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Procol Harum: A Salty Dog
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 A Salty Dog (Gary Brooker, Keith Reid) - 4:41
 The Milk of Human Kindness (Brooker, Reid) - 3:47
 Too Much Between Us (Brooker, Robin Trower, Reid) - 3:45
 The Devil Came from Kansas (Brooker, Reid) - 4:38
 Boredom (Matthew Fisher, Brooker, Reid) - 4:34
 Juicy John Pink (Robin Trower, Reid) - 2:08
 Wreck of the Hesperus (Fisher, Reid) - 3:49
 All This and More (Brooker, Reid) - 3:52
 Crucifiction Lane (Robin Trower, Reid) - 5:03
 Pilgrim's Progress (Fisher, Reid) - 4:32
Gary Brooker – Lead Vocals on [1–4,6,8], Piano, Celeste,
Three-Stringed Guitar, Bells, Harmonica, Recorder, Wood, Orchestral
Arrangements on [1,8]
Robin Trower – Lead & Acoustic Guitars, Lead Vocals on , Sleigh Tambourine
Matthew Fisher – Organ, Lead Vocals on [5,7,10], Marimba, Rhythm And
Acoustic Guitars, Piano, Recorder, Orchestral Arrangements on ,
Dave Knights – Bass
Barrie J. Wilson – Drums, Conga Drums, Tabla
Kellogs – Bosun'S Whistle, Refreshments
Keith Reid – Lyrics
Matthew Fisher - Producer
Ken Scott – Engineering on [1–5,8–10]
Ian Stuart – Engineering on 
Henry Lewy – Engineering on 
Fred Dickinson - Artwork, Design
Chris Welch - Liner Notes
This album, the group's third, was where they showed just how far their
talents extended across the musical landscape, from blues to R&B to
classical rock. In contrast to their hastily recorded debut, or its
successor, done to stretch their performance and composition range, A
Salty Dog was recorded in a reasonable amount of time, giving the band a
chance to fully develop their ideas. The title track is one of the
finest songs ever to come from Procol Harum and one of the best pieces
of progressive rock ever heard, and a very succinct example at that at
under five minutes running time - the lyric and the music combine to
form a perfect mood piece, and the performance is bold and subtle at
once, in the playing and the singing, respectively. The range of sounds
on the rest includes "Juicy John Pink," a superb piece of pre-World War
II-style country blues, while "Crucifiction Lane" is a killer Otis
Redding-style soul piece, and "Pilgrim's Progress" is a virtuoso
keyboard workout. A Salty Dog was reissued by Repertoire Records in 1997
with enhanced sound and the lost B-side "Long Gone Geek," a Robin
Trower guitar workout par excellence.
Bruce Eder - All Music Guide
Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Progressive/Pop
band's third album, originally released in 1969. Rightly lauded as
Procol Harum's masterpiece, A Salty Dog is one of the high spots of late
'60s Rock culture; an unmissable musical voyage, a brilliant example of
how to fuse classical music with Rock and a tremendously rewarding
experience, enhanced here with six bonus tracks selected by band leader
Gary Brooker. When you listen to the album, it becomes clear - from the
sweeping title track that opens the album, to the serene 'Pilgrims
Progress', which brings it to a conclusion, that A Salty Dog is quite
simply Procol's most rewarding album. 16 tracks. Salvo. 2009.
A Salty Dog is the third studio album by English progressive rock band
Procol Harum, released in 1969 by record labels Regal Zonophone and
A&M. A Salty Dog has an ostensibly nautical theme, as indicated by
its cover (a pastiche of the famous Player's Navy Cut cigarette pack).
Interspersed with straight rock, blues and pop items, A Salty Dog showed
a slight change of direction from its predecessors, being thematically
less obscure. The title track itself was the first Procol track to use
an orchestra, as would be referred to in the live album performance some
three years later. The album was the first record produced by Matthew
Fisher, who quit the band soon after its release. This was also the last
Procol Harum album to feature bass guitarist Dave Knights.
A Salty Dog was recorded in March 1969. The musical tensions between the
group and Robin Trower were beginning to show in this album, and
although his guitar sound remains integral to most of the tracks,
"Crucifiction Lane" (featuring a rare Trower vocal), in retrospect,
shows that Trower was already moving in a different direction from the
rest of the band. Still, this album is much more musically varied than
the two previous albums, with three Fisher vocals and one by Trower.
Reportedly, when Gary Brooker first played "A Salty Dog" at the piano
for B.J. Wilson, a sunbeam illumined Wilson's face and he told Brooker
he thought it was the most beautiful song he had ever heard. A Salty Dog
was released in June 1969 by record labels Regal Zonophone and A&M.
The title track, backed with "Long Gone Geek", reached number 44 in the
UK Singles Chart in 1969 and the album itself number 27 in the Albums
John Mendelson, writing for Rolling Stone, called it "a confusing album.
At its best it represents the group's greatest success to date with the
brand of rock for which the group is known; at its worst it is both
surprisingly mediocre and trivial." Robert Christgau, on the other
hand, gave it a rare 'A+' grade. In his retrospective review, Bruce Eder
of AllMusic wrote, "This album, the group's third, was where they
showed just how far their talents extended across the musical landscape,
from blues to R&B to classical rock. In contrast to their hastily
recorded debut, or its successor, done to stretch their performance and
composition range", calling the title track "one of the finest songs
ever to come from Procol Harum and one of the best pieces of progressive
rock ever heard".
The title track was covered by Transatlantic and was featured on the
two-disc Special Edition of The Whirlwind. It is sung by drummer Mike
Portnoy. Styx covered the song on their cover album Big Bang Theory
(2005) with Lawrence Gowan on lead vocals.
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