Procol Harum

the Pale 

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Gary Brooker Piano, vocal 
Keith Reid Words 
BJ Wilson Drums 
Robin Trower Guitar 
Chris Copping Bass, organ
Harry Pitch chromatic harmonica
Producer: Chris Thomas

Whisky Train

The Dead Man's Dream

Still There'll Be More

Nothing That I Didn't Know

About to Die

Barnyard Story

Piggy Pig Pig

Whaling Stories

Your Own Choice

This is the portrait of the band, by David Bailey, from the original insert in the vinyl album; it was printed in brown on sepia-coloured paper as shown. (David Bailey also photographed the covers for the first two Matthew Fisher solo albums)

The Ariola (German) artwork for 'Home'

Liner notes: Patrick Humphries (from a 1988 Castle Communications LTD CD re-issue)
Home was Procol Harum's fourth album, which gave the band breathing space after the majestic A Salty Dog. Home was their first album without Mathew Fisher, whose hallmark organ sound has graced the first three Procol albums, and of course was such a feature of A Whiter Shade of Pale.

Like Orson Welles, Procol Harum could be said to have started their career at the top and worked their way down! This though, is an unjustifiably blinkered view of one of Britain's best and most eclectic bands of the sixties. While A Whiter Shade of Pale is indelibly associated with 1967's Summer Of Love, during their ten-year career Procol released ten remarkable albums.

Home is a marvellous souvenir of Procol Harum's variety: their roots are displayed on the opening Whisky Train, Robin Trower's bluesy guitar blazing a tribute to Presley's Mystery Train; the epic Whaling Stories is Procol at their most ambitious, ploughing the furrow of 'progressive rock' they had made their own; Your Own Choice and Still There'll Be More are typically inscrutable, while the plaintive Nothing That I Didn't Know displays a gentler, acoustic side of the band.

With Gary Brooker's gutsy vocals, Trower's flamboyant guitar, B.J.Wilson's relentless drumming he was, after all, Jimmy Page's first choice for the Led Zeppelin drumstool and Keith Reid's enigmatic lyrics, Home shows how far Procol had come since their days as the Paramounts, and how much they'd developed in three years since A Whiter Shade Of Pale had seen them earmarked as one of Britain's most promising new bands.

With so much already achieved by the time of its release in 1970, Procol Harum proved with Home that there was still plenty ahead. They were never the one-hit wonders their critics claimed; if nothing else, this album at least proves that! 

Left, Home on 8-track cartridge! Right: source of some of the heads on the album cover 

Above, the 'one-foot-in-the-grave' artwork from Ariola 80933, a German release of Home (just in case you don't like Dickinson's 'boardgame' cover) 

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Sam Behrend notes: 'When I brought Home home for the first time in 1970 and put it on the turntable I realized that one side of the entire LP was pressed at the wrong speed. When played at 33-1/3 RPM it sounds speeded up. I still have that LP and wonder how many were produced and sold with this defect. I imagine that most people would have returned the LP and those returned were probably destroyed. I will be curious to know if you hear from others with this possibly rare pressing.

The 1997 Repertoire re-issue

Contemporary reviews of Home

Home by any other name?

Magical connotations of the words

Buy this album from CD-Now

Buy this album from Amazon USA or
from Amazon UK

A Record to Die For

The 1999 Westside Home ... plus! release

A 1973 review of the DoubleBack Shine on Brightly / Home

Variations in the packaging of the album

Esoteric reissue


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