Procol Harum

Procol Harum - the comings and goings of band members.

Procol Harum
Procol Harum – the comings and goings of band members.

Procol Harum in Concert – John Peel presents – June 21, 1970 – BBC Radio 1 –

Procol Harum, in concert for John Peel and recorded on June 21, 1970. Around this time, the band released their fourth album, Home a few days earlier and were undergoing some personnel changes in the process. Keyboard player Matthew Fisher left the band along with bassist David Knights. Former Paramounts bassist/keyboard player Chris Copping joined and the band took a decided turn in the direction of a more blues-based sound, which was the sound of The Paramounts, the band which eventually became Procol Harum – and now with the addition of Copping – it was, ostensibly The Paramounts.

Direction change or not, Procol Harum were still an extremely popular band, probably more so in the U.S. than in the UK – but not as popular as they were in the rest of Europe, where Home was in the top 10 in Denmark. The more bluesy-approach was relatively short-lived as they returned to the more Art-Rock based approach with Broken Barricades the following year.

Still, a band which proved influential to a number of musicians and became one of the catalysts in the Prog-Rock movement in the early 1970s.

If you’re not familiar with the music of Procol Harum, this is from their mid-point – and you might want to investigate their earlier material to get a better idea of why they were so influential. But this is still an enjoyable concert from a band whose work has always been interesting and engaging.

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