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Christmas Conundrums 2002

Question of the Day : Boxing Day


Happy Boxing Day!

On the last day we shall tell you what to do with them, in order to win your choice from the list of Over the twelve days of Christmas we are setting quiz questions about the following Procolesque albums (only): Procol Harum 1967, Shine on Brightly, A Salty Dog, Home, Broken Barricades, Live at Edmonton, Grand Hotel, Exotic Birds and Fruit, Procol's Ninth, Something Magic, The Prodigal Stranger, The Long Goodbye (The Symphonic Music), and The Well's on Fire.

Carefully read and answer the questions below. The answer is always the name of a Procol album as listed above. If you get them right you will find that the answers are all different, except one. To put it another way, just two of the answers will be the same, and that's the Album of the Day. To win, just write down the Album of the Day from each instalment, and on the last day we shall tell you what to do with them, in order to win your choice from the list of Fab Prizes.

Preamble over: here are today's nine questions! Follow the clues if you like, or use the BtP search-engine

1

A pleasing anagram of the title of this album would be 'To Gay Lads'. To solve anagrams, take the letters of the proposed phrase and re-arrange them to form a more familiar sequence: eg. 'Linking toothless goals' = 'Lost in the Looking-Glass'

2

'An Indian Lady' makes an instrumental contribution to an orientally-oriented spoken track on this album

3

One track from this 1974 album was covered on Lost in the Looking-Glass, the excellent studio-recorded 40-track homage to Procol from the Palers' Project, by Dr Hip and The Replacements

4

This album contains a brilliant hitherto-unrecorded song from earlier in the band's career, a song particularly championed by Chris Copping, who recorded it in Australia in 2000 with Gary Brooker ... This recording was played at the first Palers' Convention, in Guildford, and it probably influenced the song's subsequent inclusion on an official album

5

This album contains the sung words, 'ten feet tall'

6

This album features two tracks entirely composed by people who have never been members of Procol Harum: clue

7

This is the earliest Procol album whose opening sounds come from solo piano ... no clue here, just an excuse to listen to them all ...

8

This album-cover (one of three by the same artist) features a group member who had not played on any previous Procol album with no trousers on, and another member of the band in his arms.

9

This album resisted re-release for about thirty years, then came out twice in quick succession, very differently packaged

 


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