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BBC Sessions 1967-68 [no label, 1CD]

Next up with my BBC project is the British band Procol Harum. These days, they’re primarily known for their international number one hit “A Whiter Shade of Pale.” But they were a classic rock band with a number of hits, especially in Britain, and a long career of albums with intelligent songs.

There has never been any kind of official BBC album. However, some songs have been released as bonus tracks. For this album, all but one of the songs (plus the bonus track) come from bonus tracks.

The exception is the song “Conquistador.” This recording isn’t from the BBC at all. It’s a key song (and a minor hit) that the band played at the BBC around this time period, but the recordings apparently didn’t survive. However, I found a version performed on a French TV show without a cheering audience, so I used that. Unfortunately, for a portion of the song, the lead vocals microphone was turned off. But I was able to find another soundboard quality recording of the song (I forget from where exactly, it’s been a while), and I used that to fill in the missing portion, which if I recall lasted for a verse or two. That’s why that song has “[Edit]” in the title.

Speaking of “[Edit],” there are a few more songs with that in the title. These recordings are from the time period when BBC DJs were commonly talking over the music. Procol Harum got off fairly lightly, with only four songs with that problem on this album. I suspect that’s because the band played for more serious BBC shows where the talking was less compared to the pop based shows where there could be talking over nearly every song.

Regarding that bonus track, the instrumental “Repent Walpurgis,” it comes from the same BBC session as some others here (tracks 5 through 8), but it’s officially unreleased. In this case I can understand, because the sound quality is poor. Thus it’s just a bonus track.

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Track 01. Morning Dew [Edit] 3:12
Track 02. Mabel [Edit] 1:38
Track 03. A Whiter Shade of Pale 5:13
Track 04. Homburg [Edit] 3:50
Track 05. Good Captain Clack 1:19
Track 06. She Wandered through the Garden Fence 3:12
Track 07. Kaleidoscope 2:28
Track 08. Conquistador [Edit] 2:38
Track 09. Quite Rightly So 3:41
Track 10. Ramblin’ On 4:15
Track 11. Shine On Brightly [Edit] 3:43
Track 12. Skip Softly [My Moonbeams] 3:31
Track 13. Repent Walpurgis [Instrumental] [Edit] 4:56
44 mins

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  1. 9 Responses to “PROCOL HARUM - BBC SESSIONS 1967 - 1968”

  2. From Soho down to Brighton, I must have sucked them all,

    but i aint seen nothing like him in any gay bar or halls man that swappers sure has a pair of big balls

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2022

  3. Love Procol Harum and will grab this. But definitely check out the albumsthatshouldexist blog. Some outstanding stuff, and all in soundboard quality.

    By Tony on Dec 21, 2022

  4. Thanks Big O for the music. Thanks Tony for the site recommendation.

    By Trevor Smith on Dec 21, 2022

  5. Rumor has it Procul gots a Big Un

    By U L E on Dec 21, 2022

  6. R.I.P. Franco Harris

    By Derrick on Dec 21, 2022

  7. Yeah Derrick, it’s a shame he’s croaked. No more immaculate receptions. RIP.

    By Ho Ho Ho Mo on Dec 22, 2022

  8. Ever since I was a young boy, I sucked alot of balls
    From Soho down to Brighton, I must of sucked them all

    By Derrick on Dec 22, 2022

  9. Splish Splump, I was takin a dump
    Long about a Saturday night, yeah
    A rub dub, I was suckin a chub
    Thinking everything was alright

    By HHH on Dec 22, 2022

  10. Procol Harum, a very good band.

    Thanks, so much

    By LUIS PALMA on Jan 7, 2023

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