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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: 4.8 out of 5 stars 26 customer reviews
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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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Limited Edition High Definition Japanese pressing in a miniature LP sleeve. Cube Records. 2006.

Procol Harum could be credited (if not blamed) for popularizing classical rock with its J.S. Bach-inspired hit, 1967's "A White Shade of Pale," but the band only rarely drifted into the precious territory explored by groups like the Moody Blues and Emerson, Lake & Palmer. A Salty Dog, Procol Harum's third and best album, was built around the twin keyboards of Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher (who also produced this album), but also showcased the bluesy, fuzz-toned guitar of Robin Trower. The title tune is a fully orchestrated sea ballad memorable for Brooker's soulfully majestic vocal. Folk-rock tunes like "The Milk of Human Kindness" and "Too Much Between Us" were more stripped-down but no less effective. And on "The Devil Came from Kansas," Trower uncorked a burly guitar solo that was downright heavenly. --John Milward --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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If you don't have Salvo Records 40th anniversary edition from 2009 then Esoteric's is okay. The packaging is close to Salvo's quality and it has more bonus tracks nonetheless, it is sonically inferior to Salvo's release. The re-mastering really lacks bass depth as well imaging on the drums. Let's face it a lot of signal processing is in the mastering stage, so digital workstations probably leached important dynamics out of music. Seems EQ been overused as well and then compressed digitally so everything sounds brighter and the bottom is gone. This is a real audible loss for those who know this recording. If you enjoy this the album on a purely compositional and musical level you may not miss the great dynamics in the recording but if you are at least an amateur audiophile avoid this release.
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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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