Procol Harum — Novum (April 21, 2017) •• Procol Harum mark their return after a 12 year absence with a brand new album in their 50th anniversary year.
•• “Novum” sees a new lyrical direction for Procol Harum with lyrics by Pete Brown, famous for his collaboration with Cream. This has given a different feel to the songs, retaining the thought provoking content for which the band has always been known. This long~awaited collection of brand new songs is sure to be devoured greedily by Procol Harum’s devoted fanbase.
•• “Our last studio album was in 2003 and with 2017 being 50 years of Procol Harum, something special was needed, which has resulted in a new album of new songs with the band as we’ve stood for the past decade, all contributing with producer Dennis Weinreich to make what I believe to be one of the finest Procol Harum albums ever.” — GARY BROOKER © 31st March 1969: Studio portrait of the British rock group Procol Harum. Front, left to right: songwriter Keith Reid, drummer B.J. Wilson. Back, left to right: singer Gary Brooker, organist Matthew Fisher, guitarist Robin Trower, and bassist David Knights. (Photo by Jack Robinson/Hulton Archive/Getty Images)
Location: Southend~on~Sea, Essex
Album release: April 21, 2017
Record Label: Eagle Records
01. I Told on you 5:33
02. Last Chance Motel 4:49
03. Image of the Beast 4:57
04. Soldier 5:29
05. Don’t Get Caught 5:13
06. Neighbour 2:46
07. Sunday Morning 5:29
08. Businessman 4:45
09. Can’t Say That 7:13
10. The Only One 6:11
11. Somewhen 3:47
© 2017 Eagle Rock Entertainment•• Sixties rockers Procol Harum — the band best known for 1967’s “A Whiter Shade of Pale” — will release a new album April 21 via Eagle Records.
•• The new disc, Novum, is their first studio album in 14 years, and their 13th overall.
•• What’s the occasion? The band is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. They’ll even be kicking off a U.K. tour to add to the fun.
•• “Our last studio album was in 2003, and with 2017 being 50 years of Procol Harum, something special was needed,” says Procol Harum frontman Gary Brooker. “[This] has resulted in an album of new songs with the band as we’ve stood for the past decade, all contributing with producer Dennis Weinreich to make what I believe to be one of the finest Procol Harum albums ever. Just listen.”
•• Half a century ago, the band helped define the prog~rock genre while embracing their blues and soul roots. “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” continues to be one of the best~selling singles of all time (the video below has more than 60 million views).
★♠•♠★ Besides Gary Brooker (keyboards, vocals, ..., Procol Harum features
★♠•♠★ Matt Pegg, bassist (Jethro Tull, Ian Brown),
★♠•♠★ Geoff Dunn, drummer (Jimmy Page, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison),
★♠•♠★ Geoff Whitehorn, guitarist (Roger Chapman, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey) and
★♠•♠★ Josh Phillips, Hammond organ player (Pete Townsend and Midge Ure).
•• The cover artwork of Novum (by Julia Brown) references elements of the sleeve of their 1967 self~titled debut.
•• Novum sees a new direction for Procol Harum with the songs being written and created by the whole band, with most songs featuring words by Pete Brown, most famous for his songwriting collaboration with the members of Cream.
•• You could not be blamed for thinking that, with the monumental success of Procol’s first smash hit, the band just stopped there, like so many others. But even the recently~awarded accolade of ‘most~played single of the past seventy~five years’ has not quelled their drive to go forward.
•• In recent years Procol have released ten re~mastered CD albums, plus the 2CD anthology Secrets of the Hive; their DVDs In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Live at The Union Chapel have been widely acclaimed. There’s also a special 4~disc CD/DVD box~set compendium ~ aptly titled All This and More ~ featuring 68 of the band’s many unique compositions: this prompted Classic Rock magazine to note that ‘it’s small wonder The Who’s Tommy and Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody can be traced to Procol’s influence’.
•• The quality of writing and performance has remained Procol Harum’s gold standard through gradually~mutating line~ups: each participating musician has kept the band searching for, and reaching, new and exciting heights, preventing Procol from resting on their considerable laurels.
•• Procol Harum rocks on, in all their splendour: a galleon in full sail and soul.••••••••••••_____________________________________••••••••••••
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