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A Salty Dog


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  • Audio CD (Feb. 21 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Westside UK
  • ASIN: B00000IN3G
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  LP Record
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (25 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #49,331 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Salty Dog
2. The Milk Of Human Kindness
3. Too Much Between Us
4. The Devil Came From Kansas
5. Boredom
6. Juicy John Pink
7. Wreck Of The Hesperus
8. All This And More
9. Crucifiction Lane
10. Pilgrim's Progress
11. Long Gone Geek
12. Bonus Cuts: All This And More (Take 1)
13. Bonus Cuts: The Milk Of Human Kindness (Take 1)
14. Bonus Cuts: Pilgrim's Progress (Take 1)
15. Bonus Cuts: McGreggor
16. Bonus Cuts: Still There'll Be More (Take 8)

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Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British Progressive/Pop band's third album, originally released in 1969. Rightly lauded as Procol Harum's masterpiece, A Salty Dog is one of the high spots of late '60s Rock culture; an unmissable musical voyage, a brilliant example of how to fuse classical music with Rock and a tremendously rewarding experience, enhanced here with six bonus tracks selected by band leader Gary Brooker. When you listen to the album, it becomes clear - from the sweeping title track that opens the album, to the serene 'Pilgrims Progress', which brings it to a conclusion, that A Salty Dog is quite simply Procol's most rewarding album. 16 tracks. Salvo. 2009. --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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Most people I know either love prog-rock or hate it - except for "A Salty Dog." One of the pioneers of their much maligned genre, Procol Harum proved early on that it was possible to bring classical stylings and elaborate arrangements into rock without sounding bombastic or pretentious. Few other bands have managed to do so, and even Procol themselves didn't always live up to their own standards after their third album. But however briefly, they proved it could be done.
The title track is still the show-stopper, with its gorgeous orchestration and haunting lyrics, but it's only the tip of the iceberg. The nautical theme recurs throughout the album, most prominently on "The Wreck of the Hesperus," which features the album's most frantic musical arrangement. Cleverly tucked about halfway into the original album's progression, it serves as an unexpected climax if you listen to the songs in order. Elsewhere, "Juicy John Pink" and "The Devil Came From Kansas" serve as reminders that progressive rock is still rock and are a lasting testament to Robin Trower's influence during his too-brief sojourn with the band. Toward the end, the minor-key "All This and More" and "Pilgrim's Progress" bring things full circle with their more characteristic keyboard-driven melodies and dark lyrics.
As usual, the "new" bonus tracks clutter the setting a bit, but on balance they're a nice addition. "Long Gone Geek," a long-lost B-side, is one of the hardest rockers they've ever recorded. "Still There'll Be More" is apparently the same take found on the "Home" album, but as one of the best songs on one of their lesser efforts, it's welcome on this CD as far as I'm concerned.
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There once was a band called Procol Harum, who loomed under the popular music radar screen while making the best progressive rock music ever made. They were a band without peer, who were some of the best songwriters and musicians of their era. They reached the pinnacle of their career with this, their third album "A Salty Dog". Although I'm sometimes torn between this one and their next album "Home", If I was to take any of their discs to a desert island, it would have to be this one. Only because there are a couple songs on here I simply could not live without. Most notably, the stunning opener "A Salty Dog". This one is a woefully underappreciated gem that should have been a huge hit in America. Gary Brooker has never surpassed the superb vocal performance he achieved on this song. With it's big time drumbeat by B.J. Wilson, widely regarded as the best rock drummer of all time, and it's early use of full orchestration, this song had a huge panoramic sound that just couldn't be beat. This one's on my short list of best rock recordings ever made. The other must have on here is "Pilgrim's Progress". A nice contagious little hymn that's hard to forget. Sung by Matthew Fisher, he also plays virtually every instrument on this track. More time went into the production of this song than any other on the album. Sadly, this was the last song done by the multi-talented Fisher before he left the band for greener pastures, which he never found. Other favorites on here: "The Milk Of Human Kindness". I love this song with it's honky tonk piano sound and lyrics like "She left me for a wasp without a sting". Keith Reid really had a way with words. "The Devil Came From Kansas", which offers some howling guitar soloing by the great Robin Trower.Read more ›
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Up until 1968, my musical tastes were based on what I heard on AM radio in Detroit. Then I discovered FM and the legendary WABX where you could hear just about anything. I knew of Procol Harum via " A Whiter Shade Of Pale" but when I heard "In Held Twas In I" from the "Shine On Brightly" album at the age of 11, I was completely blown away. A few months later, this masterpiece was released and it still sounds as important today as it did in the spring of 69. It did fairly well in the states to bolster the band's popularity. It was a huge hit on Detroit FM and they played many a show there. At least one of which was with the Detroit Symphony.
Procol was a band that often pulled in different directions and while that was probably the root cause of key players like
Mathew Fisher and Robin Trower leaving, it was actually what makes this so great. Classically tinged rock countered ballsy blues/rock and a couple of folk influeneced tracks. From the opening strains of the title track to the fade out coda on "Pilgrims Progress" this is truly a sonic sea voyage. I agree for the most part with the sentiment that much of what came afterward didn't quite match this, with the exception of "Live With The Edmonton Symphony" and "Broken Barricades". Sadly, those recordings are currently out of print.
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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.
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