Procol Harum film show in Islington
Henry Scott-Irvine entertains the Palers
Film-maker Henry Scott-Irvine (pictured, right) very kindly came out to Palers' Base-Camp on Saturday 13 December, following Procol's Homecoming Concert on the 12th, to show some gems from his film collection ... selection listed below.
All these clips, and many more, are potential content for a Procol Harum DVD or broadcast film that he hopes to make if sufficient sponsorship can be raised.
See below for a little more detail about this.
Henry sends this note of some of the items viewed by a hardcore of (relatively) early risers:
- Sandie Shaw singing Long Live Love "live" in rehearsal with The Paramounts in October 1966 (!!)
- Procol Harum singing Homburg in colour (unseen until now) in October 1967
- Procol in Concert At The Bilzen Festival August 1967, live and shot on B & W film: it featured A Christmas Camel (very Ballad Of a Thin Man), Conquistador (rough version), and AWSoP (rousing version)
- Procol interview from 1967, with Keith Reid frequently saying ' ... man!'
- Procol in Scandinavia (unseen ... shh ...!) in 1974 'Live', performing Bringing Home the Bacon, and Toujours L'Amour (which caught the attention of a bemused and smiling Geoff Whitehorn who stayed for the entire screening until 12.30)
- The longer version of my Song Stories (untransmitted "Pilot") A Whiter Shade of Pale documentary, which met with a chorus of approval from fans. This was an extended version of the film shown to the assembled party-goers at Redhill in 1997. Not bad as we made it for diddly squat and ... As the saying goes "If that's what I can do for very little ... imagine what I could do with a budget of £40k ...
So : help fund a Procol documentary! Anyone with some cash to spare and a yearning to see all this rare footage should write to Henry Scott-Irvine c/o firstname.lastname@example.org ... he writes, 'I am thinking of having an archive TV/FILM/VIDEO Screening at a London venue soon, in order to raise funds. Let me have your thoughts ... '
Geoff Whitehorn enjoys some early Procol footage ... and refers to Robin Trower as 'Trousers'
Note the puzzlingly-placed typewriter ... there was one in the bar at Jury's Croydon as well.