Download Gary Brooker's newly-recorded song, on which he sings and plays all instruments ... here's the page! And there's jewel-case artwork from a fan (thanks, Evan) if you're planning to burn it to CD for your private enjoyment: click on the thumbnail.
And from Matthew Fisher's website you may now download an mp3 of his rendition of JS Bach's Chorale Prelude, Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme.
Here's how to play. To answer a recent question, 'a' does count as a separate word.
Download Gary Brooker's newly-recorded song, on which he sings and plays all instruments ... here's the page!
Happy Christmas (which starts on 24 December in Norway) to everyone who visits 'Beyond the Pale' ... and to everyone who has sent us material to maintain the daily updates throughout the year!
In lieu of a written Christmas message this year, Gary Brooker has sent a new recording that he's just finished working on, for all Palers to enjoy. To download it, you'll need a PayPal account (the small charge acknowledges that there are other artists involved besides Gary, and a publisher too) and you can choose mp3 or iTunes format. This release is unique to 'Beyond the Pale' and it will be available until the end of Twelfth Night. Enjoy! (thanks, Gary!)
Read the instructions carefully before you download, and don't delay unduly once you've started, as your access code won't last long. If you haven't got a PayPal account, it's easy to open one ...click here ... anyone with an email address can use PayPal to send and receive money online.
People get ready for the BtP Christmas puzzles ... check out the roster of fab prizes ...
Also add your name and town to the Procol fans' world atlas; at 96 members we are streets ahead of the Beatles and Stones fan-maps, but far behind our previous tally of some 500 online Palers who had registered on our earlier 'Procol Friends' page.
Here's the roster of fab prizes for BtP's annual Christmas Quiz ... have a browse and see which you most desire!
Procol fans' world atlas ... is your name on the map? Your town? Your country?
Added a report from the 'Mick Brownlee and Friends' gig on Sunday, featuring Procolers Brooker, Bronze, and Copping (thanks, One-Eye)
December 21: Many thanks to our Replacement Cook, Jonas Söderström, for his excellent and enthusiastic work (below) while the regular webmasters had a great time away in Southend.More reports and pictures from Southend will follow, but in the meanwhile we have added further striking black-and-white images of Procol on stage in 1975 (thanks, Harald)
Procol Harum will play in Norway again in five months time: see here
Coming soon ... advance news of the annual BtP Christmas Competition (thanks, John) and the fab roster of desirable and lovely prizes
Added part two of the long interview with Robin Trower, off his recent DVD (thanks, Jill)
Added BtP's first report from last night's fantastic Paramounts reunion
More about the artist can be found at these links.
There might not be many Procol fans on the Procol Harum Fan Atlas yet, but proof that the band at least had fans there in "Cambodia rocks to an old beat". Read it - or listen to the mp3 file ...
First pictures from tonight's Southend gig by Gary Brooker and Friends (thanks, One-Eye)
Paramounts soundcheck pictures (thanks, One-Eye)
Added the setlist from last night's memorable Paramounts reunion
With Robin Trower busy playing with Gary over in Southend. here's part one of a long interview with Robin Trower, off a recent DVD, proving that tonight's line-up is the original Paramounts first line-up! (huge thanks, Jill, for the typing!)
For the next few days, while the BtP webmasters are in Southend for the Paramounts reunion, we are delighted to leave you in the very capable hands of Jonas Söderström in Stockholm, our Replacement Cook. To find his updates, read on! (thanks, Jonas)
Added a newspaper report about the recent Shades reunion in Southend (thanks, John)
"Alpert and Moss built one of the most
successful independent record labels in the world and signed artists such as
Procol Harum, Supertramp, Peter Frampton, the Police, Joe
Jackson and John Hiatt."
Press release, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, 28 November 2005
I'll agree that signing Procol is worth a lifetime achievement award – but what about the stuff then?
Visit the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra website for more info about Procol Harum's '72 Live album, and ordering info (thanks Dave) – great picture of Gary Brooker there
December 15:Added some more illuminating reading about the rock'n'roll heritage in Southend-on-Sea where The Paramounts (and hence Procol Harum) sprang from (thanks, John)
'... a mature artist and fantastic record producer at the peak of his powers... '
Added a good review of Matthew Fisher's eponymous album (thanks, John)
Added a third page of screenshots from a British television programme about A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Larry)
Have you visited the tour of the Procol Fans' Atlas ? This will be of interest to fans of the Beatles and the Stones as well as of Procol Harum. Read through it then explore the world of PH fans ... and add your town / state / country.
December 12:Added some more striking black-and-white images of Procol on stage in 1975 (thanks, Harald)
'I discovered that I had a nose for talent and an ear for hits.'
Added a story with grave implications for Saturday's reunion gig ... how Britain's former Washington Ambassador virtually discovered Procol Harum when he booked some little-known bands for a bout of Bacchanalian destruction (thanks, x)
December 10: Paramounts reunion, Southend, in one week's time
The rumours are now confirmed: the line-up in Southend-on-Sea next Saturday will be Gary Brooker, Chris Copping, Robin Trower and Mick Brownlee ... namely, the original line-up. The gig has been sold out a long time and BtP has now disposed of six extra tickets to people who applied to us for assistance.
To satisfy popular request, added a tour of the Procol Fans' Atlas. This will be of interest to fans of the Beatles and the Stones as well as of Procol Harum. Read through it then explore the world of PH fans ... and add your town / state / country.
Christmas shopping reminder: all those books, DVDs, CDs, electronic and computer items, and so forth that you will be buying in the next few weeks ... if you're shopping at Amazon, please enter their site via these links – Amazon UK, Amazon Germany, Amazon Canada, Amazon USA – and your purchases will earn a cent or two for BtP.
Added a second page of screenshots from a British television programme about A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Larry)
Nice to see former members of Procol Harum starting to show up on the Procol fans' world atlas! You can read subscribers' messages by clicking on their map-pins.
Added another piece of press speculation about the line-up for next week's Paramounts reunion (thanks, John).
Added a piece of press speculation about the line-up for next week's Paramounts reunion (thanks, Dave). "'Tis a consummation devoutly to be wished" (thanks, Hamlet) ...
Here's another, longer version of the same piece from a related newspaper (thanks, John)
Procol fans' world atlas ... will there prove to be a PH fan in every state of the USA?
Added some striking black-and-white images of Procol on stage in 1975 (thanks, Harald)
Great start on the Procol fans' world atlas ... be the first one from your country to put your mark on the map!
Procol fans' atlas: it's a while since we took down the page recording the names and whereabouts of Procol fans who visit this site (some spammer had visited it). In its place, we've set up a world map to which you can add your name and town (with a photo and message, if you wish). It will be good fun to see where all the Procoholics are (and spammers can't reach you). Furthermore, a visible indication of the spread of the band's admirers might just be useful fuel for those who want to see Procol inaugurated in America's 'Rock and Roll Hall of Fame'.
If you visit the new map by clicking here (then clicking on the little map-viewer itself: it should be self-explanatory) you will also see a slide-show of pictures people have uploaded to the map site (provided by Frappr, the Friends' Mapper). Wot larks, eh?
Added a report from the first Shades reunion in Southend-on-Sea (thanks, John)
December 3: A new prince was born in Norway today (his sister, one year older, will be the queen of Norway in due time). The baby's mother (and crown princess) was born in webmaster Jens's city, Kristiansand (where Procol Harum played in 2001). So we are happy in Norway today.
Added a page of screenshots from a British television programme about A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Larry)
What did it cost to hear the Paramounts in the Shades days? Added more Southend-related memoirs in the lead-up to the club's reunion (thanks, John)
Read what was new on this website in previous months