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Procol Harum: Home

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Label: A&M Records
Released: 1970
Category: Progressive rock
Producer(s): Chris Thomas
Media type: CD
Web address: www.procolharum.com
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Purchase date: 2015
Price in €: 1,00

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[1] Whisky Train (R.Trower/K.Reid) - 4:31
[2] The Dead Man's Dream (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 4:46
[3] Still There'll Be More (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 4:53
[4] Nothing That I Didn't Know (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 3:38
[5] About to Die (R.Trower/K.Reid) - 3:35
[6] Barnyard Story (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 2:46
[7] Piggy Pig Pig (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 4:47
[8] Whaling Stories (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 7:06
[9] Your Own Choice (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 3:13

Bonus tracks:
[10] Still There'll Be More (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 4:57
[11] Whaling Stories (G.Brooker/K.Reid) - 7:05

 A r t i s t s ,   P e r s o n n e l

Chris Copping - Organ, Bass Guitar
Barrie J. Wilson - Drums
Robin Trower - Lead Guitar
Gary Brooker - Piano & Vocals

Chris Thomas - Producer
Jeff Jarratt - Engineer
Dickinson - Artwork, Design
David Bailey - Photography

 C o m m e n t s ,   N o t e s

The group's hardest-rocking classic album is, beyond some superb vocalizing by Gary Brooker, principally a showcase for Robin Trower's high-powered guitar and a rock-hard rhythm section, with B.J. Wilson only a little less animated than Ginger Baker on some of the music. Procol Harum had a split personality by this time, the band juxtaposing straight-ahead rock & roll numbers like "Still There'll Be More" and the Elvis Presley-influenced "Whisky Train" with darker, more dramatic pieces like "Nothing That I Didn't Know" and "Barnyard Story." Chris Copping doubles on organ, replacing Matthew Fisher, but the overall sound is that of a leaner Procol Harum, all except for the ambitious "Whaling Stories" - even it was a compromise that nearly worked, showcasing Trower's larger-than-life guitar sound (coming off here like King Crimson's Robert Fripp in one of his heavier moments) within a somewhat pretentious art rock concept. It shows the strains within their lineup that the producers chose the lighter, more obviously accessible "Your Own Choice" - on which Gary Brooker's piano is the lead instrument - to end the album after "Whaling Stories"' pyrotechnic finish. [Home has appeared several times on CD, in a poor-sounding edition from A&M ages ago, on a rather better-sounding Mobile Fidelity edition in the late '80s, and at the opening of the new century in a remastered edition from Europe's Westside label that not only features significantly increased clarity on all of the instruments, but also detailed annotation and the presence of nine bonus tracks from the same sessions, mostly rock & roll warm-ups and early takes of the finished material.]

Bruce Eder - All Music Guide

Home is Procol Harum's fourth album, released in 1970. With the departure of organist Matthew Fisher and bassist David Knights and the addition of the remaining musicians' (Gary Brooker, B.J. Wilson and Robin Trower) former bandmate bassist/organist Chris Copping from The Paramounts, Procol Harum was, for all intents and purposes, The Paramounts again in all but name. The purpose of bringing in Copping was to return some of the R&B sound to the band that they had with their previous incarnation. The initial sessions were performed in London at Trident Studios under the supervision of former organist Matthew Fisher who had also produced the band's previous album. Unhappy with the sound and performances, the band scrapped the Trident sessions and began again with producer Chris Thomas and engineer Jeff Jarratt at Abbey Road Studios. Once the album was completed it was decided that the cover would be a parody of the British board game Snakes and Ladders featuring members of the band. Then the album was released in June 1970 it charted at No. 34 in the United States and No. 49 in the United Kingdom. The album was preceded by the single "Whiskey Train" written by guitarist Robin Trower with lyricist Keith Reid.

In 2009 Salvo reissued the Procol Harum catalogue and included bonus tracks for each album. "Home" included two bonus tracks selected and approved by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid "Whaling Stories" and "Still There'll Be More". The two bonus tracks were work-in-progress mixes that didn't have the final overdubs from the final versions.


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