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Grand Hotel

Procol Harum

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Album Review

Procol Harum's first album for Chrysalis, Grand Hotel, found the band returning to the grandeur of earlier works such as Shine on Brightly and Salty Dog. Robin Trower's replacement Mick Grabham is capable, even powerful, but not nearly as distinctive as his predecessor; consequently, the material tends to rely more on ornate arrangements than guitar riffs, making this somewhat more dignified than either of their previous studio albums, Home and Broken Barricades. Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid step up with strong material, notably the title track, "Toujours L'Amour," and "Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)." While the keyboard and orchestra-based arrangements harken back to earlier triumphs, the lyrics deal less with whaling stories than with social commentary; "A Souvenir of London" is about social diseases, with "T.V. Caesar" about the pervasive influence of television. ~ James A. Gardner, Rovi

Customer Reviews

Procol Harum's last great work

I can't believe this album has been out since the 70's, probably the best non- greatest hits album they put out, and nobody has written a review. This was a regular on my turntable in college, and Brooker never sounded better. "Bringing home the bacon " is my personal favorite, but this is truly one of those albums you can appreciate best by playing straight through. If you are a Procol Harum fan, you will not be disappointed. My only chance to see them live was in Asbury Park in 1969 ,best I remember, but the show was cancelled due to race riots. My loss.

Phenomenal

One of my all time favorite albums, great from start to finish and as street vincent states best by playing straight through. "Toujours l'amour", "A Souvenir of London" and "For Liquorice John" are absolutely fantastic. Reward your ears and get this album.

Their Best

This LP was and is played many,many times be me.It never gets old.BJ Wilsons drumming is astonishing..The arraignments are wonderful.Hard to pick 1 or 2 cuts as the whole record is great.Money well spent......

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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