A Salty Dog: Procol Harum

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  1. im6 Says:

    Excellent! Made me go rushing to another of my favorite nautical tunes:

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I haven’t heard this in a long time. It reminds me me of how much I liked Jefferson Airplane. This was an easy sing-a-long. I remembered all the words (okay most of them).

      • im6 Says:

        We all know the CSN version, but have you heard this one? It’s by the same group that did “Vehicle” and they really Chicago it up. I like a song that can be interpreted so many different ways.

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        I haven’t ever heard of this group before. That introduction is amazing, and the lead singer is excellent. I went looking to learn more about them.

        I was surprised by how many are in the band and how old they looked until I saw they started in the 60’s.

        You know so many bands and musicians I haven’t ever heard of. I love being introduced.

      • im6 Says:

        Ides of March was pretty much a one hit wonder band (even though they had a few other songs that charted). That hit was “Vehicle” which went to #2 in 1970. So it doesn’t surprise me they look old (I’m not sure if you meant they look old NOW or they looked old THEN — I’m guessing then, since those of us who were around back then ain’t exactly spring chickens now either!) I guess this as good a place as any to be disagreeable and say I really like “Whiter Shade Of Pale”. I like it by PH, but I LOVE this:

  2. Hedley Says:

    Probably best known for the rather sickly “Whiter shade of pale” Procol Harum’s production was notoriously uneven drifting into over orchestrated discs such as Grand Hotel. Yet somehow Gary Brooker threw in a classic “Exotic Birds and Fruit”, still a great album

    Meanwhile Robin Trower sort of exited the Southend band and went to guitar hero and offered the wonderful “Bridge of Sighs”, which if played at full volume after a trip to the Leg of Mutton and Cauliflower would cause beer influenced young men to expound on the virtues of “Too Rolling Stoned”

  3. katry Says:

    im6,
    I also liked Whiter Shade of Pale. It was our friend Hedley who didn’t. I have posted the PH version as well as other covers including Annie Lennox.

    • im6 Says:

      Hedley’s just a sourpuss because Lenny never did a cover of WSOP. I checked my hard drive and found the next best thing. And wonder of wonders, it’s on YouTube (isn’t it amazing that you can find just about any and everything on YouTube these days?!)

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        Noel Harrison, Yikes! I remember his Windmills of My Mind which wasn’t half bad. The psychedelic pictures were the best part of this.

      • im6 Says:

        Was I right though, Kat? I don’t think I could get much closer to Lenny than the melodic Noel. And FYI, it’s the windmills of YOUR mind, the Academy Award-winning theme from “The Thomas Crown Affair.” (How does my brain hold all this crap?)

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        You were perfectly correct. I also knew it was the theme from The Thomas Crown Affair. It was the last movie I saw before I left Ghana two days later when my service was finished. The movie was filmed in and around Boston for the most part.

        I still remember the movie theater (they were all outside) and where I sat. It is one of my last memories of Ghana.

      • im6 Says:

        I remember I saw it in Tupelo Mississippi. (Elvis wasn’t there) Funny the things we remember. I also remember how impressed I was with the (then) new multi-image technique which was quickly copied right and left (hello “Woodstock”!).

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        The movie theaters in Ghana were outside ( may still be but I don’t know). You bought a ticket then went inside to go outside. There were overhangs along the sides so if it rained, you picked up your chair and moved to the overhang. I loved listening to the rain and watching the movie.

  4. Hedley Says:

    Wasn’t the Thomas Crown Affair the movie where Renee Russo was, like, smoking hot and stuff ?

    Why are you justifying WSOP with some brutal Noel Harrison version. Procul Harem were just a band from Southend on Sea. Go wax lyrical about the greatness of “Exotic Birds and Fruit” or how Trower could really play or something

    Lennie rules AND it is almost his birthday

    • katry Says:

      MDH,
      This was the 1968 original with Steve McQueen and Faye Dunaway.

      Not justification from im6, a version he knew you would hate!

      • Hedley Says:

        OOOHHHHH !

        I definitely liked the Renee Russo version.

        WSOP is one of those songs. I have always been a gigantic fan of Bruce Springsteen’s but dislike Born to Run – go figure.

        That naughty im6 always trying to cause trouble.

        USA 2 Mexico 0 – and a trip to the World Cup has been secured for us. Meanwhile poor Mexico are in the 5th and first elimination spot with two matches to play including a critical game against Panama. Oh my.

      • katry Says:

        MDH,
        I went back and forth to that game from the Sox game and the second season debut of Buchholtz. Poor Mexico!

        Im6 does a wonderful job at causing a bit of trouble!!

  5. Hedley Says:

    I put my name in to the lottery for World Cup Final tickets. I would be ok flying in for the Final but as much as I want to see Rio I am concerned about security. So I have skipped the group stages which would involve a longer stay
    I guess if the World Cup goes off ok, I could reconsider for the Olympic Games in 2016

  6. im6 Says:

    When it comes to being a troublemaker, I’m an amateur, a complete novice compared to MDH. I try not to sit on Mt. Olympus acting all high and mighty like my opinion is somehow superior. I’m willing to accept the fact that I have my musical preferences and others have theirs (and you know who I mean by “others” !). Lord Grantham almost lost Downton Abbey because of his short-sighted, superior ways!

    And pretty as Reneé Russo may be, we’re talking about Faye Dunaway, hot off her portrayal of Bonnie Parker and cool as a cucumber in Thomas Crown — and before she went completely crazy and started thinking she was the greatest actress who ever lived. Sort of reminds me of someone. 😛

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      I too prefer Faye Dunaway and the original movie. I mean we’re talking Steve McQueen here too!

      I’m laughing at your first paragraph-it amuses me!!

      • Hedley Says:

        How can we take you seriously im6? , you moved to Austin and dared to suggest that Betty Midler’s version of “In these shoes” was superior to Kirsty.

        Faye Dunaway’s talents were most exposed in Chinatown. I really enjoyed Renee in the windmill movie.

  7. im6 Says:

    One word can have so much power, Kat. That pretty much justifies my not bothering with a response.

  8. Hedley Says:

    Semantics.
    Ever since im6 moved to Austin he has been seriously media confused. It could be the heat
    Heck all that good material on Faye and Renee was totally wasted

  9. im6 Says:

    I believe I’ve mentioned it before, but I’ve had so much drama and arguments and just general discord over the past year that I’m simply not up to prolonged disagreements anymore. Non productive even if they are well-meaning or in jest. (Honestly, sometimes I’m not so sure, but maybe I’m being paranoid). So, yes, I’ve closed the book on Procol Crown. (Hope I’m not reminding you of someone who will remain nameless, Kat!)

    • katry Says:

      im6,
      Sorry, but that name popped into my head before I got to the last sentence. All I could think of was no, not im6.

      • im6 Says:

        I was afraid of that, Kat. Truly, I’m not thin-skinned. And I know it’s all in fun, but sometimes a joke goes on too long and it’s no longer funny (I’m just as guilty). Like I said, the fight has been taken out of me. That and the heat have taken their toll!

      • katry Says:

        im6,
        At least you didn’t say Interesting!

        Heat makes people grumpy.

  10. Hedley Says:

    Dang, and I had so hoped that somehow we had morphed in to a discussion of the great wrestlers from times gone by. I was on a plane to LA and there was my travelling companion – Hulk Hogan, the guy was absolutely gigantic. Friendly as could be.

    I like the progression of thought and debate – guess I blew a tire on this one.


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