Added a page of pictures of guitar / barmaid action during the Palers' Band rehearsals in Southend in July 2007 (thanks, Gary)
Added an insightful and complete review of Procol Harum's Secrets of the Hive: among other things, it goes into useful detail about the collection's sonic improvements, and features of the familiar songs that can be heard for the first time (thanks, Ian)
BtP has been supplying this 2CD album to fans at cost price ... a few copies now remain.
September 28:Added a page showing what was played by way of musical support – from The Palers' Project – before Gary Brooker and Friends played the 'Procol Rarum' gig in London in July
Added a page of photographs from Procol's 40th (thanks, Unsteady)
Glenn Tilbrook of Squeeze sets off for the Himalayas in two weeks' time ... for charity: details here
September 26:Added the third part of the BtP interview with Richard Brown which we conducted several years ago (thanks, Richard)
A Whiter Shade of Pale (EP CD) 4.5 USD, and Secrets of the Hive (40th anniversary Procol 2CD compilation) 14 USD are available at the BtP Store [approximately two US dollars to the GB pound]. Add something else you fancy to your shopping-cart while you're at it, to economise on shipping!
Added a fifth page of Fortieth-Anniversary pictures (thanks, Marvin)
Added an unexpected picture sleeve to the collection here (thanks, Lars)
Added a fourth page of pictures from St John's, Smith Square, on 21 July 2007: the main attraction (thanks, Martin)
September 23:Added a fourth page of Fortieth-Anniversary pictures (thanks, Marvin)
Added another Procol picture sleeve, from UK 1982, to this page (thanks, Lars). More always welcome!
Added a page showing fan-musicians having some breakfast etc in July in Southend on Sea
Added another page of intimate tour pictures (thanks, Matt)
September 20:Added a third page of Fortieth-Anniversary pictures (thanks, Marvin)
September 19:Added a page showing fan-musicians at work in July in Southend on Sea
Added a second page of Fortieth-Anniversary pictures (thanks, Marvin)
Added a little Gary Brooker recording news (thanks, Gary)
'Conquistador, won't you sit, upon your silver shield?'
Added another Procol picture sleeve, from Japan 1976, to this page (thanks, Tormod). More always welcome!
Also added some good recent soundcheck pictures from Procol's 40th birthday performance (thanks, Sheila)
September 16:Added another Procol picture sleeve, from Germany 1987, to this page (thanks, Lars). More always welcome!
September 15: Today: Dave Ball live
Added a page of Fortieth-Anniversary pictures (thanks, Marvin)
September 14:Added a page about the Italian issue of 'Procol Harum' from 1968 (thanks, Antonio)
Added an illustrated page showing
who-played-what at the Procol Harum
40th Birthday Party
Added another Procol picture sleeve, an EP from Mexico, to this page (thanks, Lars). More always welcome!
Added another Procol picture sleeve, from Italy in 1972, to this page (thanks, Lars). More always welcome!
September 11: RIP Joe Zawinul
Added the full text of Gary Brooker's song-introductions from the stage on the night of Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary Concert (thanks, all)
Added the full audio (in five handy chunks) of last week's highly-unusual Gary Brooker interview about Secrets of the Hive on BBC Radio Manchester (thanks, Dave; thanks, Pat)
a page showing fan-musicians at
work in July in Southend on Sea
Added a review of the latest Procol Harum book (already sold out, but due to reprint before Christmas) (thanks, George)
If you have recently visited St John's Smith Square in London, you may be interested to see it again in Joe Wright's film (released yesterday in the UK) of Ian McEwan's novel Atonement: a late scene features the church as it looked during WWII – inside and outside are shown, or recreated)
September 7: Today: Dave Ball live
Added a link to yesterday's Gary Brooker interview on BBC
Radio Manchester (thanks, Dave).
For the next 18 hours, it's available online: go to
'Listen Again', then 'Terry Christian – a bright new look at a big wide
world'. After a Simply Red record, you'll hear the (telephonic)
Brooker interview, with parochial interpolations.
If you've ever considered Terry Christian a rather irritating presenter, or worse, this interview is not likely to change your mind (he lets Homburg play almost uninterrupted, but fades A Salty Dog in favour of news and weather): but you can enjoy The Commander's gradually-thinning diplomacy as the conversation covers various bits of Procol history or unhistory... Keith Reid's involvement in the naming of Electric Ladyland ... the length of Grateful Dead sets ... the booing of Hendrix ... the blameless life of Paul McCartney ... why Pandora's Box was 'not a hit' ... the freeing of the arts in the 60s ... lawfulness or otherwise of the Awsuit judgment ... interpreting AWSoP ...
Christian consistently fails to find or namecheck his copy of Secrets of the Hive and GB's patience remains almost intact though he does conclude with an ultimatum ... 'I'll mention your name somewhere if you can go off and find our new release which is nicely remastered ...'
"Gary Brooker is a true gentleman! It's a mystery to me that Terry Christian has been allowed to remain in broadcasting for so long. I doubt he could even interview himself from an informed standpoint. One Christian that the lions missed ..." (thanks, Sheila)
September 6: RIP Luciano Pavarotti Tomorrow: Dave Ball liveAdded another page showing fan-musicians at work in July in Southend on Sea
Roland says: please no more messages about my comments on AWSoP in the Secrets of the Hive liner note – they may be unexpected but they ain't wrong.
'... Procol's regrettable propensity to vapid pomposity ... '
Added a Trower review from 1973, which includes the foregoing dismal dismissal of Procol Harum (thanks, Jim; thanks, Marvin)
September 4:Added a third page of pictures from St John's, Smith Square, on 21 July 2007: the support band and the main attraction (thanks, Martin)
September 3:Added a page showing fan-musicians at work in July in Southend on Sea
Added a second page of pictures from St John's, Smith Square, on 21 July 2007 (thanks, Martin)
Added a page showing (and recommending) the recording / rehearsal facility used in July by The Palers' Band and The Palers' Project in Southend on Sea
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