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Missing Persons Alive Forever. Atom Heart Mother Remastered Version. Influence is a shapeless thing, moving and rearranging based on sounds from the past and how they align with sounds from the present. In the case of progressive rock, a genre relocated from the pop charts to sheet music stands and art rock-favored stereos over the past four decades, influence has shifted in a similar way—later records that expanded the lexicon have lapped previous records with the incorporation of new styles, cultures and their corresponding sounds.
Prog may not be burning up the rock charts, but you can see the everlasting influence of the genre in bands ranging from Tool to Kanye West and beyond.
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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