"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!Read more ›