T.V. Ceasar - Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Vinyl, LP, Album)

This time they sat afterward to sign autographs. He smiled and said Dave Ball does indeed appear on the cover. He turned over the CD to point at the champaign glass on the back. Indeed there he is. The entire band appeared among the bubbles, highly distorted by the curved glass and the liquid. The unreleased tapes of the Ball version of Grand Hotel may still exist somewhere. I happen to think Grabham was a far better fit for PH. And my editor was Neal Vitale, now a major publisher with a whole lot more money than any rock musician I ever interviewed.

Report this review Posted Friday, May 23, Review Permalink Boojieboy I rarely hand out 5-star ratings, but this album is grand enough and majestic enough to give it the edge. Also, all songs are worthy of listening to not skipping over and have something to offer. The remastering of thisSalvo gives it the sonic palette that brings it to the point of fine art.

Production was handled by master producer Chris Thomas. There's a nice variety and diversity to the songs which gives the album color and depth. Here are short summaries of the songs: Grand Hotel - Big production with orchestra.

A slower song that doesn't rush, because you don't need to rush grandness. Toujours L'Amour - An uptempo song, with some interesting LP changes. A Rum Tale - Quieter song featuring piano and some fun lyrics by the band's primo lyricist Keith Reid A Souvenir of London - Mostly acoustic song where the band tries for a street musician feel.

A lighthearted, fun song. Bringing Home the Bacon - Probably the most rocky song on the album. Features some tasty drumming by ace drummer BJ Wilson. There is an exciting prog-like keyboard part that occurs between major song sections.

Highly English. Robert's Box - A most straightforward song to end the album, but still containing some interesting ideas. They never reached higher than this. If you get one album, this should be it. Report this review Posted Monday, May 2, Review Permalink SteveG Grand Hotel, fromwas as close as Procol Harum ever got to a full blown prog album, but never quite made that leap of faith. New guitarist Mick Grabham is mostly in the background on this album with keyboards, bass and drums to the fore.

First off, I want to emphasize that this album is really one of those that has to suit one's taste. It is very much a homage to the music of Eastern Europe and of wealthy aristocrats of a time nearly a century past. The title track tells about a night in one of Europe's grand hotels with a Palm Courts orchestra dishing out waltzes to those dancing and dinning in ties and tails.

Featuring mulit tracked orchestra and choirs, this song's instrumental breaks are from the mind of Pocol leader Gary Brooker, who takes waltzes and minuets, that start off slowly and normally, and are suddenly sped up to break neck speed which reveals this nostalgic trip is more of a dream instead of an actual remembrance.

It's also covertly avant-garde and is a treat. Unfortunately, "Toujours L'Amore" and" A Rums Tale" are stale songs in the same musical vain as "Grand Hotel" but are cliched stories of love, loss and the eventual bottle to follow, and lack the inventiveness of the title track. Listenable as these two songs are, "TV Ceasar" is downright annoying in it's "might mouse" that rhymes with "house" lyrics really from the usually stellar Keith Reid. Fortunatley," A Souvenir of London", with it's street busker take-off of guitar, mandolin, strummed banjo and an oversized bass drum kick senseless from the great BJ Wilson, is a refreshing treat.

Made to be one of Procol's "funny" cast off album tunes, it's lyrics about catching the clap, in London, are beyond the pale and is quite truly enjoyable. Procol Harum were never known for having solid albums and Grand Hotel is no exception. However, "Bringing Home the Bacon" features a soaring keyboard melody that sounds as if it was lifted straight out of the late Keith Emerson's head.

It's as close to a full blown prog song that band ever attempted. Only a mind numbing instrumental section is lacking. The same is true with the songs "For Liquorice John" and the Renaissance-like "Fires That Burn Brightly", which features backing "scat' vocals that are similar to the vocal hijinks that Annie Haslam and her band dubbed a "vocalise. Still, 4 stars is a worthy rating as Grand Hotel has all the elements needed to thrill a prog fan. Sorokin ProcolWho?

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by giving monthly PayPal donations and help keep PA fast-loading and ad-free forever. This is one of the finest Procol Harum's works, and perhaps the last one that you can define as brilliant.

After the artistic. More of this can be found in ellegantly articulated pieces such as the OST-oriented 'T. Caesar', the dramatic 'For Liquorice John' an overwhelimg portrait of self-destruction and suicide and the baroque-driven 'Fires Which Burnt Brightly '.

Passion flows on without bursting out of measure in 'A Rum's Tale', a captivating bluesy ballad. But there's always room for humour and irony, as you can notice in: the fake high spirit of the broken-hearted 'Toujours l'Amour' the single, actually ; the country Album) 'A Souvenir of London', which revolves around a secret V.

Fortunately, in 'Grand Hotel' it is not exhaustion, but grandeur that still reigns in the kingdom of Procol Harum. After some harder rocking studio albums and this surprise live album in Edmonton of all placesBrooker was freed from Robin Trower great solo carreer and there was no holding him back anymore and he was able to unleash all of his grandeur using the philarmonic orchestra as a single instrument and writing with that in mind.

Although " Grand Hotel" may not be generally viewed as one of the very best of the Procol Harum albums, and is in a way a bit retrogressive going back to the sound of " Procol Harum", " Shine On Brightly" and " A Salty Dog", instead of following the T.V. Ceasar - Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Vinyl adventurous path of " Home" and " Broken Barricades"and although the band already lost some key members, the album is actually one of their very best.

How come Procol Harum have so few reviews? Four stars! Grand Hotel was once in my top 10 of all time. This is easily and honestly my favorite album by the oft underrated and undermentioned band Procol Harum.

Reid claimed that the song was really inspired regardless of how it turned out and was interpreted by a visit to a souvenir shop near George Martin 's Air Studios. Reviewing for Rolling Stone inBud Scoppa called Grand Hotel a "confused and uneven transitional album" and "a collection of overblown production jobs that, at their worst, approach self-parody, and simpler, less grandiose tracks that suggest Procol Harum may yet find a way out of the corner they have worked themselves into.

Despite their current white-tie conceit, they still haven't decided. In a retrospective review, AllMusic 's James A. Gardner gave the album three-and-a-half out of five stars and said the replacement of the band's original guitarist Robin LP with the "capable, even powerful, but not nearly as distinctive" Mick Grabham resulted in a greater reliance on "ornate arrangements than guitar riffs, making this somewhat more dignified than either of their previous studio albums, Home and Broken Barricades.

Both were "raw" tracks; i. One of the bonus tracks, "Bringing Home the Bacon", is the only one to feature former guitarist Dave Ball. The reissue also featured an essay by Patrick Humphries and was reissued in a cardboard sleeve. This release was limited to copies in g white vinyl. Newly remastered from the original master tapes and cut at Abbey Road Studiosit has a gatefold sleeve and facsimile of the original lyric book.

All tracks are written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid. United Kingdom-Silver [10]. There's a lovely waltz break, and some Gothic choral vocals that give the piece real character. Toujours L'Amour is a powerful rocker with a lovely emotive guitar solo from Grabham.

Bringing Home The Bacon is probably even better, with has some sizzling organ sounds and the odd piano run I love the solos on this one. There's also A Souvenir Of London which is a light-hearted tale of venereal disease, with a rather un-Procol sound While I'm not fond of the lounge, almost bossa nova feel of Robert's Box the only track here I don't likeFires Which Burn Brightly is another underated classic PH tune, that concludes with some spectacular vocal acrobactics from guest chanteuse Christiane Legrand.

Overall, Grand Hotel an indication that, unlike many other prog bands, Procol Harum had got its second wind. The new line-up would also go on to produce Exotic Birds And Fruit an even better album in my opinion and Procol's Ninth, which has some great songs.

The band would never quite return to the sheer astounding heights of the late 60s, but this album is ample proof that PH were still well worth listening to. My favourite tracks are the grandiose title song, romantically naiive and simple 'A Rum Tale' and 'Fires Which Burnt Brightly ' with a soprano guest voice and classical music flavour. But no prog fan should ignore them as one-or-two- hits-dinosaurs.

Recorded at a time when the band's star was waning rapidly, "Grand hotel" is actually a highly credible effort, with many fine melodic tracks. Gary Brooker's highly distinctive vocals dominate proceedings as usual, accompanied by a much changed line up from their previous studio album.

The most significant change is the departure of guitarist Robin Trower, replaced here by Mick Grabham. The result of these changes was that Procol Harum effectively became Gary Brooker plus any other musicians he appointed. Keith Reid was still on board as lyricist, but it was Brooker who dictated the sound of the band. The albums kicks off with the majestic title track, which slowly paints a picture of the days when no expense was spared when building luxury hotels.

The track is surprisingly progressive in structure, Brooker's orchestration not to mention 22 mandolins! As a rule, Brooker focuses on ensuring that the songs here have strong melodies. Tracks such as "A Rum tale", a sort of sequel to "A salty dog", and "TV Ceasar" are carefully crafted and highly enjoyable pieces. They are relatively straightforward compositions with little real development, but the detailed arrangements give them a warm depth. The latter sees Brooker giving one of his wonderful, full range vocal performances.

Mick Grabham takes the opportunity to show that he too is a highly accomplished guitarist on the upbeat "Toujours L'Amour", although the song itself is one of the less memorable Procol Harum songs. The second side of the album sees the quality dip slightly.

In all, "Grand Hotel" is a fine album which has not enjoyed the recognition it deserves. It is a perfect example of how good arrangements can transform average compositions into high quality songs. Brooker has now the full command since Album) departure. Most of the members featured here were already present on the grandiose Edmonton affair.

There is one masterpiece of music on this album. I am referring to the title and opening track of course.

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A Rum Tale 4. Ceasar 5. A Souvenir of London 6. Bringing Home the Bacon 7. For Liquorice John 8. Fires Which Burnt Brightly 9. Robert's Box Total Time Bonus tracks on remaster: Grand Hotel single version Robert's Box single version Bonus tracks on remaster: Grand Hotel raw track without orchestra Bringing Home the Bacon raw track There are many highlights on what is a very consistent album. The powerful title track is an opulent orchestral work-out similar in style to although just not quite as good as the classic track A Salty Dog.

There's a lovely waltz break, and some Gothic choral vocals that give the piece real character. Toujours L'Amour is a powerful rocker with a lovely emotive guitar solo from Grabham. Bringing Home The Bacon is probably even better, with has some sizzling organ sounds and the odd piano run I love the solos on this one.

There's also A Souvenir Of London which is a light-hearted tale of venereal disease, with a rather un-Procol sound While I'm not fond of the lounge, almost bossa nova feel of Robert's Box the only track here I don't likeFires Which Burn Brightly is another underated classic PH tune, that concludes with some spectacular vocal acrobactics from guest chanteuse Christiane Legrand.

Overall, Grand Hotel an indication that, unlike many other prog bands, Procol Harum had got its second wind. The new line-up would also go on to produce Exotic Birds And Fruit an even better album in my opinion and Procol's Ninth, which has some great songs. The band would never quite return to the sheer astounding heights of the late 60s, but this album is ample proof that PH were still well worth listening to.

My favourite tracks are the grandiose title song, romantically naiive and simple 'A Rum Tale' and 'Fires Which Burnt Brightly ' with a soprano guest voice and classical music flavour.

But no prog fan should ignore them as one-or-two- hits-dinosaurs. Recorded at a time when the band's star was waning rapidly, "Grand hotel" is actually a highly credible effort, with many fine melodic tracks. A Souvenir of London 6. Bringing Home The Bacon 7. For Liqourice John 8. Fires Which Burn Brightly 9. Robert's Box Grand Hotel raw track without orchestra Bringing Home the Bacon raw track Album) Dave Ball. Wilson drums, percussion ; Keith Reid. Wilson mandolin, drums, percussion ; Chris Copping organ ; Alan Cartwright acoustic bass.

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Namespaces Article Talk. Views Read Edit View history. Help Learn to edit Community portal Recent changes Upload file. Download as PDF Printable version. I want to tell you the tale of the album cover. We met in their hotel room at the Sheraton in the Prudential Center, a very nice crashpad.

I still have an Ektachrome slide or two that I shot of the duo in that room. Most of the questions came from my editor, who was like me a fan and paid attention to detail. But the final question came from me, and it provoked quite a response.

Both Brooker and Reid shot out of their chairs. They were outraged that anyone had actually caught them at that particular deception. Then, after a minute or so, Brooker calmed down and spilled the beans.

Ball was still in the band during both the photo sessions for the cover, shot LP Los Angeles, and the recording sessions for the album, done in the UK. Then Ball quit PH before the album was released. The band had to decide what to do about that, and the contract deadline for the album was looming. They did not have time to hire a new guitarist, re-record the album, and travel to reshoot the photos.

They could do two out of three, and the parting with Ball was not pleasant so the hiring task was first on the list. After hiring Mick Grabham, they re-recorded the album with him, and then faked the photos.

Back then there was no Photoshop. It is not so obvious on the relatively tiny photos in the CD release. This time they sat afterward to sign autographs. He smiled and said Dave Ball does indeed appear on the cover.

He turned over the CD to point at the champaign glass on the back. Indeed there he is. The entire band appeared among the bubbles, highly distorted by the curved glass and the liquid. The unreleased tapes of the Ball version of Grand Hotel may still exist somewhere. I happen to think Grabham was a far better T.V.

Ceasar - Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Vinyl for PH. And my editor was Neal Vitale, now a major publisher with a whole lot more money than any rock musician I ever interviewed. Report this review Posted Friday, May 23, Review Permalink Boojieboy I rarely hand out 5-star ratings, but this album is grand enough and majestic enough to give it the edge. Also, all songs are worthy of listening to not skipping over and have something to offer. The remastering of thisSalvo gives it the sonic palette that brings it to the point of fine art.

Production was handled by master producer Chris Thomas. There's a nice variety and diversity Album) the songs which gives the album color and depth. Here are short summaries of the songs: Grand Hotel - Big production with orchestra.

A slower song that doesn't rush, because you don't need to rush grandness. Toujours L'Amour - An uptempo song, with some interesting Album) changes. A Rum Tale - Quieter song featuring piano and some fun lyrics by the band's primo lyricist Keith Reid A Souvenir of London - Mostly acoustic song where the band tries for a street musician feel. A lighthearted, fun song. Bringing Home the Bacon - Probably the most rocky song on the album.

Features some tasty drumming by ace drummer BJ Wilson. There is an exciting prog-like keyboard part that occurs between major song sections. Highly English. Robert's Box - A most straightforward song to end the album, but still containing some interesting ideas. They never reached higher than this. If you get one album, this should be it.

Report this review Posted Monday, May 2, Review Permalink SteveG Grand Hotel, fromwas as close as Procol Harum ever got to a full blown prog album, but never quite made that leap of faith. New guitarist Mick Grabham is mostly in the background on this album with keyboards, bass and drums to the fore. First off, I want to emphasize that this album is really one of those that has to suit one's taste. It is very much a homage to the music of Eastern Europe and of wealthy aristocrats of a time nearly a century past.

The title track tells about a night in one of Europe's grand hotels with a Palm Courts orchestra dishing out waltzes to those dancing and dinning in ties and tails.

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9 thoughts on “T.V. Ceasar - Procol Harum - Grand Hotel (Vinyl, LP, Album)

  1. View credits, reviews, tracks and shop for the Vinyl release of Grand Hotel on Discogs. Label: Chrysalis - ,Chrysalis - • Format: Vinyl LP, Album, Reissue • Country: Germany • Genre: Rock • Style: Symphonic Rock/5.

  2. Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the Record Store Day release of a strictly limited edition newly re-mastered gram white vinyl LP edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album “Grand Hotel”. Released in March the album was the first to feature a line-up of Gary Brooker (piano, vocals), Alan Cartwright (bass), Chris.

  3. Also the DVD has vintage footage of live versions of songs from Grand Hotel and a few blueskyservices.biz A Salty Dog and Broken Barricades. The thing I am most impressed with is the remastered sound. It's the royal treatment this classic Procol Harum album has been deserving for a very long time/5().

  4. Procol Harum: Grand Hotel ‎ (LP, Album, Gat) Chrysalis: CHR The Let Them Eat Vinyl pressing sounds like a crappy motel with stains in the beds and dodgy pools compared to the original Poor Christiane Legrand sounds like a space invader. The UK original Procol Harum - Grand Hotel has a warm and full sound and is pure.

  5. TV Ceasar, according to Keith Reid, was written 'in the last period' before the Grabham-version of Procol Harum started working on the Grand Hotel album: in other words, late autumn of probably saw the music composed for words that were very likely complete by August. The bitty arrangement does not quite sound like a fully-realised creation, and the 'cross-talk' by which one musical idea.

  6. From the opening piano chords on the classic title track, "Grand Hotel", the listener knows they are truly in store for a fantastic excursion that only Procol Harum can offer. This hit album continues in the fine tradition of their previous classic recordings with the wonderful "Toujours L'Amour."/5().

  7. Grand Hotel defied classification but remains one of Procol Harum's best loved and most admired works. This expanded two disc edition includes five bonus tracks, (three previously unreleased), taken from the early recording sessions, along with a DVD featuring a previously unreleased performance filmed for RTBF television in Belgium from /5().

  8. With 'Grand Hotel' () Procol Harum would up-date its sound and record a fine (or refined) symphonic rock album with some mild progressive touches. Gary Brooker would write some of his most elegant chord progressions and melodies for song like 'Grand Hotel', 'TV Ceasar' and 'Fires'.

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