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22 May 2017

Procol Harum add two more dates and one more country, this autumn ('fall'), to their Fiftieth Anniversary tour (thanks, Chris)


19 May 2017 the thirty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Chris Cornell

' ...neither preached nor taught, but revealed through the feelings it evokes ... '
Added an authoritative, amusing, provocative and musicianly firework-show of a Novum review by one of BtP's oldest friends (thanks, Richard)

Added a Procol Harum concert in London on 8 June (thanks, Josh)

Many customer enquiries/inquiries about the fab little enamel and brass 'Fiftieth Anniversary' lapel-badges you saw on the recent Procol merchandise stand (photo, right. thanks Paul).
We're debating whether to have more made, the first batch having sold out completely on the UK tour.

Added an early line-up picture here (thanks, Tariq) and a ticket here (thanks, George)

Added a good article about Procol Harum on Tyne Tees television (thanks, Jim). See also here and here

Added an interesting, sometimes erroneous, and probably contentious piece of writing (how often do you see 'snooty' in a rock review?) that proposes 'eighteen' (in fact twenty) tracks that one ought to listen to (thanks, Miranda)

Added a link to this Procol-free page (thanks, Evan)

Updated pages here, here, here, here and here

We received a great deal of excellent material in the past week ... thanks to our many generous and eagle-eyed contributors ... so we're holding plenty over for coming bulletins

Order your copies of the new album, Novum, by clicking these special links (which incidentally send a few cents to keep this website afloat): Amazon UK / Amazon USA

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


16 May 2017 :

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's Bristol show. the very best of an excellent UK tour which, sad to say, it also concluded


14 May 2017 :

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's fine Nottingham show


13 May 2017 : the thirty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's Shepherds Bush Empire (02) show ... every bit as good as the Liverpool recital, and to a packed London audience!

Added a review of the Edinburgh show by a valued and prolific correspondent (thanks, Charlie)

Added a review of the Liverpool show by a long-standing friend of 'Beyond the Pale' (thanks, Phil)

' ... the patented mix of blues, rock and classical ... the album still retains the vintage Procol Harum touch ...'
Added another nostalgic, reactionary Novum review, this time from Jazz Weekly (thanks, Arturo)

' ...a decent album by a fabled band that has been in the music scene for fifty years now ...'
Added an unevolved Novum review from Grande Rock (thanks, the Fair Isobel)

Updated pages here, here and here

' ... the album's persistent jauntiness has a frail edge ... not that Novum (funny title) fails, it just doesn't soar ...'
Added a further Novum review from Metal Jazz (thanks, PJZ)


11 May 2017 :

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's Birmingham show

Added some very amusing notes on the Liverpool show (thanks, Mike)


10 May 2017 :

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's stunning Liverpool show


8 May 2017 :

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's Manchester show


6 May 2017 : the thirtieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts today

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's Edinburgh show, the first-ever of the Novum era

Added pictures here and here

' ... a captivating image of a woman at one with both nature and music ... shades of the Beatles’ Piggies ... the syntax is purely poetic ... the theme song of the Illuminati ... Procol Harum has maintained its sound and quality ...'
Added an agreeably positive and peculiar Novum review from Rebeat (thanks, Robin)

'...
an extension of a worthy legacy as well as a laudable work on its own terms ...'
Added a well-meaning Novum review from All About Jazz (thanks, Miranda)

' ... an album that drips with rock, blues and soul ... one cannot survive on just a Hammond organ ... one of the most complete albums by any line-up under this name ... groovy sort of listening experience ...
Added an insightful Novum review from Classic Rock Revisited (thanks, Nabil)

Follow 'Beyond the Pale' on Twitter (http://twitter.com/ProcolHarum1) and at the somewhat new 'Beyond the Pale' Facebook page, where we hope gigs / events can be more easily spotted than they are amid the busy newsfeed on our former Procol Facebook group.


29 April 2017 : the twenty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in one week's time

Added full details about 13 May's pre-gig / post-gig London gathering, and the associated merchandise offer

' ... the band is alive and kicking and capable of creating a lot that is new, different and definitely classy ...'
Added a BtP review by one of our most energetic correspondents
(thanks, Charlie)

'If you still enjoy what you do, why stop?
Gary Brooker himself answers the question, 'Where is Gary Brooker now?' (thanks, Malco)

Novum is far better than anyone had any right to expect: it's energetic, hungry, and swaggering. That said, it retains the trademark class and musical sophistication that makes Procol Harum iconic
Added a great review from AllMusic (thanks, Bertha)

Added a photograph of a news article from a Scottish newspaper (thanks, Yvonne)

'Odds are this will be Procol Harum's last album. Maybe that's for the best'
Added a rueful look at Novum (thanks, Pilt)

Added a recent (and not blunder-free) Novum mention from the Los Angeles Daily News (thanks, Shari)

'Brooker's voice was also Procol's sixth instrument ... singing with a lack of diction along with a pitch shifting change between the lyric's syllables'
Make what you will of this review from Prog Archives (thanks, Gretschen)


21 April 2017 : the twenty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Bruce Langhorne

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in a fortnight's time

Happy Novum day! 'Beyond the Pale' salutes Procol Harum and their manager Chris Cooke on today's release of a new album, a great critical and artistic success.
We can't wait to hear this excellent new music live!

' ... Procol Harum is not “most bands” ... '
Added a superb review and Brooker interview from The Observer ... the sort of mainstream coverage that the band really deserves (thanks, Dianne)

' ... Novum is a staunch blueprint for how best to fuse the eternally classic Procol Harum sound with modern sensibilities'
Added a good review and Brooker interview from Sound and Vision (thanks, Anvil)

'We don't fight each other. It's become what I've always thought a band is supposed to be'
Added a piece about Novum from Billboard (thanks, Marge)

Added a link to the words of the songs on the Novum album ... which also appear inside the CD booklet

' ...Going on and off stage, you should always have a man with a torch ...'
Added a brief article about the healing of Gary Brooker's 'Boxers' Fracture'

Added a brief article about Ricola to our page of scans from the inside of Novum (thanks, Timbo)


15 April 2017 : the twenty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in three weeks' time

RIP J Geils, RIP Alan Holdsworth

Added a page of scans from the new album, Novum (thanks, Chris)

'... two key words: 'soldier on'. And 'shine on' too – which was precisely what [Gary Brooker] did ...'
Added an ebullient, learned and perceptive write up of March's Royal Festival Hall experience by Procol diarist George Lovell (thanks, George)

Added an excerpt from a significant Pete Brown interview which touches on the theme behind the Novum songs ... as prefigured here (thanks, Chris)

Gary Brooker on BBC Radio 2, on Sunday afternoon ... 'Sounds of the Seventies': click here (thanks, Anvil)

' ...seasoned like ships' timbers the salty dogs return to the front of the queue of vintage musical athletes setting the bar very high in 2017 ...'
Added a Novum review as perceptive as its proof-reading sadly ain't (thanks, all)

Watch ex-Palers' Band musicians playing at Coachella – the Lemon Twigs – this is a new 'vintage [of] musical athletes' especially towards the end


8 April 2017 : the twenty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in a month's time

RIP DJ Brian Matthew

' ... Gary Brooker and company prove that you can, in fact, turn the page forward ...'

A
dded a comprehensive review of Novum specially written for BtP by our American Correspondent (thanks, Bert, specially for the 'spawning planetesimals')

Pre-order your copies of the new album, Novum, by clicking these special links (which incidentally send a few cents to keep this website afloat): Amazon UK / Amazon USA

Added a link – here – to Procol's session on BBC Radio London with Robert Elms; the new single, Last Chance Motel, was played, and Gary, Geoff W and Josh played a new, topical version of The Blink of an Eye live in the studio. A band with a new album to promote might well have relied on airing a second hitherto unheard track ... but not the Procols ... read the variant words, in Gary Brooker's own handwriting, by clicking here

Added a link to a fan's clip of Gary Brooker signing autographs in London outside the BBC.

Gary Brooker contacted 'Beyond the Pale' (8 April) to alert us to some European music magazines for which he's undertaken publicity interviews. Please keep an eye out for Procol features in the following German or Dutch publications:

Eclipsed (end April); Classic Rock (End April); Rocks  (March); Good Times (July issue, out May); Classic Rock (Germany, May issue out April) (thanks, Gary)

Dutch and German fans, please send weblinks, or scans, relating to these stories to us (webmaster@procolharum.com) so we may ensure they are shared further afield

' ... normally Harum hits us like lightning right away; after twenty listens we forget it and move on to other things. But this time the opposite happens ... '
Added a translation, with comments, to this review page (thanks, Peter)

Very pleasing numbers of Harum completists sent BtP their orders for a free copy of the Procol Phone-taps book. The fact that all the Procol content had apparently been deleted from the transcripts did not deter them in the slightest. Well done, all!

Recommended! The 'Best Of' compilation by Paler Ronnie D'Addario, father of the Lemon Twigs but a great songwriter and musician in his own right. Click here (USA) or here (wider world)

'...
it underlines why they might still alienate as many listeners as they will now attract ...'
A
dded a flimsy, non-committal review of Novum (thanks, Bradshaw)

George Earl writes to us, from America: Hello - There is a new video documentary about Joe Cocker, titled Joe Cocker: Mad Dog with Soul, currently playing on Netflix in the US. I assume that it is available from other sources as well. A clip of Joe singing live in concert starts around minute 46, in which there are a couple of brief flashes of BJ drumming. Stay with the clip because you will see BJ again later, from above from the back. In fact, the complete documentary is worth watching on its own merits (thanks, George)

BtP is not planning a social event in the Scottish capital, but if you're interested in an aftershow fans' get-together in Edinburgh, at 'The Green Mantle' (EH8 9JP) send a mail to organiser George Beck (g.beck3@ntlworld.com).


2 April 2017:

RIP Ikutaro Kakehashi


1 April 2017 :  the twenty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in five weeks' time

RIP our good friend Dave Ball, two years gone, never to be forgotten

'... if Gary Brooker is on the vocal mike, then it will always sound like a Procol Harum record ...'
Added a Novum review from Music Republic (thanks, Anvil)

Added a page containing excerpts from a new Procol Harum 50th Anniversary book, with ordering link (first six applicants get it free) (thanks, various people)

' ... age-appropriate but pleasingly free of fuddy-duddy autumnal wheezing ...'
Added a Novum review from Team Rock (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a pretty forthright letter received at 'Beyond the Pale', which claims to unravel an undivulged concept behind the Novum album (thanks, Lancelot)

' ... Brooker's vocal gravitas, elegant piano and baroque-soul melodies connecting to Procol's enchanted cosmology ...'
Added a Novum review from Uncut (thanks, Gustum)



26 March 2017 : the twenty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in six weeks' time

'Let's not forget that it's Brooker who invented classic-rock, a style later adopted by Emerson, Wakeman and hundreds of others ...'
Added a glowing review of Grand Hotel from 1973 (thanks, Paul)

Compare with other reviews of that album ... click plenty of links here

Added a first page of photographs from the Royal Festival Hall gig, 3 March 2017 (thanks, Martin)

Added a catalogue of favourite rock moments by Steve Simels of Stereo Review ... two good Procol entries (date unknown). (Curious entries on Carly Simon and Lou Reed) (thanks, Paul)

An interesting re-release promises stereo recordings from 1967


19 March 2017 : the twenty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in seven weeks' time

RIP the great Chuck Berry


Procol Harum's new single was NOT selected for BBC Radio 2's playlist.
We think this was a bad judgment, and we urge all fans to write to the BBC:
Click here to find out all the addresses you need, and some suggested approaches to take

 

' ... a great band that play responsively to each other and follow a strong bandleader in Gary ... they found grooves and dynamics that changed from show to show as they responded to their audience ...'
Added a most intriguing page ... a glimpse into the studio diary of Dennis Weinreich, producer of Novum (thanks, Dennis)

Added the solution, and identified the winner, in our competition about the words of songs on Novum

Procol Harum extend their Autumn tour – list of dates here – to visit one of the world's most densely populated countries (thanks, Chris)

Many new goodwill messages to Gary Brooker, for which he sends his thanks. 'I shall print them off, and take them to the Palace when I go to receive my knighthood'.


10 March 2017 : the twenty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's UK tour starts in eight weeks' time

' ... I lay there for a moment ... thought I wasn’t too bad apart from the blood ... I just started singing with new strength ...'
Added Gary Brooker's own account of last Friday's dramatic Procol Harum concert in London, UK (many thanks, Gary)

Added a page of fans' goodwill messages to Gary Brooker (there were also messages on our former FaceBook group)

Added a fine illustrated review of Procol Harum's Royal Festival Hall show (thanks, Charlie)

Added additional reviews of Procol Harum's Royal Festival Hall concert from UdiscoverThe Daily Telegraph and MusicNews

Corrected an orchestral blunder here (thanks, Peter J)

Added a link to a new merchandise website (not run by BtP) ... click here for new (2017) Procol Harum tee-shirts

Updated fans' concert diaries here, here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here


7 March 2017 :

Gary Brooker on Steve Wright's BBC Radio 2 afternoon show.

Wright played a bit of Conquistador and a bit of A Whiter Shade of Pale, then chatted to Gary in his characteristic manner, after which a bit of Sunday Morning and a bit of Last Chance Motel were played.

In this mp3 taken from the broadcast we preserve all GB's speech and the DJ carry-on, but we fade the tracks. Preserved, too, are the BBC's strange jump cuts into AWSoP (around 17.5 seconds) and into LCM (about 5.16).

For those who fancy listening to the whole show, it's at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b08gmhr5 and you'll hear Gary at about 2hr.42m.


5 March 2017 :

Added a brief medical bulletin about Gary Brooker's condition (thanks, Franky)

Updated this Procol/orchestral page

Listen out for Gary Brooker on BBC Radio 2, the Steve Wright Programme, from 14:00 on 7 March


4 March 2017 : the twenty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from last night's dramatic and suspenseful symphonic/choral Procol Harum recital

Added a page about Procol preparations at Tower Hill underground station (thanks, Mark!)

Don't forget to play ... our pleasantly straightforward competition is here, with its signed CD and Procol VIP-pass prizes

Added five tickets to the Procol tickets collection ... click on these links and search for 'Hamburg' each time: here, here, here, here, and here (thanks, Manfred)

Why not reread Tito Davila's Brooker interview from 1998 ... and then get further information about Gary's 'X-ray records' by clicking here (thanks, Frank, indirectly)


1 March 2017 :

RIP Ian Luff

Pre-ordering for Procol Harum's new album, Novum, is now available at Amazon.

When ordering, please use these direct links ... Amazon UK / Amazon USA ... so 'Beyond the Pale' gets a few cents per sale, which helps keep the website afloat!

Don't forget to watch Procol's Festival Hall show on YouTube: link here (thanks, Marion)

As promised, the BtP Festival Hall ticket-service (formerly on this page) was de-activated at 23:59 GMT on 1 March ... after that time the BtP team will be travelling to London and there will be no possibility of supervising it. We must have united about thirty needy customers with surplus tickets – reducing the holes in the audience. Commiserations to people whose tickets went unclaimed.


25 February 2017 : the twentieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Peter Skellern

Just under a week to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Enter now!
Added a pleasantly straightforward competition which will give you (a) a foretaste of the words you'll hear on the Novum album and (b) the chance to win two VIP passes or a signed album (thanks, Chris)

'My impression was that we'd sunk without trace. Nobody came along begging us to continue ...'
Added another Gary Brooker interview from 2014 (thanks, Anvil)

Added a page including details of the variant words in a version of A Salty Dog (thanks, Peter, and The Commander)


22 February 2017 :

RIP Larry Coryell

Expert music journalist Stuart Maconie on BBC Radio 6 ... a new Gary Brooker interview in which AWSoP and the new Procol Harum single, Sunday Morning, were played: mp3 here (songs edited). The programme is available here for 29 days

Maconie went on to play The Lemon Twigs ... I Wanna Prove to You


18 February 2017 : the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About two weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a Gary Brooker interview from 2014 (thanks, Anvil)

Added, to this page, a graphic showing a bafflingly shoddy piece of 1999 copy about Gary Brooker and Procol Harum, though in fact it mentions neither (thanks, Gary)

Added the Ninth and Final Part of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Added a 1972 setlist from St Louis, Missouri – please write in if you can help identifying the mystery tracks (thanks, Jim)


7 February 2017 : the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Ritchie Yorke

Under four weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a page showing Ritchie Yorke receiving his Gold Disc from Procol Harum (thanks, Franky)

Added a 1973 setlist from St Louis, Missouri – please write in if you can help identifying the mystery track (thanks, Jim)

Added Part Seven of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013


31 January 2017 : the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP John Wetton

Added the transcript of a substantial and exclusive conversation with Gary Brooker about the new Procol Harum single, and album, and much more (many thanks, Gary)

  Accordingly, modified pages here, here, hier, hier, hier, here, here, here, siin, hier, hier, hier, here, hier, hier, qui, hier, her, here, her, siin, hier, hier, her, hier, tässä, here, tässä ja tässä

Updated pages here, here, here, here, here and
here

Procol Harum announce a Free Concert in a country not thus far included on the 2017 tour schedule (thanks, Chris)

Added pre-sale and general-sale booking links for the O2 Shepherds Bush show (thanks, Marina)


28 January 2017 : the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About five weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a second London gig (band only!) to the UK tour in May (thanks, Chris). The London show in March is now sold-out, but please contact webmaster@procolharum.com if you are still in need of tickets

Booking for the pre- and post-show celebrations on 3 March 2017 is now suspended, and successful applicants have been alerted. If your plans change and you want to be removed from the guest-list, or the waiting-list, please let us know without delay!

Revamped a graphic here

Added Part Six of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Added a 1974 setlist from St Louis, Missouri (thanks, Jim)


21 January 2017 : the fifteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About six weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added news about eating-and-drinking arrangements – and details of how to book – for Procol Harum fans on 3 March, extremely close to the Royal Festival Hall gig

Added a comprehensive and occasionally controversial review of the Esoteric 2CD reissue of Home  (thanks, Peter)


19 January 2017 :

Added further dates, here and here, to Procol's touring schedule for 2017 (thanks, Chris)

Also added Facebook event links here, here, here, here, here, here, here and here


14 January 2017 : the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About seven weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a page laying bare the solutions to this year's BtP puzzles

'Words cannot describe my feelings for you at this moment.'
Added some competitors' comments, good and bad

Added a link to a film in which Procol Harum's fine organist explains the genesis of his best-known/loved theme


7 January 2017 : the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Peter Sarstedt

About eight weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a New Year greeting (illustrated) from The Commander (thanks, Gary)

Added some privileged backstage pictures from the Winter / Brooker Manhattan event  (thanks, Franky)

Added the schedule of prize-winners in this year's excellent Christmas conundrums


5 January 2017:

     
     

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles.
Good luck with the instructions that follow it (click link provided, to change pages): just read 'em carefully (take your time!) and all will be well.

4 January 2017:

     

    

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to be ready with your preference order for the fab prizes  – all the letters, please! – something like: "AGBHCDEF"

The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Wednesday 4 January becomes Thursday 5 January.

3 January 2017:

     

   

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles

2 January 2017:

     

  

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to sneak one more look at the schedule of fab prizes


1 January 2017: Happy New Year!

Fans in the UK were well-served this year, with three Procol gigs on home soil!  Holland, Finland and Monaco also had great shows, and the Zoetermeer Convention – not our largest party, but a memorable one nonetheless – saw Palers playing live music and again enjoying the company onstage of Geoff Whitehorn on guest guitar, and Gary Brooker MBE singing his own The Angler and (a world première) Procol’s The Pursuit of Happiness. Many thanks to all the friends who helped us organise this event, in particular Frans Steensma and our local mainstay, Hans Tammes.

[All who know them have been thrilled with the rapid ascendancy of two young Palers’ Band alumni, Brian and Michael D’Addario, aka The Lemon Twigs, who have received amazing plaudits and publicity since their début album, Do Hollywood, came out in October. They continue to namecheck Procol in their many interviews.]

Unusually there were almost as many Brooker solo appearances as there were Procol shows this year, one in Germany and four in Manhattan: all received with fervour by local audiences. We occasionally see notes on our former Facebook group from people who ‘found out about this show by chance’ or who ‘wish they’d known about the Zoetermeer Convention’. Wise up, folks! ‘Beyond the Pale’ extensively publicises these events from the moment they are contractually confirmed, as does the ‘Beyond the Pale’ Facebook Group.

Though there have been a lot of good Procol moments to look back on this year, we really do have more than one eye on the future as 2017 dawns, the fiftieth anniversary of this great band. In some ways it seems completely incredibly that Procol Harum still exists as a powerful live unit, to delight, move, excite and mystify fans after half a century. In other ways -- considering the energy of fans and the enormous goodwill that emanates from so many great people involved -- it seems almost inevitable. Our thanks of course to Gary, Geoff, Matt, Josh and Geoff, to manager Chris Cooke and (Strongwoman) Franky Brooker, and the great crew that presents the band on stage. A glance at the gigs list for 2017 speaks volumes about the band’s vitality. Their return to Scotland after forty years, their first UK tour for yonks, and the growing spread of substantial dates across mainland Europe … all this signals a year to remember. Bookmark the What’s New page at Beyond the Pale (www.procolharum.com/whatsnew.htm : do it now!) and sign up for the (free) newsletter (www.procolharum.com/99/newslist.htm : do it now!) and you’ll be bang up to date the minute some exciting developments are officially announced.

We’re not planning any major convention for 2017, but we know there will be great local gatherings of fans in many cities, with a lot to talk about! Meanwhile, good luck with those Christmas Quizzes ... time to size up the prizes and get to grips with the remaining few clues.

Happy 2017 from Jens + Roland
Greetings from Norway and England

     

 

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Hope you're still having fun, and still making plenty of notes along the way, to save time in the finale.

Just to recap: you can usually track down which Procol song contains a particular word (such as 'bottom') by typing into Google this formula – site:procolharum.com/w bottom.
But you can't always get what you want ... so it's worth trying as well this shortened formula – site:procolharum.com/ bottom (omitting the 'w')


31 December 2016:

     

About nine weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to gaze enraptured at the schedule of fab prizes


30 December 2016:

     

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


29 December 2016:

    

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to contemplate the schedule of  fab prizes

28 December 2016:

   

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Hope you're having fun, and making plenty of notes along the way, to save time at the end.

Memorandum: you can usually track down which Procol song contains a particular word (such as 'torture') by typing into Google this formula – site:procolharum.com/w torture.
But you can't always get what you want ... so it's worth trying as well this shortened formula – site:procolharum.com/ torture (omitting the 'w')


27 December 2016:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to keep a record of your findings as you go ... and to look at the schedule of fab prizes


26 December 2016:

RIP George Michael

 

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles

You can usually track down which Procol song contains a particular word (such as 'seasick') by typing into Google this formula – site:procolharum.com/w seasick .
But you can't always get what you want ... so it's worth trying as well this shortened formula – site:procolharum.com/ seasick (omitting the 'w')


25 December 2016: Happy Christmas!


Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They do get easier and easier, as our fab prizes get more and more munificent.

It looks, and is, very straightforward ... but it's still worth reading this page before you start


24 December 2016 : the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Rick Parfitt

About ten weeks to
Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a page of advice and information about how to play and win the Christmas Quiz for this year

'... a loud response of howling and baying – eerie and humorous at the same time ...'
Added a third review of the Brooker/Winter extravaganza (thanks, Elizabeth)

 ' ... the song resonated very deeply with ... many, many Americans who ... are now horrified and saddened ... '
Added a fourth review of the Brooker/Winter extravaganza (thanks,Pam)

Added another handful of superb photographs from the Brooker/Winter Manhattan shows (thanks, Bert)

Added Part Five of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Updated this useful page

Spending your Christmas money: if you use Amazon, why not visit them through these links – Amazon USA Amazon UK Amazon Germany Amazon Canada .. That way, the Procol website gets a few cents' commission, which we put into parties and prizes and other fan-type pursuits. Of course, it doesn't cost the punter a penny


18 December 2016 :

Added a second review of the Brooker/Winter extravaganza, the first to come in from our illustrious competition winners (thanks, Carmen)

Tweaked the setlist from Gary Brooker's solsticial shows in Manhattan

Updated this page about the Brooker grand piano


17 December 2016 : the eleventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About eleven weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a special, illustrated  report about Gary Brooker at the Solstice Celebrations in Manhattan  (thank you, Bert and Carina)

Added the setlist from Gary Brooker's solsticial shows in Manhattan

Added Part Four of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Added a 2017 Procol ticket (thank you, Peter, and Happy Birthday)


15 December

Added another concert in September, here (thanks, Chris)

Good luck to all involved in the spectacular series of four Gary Brooker solsticial performances in Manhattan (15, 16, and 17 December)!


10 December 2016 : the tenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Greg Lake

About twelve weeks to
Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added the schedule of fabulous prizes that you stand to win in this year's excellent Christmas Puzzles (thanks, everyone)

'We're looking at different treatments of things and other people's visions of what we're singing and talking about.'
Added a Gary Brooker Billboard interview from today (thanks, Cumpo)

Added Part Three of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Modified our popular index of Procol Harum parodies (thanks, Dettmar)


5 December

Added another concert in The Netherlands here (thanks, Chris)

BBC Radio interview with The Lemon Twigs (scroll to 1:35:50 or so)


4 December 2016

Added three Finnish concerts for 2017 here, here and here  (thanks, Chris)


3 December 2016 : the ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About thirteen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added one more Procol Harum concert in The Netherlands for 2017 (thanks, Chris)

Added a Gary Brooker solo concert for 2017 (thanks, Chris)

'...  it's not embarrassing at all to see and hear Gary Brooker, who's in his seventies, sing songs that have been written in a wholly different era ...'
Added another review of the Helsinki show (thanks, Ville)

Added a ticket-scan, here and here

Added Part Two of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Remember the BJ Wilson star (directions here)? We were recently sent an index entry for the Procol Harum planet (thanks, John)

Further Procol eponyms for your delight: a mountain, a racehorse, a trotting horse


26 November 2016 : the eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About fourteen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added Part One of an extensive Australian Brooker interview from 2013

Added a miscellany of photographs of Procol in Finland (thanks, all)

' ... cruise control was unlocked and exchanged for pedal to the metal ...'
Added an excellent review of the Helsinki show by a dependable correspondent from Sweden (thanks, Chris)

Christmas shopping: if you use Amazon, why not visit them through these links – Amazon USA Amazon UK Amazon Germany Amazon Canada .. That way, the Procol website gets a few cents' commission, which we put into parties and prizes and other fan-type pursuits. Of course, it doesn't cost the punter a penny


19 November 2016 : the seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Mose Allison

About fifteen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Please note: the BtP online store is closed for the rest of 2016. Orders placed before 1 January will experience a delay ... but will be dealt with in the New Year

'... It was Dickinson's idea to put the beard on and rough me up,' the usually clean-cut Keith explains ...'
Added an excellent new feature about the artwork for A Salty Dog, including new verbatim comments from Keith Reid ... very good Procol reading (thanks, Christopher)

In which connection, re-acquaint yourself with our existing material about the iconic album-sleeve

' ...really does generate tremendous power and is top, top quality ...'
Added a review of last week's concert in Helsinki (thanks, Pat)

Added another review of last week's concert in Helsinki (thanks, Markku: and also thanks for getting the Helsinki fans and band and crew together for drinks after the show! Great work)

NB Lemon Twigs' US tour dates are here ... and a picture of them is here

Why does BtP keep mentioning The Lemon Twigs?

Because they are the next big thing
and they keep mentioning Procol Harum!

Oh yes and they've played in The Palers' Band

14 November 2016

RIP Leon Russell

Added six more Procol Harum dates for 2017: wonderful to look forward the band's performing here, here, here, here, here and especially here! (thanks, Chris!)

Added another Procol Harum date for 2017, before the band's hotly-anticipated German excursion takes off; and another date for after the German tour (thanks, Chris!)


12 November 2016 : the sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About sixteen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

RIP Jimmy Young | RIP Leonard Cohen

Added the setlist from Procol's very recent Helsinki concert  (thank you, Marion)

'Personally I associate with Walpurgis the spooky female figure on the first PH album cover'
Added a dry response to a fan's observations about Repent Walpurgis (thanks, Michael)

Fixed an arithmetical blunder here (thank you, Peter)

Updated this crucial page

Christmas shopping: if you use Amazon, why not visit them through these links – Amazon USA Amazon UK Amazon Germany Amazon Canada .. That way, the Procol website gets a few cents' commission, which we put into parties and prizes and other fan-type pursuits. Of course, it doesn't cost the punter a penny


5 November 2016 : the fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About seventeen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a new page specifying the answer to this straightforward competition to win prime seats for the opening of the Brooker New York shows in December. It also shews the names of the three lucky winners and expresses thanks from 'Beyond the Pale' to the generous donors of the prizes.

In which connection, added a page with new publicity materials including a link to the promo film for this splendid affair: click here

Added a rare 1967 setlist here (thanks, Peter and Ken)


29 October 2016 : the fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About eighteen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added five historic US tour dates for Procol Harum (thanks, Forrest)

Added a ticket stub from one of the above dates here (thanks, Forrest)

One more week for this straightforward competition: win prime seats for the opening of the Brooker New York shows in December (thanks, Paul, thanks Kay).  

Added this link to more excellent work from The Lemon Twigs ... this time using Steinway grand instead of the usual range of e-keys. Listen to the 23-minute file ... three songs, and two interview segments ... Procol Harum name-checked aeound 15m 40s, incidentally, alongside Fab Paul.


27 October 2016:

There seems to be a little uncertainty about how to send in answers to the Brooker / Winter Solstice Concert posh tickets competition:

At the moment some people are disqualifying themselves by sending in responses that are not single words as requested (no need to repeat the question, nor to write a sentence or other screed from which we have to extract the winning info).

And others are disqualifying themselves by not sending their street address.

Possibly some people are quite reasonably thinking, 'How can it be a one-word answer if I also include my address?'

So we'd like to clarify!

In your e-mail, write a one-word answer to the puzzle; additionally, write your name; also write your street address; but please don't write anything else.

If there's some other matter you'd like to draw to our attention, please send that in a separate e-mail. Thanks :-)


22 October 2016 : the third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About nineteen weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added nine Procol Harum tour dates for 2017 (thanks, Chris)

Added a straightforward competition: win prime seats for the opening of the Brooker New York shows in December (thanks, Paul, thanks Kay).  

And if you've already booked, you can still enter the competition and take a couple of friends, or workmates, or just your nearest and/or dearest

' ... I distinctly remember that the remix session for The Paul Winter Consort’s Icarus album was a nightmare ...'
Time to re-read this very interesting page

Added a slightly mysterious setlist from an era so remote that only a single member of the band is still touring with them now (thanks Jim)

Also, read this fine report of the gig before the above event

Added a reminder of this excellent performance of a classic song by four Procolers and a marvellous vocalist/organist! Setlist from this gig here


15 October 2016 : the second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

About twenty weeks to Procol Harum's choral/orchestral showcase in London's Royal Festival Hall

Added a feature about an extraordinary series of four Gary Brooker performances in the USA this December (thanks,. Paul)

Added the setlist from tonight's Procol gig in the principality of Monaco, with some on- and backstage pictures  (thanks, Thomas)

Updated this news page and this gig index page

Christmas shopping: if you use Amazon, please visit their site through these links – Amazon USA Amazon UK Amazon Germany Amazon Canada .. That way, the Procol website gets a few cents' commission, which we put into parties and prizes and other fan-type pursuits. Of course, it doesn't cost the punter a penny


8 October 2016 : the first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #20 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Rod Temperton

Today is BtP's 19th birthday ... and it falls on a date on which we always remember the life and music of the great BJ Wilson.

' ... his mastery of the toms as he rolled subtly into sections of a tune. You don’t hear that much any more ...'



Added a Double Trouble bandmate's
memoir of working with Barrie James Wilson (thanks, Chris)

Added two further pieces written about BJ Wilson's drumming in non-Procol contexts: here with Lou Reed  and here with Joe Cocker

Updated this comprehensive index and added this page


30 September 2016 : the forty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added more Manhattan pictures here   (thanks Bert)

Gary Brooker cutting his birthday cake: added more pictures of Palers partying in Zoetermeer (thanks Uta)


23 September 2016 : the forty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum's prestigious forthcoming orchestral/choral concert in London continues to sell well. Click this link to know who's going to be there

Two members of The Palers' Band – Brian D'Addario and Michael D'Addario – were guests on American television's The Tonight Show (see performance here). Great that this We hope this amazing exposure (see here) for two teenage Procol Harum fans is be viewable online in the wider world too. Their extremely 'happening' band, The Lemon Twigs, played London's prestigious ICA (read about it here) last week ... so no apologies for including a page of photographs from that event. (thank you, Linda)

Added a reminder of this Gary Brooker film / interview / performance. 'You gotta have big music,' says The Commander. Includes nanny-goat action, rainbow trouting, vistas from the Brookers' former residence, and wise words from Wyman.

Added more photographs of Procol Harum in Manhattan (thanks, Bert)

Sorted out some typos on this interesting yet contentious page

Added more photographs from the 2016 International Convention (thanks, Uta)


18 September 2016 : the forty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

It seems that 80 percent of tickets for Procol Harum's prestigious forthcoming orchestral/choral concert in London have been sold already. Click this link to know who's going to be there

Time to re-read these reviews of the band's last engagement at The Royal Festival Hall, and see what was played by reading here

Added to this page of Brooker concerts

Added a graphic and several fresh gigs to this Paramounts page

As we enter the 400th week of running a counter at the foot of this What's New page, it's interesting to note the rank order (by individual computers) of nationalities visiting it ... and the changes since we analysed the data in 2010.

2016 (week 400) Great Britain, America, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, France, Canada.
2010 (week 52) Great Britain, America, Denmark, Germany, Italy, Norway, Sweden, Netherlands, Switzerland, Canada

Added a link to this Top of the Pops performance to BtP's Josh Phillips page ... and see also here with Mark Brzezicki

Added a scanned full-colour 1968 poster here (search for 681027) (thanks, BtP stalwart Billy from Philly)

Added an Electric Factory date from 1969 (thanks, BfP)

Added details about more live work from SormoRock

Rectified a blunder here


15 September 2016 :

Procol Harum regrets to announce the cancellation – from the promoter's side – of a forthcoming gig. Details here


11 September 2016 : the forty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Prince Buster; RIP Richard Neville

Added a graphic to our page about Procol Harum's prestigious forthcoming orchestral/choral concert in London, as well as here and here  (thanks, Thomas)

Added a scan of an excellent poster here (search for 'Tree Frog') (thanks, MLinVa)

Added a photograph of a British street-sign

Added the Royal Festival Hall gig to this page

Added strong beginnings of an excellent feature here about gigs played by The Paramounts (thanks, Nick)


5 September 2016 : the forty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added news of Procol Harum's prestigious forthcoming orchestral/choral concert in London (thanks, Chris)

Modified this index page

Created a 2017 Procol concerts page here

Added more images from Procol Harum's recent Maidstone Festival appearance (thank you, Linda)

Added something quite puzzling to this useful page: search for Stonewall (thanks, Josh)

Corrected a severe blunder on this page (sorry, world)


27 August 2016 : the forty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page of 30+ small images of Procol Harum's recent Maidstone Festival appearance (thank you, Linda)

How soon would you know if there were significant Procol news?
The 'Fresh Fruit' newsletter is the way to keep abreast of developments and announcements. Now might be a good time to sign up, if you haven't already.

Good news for fans of Frankie Miller (remember that Chris Copping joined Frankie Miller's Full House (managed by Keith Reid) in April 1977 (and toured the States with Frankie that year). More about the Miller/Procol connection here; and here he is pictured with Robin Trower's band Jude; and it's well worth re-reading this interview with BJ Wilson in which Frankie is also mentioned (PH backed him in 1975: one official release only ... see this album page, which recalls how BJ also joined Frankie's band.

Corrected a blunder on this page (sorry, Carole)


20 August 2016 : the forty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a review with good pictures of Procol  Harum's activity on 18 June 2016 ... at two different UK venues (thanks, Michel)

Added a further tribute to our friend and fellow Paler Luiz de Boni (thanks, Hans)

Here's an honourable mention for Gary Brooker in the Men's Journal (thanks, Dennis)

In which connection, read this fascinating interview ('I made my fishing rods, I collected tackle, I opened a fishing shop, I made a fishing video, I went all around the world. I just fished ... and I suddenly thought, 'Jeez, I haven't sung, I haven't written a song for three years.')


11 August 2016 : the fortieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added BtP's tribute to our friend and fellow Paler Luiz de Boni, of whose death we recently heard, with great sadness.

Get the official live recording (feat. Procol Harum) from last month's Rambling Man Festival in Maidstone, UK: details here

Added a Procol Wintershall review with good pictures (thanks, Michel)

Added a second front-row picture page from Maidstone, 2016 (thanks, Peter)

Added an illustration here (thanks, Michel)

As many will know, our friends over in America have begun thinking about a change of leader. Here's a former 'POTUS' with his own version of A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Asko)

It's exciting to witness the volcanic launch of the Lemon Twigs (who claim Procol Harum among their classic influences). Brothers Brian and Michael D'Addario – who played with the Palers' Band in 2014 and at Liquorice Jam in 2015 – played their first (sold-out) UK Twigs gig in London this week and have received serious commendation in The Guardian and The Times. Google will yield numerous sound-clips, photos and articles if you want to know more. As a shortcut, click here, here or here. Their début album, Do Hollywood,  comes out in October. Meanwhile remember these Procol-oriented tracks – here and here – by Ronnie D'Addario, the talented tree from which the said Twigs have sprouted.


5 August 2016 : the thirty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the recently-released booking details for the upcoming Procol appearance in Monaco

'For me they must now rank alongside Pink Floyd in the great British Progressive Rock pantheon' (which is no doubt intended as a compliment).
Added a great review (which bizarrely doesn't mention the guitarist) of Procol Harum at Maidstone in July 2016 (thanks, Anvil)

Added a front-row picture page from Maidstone, 2016 (thanks, Peter)

Added a thirteen-picture page depicting the relatively-recent Convention in the Netherlands (thanks, Uta)

Added a picture here

Added another example (here) to our list of Procol Harum-related novels (here) (thanks, John)

And check out a member of Procol Harum at the Olympic Games (thanks, several people)


29 July 2016 : the thirty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Einojuhani Rautavaara

'... a thoroughly joyful experience! Business as usual then ...
Added a review of Procol Harum's performance on Sunday (thanks, Carrie and John)

' ... Whiter Shade of Pale, with room made for a stately and fitting guitar solo ... '
Added a full review of Sunday's Prog acts at the Ramblin' Man event in Maidstone (thanks, Anvil)

 '... the music lifts you to euphoric levels ... Josh Phillips's swirling organ work ... a glorious ending to proceedings on the Prog Stage ...'
Added a good assessment of Procol Harum at the Ramblin' Man event in Maidstone (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a somewhat belated birthday illustration from The Times to the foot of this page ... be sure to read the text of the e-mail, reproduced to its left  (congratulations, Peter!)

Updated pages here, here and here


24 July 2016 :

Added the setlist for Procol's Ramblin' Man Festival appearance


22 July 2016 : the thirty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added another two Procol dates (10/10) (and two illustrations) to 1972's list (thanks, Karsten)

Added a list of putative timings for tomorrow's Procol Harum concert (thanks, many people)

Added a related illustration here and here

' ...  a blueprint for what we did in the early days of Genesis ...'
Not everyone's idea of a recommendation, but intended as praise for A Salty Dog from Steve Hackett
(thanks, many people) 


16 July 2016 : the thirty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added another Procol date (11/11) to 1972's list (thanks, Tom)

Added a page of photographs of Gary Brooker singing The Angler and The Pursuit of Happiness in May (thanks, Inger)

'Something Magic Forever'
Added a page showing spreads from a comprehensive-looking Italian classic rock Procol feature. In an ideal world one of our Italian readers would scan the text for 'Beyond the Pale' so that we can translate it into English (thanks, Chris F)


9 July 2016 : the thirty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the setlist from the recent performance by a slightly modified Procol Harum (thanks, Peter)

' ...removing the booklet and poster should be done very gingerly ...'
Added a thoughtful guide to the Esoteric re-release of A Salty Dog (thanks, a different Peter)

Can you guess what ' ... doesn’t sound as great as it did when I first heard it. That’s time for you ...' (here taken out of context) refers to, in this renowned Procol organist's review of the A Salty Dog album


2 July 2016 : the thirty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Scotty Moore

Added a thorough reappraisal of Broken Barricades (thanks, Peter)

In which connection, why not enjoy re-reading these essays from 'Taking Notes and Stealing Quotes': Simple Sister Broken Barricades Memorial Drive Luskus Delph Power Failure Song For a Dreamer –  Playmate of The Mouth Poor Mohammed ?

Added a second page of good pictures showing Procol Harum in concert at Zoetermeer, Holland ... highlight of the International Fans' Convention there on 26 May

All set for Procol Harum at Wintershall today; our original information was that Gary would 'get a few mates together' but it seems that a brief set from the full band is in prospect


24 June 2016 : the thirty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added unwelcome Procol news ... and a glimmer of hope ... regarding July (thanks, Chris)

Added a page of good pictures showing Procol Harum in concert at Zoetermeer, Holland ... highlight of the International Fans' Convention there on 26 May

Added a page of Palers' Band pictures from last month: Gary Brooker and Geoff Whitehorn kindly participated, as you'll see (thanks, Inger)


17 June 2016 : the thirty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Henry McCullough

Added the setlist from the Brooker/Whitehorn gig in Germany (thanks, several contributors)

Added some pictures and a cutting about the Brooker/Whitehorn gig in Germany (thanks, Michael)

Added some great photos from the Brooker/Whitehorn gig in Germany (thanks, ET)

Added a link to an interesting performance by Gary Brooker of A Whiter Shade of Pale last week on the Isle of Wight (thanks, Charlie)

Meanwhile, get ready for GB in the UK on 18 June

Updated pages here, here and here


10 June 2016 : the thirty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added some new Keith Reid words, addressed to YOU!
(thanks, Keith)

See also here of course

Added a picture page about the recent Convention in the Netherlands (thanks, Uta)

Added an excellent item about crabs  to this ever-growing page  (thanks, several contributors)


3 June 2016 : the thirtieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP the masterful Dave Swarbrick

Added a page showing Gary Brooker's pre-birthday celebrations at the recent International Fans' Convention in Zoetermeer, Netherlands (thanks, Inger)

Updated this invaluable page with lists and statistics.

Added a 1973 photograph to this page

Added an illustration here

Added a link to a salutary piece by Elliott Randall


29 May 2016

Happy Birthday Gary Brooker (1945)
His birthday was of course pre-celebrated in style at the Fans' Convention on 26 May: pictures to follow

Meanwhile, get ready for GB in the UK on 18 June


27 May 2016:

Added a page showing which Procol Harum songs were performed in Lelystad, in the Netherlands, on 27 May


26 May 2016:  the twenty-ninth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added two pages showing which Procol Harum and Gary Brooker songs were performed in Zoetermeer, in the Netherlands, on 26 April on the day of the International Procol Harum Convention: here (Procol Harum) and here (Palers' Band with distinguished guests)

Big thanks to everyone who came to our International Convention in Zoetermeer, and commiserations to those who missed it.


20 May 2016:  the twenty-eighth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a menu note about the food at the Convention on 26 May (thanks, Alexandra)

Added a schedule of auction items, and other merch, that will be available at the Convention in the Netherlands (thanks, Gary Brooker)

Added a note about touring with Procol Harum in the 1970s (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added some shots of Convention posters spotted on location in the Netherlands (thanks, Hans)

Added some more shots of the Procol party last summer in Stuttgart, Germany (thanks, Hary)


14 May 2016:  the twenty-seventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Tony Barrow

'... way out in front of the whippersnappers...'
Added a review of the new offering on CD from Robin Trower, and this link to RT's own track-by-track filmed guide to the album ('all built up from nothing') (thanks, all)

Added a review to this page (thanks, Carla)

Added a new page here, which relates to the posters shewn in these photos (thanks, Hans [pictured])

 
 

Added illustrations to this page


7 May 2016:  the twenty-sixth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a page about the After-Show Party at Zoetermeer on 26 May – a number of tickets are available now for fans who'd like to mingle after the Procol Harum show, but can't make the afternoon part of the Convention

Added a ticket to this page from 2002

Added a link – here – for those who want to buy (or read a free snippet of) the latest comprehensive account of Procol Harum in the brief form of a 106-page book (merci, Charlie)

Updated this useful page ... essential browsing for newcomers to this website


30 April  2016:  the twenty-fifth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Phil Ryan

Gary Brooker gives a characteristic interview to an Italian newspaper (thanks, Massimo)

Good to know that the Procols are sending a pile of signed CDs for the pre-show part of the Amsterdam Convention (thanks, Chris)

Booking for Zoetermeer Basecamp Hotel (the base for overseas visitors coming to the Amsterdam Procol Fans' Convention) is now closed.

' ...by the standards of Yes, Emerson Lake and Palmer and a few others, Procul [sic] Harum were relatively down to earth ...'
Always nice to know what the South China Morning Post makes of a classic Procol album (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added – as a reminder of what we'll be experiencing in the Netherlands in a few weeks' time – a third picture page showing Procol Harum on stage in Manhattan, 2014 (thanks, Bert)


22 April  2016:  the twenty-fourth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Booking for Zoetermeer Basecamp Hotel (the base for overseas visitors coming to the Amsterdam Procol Fans' Convention) is set to close end of Saturday 23 April.

'Gary Brooker's always ragged voice proved surprisingly adept at hard rock'
Added a review of Procol Harum's masterpiece Home which contains a number of curious assertions. Before you read it, guess which of the nine songs got the highest star-rating (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added – as a reminder of what we'll be experiencing in the Netherlands in a month's time – the eighth and last in a great series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


21 April 2016

RIP Victoria Wood, Pete Zorn, Prince


17 April 2016

For people having problems booking tickets for the Procol Harum concerts in Zoetermeer and Lelystad, we have learned solutions: see here for Zoetermeer and here for Lelystad.

Because more people have the chance to book, and therefore to come to the Convention, we have extended the booking period for our Zoetermeer Basecamp Hotel until end of Saturday 23 April.


14 April  2016:  the twenty-third hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Thunderclap Newman

Added a review of Shine On Brightly that is peppered with very curious remarks ... fascinating and annoying reading (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a link to some new playing from 'arguably the most popular guitarist from Procol Harum': scroll down this page

Lots of rock memorabilia available for auction imminently, including (if you scroll down) A Whiter Shade of Pale autographed by its famous original singer


8 April 2016: the twenty-second hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

What goes on at a Procol Fans' Convention? Added a photo-index to eleven international gatherings this century ... looking forward to the twelfth ...

Good to get official confirmation of a couple of attractive Procol gigs for later in 2016 – here and here – that have been on sale a while (thanks, Chris)

Good also to learn that the Zoetermeer show is already sold out ... that is set to be a cracking gig, with the Convention beforehand, and the afterparty afterwards! Booking for the parties remains open, of course: click here

No PayPal, or no Norwegian? Here's the link to a page heaving with groovy diagrams to help you when you reach the page for Convention bookings
 


1 April 2016: the twenty-first hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

We warmly salute our admired friend Dave Ball, who departed this life one year ago

Articles here, here, here, here, here and here. Cheers, Dave!

Venue needed for special Procol line-up ... your chance to help, and put your own town on the world-wide musical map (thanks, Chris)

Convention news: added details (in red) about eating times (to suit office workers) and about new merchandise (also in red) to the Convention Page

Procol Harum's next two gigs are close to Amsterdam, famous cultural capital of The Netherlands. So is the 2016 International Procol Harum fans' convention! If you're going to the gigs (Zoetermeer, Lelystad) we look forward to seeing you at the Convention too: for food, drink, music, and the company of fellow-fans of this great band (including pilgrims from Belgium, Finland, Germany, Italy, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, and the USA). We've organised a Basecamp Hotel where you can stay close by, and from which transport is laid on to The Convention, the gig, and then back to the aftershow party where, of course, Procol themselves head the guest list!

Here's the page where you can book for the Basecamp Hotel.


25 March 2016: the twentieth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added another festival appearance to the 2016 roster of Procol dates (thanks, Chris)

Added news of a eleven-date tour in April on which Procol fans can hear 'one of the UK’s top keyboard players' (as he's rightly described): details here (thanks, Charlie)

Added a page which elucidates the connection [sic] between Asterix the Gaul and Procul [sic] Harum (thanks, Wilfried)

Added a review of Procol's most recent UK show (thanks, Robin)


19 March 2016: the nineteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the seventh in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)

Click here to watch and listen to an exciting new project involving Josh Phillips (organ) and Procol's occasional guitarist Dave Colquhoun (frontman and writer) (thanks, Josh)


11 March 2016

RIP Keith Emerson

You can now book your room(s) at the Basecamp Hotel for the Palers' Convention in Netherlands


9 March 2016:

RIP
Sir George Martin | Happy Birthday Robin Trower (1945)

Booking is open – on this page – for the Procol Fan Convention on 26 May. thus far, we have bookings from people in Finland, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK and USA ... which is very nice indeed!


6 March 2016: the eighteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added the long-expected page introducing the next Procol Fan Convention, which will take place on 26 May 2016 (thanks, Hans, Frans)

Watch this page in days to come as we activate the links to the Basecamp Hotel booking, the Convention booking, and the Palers' Combo arrangements.

Added (here) a link via which you can acquire your lyric-sheet for A Whiter Shade of Pale signed by the man who penned the famous words (rose not included) (thanks, Joe)


26 February 2016: the seventeenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP
Bruce Lacey and Vi Subversa

Added a new Gary Brooker date – with Geoff Whitehorn, and fireworks – to the 2016 concert page and here (thanks, Chris)

Added, here, a scan of a signed LP cover ... from this tour ... a Procol Harum album on the Deram label, so strange-looking to European eyes (thanks, Guy)

Added another happy collocation of friends from distant countries who've met through a shared admiration for Procol Harum (thanks, Stefano)

Palers' Project man breaks guidelines

Nice piece of memorabilia going up for auction


18 February 2016 : the sixteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Watch this space for news about Basecamp Hotel, convention arrangements etc for the Dutch Procol outing on 26/27 May

Added this link about a new Geoff Whitehorn endorsement. As Maestro GW comments, 'hardly earth-shattering news, but WTF? Fine guitar strings, manufactured not half an hour from where I live, and have been for 50+ years. Why do we ignore good stuff on our doorstep?….so British…..so Procol...' (thanks, Geoff)

Added another brief review of Procol Harum's recent 'Giants of Rock' outing (thanks, Phil)

John Greenaway alerts us to ... 'a 50-part series broadcast on BBC Radio 2. It was first aired in 2013. On Tuesday 23rd February, according to Radio Times, "Stuart Maconie continues with Procol Harum's debut hit A Whiter Shade of Pale – one of the world's biggest singles of all time (ten million copies sold) and one that continues to resonate nearly fifty years after its dominance of British radio in the summer of 1967. Marked by its Bach-derived melody and cryptic lyrics, the inspired single captured the mood of the so-called 'Summer of Love'. Maconie examines the realities of the Summer of Love and what this period really meant for most Britons". This repeat goes out from 11.00pm to 12.00. I didn't hear it first time round but, based on Maconie's track record, should be worth a listen.'

Geoff Welch alerts us to 'a new HBO series Vinyl directed by Martin Scorsese about the record business in the 1970s that will have some PH in the sound track a New York Times review states "That sophistication extends to the soundtrack, which samples the period’s hits without landing on too many obvious choices. Fifty-something viewers will tingle at the sound of Ride Captain Ride, Pillow Talk, Love Train, Down by the Lazy River and Conquistador: Link here

Gene Deverick alerts us as follows: I am not sure if this has been previously reported … My bride, Marti, and I were visiting the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne, Australia today and came upon a piece of art in the permanent collection which might interest PH fans. The piece is titled, “Beyond the pale”. Here are photos of the artwork and a close up of the attribution and description placard. Note the artist’s understanding of the original meaning of the phrase, “beyond the pale”.'

This work references the assimilation policies of the 1950s and 1960s and the whitening of aboriginal Australia. The white paling fence and the title 'Beyond the pale' accords with notions of being fenced off, marginal, outside the boundaries. The original meaning of 'beyond the pale' refers to Irish people who lived outside the region of Ireland controlled by the British, which was demarcated by a fence made of pales. Here it refers to the experience of indigenous people as outcasts and the refuse of civilised society.' Sandra Hill, Nyoongar, born 1951. 'Beyond the Pale' 2010 Balingup, Western Australia. Synthetic polymers, paint on plywood, painted wood
 


12 February 2016 : the fifteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added a second page of pictures from the recent Minehead gig, depicting a breezy walk along the front and a (much warmer) Breezy encounter backstage (thanks, Linda)

Added a poster here (thanks, Frans)

Added a ticket to our ever-growing scrapbook, here (thanks, Edgar)

Updated a personal page here ... if you have a similar page at BtP, in need of refreshing, please let us know

Added an as-yet unsensational page, here ... please contribute.


5 February 2016 : the fourteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Maurice White, Dan Hicks

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's 'Giants of Rock' appearance in Somerset, UK

'If some rock vocalists make life hard for themselves by adopting a vocal delivery in their early twenties that gets more and more difficult to pull off as they hit their seventies, then Gary Brooker chose wisely ...'
Added a good review of the above gig by a 'casual convert' rather than by a hardcore or partisan Procol-watcher (thanks, Bradshaw)

Added a page of pictures from the above gig (thanks, Linda)

Updated personal pages here, here, here and here ... if you have a similar page at BtP, in need of refreshing, please let us know

Added an item – from the web – about Johnny Cash, with no Procol relevance


27 January 2016 : the thirteenth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Black, RIP Paul Kantner

Procol Harum on stage in just a few days' time

Added two Dutch dates for Procol Harum in May: details here and here (thanks, Chris)

Procol Harum, Close to the Moon ... and close to Caravan, Focus, Family, Soft Machine, Rick Wakeman, Adrian Belew, Alan Parsons, Hawkwind, Martin Barre ...
Added an Italian date to Procol's 2016 schedule (thanks, Chris)

'As far as fame and fortune goes you get to your comfort zone and then you’re rich enough'
Added Gary Brooker's interview about his finances which was published this morning in the personal finance pages of the UK's Sunday Telegraph newspaper.

Read about his court costs, dodgy managers, highest-earning gig, oilwells and girls that he's bought.


22 January 2016 : the twelfth hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Dale Griffin, Glenn Frey

Procol Harum on stage in just over a week's time

'This one is for creative, eclectic, observant, intelligent Procol fans and Palers ... '
Added a feeling and thoughtful review of Trace of a Feeling (thanks, Peter)

You can buy the album online: as the review observes, 'Interesting that each disc is about 79:45 in length, 15 seconds or so short of being completely full. Great value, therefore!'

And, as we hope for confirmation of several more Procol Harum gigs in Europe (there may be tickets on sale, but fans should be cautious until we hear that contracts are actually signed), we add the sixth in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


15 January 2016 : the eleventh hebdomadal bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP David Bowie

Added a page showing the solution to the recent series of Christmas Puzzles. Even if you didn't join in the fun, have a look at this page and see why so many people did.

The Christmas Prizes are on their way to the Triumphant Victors (with one exception, which the winner in question knows about)

Since Procol's last couple of gigs involved a variant line-up, let's remind ourselves of who's going to be playing at Minehead on 30 January (thanks, Bert)


8 January 2016:

Added a page of nicely-barbed and appreciative Competitors' Comments, relating to the puzzles lately ended

Oh yes, and the Schedule of Winners, which contains a significant surprise.

If you find that Lady Luck (sorry, 'Person Luck') has awarded you a prize, well done ... and now you need to send your postal address to the BtP team in order that we can get things in the post.


7 January 2016:

Our annual series of Christmas puzzles is now closed. Thanks for playing, and for some amusing and occasionally harrowing feedback. We have three beat-the-clock winners, from Italy, Italy and the USA , and a hatful of names to draw five more from when a suitably Glamorous Assistant becomes available during Thursday sometime. Watch this space for winner announcements in due course of time.

For those who care about such things, the eight prizes this year were closely-grouped in popularity. These are the inferred desirability-percentages per prize, taking all preferences into account (also factoring in the responses from all the people whose final answer was 'differently correct').

14.1 – Esoteric 2CD 'Procol Harum'
13.9 – Signed tee-shirt [men's style] and Esoteric 3CD ‘Shine on Brightly’
12.7 – Esoteric 2CD ‘A Salty Dog’
12.4 – 2LP ‘Live from the Union Chapel’
11.6 – Esoteric 2CD ‘Home’
10.9 – ‘I'm Coming Home’ DVD
10.5 – Signed tee-shirt [women's style]


5 January 2016:

Added a New Year message from the BtP team to all fellow Procol fans worldwide

Added the last in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Good luck with the instructions that follow it (click link provided, to change pages): just read 'em carefully (take your time!) and all will be well.


4 January 2016:

Added the eleventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to have another look at the roster of prizes and be ready with your preference order – all the letters, please! – something like: "AGBHCDEF"

The final clue is scheduled to appear on this page (press F5 or 'Reload' to ensure your browser shows the latest version) at midnight London time (GMT), when Monday 4 January becomes Tuesday 5 January.


3 January 2016:

Added the tenth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


2 January 2016:

Added the ninth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


1 January 2016: Happy New Year!

Added the eighth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


31 December:

Added the seventh in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


30 December:

Added the sixth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


29 December:

Added the fifth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


28 December:

Added the fourth in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


27 December:

Added the third in our annual series of Christmas puzzles. Don't forget to look at the schedule of prizes


26 December:

Added the second in our annual series of Christmas puzzles


25 December: Happy Christmas!

Added the first in our annual series of Christmas puzzles – good luck everyone! They do get easier and easier, as the prizes get more and more munificent.


24 December

Added a page of advice and information about how to play and win the Christmas Quiz for this year

Christmas shopping: if you use Amazon, why not visit them through these links – Amazon USA Amazon UK Amazon Germany Amazon Canada .. That way, the Procol website gets a few cents' commission, which we put into parties and prizes and other fan-type pursuits. Of course, it doesn't cost the punter a penny


17 December 2015 : the tenth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

' ... a band still at the top of their game, less than eighteen months away from the Fiftieth Anniversary of when it all started ...'
Added a good review of
Procol Harum in Turku (thanks, Peter)

Added a photo report of Procol's two recent Finnish gigs (thanks, Marko)

Added two Procol tickets here (thanks, Marko)

Added the schedule of prizes for this year's Christmas Puzzles ... choose, now, which one you most desire ... and read here how some constructive comment from members of the band has resulted in a change in this year's competition


10 December 2015

Added the setlist from Procol Harum's concert this evening (thanks, Chris)

And now 7.5 weeks to wait until their next outing ...


9 December 2015 : the ninth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert tonight

Added a major Festival appearance for Procol Harum this summer (thanks, Chris) :'a music festival that appeals as much to the foodie as it does the rock music fan in us all ...Classic Rock, Southern Rock, Prog, Blues and Country music stages alongside great outdoor BBQ food, fine bourbon whiskies and barrels of real ale ...'

What's the betting Procol will play this excellent song at the above festival?

Added details of what Procol Harum played in Finland last night ... including the wondrous Dead Man's Dream (thanks, Chris)

Added to The Unquiet Zone information here (thanks, Matthias). Read about the words and the music of this excellent song here

Added a Ringo link to this Ludwig drums page


4 December 2015 : the eighth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert ... the band's rehearsals with Dave on guitar are over, and there's not long to wait ...

Added the fifth in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)

The Italian 'Homburg' ... added a codicil to this 'observation of great interest to Hispanophones, Lusophones, Italophones'

Our chum Derren 'Glimpses of Nirvana' Brown has released something rather odd into the London Underground


25 November 2015 : the seventh bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert ... two weeks to wait!

Added a review from Goldmine about the recebt Esoteric re-releases (here, here, here and here) which, while it doesn't say much about the discs themselves, nails the enduring impact of Procol's early work with endearing precision

BtP readers who remember this provoking page from earlier in the year, and Gary Brooker's plea for help in creating a custom lampshade, will be thrilled to see evidence of progress here (thanks, Paul)
 


18 November 2015 : the sixth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Procol Harum in concert ... three weeks to wait!

44 years on from Procol Harum's memorable recording in Edmonton, Canada ... please enjoy a new feature-length piece about the recording(s) and much more. Click the pictures to surf sideways into further Albertabilia (thanks, Peter)

Added pictures, sent from Russia, of Procol's memorable German show from warmer this year (thanks, Elena)

 

Our thoughts and sympathy go out to everyone harmed or frightened in the Bataclan
massacre, and to the friends and families of all those killed; and of course to anyone
touched in any way by all the other, non music-related atrocities of this dark time.

'Through the shadows cast, to a brighter day ...'


12 November 2015 : the fifth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

RIP Alain Toussaint and Phil 'Philthy Animal' Taylor

' ... this wild, passionate flamingo-type dance ...'
Added some unexpected ideas about
A Whiter Shade of Pale (thanks, Phillip)

'... grandiose but ultimately pathetic hippy delusion ...'
Thus spake the narratological imperialist Louis de Bernieres, not about A Whiter Shade of Pale, but nonetheless on a page (here) where he mentions that song's involvement in a crucial rite of passage (thanks, Charlie)

Added the fourth in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


6 November 2015 : the fourth bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

' ... not often that you can see a band like Procol Harum for a dollar ... Procol Harum will receive $2,000 ... a band which ... does not normally attract an unruly crowd ...'
Added good documentary evidence for a much-debated Procol Harum tour-date ... the second-last of the Old Testament ... to
this page, and an article foretelling the show here (many thanks, Bill)

Added the fourteenth in a series of photographs of the grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK

Added a brief Procol report from a Lambertville Music Circus gig in the summer of 1970 (thanks, Bill)

More from the author of the above piece here, of course.

Traditional fun and games in England last night


29 October 2015 : the third bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting critical evaluation of Procol Harum's third album (thanks, Peter): 'A Salty Dog was a terrific maiden voyage for producer Matthew Fisher'

While you're at it, why not re-read the Rolling Stone review from 1969: 'a little awkward in their pursuit of the new directions'

And of course there are many more reviews of it here.

Added the third in a series of picture pages showing Procol Harum on stage at Gossau, Switzerland (thanks, Heidi)


22 October 2015 : the second bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting critical evaluation of two recent re-issues of Procol Harum (thanks, Peter): 'any inconsistencies in approach were redeemed by Keith Reid’s surreal lyrics ...'

While you're at it, why not re-read the Crawdaddy review from 1967: 'Procol Harum and particularly Gary Brooker have a long creative road ahead'

And of course there are many more reviews of it here.

Added the thirteenth in a series of photographs of June's grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK. Musical director of the event, Josh Phillips, gets a careless but honourable mention here.

Some Italian Procobilia for you to enjoy may be found here


14 October 2015 : the first bulletin for Year #19 at 'Beyond the Pale'

Added an interesting critical evaluation of two recent re-issues of Shine on Brightly (thanks, Peter): 'Shine on Brightly is probably Procol’s best album – it has the elements we want and expect'

While you're at it, why not re-read the Rolling Stone review from 1968: 'Shine On Brightly is not the album one might have hoped for.'

And of course there are many more reviews of it here.

Added Finnish gig-booking details here and here (thanks, Charlie):

Added the twelfth in a series of photographs of June's grand concert at Ewhurst, Surrey, UK


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