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The Prodigal Stranger

Procol Harum

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Album Review

This album is one of the finest - and least successful - 'comeback albums' to ever be released. After disbanding in the late 70's, Procol Harum returned in 1991 with this very strong album that should have been a complete rebirth of this, one of the most classic and original bands of the 1960's. Despite the modern production, there isn't any artificial feeling on this album. Organist Matthew Fisher shines on virtually every cut, as does vocalist/pianist Gary Brooker, who along with original Procol lyricist Keith Reid, wrote most of the fine material on this album, which can be clearly be seen as a wonderful progression from their trailblazing work in the 1960's. Lead Guitarist Robin Trower is on several cuts, and the addition of his frighteningly intense playing is truly icing on the cake.

Biography

Formed: 1967 in London, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '60s, '70s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Procol Harum is arguably the most successful "accidental" group creation — that is, a band originally assembled to take advantage of the success of a record created in the studio — in the history of progressive rock. With "A Whiter Shade of Pale" a monster hit right out of the box, the band evolved from a studio ensemble into a successful live act, their music built around an eclectic mix of blues-based rock riffs and grand classical themes. With singer/pianist Gary Brooker and lyricist...
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