Added a page of German sound-check photographs
November 29:' ... this would end up a 500-disc set if I had my way ...'
Added a careful and amusing review of
All This and More (thanks,
Added a first page of pictures from the Whaler-in-Chief, showing characters and events around Procol Harum's recent German gig (thanks, Big Mike)
'... an East-European flavoured melody that curls up from the crackling fury of a Hungarian campfire ...'
Added a review of
Procol Harum's eighth album, in its
Salvo re-mastered version (thanks, Korin)
November 26:' ... the carnivalesque In Held 'Twas in I ... Fisher’s words ... 19 musicians have so far passed through ... '
Added the puzzle solution and name of the winner of the copy of Something Magic – with its two Absolutely Choice bonus tracks.
Thanks to everyone who wrote in and said they enjoyed the ten montages of
soundclips, and thanks to Chas at Salvo for the albums that we've given away.
Added an article about Procol Harum in Portugal (thanks, António; thank you, Martin)
Henry Scott-Irvine's AWSoP and Southend Rock shows are now
podcasting via a new server, which links out of the Cloudcast Image on
this homepage ... or direct from
November 24: RIP Pim Koopman
Today's sad announcement of the sudden death of Kayak's excellent drummer Pim Koopman gives good reason to re-visit BtP pages showing Palers meeting for Kayak concerts: here and here
Added a little more about the Swedish AWSoP we featured lately (thanks, Lars)
November 23:'... directly from the Phil Spector school of thought ... they bury some of Brooker and Reid’s songs beneath layers of instrumentation ...'
a review of Procol Harum's ninth
album, in its Salvo re-mastered version
November 22:Added a somewhat critical review relating to Procol Harum's 2009 Moscow concert
Added some excruciating political wordplay (search for 'ScuttleButton') to our page about 'A Whiter Shade of Pale' in common use (thanks, Robert)
Today, your chance to win the final album – with its two Absolutely Choice bonus tracks – in the Salvo reissues series ... happy listening!
'... Something Magic was a jubilant return to the dizzying form of Grand Hotel ...'
Added a review of Procol Harum's tenth album, in its Salvo re-mastered version (thanks, Thomas)
November 20:'... The presentation, extra content, and the sound quality on both the CDs and DVD are second to none ... an easily accessible, yet extensive journey, into the musical realm of one of prog rock’s finest ...'
Added a review of Procol Harum's All This and More compendium (thanks, Elkin)
Added the puzzle solution and name of the winner of the copy of Procol's Ninth that we were giving away (in conjunction with Salvo Records)
Meanwhile, here's your chance to win the final album – with its two Absolutely Choice bonus tracks – in the Salvo reissues series ... happy listening!
'... an album that’s still chock full of ideas, despite seeing them in their rawest form ...'
Added a review of Procol Harum's
fifth album, in its Salvo re-mastered version
Added a Swedish version of a famous Procol Harum song (the one with the Ferris Wheel in it) and a translation of that into English (thanks, Lars)
Which Procoler professed the least interest in the Beatles in 1968?
Added a signed picture, and a link to a brand-new 252-page book (thanks, Thorsten)
Compare the above page with this related 1967 item
If you compare Amazon Germany and Amazon UK you will see they quote variant bonus tracks for the Salvo re-issue of Exotic Birds and Fruit. This is incorrect: the correct bonus tracks are listed here (thanks, Jim; thanks, Chas)
Added a first page of Hagen-gig shots (thanks, Hans)
Remember ... you can win the ninth album in the Salvo/Procol reissue series ...
Added a curious little feature about the distribution of Procol Harum surnames
Reminder: get Procol Harum's One More Time live in Utrecht album (Brooker, Bronze, Brzezicki, Fisher and Whitehorn) online, or download individual tracks (there are four digital download Procol Harum albums available from the same page)
Added the puzzle solution and name of the winner of the copy of Exotic Birds and Fruit that we were giving away (in conjunction with Salvo Records)
Meanwhile, here's your chance to
ninth album in the Salvo series ... happy listening!
Added another in BtP's 'Also' series in which Procol fans recommend other music they enjoy, linking it back to Harum aspects that will be familiar to readers of this website (thanks, Bert)
(Non sequitur: interesting to note that – according to the stats – there's a large colony of Palers' Project fans in New Hampshire)
Added a page about a hitherto-undocumented album session by BJ Wilson (thanks, David)
More information about this would be welcome!
Added some more intriguing shots of Procol Harum on tour in Norway (thanks, Matt!)
A few more hours before we close the competition to win the eighth Procol Harum album in the Salvo series
No apologies for promoting the forthcoming tour for an excellent Bristol band: if you like Procol Harum, go and see Phantom Limb!
' ... Robin Trower hindered more than helped along the Procol cause ...'
Added a second review of the seventh Procol album from the excellent ProgArchives
The British Academy of Songwriters, Composers and Authors 'exists to support and protect the artistic, professional, commercial and copyright interests of songwriters, lyricists and composers of all genres of music and to celebrate and encourage excellence in British music writing'; on 28 October they presented a Gold Badge to Gary Brooker MBE: read about it here (thanks, all)
Added four shots of Procol Harum at Drammen, Norway (thanks, Brian)
Remember your chance to win the eighth album in the Salvo series ... almost all the entries so far have been correct.
Added a link to a Magnetic Diva and Copping-collaborator (thanks, Thomas)
' ... Brooker and Winwood do tend to get bracketed together as countrified white soul psychouts ...'
Added an interesting recent blog posting to this page of Pandora footnotes (nb ... it's a flute, not a mellotron)
The final three Salvo reissues have arrived at 'Beyond the Pale' and we hope to get them out to customers by the end of the week. They look and sound very good indeed. You can still order them at our very nice price by clicking here (or order the whole ten-disc series by clicking here) ... or wait for Amazon (links above).
Meanwhile, here's your chance to win the eighth album in the Salvo series ... happy listening!
' ... I realised that rock'n'roll was not just about banging it out ... it
made me realise that a rock song could be melodic and poetic ...'
So what famous record was the object of Gary Brooker's praise tonight on BBC Radio 2? You can re-listen to the broadcast here for one week. Starting at about 1:12:46, GB was on excellent form, talking about the history of Procol Harum, and specifically focusing on The Procol Harum Box Set, All This and More. (thanks, Charlie)
Added a page depicting the tee-shirt promoting The Well's on Fire ... more Procol Harum tee-shirt snaps are welcome, of course: click here.
' ... the cheesy glitter rock of Kaleidoscope [inspired] a 1968 song called Jumping Jack Flash ...'
Added a review of the first Procol album from the excellent ProgArchives
All being well, the Salvo Procol Harum re-issue series will be completed this week with the publication of Exotic Birds and Fruit, Procol's Ninth, and Something Magic (the latter including two live-in-the-studio Procol classics that have never been released: This Old Dog and You'd Better Wait). 'Beyond the Pale' will as usual have early stock and you can get the albums by clicking here. You can also order the whole ten-disc series by clicking here
A note about the BtP store: we'll notify you when your purchase has left us, and the software automatically labels that 'delivered' ... delivered by us to the Post Office, of course. A couple of correspondents recently have been confused by this wording; but we hope it's clear now. There would be no point in our sending a note to tell you that the parcel had been delivered to you, and anyway how would we know?
Added some more intriguing shots of Procol Harum on tour in Norway (thanks, Matt!)
Updated this essential page
Added another in BtP's 'Also' series in which Procol fans recommend other music they enjoy, linking it back to Harum aspects that will be familiar to readers of this website (thanks, Ian)
Read what was new on this website in previous months