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Procol Harum in Switzerland

Basel setlist 18 June, 2005

Brooker, Brzezicki, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn

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Set one

Bringing Home the Bacon  
Toujours l'Amour  
Pandora's Box  
Cerdes (Outside the Gates of) The sound is full and great tonight. Geoff unleashes an amazing solo. The Hammond is spot-on full tonight. The band stepped it up big-time at this point and threw in a Monsieur Armand ending.
This World is Rich (for Stephen Maboe) Mark has made this song his and carries the BJ spirit.
Whaling Stories 'A small story of the days when men were men and women were women.' Geoff has the Trower tones down as does Josh the Copping Hammond. Mark is just amazing and plays the bird chirps perfectly on a wind instrument and Matt carries the basslines perfectly with a little of his own identity. The whole song is just outrageously perfect.
Conquistador Massively powerful all the way around

Set two

VIP Room Ripping start
Salad Days Are Here Again First verse only. 'That wasn't what we meant to play'
Simple Sister Great lead and solid rhythm Matt and Gary and you know where! Procol Harum 2005 is awesome! That was Simple Sister from the 1970 [sic] album Broken Barricades and GB starts to play the title track, then stops. A bunch of 'Awwwwws' from the crowd.
Something Following Me
Mark and Matt really powerful holding up the bottom; Geoff another astonishing solo! Josh follows with one just as wonderful. And then Gary even more incredible. The dynamics are impeccable!
Alpha This is One-Eye's song. 'Or if you want ... ' and now he starts playing Mozart [Beethoven, actually (Ed)]'This is about a boy who is disadvantaged'. Really nice solos from Josh and Geoff. The song sounds more polished now. Perfect!
Fresh Fruit A real surprise! Fantastic and nice crowd response. Gives the crowd the real ending by playing it a few times and the band joins in at the final one.
An Old English Dream This song is sooooo Procol
Fires (Which Burnt Brightly) 'I just realised how fantastic those words are. They're from Keith Reid'.
A Salty Dog 'I don't think we can get much father away from the sea than Basel. What is it? 500 miles?' Perfect in every way! The lighting was astonishing!


  Gary is presented with a birthday cake with A Salty Dog cover on it by Dane and thank to Heidi. Geoff leads Happy Birthday. 'I apologise to all the young girls who thought The Well's on Fire was our first album'. And recognises Josh's Mum and Step-dad who came from England. 'We did make a song 38 years ago and dedicated it to them'.
A Whiter Shade of Pale Gary stands centre-stage and sings it as he turns to Josh and watches and listens as he plays the organ lines. Then the mermaid verse come in as verse two. Then he has Geoff play a lead. And he does so a second time around just bristling! Now Gary sits at the Roland RD-600 and it's as powerful as it ever has been. And the glissando ending just reverberates the building. 'We are Procol Harum and we will continue!'


songs altogether:


From Procol Harum


from Shine on Brightly


From A Salty Dog


From Home


from Broken Barricades


From Grand Hotel


From Exotic Birds and Fruit


from Procol's Ninth


From Something Magic


From The Prodigal Stranger


from The Well's on Fire


non-album tracks


Unreleased songs

Thanks to Al 'One-Eye' Edelist for the observations in brown, and to Melanie Schweizer for the panoramic pictures

Setlists from Andreas Havlik ... thanks!

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