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What was new at 'Beyond the Pale'

March 2001


Good chance to put Gary's voice up where it belongs : think carefully about your obscurest faves for the other two votes ...
Please also visit all the pages about Procol Harum concerts in 2001. BtP is arranging gatherings on the preceding days in Kristiansand, Norway and Manchester, UK. Do let us know if you're coming. Concert tickets are now on sale.

 


March 31: Seventy-eight days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the twenty-second page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, dancing to The Piper's Tune

Added two covers (Brightman and Strong) to this page

Have you ordered your 'yourname@procolharum.com' address? These are great for everyone who wants to spread the name of the band, as well as having a delightful and prestigious ID for electronic correspondence.

Proceeds from the above scheme go towards renting the web facilities to run BtP: there are other items for sale in the BtP shop if you'd like to contribute.


March 30: Fifty-seven days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Happy Birthday Dave Ball (1950)

Added the twenty-first page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today we suffer from Typewriter Torment

Added A Pleasant Shade of Grey to our Common Parlance page (thanks, Aaron)


March 29: Eighty long days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the twentieth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, we're bringing Something Magic out of the hat.

Added some Portuguese here (thank you, Martin)

Procol Harum summer tour: please book your discounted hotel accommodation in Manchester for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, and in Kristiansand for 26 May!


March 28: Fifty-nine days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added the nineteenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, treading quite carefully, Skating On Thin Ice

Added another Procol Harum date to this summer's tour ... great rejoicings in Denmark!


March 27: Eighty-two days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

... and a Happy Big Birthday to Richard Beck in Memphis!

Added the eighteenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, under the spell of Wizard Man

Added, in response to a query on the Procol list, a sound-clip to our first report from the Palers' Convention at Guildford, being the answer to the 'spot the Procol cover' competition. Why not re-read this page as a foretaste of the Paler's parties at Kristiansand (26 May) and Manchester (16 June) this year? (thanks, John)


March 26: Sixty-one days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added the seventeenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, visible traces of The Mark Of The Claw

Added some early tour dates to this page, and some ticket stubs to this one! (thanks, Dave)

Please book your discounted hotel accommodation in Manchester for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, and in Kristiansand for 26 May!


March 25: Eighty-four days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the sixteenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, shaking hands with Strangers In Space

Added some nice additions to our recent page on The Truth Won't Fade Away (thanks, Jim and Greg)


March 24: Sixty-three days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

"Aha! this is the exact kind of uselessness that the holy man puts to great use."

Added the fifteenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, a cymbal-crash and a symbol-clash for The Worm And The Tree


March 23: Eighty-six days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the fourteenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some items in the official Procol Harum canon: today, a spiel about Backgammon

Added two Manchester area maps, linked from the page where you can book your hotel accommodation in Manchester for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June. Don't neglect Kristiansand on 26 May either. We have already received loads of bookings for Manchester, and hope to start to send out confirmations tomorrow or Saturday (Kristiansand bookings have been confirmed upon receipt). We still have many rooms available at both locations, but even so we will need to ask you to book as soon as possible. We may soon have to release our unsold bookings to other groups.


March 22: Sixty-five days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added the thirteenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, in indelible ink, The Truth Won't Fade Away

Added lots of new Palers to this fine list

Please book your hotel accommodation in Manchester for Saturday 16 and Sunday 17 June, and in Kristiansand for 26 May!


March 21: Eighty-eight days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the twelfth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, without further delay, Holding On

Added a page announcing the Palers' Base Camp in Manchester. BtP has got a good deal at a very nice hotel just yards ('metres') from where Procol Harum will play. Please visit this page and send us your accommodation requirements straightway, using the special e-mail link on the page (thanks, Debbie)

Details will follow soon about the Palers' Party in Manchester on Saturday 16 June. Make sure you book Saturday night accommodation! And people who will play in the Palers' Band may wish to book a room for Friday night as well.¨


March 20: Sixty-seven days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

RIP 'Papa' John Phillips

Added the eleventh page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, before it self-destructs, Man With A Mission

Added something about Michael Jackson to our AWSoP in common parlance page (thanks, Beverly and Unsteady Freddie)

Coming very soon: an excellent Base Camp for Palers in Manchester, and details of how to book your accommodation


March 19: Ninety interminable days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the tenth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, with the benefit of hindsight, (You Can't) Turn Back The Page

Added an interesting plaque to an interestingly miscellaneous page (thanks, François)


 March 18: Sixty-nine days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Birth of Barrie James Wilson (1947)

Added a wonderful page introducing a new star among the stars.

Last year at this time we introduced the Paramounts Scrapbook sent to BtP by Barrie's sister, Pam: this is well worth exploring again

Added the ninth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, another look at One More Time


 March 17: Ninety-two days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the eighth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, no-one need be without A Dream In Every Home

Added a Fandango organ-mystery to one of our Matthew Fisher features (thanks, Joan)


 March 16: Seventy-one days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added the seventh page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, in the sway of The Hand That Rocks The Cradle

In which world-famous building will Procol Harum be playing on Gary Brooker's 56th birthday? Read all about it! (thanks, George)


Ides of March: Ninety-four days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the sixth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today we're dealing with The King Of Hearts


 March 14: Seventy-three days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

BtP is trying to contact Richard Williams, but his e-mail bounces. Please contact us if you know his e-mail address.

Added the fifth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, while stocks last, All Our Dreams Are Sold

Many thanks to all correspondents who have written in with comments for the first four instalments of this feature! We learn that some Palers are printing Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes pages off for storage all well and good of course, but please be aware that the online text is continuing to develop thanks to Palers' various enrichments.


March 13: Ninety-six days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the fourth page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, moving swiftly on to Perpetual Motion

Added some useful phrase-translations to the page about Procol Harum's forthcoming Polish concerts (thanks, Mirek)


March 12: Seventy-five days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added the third page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, onward and upward with Learn To Fly

Thanks to all for the very positive reactions to 'the most interesting and valuable thing the site has ever done' and for the amendments and corrections so far (thanks, Martin, Marcelo, Greg, Jonas et al)

Oh yes also added first details of another five Procol Harum concert dates this summer


March 11: Ninety-eight days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added the second page of our new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which we take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, another lap in The Pursuit Of Happiness


March 10: Seventy-seven days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added the first page of the new feature, Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which Roland and Sam take a detailed look at some songs in the official Procol Harum canon: today, taking the plunge with Into the Flood (thanks, both)


March 9: One hundred days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Happy Birthday Robin Trower (1945)

Added the index page to a brand new feature, entitled Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes, in which two well-known contributors to 'BtP' propose a detailed survey of the songs in the official Procol Harum canon, considering both the music and the words. More of this tomorrow and in the lead up to the summer's Procol Harum concerts (thanks, Sam and Roland)


March 8: Seventy-nine days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added a great scoop!

By visiting this page you can hear the first published excerpts of a new work, with words performed by Bob Dylan and music composed and played by Chris Copping (thanks, Chris)

Coming tomorrow ... a brand new cumulative BtP feature in the tradition of The Mammoth Task, Swimming Against the Tide, and the Procolpaedia ...


March 7: One hundred and two days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Happy Birthday Matthew Fisher (1946)

Added a great new portrait of Matthew, taken in Cannes (thanks, Carol)

Corrected our page about the Fisher / Brooker LWT broadcast so as to include Matthew's opening remark (thanks, davelee)

And at long last, an answer to the riddle that so many of you have been racking your brains about: who is the Procol Harum organist whose name is also that of a Gary Brooker solo recording? No, it's not Fisher (The Angler); the answer is here (thanks, Sam)

Coming tomorrow ... a real BtP scoop ... brand new music from a well-known Procoler, combining in unexpected fashion with one of the Great Names of Popular Culture.


March 6: Eighty-one days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Added a special page enabling all BtP visitors to acquire a personalised Procol Harum e-mail address, which until now has been restricted to the webmasters. But you may now order a 'yourname@procolharum.com' address: great for everyone who wants to spread the name of the band, as well as having a delightful and prestigious ID for electronic correspondence.

Proceeds from the above go towards renting the web facilities to run BtP: there are other items for sale in the BtP shop if you'd like to contribute.


March 5: One hundred and four days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

'Just to put everyone in their place The Blue Danube was thrown in ...'

Added the third in our series on Procol Harum's mid-70s London concerts: 1975 London Palladium (thanks, Richard)


March 4: Eighty-three days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

Have you booked your accommodation and Palers' Party for Procol's Kristiansand concert? Don't hesitate to make sure we have room for you. And if you play an instrument: contact us if you'd like to play with the Palers' Band, Scandinavian Division

Added a good setlist from July 1995 (thanks, D)

Added a smidgeon about AWSoP words in common use (search, aptly enough, for 'recycling') (thanks, Nicholas)

Added a link to a review of a recording of the ensemble Gary Brooker's father played in notice two excellent Procol coincidences in this short piece (thanks, the Harem sisters)


March 3: One hundred and six days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added a further look at Journey's End, with detailed comments on the disparity between vinyl and CD versions (thanks, Greg)


March 2: Eighty-five days until Procol Harum play band-only in Kristiansand, Norway

45 minutes from a warm-up man, under Gary's gaze, turns out more dramatic than King Lear

Added another in our series on Procol Harum's mid-70s London concerts, an amusing illustrated article relating to Procol Harum in Wimbledon, 1974 (thanks, Richard)


March 1: One hundred and eight days until Procol Harum and the Hallé Orchestra play Manchester UK

Added again to our page of fans' opinions about the possible interpretations of the words of A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, anon)

Added a Matthew Fisher piece from the BBC's History magazine ... but it's not 'the' Matthew Fisher, any more than this one is (thanks, Diane)


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