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A Salty Dog

Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen offers a personal estimation of the album


Procul [sic] Harum A Salty Dog
One of my favourite albums. I love Gary Brooker, and I loved Robin Trower when he was playing cool stuff. I never followed him after he started trying to turn into Hendrix. I didn't get it. What's he doing this for? Hendrix has already done this. Procul [sic] Harum made great music that was related to the classics, but with crazy lyrics. I still don't know what half the lyrics are about: Repent Walpurgis [from their debut album], I still don't know what that means. But it was intriguing to me. A Salty Dog is beautiful, and this reminds me of an era when keyboards didn't interfere with the guitar, just like Soft Machine. It's the kind of music that takes up where I Am The Walrus takes off. And these were all great singers. The only ratty singer I liked was Roger Chapman out of Family.

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