For once, the critics are somewhat right: "A Salty Dog" is Procol's finest album. From start to finish, it is a true expression of both lyrical and musical brilliance. The album opens to the often haunting and occassionally uplifting orchestral sounds of the title track, made beautiful and complete by Keith Reid's powerful words and Gary Brooker's highly emotional vocal performance. But, the album does not expire after the first track; it continues to dazzle the listener with incredible straight-forward rock tunes ("The Devil Came From Kansas," "Milk of Human Kindness," and "Crucifiction Lane"), orchestral rock masterpieces (the horn section of "All This and More" and the musical climaxing of "Wreck of the Hesperus"), and amazing art-rock experiements ("Too Much Between Us" and "Boredom"). Reid's words are also impressive, among the finest in the Procol canon. All in all, "A Salty Dog" is Procol's most musically diverse album, and will continue to remain regarded as the brilliant apex of their marvelous musical career.