A re-up of this single with 2 tracks from the rehearsals with the Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. I think it deserved to be available again. Catch it here.
Just a reminder that there are several albums, singles and EPs from this great band on Forgotten Songs. I'll post more in the near future cos' they deserve it. Meanwhile, all have been reup on rs and if one links doesn't work, don't hesitate to ask for it's reup. Below what I wrote in the original post.
This post is justified by the release, this month, of a new edition of the Procol Harum Live with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, first released in April 1972 and received by the press as a complete masterpiece. The attempt to mix a symphonic orchestra with rock music had been tried before but honestly, this was a joke compared to this fantastic fusion that one can listen to here. The album scored very well and fans might have though that the time for Procol Harum had finally come. That would not be true actually and the further years would not be marked by the triumph that this band deserved. Procol Harum is, since 1972, I was still a kid, one of my 5 fave groups of all the times and time has not attenuated my admiration for the Brooker - Reid duo (more important to me than the other more famous duos in rock), and also for my fave drummer of all times, I mean Barrie J Wilson, this album being maybe the one in which everyone can see why some of us place this musician at the top of their drumming pyramid. There was a single drawn out of the LP. "Conquistador" was chosen as A-side, and this revealed to be a good idea since the song reached n°22 in UK and n°16 in US. In UK, the B-side was a song that did not feature in the LP, an orchestral version of the delicate and sexually explicit "Luskus Delph". This is here what I call the forgotten song. In the US, they had decided to put "Salty Dog" and this surely contributed to the success of the single, being occupied by 2 of the most Procol Harum songs (and both des chefs d'oeuvres"). But, in bonus, I add the 2 songs that made it at the rehearsals but not at the show: "Simple Sister" and "Shine On Brightly". Both are actually not totally satisfying, in particular "Simple Sister", first because it is much shorter than the original one (that you can find in Broken Barricades), and second because the orchestra is not well integrated to the song. That will be corrected for the next orchestral evenings that the bands would play in the 2 following years such as with the Los Angeles Symphony Orchestra in August 1973 (a bootleg with a superb sound I'll post later on). So, here it is, one of the most magical band of the world in one of the most ambitious record of the last century. It could have been recorded yesterday. Enjoy this fake EP and then buy if you can the Salvo LP wherever you find it not too much expensive.
Conquistador. Conquistador your stallion stands in need of company and like some angel's haloed brow you reek of purity I see your armour-plated breast has long since lost its sheen and in your death mask face there are no signs which can be seen And though I hoped for something to find I could see no maze to unwind Conquistador a vulture sits upon your silver shield and in your rusty scabbard now the sand has taken seed and though your jewel-encrusted blade has not been plundered still the sea has washed across your face and taken of its fill And though I hoped for something to find I could see no maze to unwind Conquistador there is no time I must pay my respect and though I came to jeer at you I leave now with regret and as the gloom begins to fall I see there is no, only all and though you came with sword held high you did not conquer, only die And though I hoped for something to find I could see no maze to unwind
Luskus Delph. Tulips lips oh Luskus Delph Your baking breath breeds body 'x' With silken measures try to gauge The inside sweetness of your cave. Peach preserve your simmering jewel Hid away like orphans' gruel Help me find the widow's crack Make me stick like sealing wax Almonds eyes my turkish pearl Burn me up sweet oyster girl Shove me in your steaming vat Make me split like chicken fat