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Procol Harum


Crossover Prog

3.17 | 16 ratings

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3 stars Seems to have the blues mostly all of the time

This DVD is, I suppose, well worth having for both hard core Procol Harum fans and for complete beginners. When I first bought this DVD I knew very little about the band, I now have several albums but I'm hardly a fan or collector. Procol Harum will never be my favourite band, but they were not unimportant in the history of progressive rock.

On this DVD, recorded live in Denmark, you get a very good selection of tracks from the Procol Harum catalogue. I don't know everything this band has done so I cannot really say if these songs represent the best of Procol Harum. But I tend to like many of the songs here. The performance is very intimate due to the small stage, which is great. Small venues usually create the best atmosphere.

Nothing here is truly progressive, and almost all the songs have a similar style and feeling. The mood is as if they had the blues mostly all of the time - to paraphrase one of the songs played. Though only a couple of the songs are bluesy. The musicians are all very competent and the whole band seems to enjoy themselves and that spills over to the audience. The music rocks much harder and is more guitar oriented than I had expected. The sound and picture quality is good.

With my limited knowledge of the band, I think this is a good place to start if you want to discover Procol Harum, it was for me anyway.

SouthSideoftheSky | 3/5 |


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