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Procol Harum's NME coverage ...

28 June, 5 July, 12 July 1969


These excerpts from New Musical Express, kindly selected for 'Beyond the Pale' by Yan Friis, show the wonderful reaction to the A Salty Dog album, and a rare Procol cover released on 45 rpm.


 NME June 28, 1969

Front page: Full page ad for Robin Gibb's Saved By The Bell (Polydor)

Headlines:
LOVE, RESPECT BINDS THE BEACH BOYS
By Richard Green

ANN MOSES WATCHES 'THE KING' WORKING
PSYCHIATRIST ELVIS!

BLAME THE BEATLES FOR TODAY'S POP REVOLUTION
says PETER SARSTEDT
by Gordon Coxhill

NMExclusive Nick Logan sees JETHRO TULL off at start of two-month AMERICAN tour
Almost at No.1, but...
SUCCESS HAS COME HONESTLY - WE'RE NOT A BIT ASHAMED
says IAN ANDERSON

Tipped for the charts by Nick Logan
Robin Gibb, Saved By The Bell
Donovan and the Jeff Beck Group, Goo Goo Barabajagal (Love Is Hot)

Tipped for charts by John Wells
Clodagh Rodgers, Goodnight Midnight

NME Top 5
1. ( 1) Ballad Of John And Yoko, Beatles
2. ( 2) Oh Happy Day, Edwin Hawkins Singers
3. (10) Living In The Past, Jethro Tull
4. ( 4) Time Is Tight, Booker T. and the M.G.s
5. (17) In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley

Tail-pieces by the Alley Cat

...Top 30 return of Procol Harum forecast...


NME July 5, 1969

Front page. Full page ad for Plastic Ono Band's Give Peace A Chance (Apple)

First he was an actor, then a SINGER who couldn't get work so he became a PRODUCER, today he's the STAR of FAMILY DOGG. His name? STEVE ROWLAND. FAMILY DOGG: THE GROUP THAT HAD TO SUCCEED
by Gordon Coxhill

'RUBBERNECKIN' WITH ELVIS
Guitar playing rips his fingers
by Ann Moses

NMExclusive
THUNDERCLAP'S POSH PAD!
by Richard Green

Tipped for the charts by Derek Johnson
Plastic Ono Band, Give Peace A Chance
Love Affair, Bringing On Back The Good Times
Equals, Viva Bobby Joe
Rolling Stones, Honky Tonk Women

Cilla Black, Conversations

NME Top 5:
1. ( 7) Something In The Air, Thunderclap Newman
2. ( 5) In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley
3. ( 1) Ballad Of John And Yoko, Beatles
4. ( 3) Living In The Past, Jethro Tull
5. ( 2) Oh Happy Day, Edwin Hawkins Singers

Recommended

Procol are expansive
PROCOL HARUM: A Salty Dog (Regal Zonophone, stereo SLRZ 1009, 37s. 5d.)

The most exciting facet of this tremendous album is not so much that it contains the Procols' best recorded works to date, but that their potential is still nowhere near being fully spent.

If this is an example of what their experiments can lead them to, long may they continue to push out past the accepted frontiers of pop.

It would be hard to pick a stand-out but the title-track, also their current single, must rank as their most potently commercial offering since Whiter Shade of Pale. The poetic quality of Keith Reid's lyrics delivered by Gary Brooker against music that rises and crashes like the waves adds up to a positively stunning track.

Brooker takes five other writing credits; Milk of Human Kindness is a personal favourite, mainly for its gorgeous razzy guitar. Too much Between Us, which he co-wrote with Robin Trower, is wispy and dreamy with shades of Incredible String Band in the harmonies. The Devil Came from Kansas has a distinct country feel with Barrie Wilson's powerful drumming behind a piano running rife. All This and More is nearer the old Procols.

Boredom, by Brooker and Matthew Fisher, has the latter featured strongly on marimba with a pretty calypso lilt making it one of the most appealing songs.

Fisher on his own has two entries, stand out being Wreck of the Hesperus with a complex arrangement for piano and strings that spins like whirlpools of water and has a charm and prettiness little found in today's pop.

The album also marks the emergence of Trower as a writing force. His two songs include Juicy John Pink, a strident rock blues with shades of John Lee Hooker. Other titles: Crucifiction Lane, Pilgrim's Progress (see also here)

Also "Recommended" in this issue:
Creedence Clearwater Revival: Bayou Country (Liberty)

Tail-pieces by the Alley Cat

...Tea and Symphony disc dbut with Procol Harum composition...


NME July 12, 1969

Front page:

Full page Polydor ad, given half the page to Yes's Sweetness 45, and the rest to
Aphrodite's Child's I Want To Live
The Easybeats' St. Louis
Robin Gibb's Saved By The Bell

Headlines:

BRIAN JONES
by Andy Gray
(obituary)
250,000 happy fans and just a handful of screamers

'COOL IT', SAID JAGGER, AND THEY DID
by Nick Logan
(review of the Stones in Hyde Park)

 

Half page ad:
Procol Harum's A Salty Dog album showing the sleeve and the following words:
Every Once In a while pop music comes up with a classic album ... this is one of them.

 

 

 

 

 

Tipped for charts by Derek Johnson
Bob & Earl, Everybody Jerk
Diana Ross & The Supremes, No Matter What Sign You Are
Tommy Roe, Heather Honey

NME Top 5
1. ( 1) Something In The Air, Thunderclap Newman
2. ( 2) In The Ghetto, Elvis Presley
3. ( 7) A Way Of Life, Family Dogg
4. ( 4) Living In The Past, Jethro Tull
5. ( 3) Ballad Of John And Yoko, Beatles


The Mammoth Task: Yan's extracts from the first 52 weeks of Procol press in the NME

Swimming Against The Tide: Yan's extracts from the remaining ten years of Procol press in the NME


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