Procol Harum – Rockpalast (1976)

FrontCover1Procol Harum on Rockpalast 1976, an excellently filmed show in brilliant color, sadly suffering from muted sound. The selection of tracks is quite varied. As a technical aside, Chris Copping is playing one of the smaller M series Hammond organs in it as well as his ARP Soloist synth. His solo on As Strong As Samson is a delight. BJ is in top form during the entire programme. Mick, using his Strat, sounds a bit thinner than usual but his solos are quite good.. Gary was in top form as well, dressed in black velvet. Aside from the rather TV production-like sound values, the band is in good form. That’s about it … “in a nutshell.”

And here´s is the audio version from this great concert !

Recorded at the famous Rockpalast TV show on the 17th of January 1976, this is often proposed in DVD format but here only in audio file. The sound is quite deceiving for a TV show but I never found a better one (even on the payment sites). The setlist is much better than the Faithfield Halls one (no awful “Blue Danube” here, neither the weak “I Keep Forgetting”).

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And the playing is also much better (strange since a TV show should decrease the individual involvement of musicians compared to a stage) with in particular a fantastic organ work done by Chris Copping and a great Mick Grabham (listen to him on “The Unquiet Zone” and tell me if he’s not an axe master). (by dkandroughmix-forgottensongs.blogspot)

Without any doubt:

Procol Harum was a very unique band in the the history of Rock !

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Personnel:
Gary Brooker (piano, vocals)
Alan Cartwright (nass)
Chris Copping (organ)
Mick Grabham (guitar)
B.J. Wilson (drums)

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Tracklist:
01. Conquistador 4.26
02. Bringing Home The Bacon 4.11
03. Strong As Samson 5.39
04. Pandora’s Box 4.06
05. The Unquiet Zone 5.12
06. Grand Hotel 8.49
07. Souvenir Of London 3.24
08. A Salty Dog 5.22
09. Nothing But The Truth 4.32
10. Power Failure 6.14

Music: Gary Brooker
Lyrics: Keith Reid

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And here´s the TV show as a video:

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