Match, Rolling Stone, Télérama, and Le Parisien : more details here.

Procol Harum's Paris show is selling well – can we remind Procol fans of the Dunkirk gig, a mere 150 miles to the North, and readily accessible from Belgium and the Netherlands too?

Added a classic line-up setlist here (thanks, Bill)


26 March: an interim bulletin

'Beyond the Pale' is happy to announce another orchestral show for Procol Harum: click here (thanks, Chris)


24 March: the twenty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Shifting commitments oblige us to change the update to Monday-night/Tuesday-morning during coming weeks. Let us know if you prefer this to the established Wednesday-night/Thursday-morning time-slot: webmaster@procolharum.com

So nice that Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, to which fans are of course invited, is going to be such an international affair. 'Beyond the Pale' will be sending further details shortly to fellow-guests coming from Austria, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and the USA.

Orders are piling in for Procol Harum's new InsideOutside album. You can pre-order now for just 8 American dollars [we expect stock from the factory during next week] and Amazon have now got it advertised under the correct title (thanks to all who wrote to them to get that sorted out)

Added an early line-up picture here (thanks, Anvil)

Added some dodgy spellings to this page (thanks, all)

Added nine more pictures to this page about a Procol music gig in the USA lately (thanks, Tito)

Added a Procol Harum promo clip here

Procol fans who like to hear adaptations of Bach will no doubt enjoy this version of Jesu Joy of Man's Desiring (BWV 147) (thanks, Zara)


20 March: the twenty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Booking for Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, to which fans are invited, is going very well; we'll shortly be writing to fellow-fans in a dozen countries worldwide, giving additional details.

Added details of a splendid new Procol compilation album which contains new performances and tracks not hitherto available on CD. Order now for 8 USD:

Added freshly-confirmed Procol Harum concert dates in America: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here (thanks, Chris)

Added a couple of pictures to this page about a Procol music gig in the USA lately (thanks, Tito)


13 March: the twenty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

'Beyond the Pale' announces Gary Brooker's 69th birthday party, to which fans are of course invited

Added a review of Gary Brooker with Albert Lee on the latter's 70th birthday

Added a page of good pictures from the above gig and the full setlist from the concert (many thanks, Gudrun)

Added a picture of Procol Harum running about in a field (and several shots of the man whose chose the name) (thanks, Kjersti)

In connection with the above, see also here, here and here. And here.

Added a link to yet more Procol Harum music being played in public  (thanks, Jack)

Rectified a geographical blunder here, here and here  (thanks, Markku)


6 March: the twentieth hebdomadal bulletin already, for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Bob Casale

Added a note about Gary Brooker's part in the 70th birthday celebrations of the birth of Albert Lee (thanks, Chris)

To date 'Beyond the Pale' has archived information about only a handful of Procol Harum double compilation albums that contain In Held 'Twas in I: here, here, here and here. It's interesting to be able to add a fifth, here (thanks, Paul)

Remember this compilation analysis page, from 2 April 2004?

Added a second booking-contact for Procol Harum's fast-selling upcoming Parisian gig (thanks, Paul)

Following last week's link to a Hall of Fame story, here's another (with film-clips) which allows you to vote, if you like, about whether Procol Harum should be 'inducted' (thanks, Charlie)

Orders at the BtP online store, from music fans in the areas where upcoming gigs have been announced, are depleting the stock of remaining Salvo reissues from the 'Regal Zonophone' years. We have a few copies of Home still, and a very few of Shine on Brightly: that's it.

Added news of gigs from two Procol Harum tribute acts, in America, and in Denmark

Reminder about the recently-published book by Roland from BtP, in which Keith Reid's words feature. We know it's not a major feature, but that adds to the fun of the reminder. And lots of people are enjoying the seriously hilarious writing, which is the main thing. If you're a satisfied customer who lives within striking distance of Bristol, and would like to come to the book-launch recital on Monday – where Frank Key will be performing, and a couple of Procol offerings will be played – send us a message soon


27 February: the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Paco de Lucia

Added a link to a prominent call for Procol Harum to be admitted to the 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame' (thanks, Evan)

Evan Wagshul reminds us of this classic exchange:

Goldmine magazine:
Has Procol Harum ever been nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
Gary Brooker
What’s that?
What’s that?
Is that in Los Angeles?
Cleveland, actually.
In Cleveland? Never heard of it!

Added a couple of screenshots of a valuable disambiguation that has recently been added to a pair of unrelated Wikipedia pages (thanks, Charlie)

Added useful information to this setlist page (follow links if you have never seen 70s' footage of Procol Harum playing The Blue Danube)

Added a page about an impudent and pointless bootleg (thanks, Enrico)

Rectified a blunder here (thanks, Markku)


20 February: the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Duffy Power

' ... mi  sentivo preso da una specie di nausea ...'
Added a translation of A Whiter Shade of Pale (some of the English text used containing variants of unknown provenance) into Italian, with some intriguing notes about RMS Titanic (thanks, Carlo)

In which connection, re-read this Italian version

'... «la voix» de Procol Harum, celle sans qui A Whiter Shade of Pale ne signifierait sans doute plus rien ...
Added some prepublicity for Procol Harum's show near Dunkirk (thanks, all)

Nice to see Procol Harum up in the top ten live albums – alongside Frank Sinatra and Count Basie / Sam Cooke / The Rolling Stones / Otis Redding / Delaney and Bonnie / The Allman Brothers Band / The Who / Simon & Garfunkel / Bob Marley & The Wailers – on this very recent radio show; note the unstable spelling values both there and at this related page (thanks, Charlie)

Add a graphic – knowledgeable, imaginative, professional, ethical, dynamic, innovative, friendly, modern, creative, etc – about Procol Ltd (thanks, Charlie)


13 February: the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Shirley Temple

Added a couple more forthcoming Procol Harum gigs, here and here one of the purlieux as obscure as the other is renowned (thanks, Chris)

Added photographs of two significant historic artefacts that visitors have occasionally noticed, propped on a ledge in Gary Brooker's barn (thanks, Gary)

'Your witness. My own hand.’ The fact that he can dream it (and masturbate over the idea) means the reality must be out there, somewhere.
Added a page of often-outlandish attempts to find particular meanings in A Salty Dog


6 February: the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Andrea Trower

Added news about Matt Pegg here and here (thanks, Matt) ... see also The Daily Mail if you can bear the idea of reading such a publication

Added a double mondegreen (from Cerdes) here (thanks, Stuart)

Added a short review of A Salty Dog (thanks, Anvil) ... anybody know where this was first published?

Modified our 'for sale' page now that the Procol Box Set, the Secrets of the Hive 2CD, and the Salvo A Salty Dog are unobtainable – good work, the people who cleaned out our remaining stock during the last days in January!

Added links to two excellent films – indispensable for Procol organ fans – here (thanks, Ian; thanks, Don)

Added a 1969 Procol Harum setlist here (thanks, Bill)


30 January: the fifeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Pete Seeger

Added a few glimpses of Gary Brooker's historic Conquistador orchestral score, written on a flight (thanks, Gary)

Why not re-read more Edmonton pages ... Brooker's concert diary ... the purple tail-coat ... a fascinating miscellany

Added 2014 Procol tour info here and here

Added some notes to this 1967 tour page ... more information is of course most welcome

Made some changes here, here and here in the continuing interests of clarity (thanks, Bill)


23 January: the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting picture of The Paramounts (thanks, Anvil)

'But no girl on a ship full of men at sea could be so innocent.'
Added a new page containing a fan's interpretation of the words of Procol's early hit, A Whiter Shade of Pale
(thanks, Kathryn)

Added a poster here for 7 November 1970 (Procol Harum and the ABB) ... (thanks, Andrew)


16 January: the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'


As promised on the Procol Facebook page: clips of six short pieces by Chris Copping for your listening pleasure (thanks, Chris!)

Added a Procol ticket (thanks, Matthias)

Added a setlist from San Francisco, 1973 (thanks, Dennis)

Added a note about Stoke Poges in a Pasadena performance (thanks, Dennis)


9 January: the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the solution to our annual series of Christmas Procol puzzles, and the schedule of Triumphant Victors. Thanks for playing, everyone, and big thanks to the kind people who contributed the prizes, which are now on their way to their destinations in various countries..


5 January 2014:

RIP Phil Everly

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Good luck with the instructions that follow it: just read 'em carefully and all will be well.


4 January 2014:

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to have another look at the prizes and be ready with your preference order – all ten letters, please! – something like: "AGBHCIDJEF"

You're also very warmly advised to have the answers to hand in printed form: download and print from here and you'll have a big advantage when you're working, against the clock, tomorrow night.

The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Saturday 4 January becomes Sunday 5 January.


3 January 2014:

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


2 January 2014:

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes.


1 January 2014: Happy New Year!

Added a New Year message from the BtP team to all fellow Procol fans worldwide

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


31 December:

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes.


30 December:

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


29 December:

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes.


28 December:

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


27 December:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the prizes.


26 December:

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


25 December: Happy Christmas!

Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They get easier and easier, as the prizes get more and more munificent.


22 December:

Added a page about how to play the upcoming Christmas Puzzles, and a page containing all the answers in advance, which should make it a lot easier for you to win your own choice of the Excellent Prizes. We strongly advise you also to download the pdf of the answers and keep it to hand as a check-list so you can keep track of your answers as the daily questions are revealed (starting on Christmas Day, 25 December 2013)


18 December: the ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Happy Birthday, Josh Phillips (1962)

Added two new Procol Harum dates to this page (thanks, Chris)

If you want to be first to know about any subsequent additions, you need to sign up for the 'Fresh Fruit' newsletter: click here to join – it's free, of course, and only comes when there's something you'll really want to know.

Added the page of magnificent prizes that you'll soon be able to get your hands on (be sure to click and view them)! Our Christmas puzzles start in a few days' time, and will be pretty easy this year.

Added a link to
a superb clip of Procol Harum playing For Liquorice John ... or is it Homburg? (thanks, Gary) Interesting to compare it with this clip (thanks, Evan)

Added a link to another new Josh Phillips story ... nice to hear him play some piano

'16 Vestal Virgins' tee-shirt ... get yours now! See here (thanks, Holger). Only XXL remains in the men's sizes; no problem still with supplying the women's sizes (Christmas presents, gents?)

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1)


11 December: the ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Stan Tracey

Added a page for 2014 Procol concert dates

Added a link to a peculiar robotic introduction to 'A Salty Dog' ... 'Weird facts?' Nothing that I didn't know, however  (thanks, Charlie)

Read, here, about Keith Board's important contribution to Procol Harum in 1969 (thanks, Charlie)

Add a page about the 'No Stiletto Boot' album: various customers are asking for a setlist and personnel, having received their bootlegs – which of course have no artwork – in the post

Added a fifth and final page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played Gothenburg this autumn (thanks, Charlie)

Added a note about Procol Harum at Hatfield Poly in 1977 (thanks, Tony)

Added another to our series of Palerfriend snaps


4 December: the eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a fourth page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played Gothenburg this autumn (thanks, Charlie)

Added a link to a good short film in which composer Josh Phillips from Procol Harum (note the badge on his jacket) reflects on the orchestration of his very well known SCD theme (thanks, Josh)

Sorted out a formatting problem on this rather interesting Brooker interview page

Coming soon ... BtP's annual Christmas Puzzles! This year we promise you an excellent selection of prizes and questions so easy you could answer them in your sleep, probably.

Added a hitherto-unrecorded 1971 Procol Harum date here, and a ticket here ... search for 'Coyote' in each case (thanks, Bobby)

Added a fifth and final page of 'insider' images of recent Procol activity (thanks, Thomas)


27 November 2013: the seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a fourth page of 'insider' images of recent Procol activity (thanks, Thomas)

Added another fan's personal concert list (thanks, Gerrie). Please go here to see more, and find out how to add your own

Added the link to a Gary Brooker solo song (thanks, Aldo)

Added a link to a 1968 performance of A Whiter Shade of Pale  which is interesting because of variations in the bassline, BJ's drumming, and reconsidered passages in the definitive organ line. Intriguingly Gary Brooker retains the very quiet 'mm' in his vocal (thanks, Charlie)

Added a link to the first (1969) TV performance of Whisky Train (thanks, Charlie) about which Prof. Copping writes to BtP, 'Shocking clip – sound probably came from an early Matthew-produced version – but seems to have been cut by a blow torch)

Added another review of the Procol Harum book published last year (thanks, Dmitry)

Created archive pages for two years'-worth of BtP's hebdomadal updates, here and here

Following staff holiday, we have now despatched the outstanding orders from the BtP shop


20 November 2013: the sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a third page of 'insider' images of recent Procol activity (thanks, Thomas)

Added a third page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played Gothenburg this autumn (thanks, Charlie)

'16 Vestal Virgins' tee-shirt ... get yours now! See here (thanks, Holger)

Note please that there are at present no despatches from the BtP shop. These will resume at the end of the month. Keep the orders coming in.


13 November 2013: the fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a second page of 'insider' images of recent Procol activity (thanks, Thomas)

Charles has updated his list of Procol Harum concerts attended. Have you?

Added a fifth generous page of official pictures from 'Echoes in the Night', the BtP fans' afternoon event in Wuppertal during April (thanks, Marcus und Dirk)

Added a fourth generous page of official pictures of Procol Harum's public performance with the orchestra, choir and dancers in Wuppertal during April: this page has a somewhat Terpsichorean emphasis (thanks, Marcus und Dirk)


6 November 2013: the fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page of 'insider' images of recent Procol activity (thanks, Thomas)

Added a fourth generous page of official pictures from 'Echoes in the Night', the BtP fans' afternoon event in Wuppertal during April (thanks, Marcus und Dirk)

Added a second page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played Gothenburg this autumn (thanks, Charlie)


30 October 2013: the third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Lou Reed

Added one more page of great band's-eye pictures of the recent tour (thanks, Geoff)

Added a third generous page of official pictures of Procol Harum's public performance with the orchestra, choir and dancers in Wuppertal during April (thanks, Marcus und Dirk)

Added a link here to some salutary demographic information about A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Robert)

Added some illustrations, but crucially no nudity, from a 'Procol Harum virgin' as The Commander put it in Stockholm (thanks, Björn)

Reread another article here in which Procol Harum keep their clothes on almost 40 years earlier.

In which connection, you might enjoy this article; and here is another (illustrated) on the subject, which contains the views – on spontaneously deciding to undress – of the "small, fuzzy-haired Ray Royer, billed as 'a mystical, dreamy, elf-like man who claims to have twice gone round the magic circle of meditation'"

And of course you can see Gary Brooker naked here, if you wish to

Corrected a surname-spelling in two places, here and here (thanks, Thomas)


23 October 2013: the second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Gypie Mayo

Added some more great band's-eye pictures of the recent Procol tour (thanks, Geoff)

Added a setlist (thanks, Evan)

Updated personal concert lists here, here and here ... does your own need bringing up to date? Let us know

Added a couple of Helsinki Convention pictures here (thanks, Juice)

Added a first page of pictures taken when Procol Harum played Gothenburg this autumn (thanks, Charlie)

Added a link to some fantastic Hammonding from 1969, a former member of Procol Harum accompanying Mr Reid (thanks, all)

Southern FM in Melbourne, Australia, have released their Gary Brooker interview (recorded 5 October) set up via BtP (Jens gets a mention): listen here (thanks, Nick)

Added a note about Procol Harum merchandise

16 Vestal Virgins' tee-shirt ... get yours now! See here (thanks, Holger) '

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1)

' ... The “self-styled fakir from Denmark who nailed his tongue to a board” was nowhere to be seen ...'
Added an excellent, illustrated review of one of the recent Nordic gigs, by our prime reporter
(thanks, Charlie)

Have another look at this suite of very interesting pages

Added some great band's-eye pictures of the recent tour (thanks, Geoff)

Added a nice picture of Procol Harum playing at Göteborg (thanks, Matthias)

Added ticket-scans to several pages, here, here, here and here


16 October 2013: the first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #17 at 'Beyond the Pale'

' ... The “self-styled fakir from Denmark who nailed his tongue to a board” was nowhere to be seen ...'
Added an excellent, illustrated review of one of the recent Nordic gigs, by our prime reporter
(thanks, Charlie)

Have another look at this suite of very interesting pages

Added some great band's-eye pictures of the recent tour (thanks, Geoff)

Added a nice picture of Procol Harum playing at Göteborg (thanks, Matthias)

Added ticket-scans to several pages, here, here, here and here


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