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Grand Hotel Original recording remastered
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Digitally remastered reissue with 2 bonus tracks: 'Grand Hotel' (single version) and 'Robert's Box' (single version).
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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"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 ›
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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!
If you are a fan of their earlier "classic" work in the 1960's, I would encourage you to consider my point of view, that Procol Harum got EVEN BETTER in the 1970's! Gary Brooker's songwirting style matured, and the arrangements became more and more skillfully crafted, and the band (particularly after the addition of guitarist Mick Grabham) became more and more tight and comfortable with their sound.
Grand Hotel contains many many gems, many of which are in PH's current (2003) touring repertoire. The title track is one of their many signature long masterpieces, with key changes, tempo changes, big orchestration, massive guitar licks, on and on. Describing it is nearly futile, you must hear it. Similar words apply to the closer, "Robert's Box."
The interior of the album contains some of PH's most rocking and hard-driving music, inlcuding "Bringing Home the Bacon," "Toujours L'Amour," and "Fires."
Also contains one of my favorites, "For Liquorice John."