Procol Harum's 40th Anniversary and the build-up
Southend pictures from Roland at BtP (1)
BtP presents • Procol Harum's 40th Birthday Celebrations • 20 / 21 July 2007
This recording complex in Southend on Sea was home to the Palers' Band for four days. Recommended!
BtP rented Studio No 1 for the whole period, and installed a Hammond C3 and Leslie in it.
Drums (see previous shot) PA, and mics were supplied by Nightfly. As were the much-needed fans
The Nightfly Studios reception (friendly staff not shown!)
Modest, but appropriate: the Nightfly eating-area
Nightfly staff made snacks, tea and coffee to order: but chilled water was the most popular item on the menu
The chill-out area was useful for people who had come a long way (from Canada, in this case) ...
... and for people who'd put heart and soul into their drumming ...
... and for planning: Karen, Linda and Pat think ahead to the
London leg when, as 'Beyond the Pâté',
they have undertaken to cater for Procol Harum, then Gary Brooker and Guests, in the artists' area
Webmaster Jens discusses some administrative details with Thomas
A varied set of bands came and went while we were in residence, as the
rehearsal board shows. The soundproofing
was good, and when we were able to work with the door open, to improve air-flow somewhat, the Nightfly staff
were kind enough to say that they enjoyed our work, 'though I'm getting a bit tired of "Doctor Doctor"!'
The board in Studio One shows the songs we were working on: the
rationale was that they were all songs the Palers' Band
had never tackled before. The lower part of the board refers, however, to Palers' Project preparations. Thomas Raa Olsen has
worked out all the timings, since we faced an unusually tight schedule when we played at St John's Smith Square
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