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Procol Harum

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London, United Kingdom (1967 – 1977, 1991 – present)

Procol Harum is a British rock band formed in London, England, in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock. The band’s claim to fame is ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’, a huge hit in 1967. The band differed from most of the bands of the 70s in the relatively prominent component to their sound, largely due to the voice and piano of leader Gary Brooker. In the early years, Matthew Fisher’s organ and Robin Trower’s guitar combined for a unique sound. In October 2012, the band was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were unsuccessful as they failed to gain enough votes.

Procol Harum is arguably the most successful “accidental” group creation — that is, a band originally assembled to take advantage of the success of a record created in the studio — in the history of progressive rock. With “A Whiter Shade of Pale” a monster hit right out of the box, the band evolved from a studio ensemble into a successful live act, their music built around an eclectic mix of blues-based rock riffs and grand classical themes. With singer/pianist Gary Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid providing the band’s entire repertory, their music evolved in decidedly linear fashion, the only major surprises coming from the periodic lineup changes that added a new instrumental voice to the proceedings.

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  • jellypanini

    all you need are their first album up until exotic birds and fruit

    5 Jan 1:54pm Reply
  • Wotsthedeal

    They have in fact made more than one fucking song. [7]

    23 Dec 2014 Reply
  • miradahl

    HaHaHaYoureDead вообще в каждом втором рупоре вещает бред сивой кобылы.

    12 Oct 2014 Reply
  • Overture1383

    HaHaHaYoureDead, ты в очередной раз не прав. Эта музыка вне времени!

    9 Aug 2014 Reply
  • Pure_Greenwood

    Crucifiction Lane is one of the best songs there is, shocked how underrated it and the album (A Salty Dog) is

    1 May 2014 Reply
  • OG-Gurda

    nah its good

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • LiberianLady

    They have in fact made more than one fucking song. [6]

    16 Feb 2014 Reply
  • HaHaHaYoureDead

    сейчас все это звучит смешно, но в свое время это должно было быть адски круто

    12 Feb 2014 Reply
  • jellypanini

    Listened to all of their albums and i gotta say, my spare time was murdered very well with this very band.

    7 Feb 2014 Reply
  • MusicMagic77

    >> Procol Harum Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra album is one of the brightest shining diamonds of the progressive rock history.

    9 Jan 2014 Reply
  • neboreikha

    Не вставило

    6 Nov 2013 Reply
  • putuebo

    Absolutely underrated band. Listen to their full albums, not just "The Whiter Shade..." or "Conquistador", they have a lot more awesome tunes, and especially albums. [2]

    25 Oct 2013 Reply
  • tr0ma

    Absolutely underrated band. Listen to their full albums, not just "The Whiter Shade..." or "Conquistador", they have a lot more awesome tunes, and especially albums.

    15 Aug 2013 Reply
  • memristor

    v but does it matter?

    17 Jun 2013 Reply
  • arashkh

    They have in fact made more than one fucking song. [5]

    26 May 2013 Reply
  • Paneska-LP

    Aun existen y hacen giras!! ._.

    21 Feb 2013 Reply
  • nidrob

    They have in fact made more than one fucking song. [4]

    17 Feb 2013 Reply
  • CinnamonOranges

    They have in fact made more than one fucking song. [3]

    25 Jan 2013 Reply
  • saltyknuckles

    Featured on SaltyKnuckles ~ Oldies № 7 - http://oldies.saltyknuckles.net/2013-02/

    21 Jan 2013 Reply
  • reagan0

    Don't forget Conquistador. That's 2 hits. Of course, if you listened to underground radio (or album oriented radio) back in the 60s and 70s, you'd have heard more than just those two songs. I know I did.

    14 Dec 2012 Reply
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