Procol Harum, who reached an astounding peak with their 1967 debut, achieved further heights with each successive release up to A Salty Dog, their third.
This album mixes heartfelt singing with orchestral grandeur and
an R&B-based rhythm section (BJ Wilson is one of the great unsung drummers of
the 60s and 70s). The band easily and honestly moves from the symphonic
mini-epic of the title track to the bluesy The Milk of Human Kindness.
The dual keyboards offer a regal sheen that is nicely punctuated by Robin
Trower's guitar. Throughout, Gary Brooker's vocals are richly barbed – the
perfect vehicle to deliver lyricist Keith Reid's literary verses. With the
departure of organist Matthew Fisher, this was the last great recording by the
original line-up of Procol Harum. This album is essential.
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