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Perverse hopes for 'Homburg'

As expressed on radio in 1967


Procol Harum's BBC shows are detailed here and here at 'Beyond the Pale'. One of the recordings of Homburg that survives is preceded by this exchange between a DJ (bluff, hearty and patronising) and Gary Brooker (halting, diffident, oblique) : Sam Cameron advises us that the DJ is Brian Matthews, and that the interview was broadcast on the World Service.


GB
... been to Scandinavia, Belgium and France

DJ
You going back there? ... Any of them?

Yeah we should be very soon. We're going to Zurich ... and I think we'll be going back to France in a couple of weeks ...

The new record, um, Homburg, do you think there's any danger you're going to be accused or criticised for producing very much the same sort of sounds?

Well I hope we are, 'cos it's the same ... same people ... more or less

Mmm ...

... so it's going to be the same sound. If they don't say things against it I shall be very disappointed.

Don't say things against it? Why do you want them to do this?

Well ... there's about ...probably about one million people who want this one to miss.

Yeah?

Yeah. Whiter Shade of Pale was too big for a lot of people. And if they don't say things against it then ... I'll lose my faith in them.

Ha ha ha. That's a splendid answer. I'm sure they're all going to be wrong. Anyway, can we hear a performance of it now?

Here we go ... (song plays)

The great new winner for Procol Harum, Homburg ...


Was Homburg too much like AWSoP?

Another brief Homburg radio interview

Homburg: A Paler Shade of White


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