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Grand Hotel Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (Nov. 15 2002)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B000058B2V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  LP Record  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
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Digitally remastered reissue with 2 bonus tracks: 'Grand Hotel' (single version) and 'Robert's Box' (single version).

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Grandiose : Procol Harum n'a pas son pareil lorsqu'il s'agit d'écrire de somptueuses symphonies conceptuelles qui sont autant d'écrins à l'alchimie parfaite des chansons du groupe. Après avoir célébré la mer sur A Salty Dog et la mort sur Home, Gary Brooker et Keith Reid s'attaquent à une minutieuse et voluptueuse description de la déliquescence. Introductions au piano, violons, voix portée par l'orgue, choeurs célestes, tout est là pour transformer en réussite cette étrange mise en scène de thèmes aussi noirs que la série du même nom. Lyrique mais jamais pompeusement grandiloquent, Procol Harum explore ici la décadence dans un luxe inouï de détails. On y boit les plus grands vins, goûte les meilleurs plats dans une vaisselle d'argent mais on s'enivre pour oublier ses chimères. Un disque d'un raffinement peu courant. --Philippe Robert --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


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Format: Audio CD
Coming off the success of their "Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" album, which hit #5 on the U.S. album chart, as well as a successful tour playing more concerts with full orchestra accompanyment, it was probably preordained that Procol Harum's next album would have a decidedly more orchestral, classical feel to it. And such was 1973's "Grand Hotel." Featuring new guitarist Mick Grabham, "Grand Hotel" is an instant Harum classic. The songs are so musically rich, and the orchestral arrangements perfectly compliment the band note for note. The big, lush title song is one of the group's best-known tunes, and is still a staple in their live repertoire today. Other favorites include the driving "Toujours L'Amour" and "TV Caesar," the lighthearted fun of "A Souvenir Of London" (with drummer B.J. Wilson playing 22 mandolins!), the classic Harum rocker "Bringing Home The Bacon," and the beautiful "For Liquorice John," which singer/pianist Gary Brooker wrote for a late friend. One of their very best releases, "Grand Hotel" is a sparkling Procol Harum album that tastes like a fine wine.
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This is the Procol Harum album that fully realizes the voluptuary, Orson Welle-sy aspect of the group. Songs glorifying a holiday in a French, Monte Carlo, or Riviera hotel or restaurant, singing about "peach flambé" and "bursting grapes"....This is Procol for Tauruses! After first hearing this album in the early 70s, it quickly became my #1 favorite among their albums, with "Broken Barricades" perhaps a co-ranker or a VERY close second.
"Fires (Which Burn Brightly)" is a depressing tune seeming to express the futility of a long forgotten cause and what ennui and overexposure have done to dull it's import. The arrangement of this tune is remarkable because of the use of one of the Swingle Singers for a bit of scat in the beginning, background and end of the song. The title song is described above, and has a gorgeous mazurka for a bridge. "Bringing Home The Bacon" is a teasing complaint about the burdens of raising a gluttonous infant, with a howling vocal by Brooker and some great organ work and recurring crescendos. Still madmen, they have songs like "Toujours L'amour", which speaks of a split-up and a contemplated suicide. "Robert's Box" could be the mandatory visit to the doctor to see about "A Souvenir Of London". "A Rum Tale" talks about an artist's attempt to sell his works, his frustration at not being able to, and his empty threat to "burn down the town". "T.V. Caesar" is a great song singing the praises of good ol' Mighty Mouse! It has one of the lushest arrangments on the album!
All in all, a very rich album, with very unusual arrangements all around for Procol...(they NEVER used an orchestra outside of their "Live" album before!
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I have read several of the Amazon reviews about this album and I agree with many points made by Procol Harum scholars. However, here is my take on "Grand Hotel". I bought this record upon it's release in 1973 and I believe it is still one of the finest collections of classic rock that I have ever heard. For this effort, Gary Brooker and Keith Reid put forth their best collection of material with a combination of superb melodies and satirical lyrics. Examples include "A Souvenir of London"; a snappy and somewhat tilted folk song about a lad that contracts a well-known social disease after his visit to the big city. "Toujours Lamour" is a lamentation of lost love, which conveys the ultimate negative response to a Dear John note. "Grand Hotel" is an elegant rocker and describes lying in bed, drinking fine wines and savoring cuisine not typically featured at the Motel 6 continental breakfast. Other memorable songs include the Caribbean flavored "Robert"s Box" and the moody "Fires that Burned Brightly", a very cool track offering the vocal talents of Christiane Legrand from the French vocal group the Swingle Singers. This lineup was my favorite PH configuration; and included the very underrated guitar playing of Mick Grabham. On "Bringing Home the Bacon" and Toujours Lamour, he laid down two of the best guitar solos that I have ever heard. As a journeyman drummer, I cannot say enough about BJ Wilson's orchestral drumming, which is put to great use on the title track. His drum beat on bacon remains a masterful demonstration of rock percussion. Brooker's voice, as always, was soulful and powerful and still has very few peers. Finally, this album has no filler material and displays the band at the peak of their artistic talents.
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Yea as stated ITS OK...Keith is sort of vague when it comes to his lyrics this time around, I may be a little tired, right now, or simply not on the ball when it comes to the lyrics but the couple of previous discs were simply right up in your face...you simply could not miss what they were trying to get across to you. On this disc the message is simply vague, hidden, and difficult to decipher. As for Mr. Bookers & Associates well their part of the conglomeration, it still works well. This is not the very best example of their work however it most certainly is not the worst of their trade either...Spigomars
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Amazon.com: HASH(0xa44e8504) out of 5 stars 54 reviews
27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa495ad2c) out of 5 stars Grand In Every Way... Feb. 4 2010
By 4-Legged Defender - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Following the huge success of their prior LP, 'LIVE WITH THE EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA', # 5 on the Billboard Album charts, Procol continued similiarly w/ use of orchestrations on this, their 6th release, with spellbinding results. Every track is a jewel, every word is a gem, and this one has always been one of my favorite Harum LP`s even after all these years. It`s grand on every level, magnificent perhaps, and caters to their strengths like no other. The album cover and title track remind me of the Greta Garbo movie of the same name that came out in the mid 1930`s - it reeks of a lush, languid, elegant decadence and despair, as does the film. Brooker wrote some of his most memorable melodies for this LP, and Keith Reid penned indelible lyrics to further burn the tunes to permanent memory ('Grand Hotel' and 'Fires Which Burnt Brightly' in particular). The vastly underrated B.J. Wilson (RIP) provides some of his most superlative, muscular drumming - why more people don`t acknowledge his skills as a drummer has always irked me to no end - listen to the incredible foundation he provides on 'Bringing Home The Bacon' and the powerful accents he uses to diffuse and dissect the orchestrations on the title track as proof. Unfortunately, when this LP came out in 1973, Glam-rock was all the rage, so this one slipped between the cracks for many listeners, though it did go to #21 on Billboard, but was never going to stand toe-to-toe w/ the likes of Ziggy Stardust or 'Dark Side' or Roxy Music (another fave of mine). If hindsight teaches us anything, this Lp deserves a re-examination like few others do.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44540fc) out of 5 stars Top Classic Rock Album - 30 later years - still the best Dec 18 2005
By Stiggs - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of the greatest adult classic rock albums of all times! The album is like a tour of a Grand Hotel where every room contains a demonstration of a human depravity - over-eating, drinking, obsessive love, mindless TV, drug addiction, suicide, sex and war. Classy, forbodding, sad, angry, funny and purposefully campy.

Fantasitc lyrics, music and musicianship. A wild and crazy use of orchestras, choirs, pianos, electric guitars, organs and drumming. Along with the lyrics (real poetry!)- its a roller coaster ride. The experience is greatest when the album is played loud!

The record sounds fantastic. There is almost no hiss and the base sounds great. Crystal clear sound! Brookers piano can be heard clearly and his voice is one of the best in any music anywhere.

Requires only a little patience, but numerous listenings. Analyzing the Keith Reid metaphors in the poetry is challenging but fun and his bidding you enter the hotel on the inside cover is classic. Grand Hotel is an absolute must for mature thinking people who want more then the usual dribble in their rock.

Friday Music's booklet has all the lyrics. The CD includes the wonderful addition of a live version of Grand Hotel with lots of Garry's piano and his diversion into Over The Rainbow!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa43aa69c) out of 5 stars Perfection May 8 2007
By Lawrence A. Strid - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Procol Harum is difficult to categorize in the annals of classic rock. Were they prog rock? Blues/R & B rock? It really doesn't matter, as they had a sound all of their own, that no other group of their age could duplicate. Their emphasis was on a "song format", as opposed to a "performance format", wherein the latter the song was just a vehicle for various soloists to do their instrumental break on. Keith Reid's lyrics add both elegance and humor to each composition on this outing. Grand Hotel captures the band at their best: the production is top rate, the strings and choir highlight but don't overshadow the band, the songs are magnificent; and the performances of the individual band members are enthralling, especially Brooker's dramatic vocals and elegant piano work and Mick Grabham's restrained but inspiring guitar work. Procol Harum had class, intelligence, and inspiration; qualities desperately lacking in many of their contemporaries and even more so with what is on the charts in the 21st century. There will never be anything like them again, and Grand Hotel presents them at the pinnacle of their creativity.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa44ade70) out of 5 stars One of the "grandest" albums of the 70's art rock scene Jan. 19 2002
By Prog Daddy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
PROCOL HARUM is a band who importance seems to have been forgotten in recent years, but their talent and tireless dedication to quality speaks for itself. I don't think that this band ever released a bad album, although some are better than others. GRAND HOTEL is perhaps the best album ever released by Gary Brooker and company (and the "company" changed often through Procol Harum's history, but to me THIS bunch is the classic line-up, not the earlier Robin Trower line-up). The music sways between beautiful symphonic art rock, and PH's early roots as a rock/R&B band, a pretty original blend if you ask me! The prog-like material is as good or even better than anything that The Moody Blues ever topped the 70's charts with, and (as a musican myself) I would say that PH are better musicians than The Moody Blues, especially Brooker, guitarist Mick Grabham, and drummer B.J Wilson. The rock tracks are amoung the best that Procol has ever done. Songs like GRAND HOTEL, TOUJORS L' AMOUR, TV CEASAR, and BRINGING HOME THE BACON are highlights of the 70's music scene, but the whole album is great and flows perfectly from song to song. A SOUVENIR OF LONDON is a classic example of PH's sense of humor, and also their best blues number ever. This is a true classic, an example of a band at the heights of their power, buy it NOW!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0xa48f1d08) out of 5 stars Grand Harum June 25 2004
By Alan Caylow - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Coming off the success of their "Live With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra" album, which hit #5 on the U.S. album chart, as well as a successful tour playing more concerts with full orchestra accompanyment, it was probably preordained that Procol Harum's next album would have a decidedly more orchestral, classical feel to it. And such was 1973's "Grand Hotel." Featuring new guitarist Mick Grabham, "Grand Hotel" is an instant Harum classic. The songs are so musically rich, and the orchestral arrangements perfectly compliment the band note for note. The big, lush title song is one of the group's best-known tunes, and is still a staple in their live repertoire today. Other favorites include the driving "Toujours L'Amour" and "TV Caesar," the lighthearted fun of "A Souvenir Of London" (with drummer B.J. Wilson playing 22 mandolins!), the classic Harum rocker "Bringing Home The Bacon," and the beautiful "For Liquorice John," which singer/pianist Gary Brooker wrote for a late friend. One of their very best releases, "Grand Hotel" is a sparkling Procol Harum album that tastes like a fine wine.


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