Procol Harum

the Pale 

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Procol Harum Turin, Italy

Setlist Thursday 29 November 2007

Brooker, Dunn, Pegg, Phillips, Whitehorn

If you were able to get to this gig, please send us all your pictures, memorabilia, interviews and so forth!

Bringing Home the Bacon (Gary plays TV Caesar theme during his solo instrument break)
Shine on Brightly (GB sings 'Il Tuo Diamante' first line of chorus and 'splendera')
The VIP Room (drumming has transformed the song a bit more towards a Monsieur Armand styling)
Pandora's Box (Latino Brazil 66 ending jam passage: rousing applause)
(You Can't) Turn Back the Page  (just beautiful and very Procolly with updated drumming and fine dynamics)
Homburg (rousing applause at first note and another after first chorus and instrumental bridge and big one and extended at ending - sounded as fresh as 1967)
Simple Sister (very nice, dynamic and big applause)
A Rum Tale ('I'd like to change the tempo, tempo differente, more expresso';  very nice Josh, not-completely-Copping solo and great spirit in the song)
Grand Hotel  (Viennese almost combo rumba centre passage; 'Italian girls they like to fight'. Just about as perfect as it can get live creating the essence of a Grand Hotel)
An Old English Dream (song no longer sounds to me like Procol 2003 big applause and so much smoke on stage, GW goes missing just prior to the irony of the next song) ('Excuse while I take a Grappa' and GB jokingly thanks sponsor Ricola 'Otherwise you get a dry throat')
Missing Persons (seems slightly more up-tempo and big applause after GW's first solo new uptempo ending with last lines of verse gone and very powerful ending imho this may turn into a real Brooker/Reid PH classic) (Massive applause)
Conquistador (a perfect complement, coming off the energized Matt Pegg an exceptional solo from Josh; prolonged applause)
A Whiter Shade of Pale (from the first organ note; big applause after the first line and again after first chorus. Two verses and traditional ending) ('Mille grazie, merci beaucoup'; musicians' intros). (Band stays on stage, doesn't play Whisky Train although that's on the setlist)


A Salty Dog (applause to Geoff Whitehorn playing the seagull intro right away people in front of me applaud Geoff Dunn for getting the drum passage correct; he uses mallets again, as not previously reported, on the cymbals at the concluding passage).


One-Eye's Soundcheck Notes

This a sporting arena and very echoey. Hope the crowd muffles it.

What'd I Say
a quick go-round
Bringing Home the Bacon

Sound adjustment is better and more palatable thanks to the spry fingers of Graham Ewins

Missing Persons (working on ending)

Now a break as the stage setup is completed

Wizard Man

Hang on Rose

Missing Persons (a few times and then working out a different ending)

For Liquorice John (mid-section with ABBA quotation)


14 songs altogether: 1 From Procol Harum 1 from Shine on Brightly
1 From  A Salty Dog 0 From  Home 1 from  Broken Barricades
3 From  Grand Hotel 0 From Exotic Birds and Fruit 1 from Procol's Ninth
0 From Something Magic 1 From The Prodigal Stranger 2 from The Well's on Fire
2 non-album tracks 1 Unrecorded song  
Great solid and dynamic bass from Matt Pegg all night and Gary seems to have enjoyed the show and is in great voice tonight! (thanks, One-Eye) BtP gathers that the sound was much better, once the crowd was in, than it had been during the rehearsal. This is a short set, relative to the Dutch gigs earlier in the month: but those were solo shows, whereas this was a festival appearance, and the band before Procol over-ran.

14 of these performances released on 2008's download-only album, One Eye To the Future: Bringing Home The Bacon / Shine On Brightly / The VIP Room / Pandora's Box / (You Can't) Turn Back The Page / Homburg / Simple Sister / A Rum Tale / Grand Hotel / Conquistador / An Old English Dream / A Whiter Shade Of Pale / A Salty Dog : the rest of the album is from Schio


Procol dates in 2007

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