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What was new at 'Beyond the Pale'

April 2004


 Walpurgis Night:

On the final special-offer day of the pre-release discount order price of 20 dollars for the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, please enjoy two more brief mp3 excerpts: an unexpected Fellow Travellers and a lovely, traditional-sounding Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone). When you order this excellent album, your twenty dollars go towards BtP's promotion of Procol Harum.

Remind yourself of the Walpurgis Festivities on this website in days gone by: here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here, and here ... a good few minutes' reading!

We learn that the Procol DVD will be delayed a month or so ... a June release is now foreseen. The delay will let Eagle get all the DVD navigation fully implemented: it's nothing to do with the music, liner-notes, etc.

Luckily we have From Shadow to Shadow to feed our ears with great Procol Harum songwriting while we wait.

 


April 29:

On the second-last day of the pre-release discount order price of 20 dollars for the 40-song 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, please enjoy two more brief mp3 excerpts: a pair from the In Held suite, being 'Twas Teatime at the Circus and a contrasting Look to your Soul.

' ... I'm a fan of the song despite the lyrics, rather than because of them ...'

Added another fan's opinion about the words of A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Woody)

 


April 28:

With three more days left for pre-release discount ordering for the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, please enjoy two more brief mp3 excerpts: another classic Brooker solo song, The Angler, and another excellent reading of Whisky Train, the only song heard twice on the album. When you order the album, your twenty dollars go towards BtP's promotion of Procol Harum.

Scroll to the bottom of this page and read the description of the lights on the Empire State Building (thanks Unsteady Freddie )

Added another page of photographs from the early days of last year's great Procol tour (thanks, Margeet)

There's a new magazine asking for articles about songs, records, or artists who made their mark in the Sixties. They want articles between two and three hundred words long. "If you have been to a recent concert of a sixties artist and are able to write a short review, don't keep it to yourself let others know. Maybe you have bought some recent music from a sixties artist then tell us what you think of it."

It may not be entirely helpful to perpetuate the idea that Procol Harum are 'Sixties artists' ... but most would probably agree that any publicity is better than no publicity.

 


April 27:

With four more days left for pre-release discount ordering for the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, please enjoy two more brief mp3 excerpts: a cracking Latino Conquistador, and a delicate revision of Toujours l'Amour.

BBC Radio 3's influential and highly-interesting Late Junction programme wants to know people's opinion about great drummers. Bill Bruford is DJ Fiona Talkington's (not unworthy) proposal at present. Please write (late.junction@bbc.co.uk) and tell her about a Procol drummer of your choice. Mention this poll!

Do you listen to this new music / world music show? If not, why not! It's indirectly because of this show that we have the excellent Conquistador cover that you have just listened to on the link above.

Added a very interesting note about Gary Brooker and the Hollies (thanks, James)

 


April 26:

With five more days left for pre-release discount ordering for the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, please enjoy two more brief mp3 excerpts: a Gary Brooker solo song in the form of the SS Blues, and another new Procol piece, The Emperor's New Clothes. When you order the album, your twenty dollars go towards BtP's promotion of Procol Harum.

Added a page of photographs from the early days of last year's great Procol tour (thanks, Margeet)

 


April 25:

Added a considerable survey of the Old Testament of Procol Harum (thanks, Diane) ... anyone know for certain where it originally came from?

See how you like another two great mp3 excerpts from the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, which you can order now on pre-release discount: a really nice new angle on A Salty Dog, and a Matthew Fisher solo number, Cold Harbour Lane.

All visitors note: you can pre-order the new Procol Harum DVD: Live at the Union Chapel from Amazon UK and Amazon Germany. A huge 25% off the UK price from Amazon ... buy two DVDs , and you get free postage too! By pre-ordering the DVD you help it get a head-start in sales, and you also help convince Amazon that the DVD is worthy of major promotion.

Unfortunately you can at present order only the European version, from European outlets. BtP will of course let you know when you can order the US version.

In the meantime enjoy vintage Procol Harum on this DVD: Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada

 


April 24:

Updated the page about the Palers' Band, to reflect the release of From Shadow to Shadow.

Listen to a brace of further great mp3 excerpts from the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, which you can order now on pre-release discount (your twenty dollars go towards BtP's promotion of Procol Harum): a surprising choice in The Worm and the Tree, and an attractive Robe of Silk from 'The Well's on Fire'.

 


April 23:

' ... the tell-tale line from lyricist Keith Reid "Just another writer turned to play" ... '

Added a somewhat mixed review of a prestigious Procol gig from 1973 (thanks, Diane)

How about another pair of great mp3 excerpts from the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, which you can order now on pre-release discount: a note-perfect Wreck of the Hesperus, and a feelingly-played Juicy John Pink.

 


April 22:

Added the first concert dates for Procol Harum in 2004 this should help catalyse a few holiday plans! see here and here (thanks, Chris)

Sample two more great mp3 excerpts from the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, which you can order now on pre-release discount (your twenty dollars go towards BtP's promotion of Procol Harum): a reworking of the huge-selling 'B'-side, Lime Street Blues, and a Paramounts song co-written by Brooker and Trower, Don't Ya Like my Love?

 


April 21:

'I believe it is the inexplicable and unpredictable nature of things that is most likely to hold our interest and elicit contemplation ...'

We've received great numbers of compliments for the cover artwork of the new Palers' Project album, From Shadow to Shadow, which is an original picture by Gerry Guthrie read the BtP page by which he introduced himself (thanks again, Gerry)

Updated the BtP shop to reflect the release of From Shadow to Shadow.

 Here are a couple of great mp3 excerpts from the 2CD From Shadow to Shadow, which you can order now on pre-release discount: two sometime-members of Robin Trower's band feature on a rocking Whisky Train, and there's a remarkable bluegrass So Far Behind as well.

 


April 20:

We announce the long-awaited and excellent new album from the Palers' Project, From Shadow to Shadow.

Like its predecessor Lost in the Looking-Glass (which was highly praised by Brooker and Reid) the new album contains 40 tracks recorded in studios all over the world, in which great songs by Brooker, Fisher, Trower and Reid are imaginatively presented by musician-fans who love the material.

The 2CD album will be shipping in May, so until May Day it can be yours at a special pre-release discount price of twenty US dollars.

To order the album, visit this page; here you can pay securely online using either PayPal or your credit-card.

To hear mp3 clips from each of the forty tracks, click on the links from the tracklisting-page.

To know more about the artists, visit the biography page and click on the links there.

Note: all participants have contributed their music free, in order to support 'Beyond the Pale' in promoting the fame and music of Procol Harum (thanks, all). Your twenty dollars, when you order the album, will defray our up-front costs, then go directly into the continuing work of promoting Procol Harum as energetically and effectively as we can.

 Here are the reviews of the previous 2CD album by the Palers' Project, Lost in the Looking-Glass

 


April 19:

BtP admires contributors who do their own translations, specially when neither language involved is their native tongue!

Added an excellently honest review of Procol Harum in Bamberg (thanks, Peter)

Here's another page about the same gig, with some nice pictures.

 


April 18:

Added a first report on last night's live broadcast by Matthew Fisher and Gary Brooker (thanks, Nik)

Remember the last time just these two appeared on television together with the same song in mind?

Norwegian visitors note: the TV station NRK2 has still A Whiter Shade of Pale video in rotation in their SMS chat and music video jukebox programme Svisj. Nice to see Procol Harum featured alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and other contemporary musicians. You can vote for AWSoP (to get it played) by sending an SMS to 2008. The message should say: v 1855. Please vote and help our band get airplay.

All visitors note: you can pre-order the new Procol Harum DVD: Live at the Union Chapel from Amazon UK and Amazon Germany. A huge 25% off the UK price from Amazon ... buy two DVDs , and you get free postage too! By pre-ordering the DVD you help it get a head-start in sales, and you also help convince Amazon that the DVD is worthy of major promotion.

Unfortunately you can at present order only the European version, from European outlets. BtP will of course let you know when you can order the US version.

In the meantime enjoy vintage Procol Harum on this DVD: Amazon USA, Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada

 


April 17:

Added an explanatory article by the executive producer of the Matthew Fisher / Downliners Sect album, A Light Went Out in New York (thanks, Tom)

Did you ever send feedback about the possibility of a new Matthew Fisher solo album?

 


April 16:

Added another Japanese setlist (thanks, Frosty)

One-Eye's Japanese Procol tour diaries, thirty-plus years down the line, are worth another read: here, here, here, here and here

 


April 15:

Added scans of the 1988 Band du Lac invitation one of the earliest Brooker superstar bashes that we know of (thanks, Diane)

Have a look at another Wintershall invitation in similar style

You can now pre-order the new Procol Harum DVD: Live at the Union Chapel from Amazon UK and Amazon Germany. A huge 25% off the UK price from Amazon ... buy two DVDs , and you get free postage too!

 


April 14:

Added a page of pictures and liner-notes from the Matthew Fisher / Downliners Sect album, A Light Went Out in New York (thanks, Jill)

Amuse yourself on the trail of the Lost Matthew Fisher album [sic]

 


April 13:

Added a setlist from Procol Harum in Japan (thanks, Per)

Do you recall the tour-programme that went with the above gig?

Procol Harum live on Radio and Internet tonight ... a Danish concert! (thanks, Niels-Erik) You should also be able to receive this on sattelite, at least in the Nordic countries.

 


April 12:

Added a concert review from (probably) 1975 if you know its exact date, please let us know. Is it the same concert as is reported here? (thanks, Diane)

 

 


April 11:

Added a ticket to our 1995 collection (thanks, Phil) and dandified this concert-review with graphics

You can check out reviews of the above gig, Procol's first New Testament showing in London, by clicking here or here

 


April 10:  

Added the very interesting notes that accompanied the recent CD re-release of the Something Magic album (thanks, Jill)

Enjoy the video showing A Whiter Shade of Pale video climbing the voting lists (in April 2004!) and get played in the Norwegian SMS and video jukebox show Swish

Last call: your own footage is needed of Procol Harum at any gig up to 1970, maybe at festivals in Europe or America? Much of the footage fans have sent in has already found its way into Henry Scott-Irvine's Procol DVD documentary. Please let him know (henry@procolharum.com) if you have film of the band in their first incarnation.

PS a little bird tells us to keep our diaries clear for 30 May 2004 more details if and when the current pencil booking becomes a reality

 


April 9:

Added to the Procol news page some good information about Brooker and Fisher and AWSoP on live TV this month. You can win tickets to this show and the after-party too. (thanks, Hermann; thanks, Matthew)

Time to catch up on all the German Rock Meets Classic concerts that have involved Procol music down the years.

 


April 8:

Added a page that appears though we do not know its precise origins to be a piece of promotional writing for Exotic Birds

Norwegian visitors note: the TV station NRK2 has now added the A Whiter Shade of Pale video to their rotation in their SMS chat and music video jukebox programme Svisj. Nice to see Procol Harum featured alongside Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and other contemporary musicians. You can vote for AWSoP (to get it played) by sending an SMS to 2008. The message should say: v 1855

Remind yourself of the Classicrockpage Rock'n Roll Heaven feature on BJ Wilson: link here (thanks John)

 


April 7:

Added the very interesting notes that accompanied the recent CD re-release of Procol's Ninth (thanks, Jill)

Don't forget the Procol's Ninth tour programme

 


April 6:

Added the very interesting notes that accompanied the recent CD re-release of the Grand Hotel album (thanks, Jill)

Re-read this account of Dave Ball's traces on Grand Hotel

 


April 5:

Added another Procol ticket from Copenhagen, here and here (thanks, Ole)

Added another Procol ticket from Denmark, here

 


April 4:

"PROCUL HARUM [sic] have undergone a line-up change, with the departure of bassist Alan Cartwright. Keyboards player Chris Copping now reverts to his original position of bass player, while new man Pete Sollie [sic] comes in on the keyboards."

That significant snippet came from the NME from July 1976. But there was also a significant mention of a Keith Reid career-shift in the same issue read this piece about Frankie Miller (thanks, Diane)

There were lots of Miller reviews in this issue of the New Musical Express with Procol content.

 


April 3:

If you knew exactly what equipment Geoff Whitehorn used, would you sound just like him? Read his list here (thanks, Geoff) and explore the other equipment pages at BtP

Have another read of Geoff's interesting 1996 interview with Shine On, and another with 'Beyond the Pale'

 


April 2: RIP Bob Copper

Thanks to everyone who took part in our signed AWSoP single competition. Yes indeed, the answer was 'April Fool' (we discounted the responses that spelt 'Fool' incorrectly or added an s on the end) as you will see on this page.

The winner, drawn from the BtP Homburg (but not by a glamorous assistant on this occasion, chiz chiz) is Kerry Holloway: send us a 'real'-world address, Kerry, and the CD will be sent out to you by the BtP snails.

Commiserations to people who assumed the whole thing was a hoax and didn't send in their answers.

Added a page showing what Procol songs have featured most on Procol Harum compilation albums this is prompted by, but does not include, the perfectly specious compilation we featured yesterday which, despite its fatuousness and its give-away index-number prompted quite a lot of poker-faced correspondence in which it was not always clear quite who was duping whom, nor whose tongue was in whose cheek; just the way we like it!

Remember, everything at BtP is true, 364 days of the year, or 365 days in leap years.

 


April Fool's Day:

Win the CD single of A Whiter Shade of Pale, with live bonus tracks Repent Walpurgis and A Salty Dog, signed by Gary Brooker (see 24 March below for further info). You made a note of the answers over the past few days: ninth clue is here

Added a somewhat disappointing, hitherto-unknown compilation album (thanks, Anton)

Added the Procol Harum 2004 concert schedule, complete to date

 


Read what was new on this website in previous months

 


 

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