Procol Harum - Live At Stockholm (1971)

A visitor left a comment that the rar file contained only 13 and not 14 songs. Don't know why the file omitted the last song. So I fixed it and now you have the Grand Finale in the one here.

Re-up and much improved sound of this other radio set recorded the same year than the WPLJ one. What a great thing all these bands who gave radio concerts. I think that with the new mix I did, it's much more pleasant to listen to this concert. The streaming below is with the original sounding bootleg. I can assure that the sound is better on the dl version. I also improved the cover sleeve (not mine).

Six months after the WPLJ concert in New York, we find a new Procol Harum. New because Robin Trower is now gone and his place has been taken by Dave Ball, new because they have now a full-time bassist (Alan Cartwright), and new because the band, probably a Brooker's wish, goes back to the music they played before Home, more keyboards driven than the one they played the 2 former years due to the Trower's influence toward a more straight rock sound. Honestly, it doesn't work so good here. The band does not find the magical atmosphere that these songs from the first 3 album deserved. In particular, Gary Brooker seems quite not at his most confortable on the oldest tracks, often missing the beginning of the words. The tracks from Home are the best, leaving Dave Ball show his style, quite different from the Trower's one, and who did not fit well with the Procol's style, in particular when he had only to be a discrete companion of the piano-keyboards duo. The frustration of Ball will be that he has no proper song to play and this must have been quite uneasy to deal with. But of course, any live set from Procol can be listened with pleasure for BJ Wilson, as good as ever here. Actually, it's a precious document of the transformation of the band from the rock era of Home and Broken Barricades to the classical ear of Live with the Edmonton Orchestra and Grand Hotel. This live set is here recorded from a good source apparently and is due to theultimatebootlegexperience blog, which is no more active it seems but maybe I don't have the new link. One of the best moments here is the extracts of the "In Held Twas I" suite, haunted and rough as rarely and from which I put in streaming "In the Autumn of my Madness" which was sung originally by Matthew Fisher but fits well to Gary Brooker. The end is pure doom and even Black Sabbath did not play so funeral music.

In the Autumn of my Madness. In the autumn of my madness when my hair is turning grey For the milk has finally curdled and I've nothing left to say When all my thoughts are spoken (save my last departing birds) Bring all my friends unto me and I'll strangle them with words In the autumn of my madness which in coming won't be long For the nights are now much darker and the daylight's not so strong And the things which I believed in are no longer quite enough For the knowing is much harder and the going's getting rough



Anonymous said...

This looks like a great show...any chance of a link?

dk said...

Don't know what you mean. There's always a link. It's usually on the "here" of "enjoy here". For this post it's on the "here" of "enjoy the whole set here". And it works. All the posts are associated with a valid link.
Tell me if it doesn't work.

Dominique Briois said...

it's me again dk
can you please re-post this great swedish show ?
i will be very enjoyed

dkelvin said...

I'll do it but I'd like to improve the sound beforehand, so thx to wait, I can do it only next week

Dominique Briois said...

thx to you dkelvin for this "magnifique" concert
Procol Harum is divine
best rgds

nenest56 said...

Thank you so much! Great show...
Greetings from Switzerland - Nenest

Anonymous said...

There are only 13 songs, not 14 like it is on the back cover

dkelvin said...

Goddamn it's true. I upload the complete version immediately. Thnks to have left a comment.

Anonymous said...

Thank you very much for uploading the now complete version. Best greetings from Austria.

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