Repent Walpurgis was the last song I heard from the original albums of the 60s and 70s Procol. Why? Well, the reason is that I bought the Procol Harum albums in the wrong order! In 1977 I bought my first Procol Harum album. It was Something Magic. Then, for some reason, I went backwards and bought Ninth, Exotic Birds & Fruit, Grand Hotel, Live, Broken Barricades, Home, Salty Dog, Shine On Brightly and finally a strange false-stereo copy on Polydor of Procol Harum.
And what do I think of Repent Walpurgis? Well, it's a perfect ending of an album, a powerful and magnificent instrumental with some tasteful organ and guitar improvisations over a four-chord sequence. I play Hammond myself and Matthew is of course a big source of inspiration. I'm more doubtful about Robin. I think his style was more suited to The Paramounts. I've maybe missed something, but was he really as good as some say? I think the one who really shines during this song is BJ Wilson. The song was the end of the beginning of something great!
Mikael Werkelin, Gotland, Sweden
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