New Year's Eve 2008:
Here's the seventh question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
Here is the seventh clue of the day. It's not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful eventually.
Here's the sixth question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
Here is the sixth clue of the day. It's
not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful
And maybe it would be worth your while to check the How to Play page again. Though the procedure remains unchanged, a couple of sentences (about brackets) have been added by way of reassurance to competitors who wrote in with questions.
Here's the fifth question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
Here is the fifth clue of the day. It's not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful eventually
Here's the fourth question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
Here is the fourth clue of the day. It's not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful eventually.
December 27: Today: Procol Harum Project live
Here's the third question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
Here is the third clue of the day. It's not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful eventually.
Added a Procol Harum Christmas screensaver (thanks Sergey)
Here's the second question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
Here is today's clue of the day. It's not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful eventually.
Tomorrow ... Procol Harum Project live at 'the nicest and cosiest rock-cafe in Northern Sealand (Hilleroed)' (thanks, Poul)
Christmas Day: RIP Harold Pinter, our great playwright
Here's the first question in this year's excellent Christmas Conundrums
We're adding a fresh clue daily. It's not necessarily the right clue for today's question, but it will be useful eventually.
'Tusind tak' to DR2 in Denmark for ushering
Christmas in with that magnificent excerpt from the forthcoming Procol Ledreborg
orchestral DVD. And bravo Procol Harum!
Missing tracks (to fit in the sixty-minute slot) were Butterfly Boys, The VIP Room, Simple Sister, An Old English Dream and Whaling Stories.
Credits at the end included Keith Reid (texts) and Chris Cooke (project leader).
Now ... we await the DVD ... which you can win in the Christmas Conundrums, starting tonight
December 24: We wish you all a Merry Christmas!
Get ready to watch Procol Harum at Ledreborg Castle on Danish TV: the
one-hour edit of the show from 20 August 2006 will be broadcast at 00.25 European Time, early
on the morning of Christmas Day, 25 December.
It can be viewed on web TV following this link (thanks Mogens). Alternatively use this DR2 link and double-click on the little screen at the top right of the page: the picture will expand to fill your screen (thanks Chris, Pat, Tim, Henrik).
Unfortunately it seems the first of these functions for Danish IPs only, but it might be worth giving it a try if the second fails you. If you live in Norway and receive TV signals from Canal Digital, you could follow webmaster Jens and purchase a one-month subscription to Danish TV. This may be possible for subscribers of other satellite companies and in other countries as well. The rest of us will have to wait for the upcoming DVD from the Ledreborg concert, available in 2009. This DVD (which features the full concert) is also one of the prizes (twice) in our annual Christmas puzzles..
Added a page that explains how to play
the coming season of twelve Christmas Puzzles, by solving which you stand to
win some pretty good prizes
Sadly no No Stiletto Shoes at Chiddingfold Club ... the latter no longer exists: take yourself back there with 1989 YouTube clips here and here
And who needs a winged horse, when you can run this short film?
Updated the list of the excellent prizes
you can win in this year's Christmas Puzzles at 'Beyond the Pale'
Also added a page that explains how to play ... it gets easier every year ...
Enjoy a preview of this absorbing Bach film by Procol Harum fan Will Fraser of Fugue State Films (thanks, Will)
Added news of Procol Harum's 2009 plans for record-releases (thanks, Chris)
Added an as-yet somewhat empty page for the DVD,
Procol Harum: Live at Ledreborg Castle
Coming soon: the annual BtP puzzles, in which the above DVD will be one of the glittering prizes.
Added the setlist for one of the 1972
Chicago shows that has been causing interest the last few days
Good to be getting lots of responses from our many readers (thanks, everyone)
When doing your online Christmas shopping for books, music, electronics
and so on, please use the Amazon links in the
It costs you nothing extra, but each transaction contributes a few cents towards keeping this website online.
Added brief follow-up information about the Chicago gigs in 1970, 1971 and 1972 that we recently added to the tour schedules (thanks, George)
Maybe somebody out there can help with a precise date for Procol Harum's Mansfield State College appearance in the winter of 1972? (thanks, Arley)
Attention all Danish Procol Harum fans ... can you assist with a date / origin for the AWSoP picture-sleeve that we have listed as 1967, but which clearly isn't (thanks, Tormod, for pointing this out)
Visit this website to find out all the wrong words to Gary Brooker songs (thanks, Scobie)
December 19: Happy Birthday Josh Phillips (1962)
Added another AWSoP picture-sleeve, from 1982 (thanks, Lars)
Added two striking individual Procol Harum portraits from the year 1974 – hitherto unseen (thanks, Jim)
Also added a striking Robin Trower portrait from the year 1974 (thanks, Jim)
Added photographs from Procol Harum's
'AGM' yesterday (thanks, Chris)
' ... many can remember where they stood when they first heard its momentous mix of classicism and surrealism ...'
Added an article in which Crimson and Brooker lyricist
Pete Sinfield asserts that 'Whiter
Shade of Pale was very important from a lyrical point of view'
December 15: RIP
Davy Graham ...
without whom, no DADGAD ...
Continuing our theme of Procol gigs and dates from 35+ years ago, added a probable setlist from Syracuse USA (thanks, Marvin)
Added the sleeve for a Procol 45 rpm 'Golden Greats' re-release (thanks, Lars) – anybody able to tell us the date of it?
It's probably a while since you've read this page, which BtP posted following a long Procol lay-off. Quite a lot of it came true. And now there's been another long lay-off ...
Added a vampire reference to the BtP page about the words 'whiter shade of pale' deployed in a non-Procol context (thanks, Joan)
Here's the link to an interesting recent web-chat with best-selling genealogical author Peter Christian, who is well-known to fellow Procol concert-goers.
Many thanks to various correspondents who have supplied further Procol dates for the annals.
Added Chicago gigs in 1970, 1971 and 1972 with brief concert notes in each case (thanks, Pam Chwedyk)
Maybe somebody out there can help with a precise date for Procol Harum's Ravinia Festival appearance in 1970?
Added the sleeve for an excellent-value 1978 Procol Harum 7" disc (thanks, Lars)
Interesting encore from Neil Young here (thanks, Charlie)
Thanks for the good response to our questions about the possible further nine 1972
Procol Harum gig dates at the
foot of this page:
let us know if you can confirm any
more of those conjectural Procol November
Added a good note about a Procol show in Boston in 1972 on Firework Night (thanks, Art)
Added five Procol Harum BBC radio appearances in July
Thanks to some thoughtful sleuthing by a correspondent, we now have a possible further nine 1972 Procol Harum gig dates (thanks, Marvin). If you were in America in 1972, please look at the list at the foot of this page and let us know if you can confirm any of those conjectural Procol November dates.
Added some interesting 2006 photographs (thanks, Jeremy)
Added a Dutch review (and a version of it in English) about the CD from The Keith Reid Project, The Common Thread (thanks, Frans)
' ... it manages to capture the very essence of understated Procoldom ...'
A Procol Harum musician visits a Netherlands shrine to the band ... pictures, stories. (thanks, Dave; thanks, Frans)
December 7: Sorry for the delayed upload today: server glitches.
Added a question to the bottom of this page (look for the strange-coloured background in the gig-list): please write in with suggestions. For instance, is it in fact this gig ? (thanks, Tom)
Add a warning from Procol Harum's manager: click here to listen
Added a good setlist from very early in 1976 ... and, therefore, amended the speculative notes about the origins of the Five and Dime setlist (thanks, Richard)
Procol manager Chris Cooke recorded a brief piece at the BBC
Radio 4's iPM today: listen out for his idea about improving ATM access for
the visually impaired: read
his comments here
Added two shots of a 1982 picture-sleeve here (thanks, Lars)
'All things considered, conquistador, you are advised never to leave your stallion in need of company ...'
Added a link to this Conquistador response, posted at Hooting Yard by the UK's foremost nonsense blogger, coincidentally following his fine gig in Bristol this week, organised by half of the BtP team (thanks, Frank)
Added two graphics from a very rare 1987 Gary Brooker item (thanks, Charlie)
Remind yourself of a related item, showing here
Added a self-referential item to this populous page (thanks, Kim) ... search for 'perfect shade of blue'
Added the text of another Keith Reid collaboration (thanks, Kim)
December 2: RIP Odetta
Added an intriguing 'English Invasion' triple-bill item to the 1968 Procol ticket page (thanks, Tonny)
' ... he was controlled by the corporation to such an extent that he was
given 'scripts' telling him how to approach interviewees ...'
It's never pleasant to hear of someone losing their job. Terry Christian, whose remarkable interview with Gary Brooker is commemorated here, has apparently not succeeded in retaining his. (thanks, John)
'And so it was, a little later ... ' Is there a Procol quotation embedded in this Lupine Item? (It also includes the word 'cartwheels') (thanks, Wilfried)
The Procol Harum December calendar is ready (thanks Sergey, and best wishes)
Updated this index of all past pages at 'Beyond the Pale'
The new Procol Harum album, One Eye to the Future, is now available from iTunes, in case there are people who would rather buy their music from that source than from here
If you've enjoyed the keyboard-work of the Palers' Band's Ian Hockley, don't miss his forthcoming recital in Paris (Église Saint-Séverin, 2030 hrs, Saturday 6 December)
Read what was new on this website in previous months