Procol Harum

the Pale 

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Procol Harum Live


January 2013: re-release of this album on 180-gramme audiophile vinyl: click here for more detail

Gary Brooker – Piano, Vocal, Orchestrations 
Keith Reid – Words 
B J Wilson – Drums 
Chris Copping – Organ 
Alan Cartwright- Bass 
Dave Ball – Guitar 
The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra 
The Da Camera Singers 
Chris Thomas – Producer 

Recorded at the Jubilee Auditorium, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, 18 November 1971 
Whaling Stories
A Salty Dog
All This And More
In Held 'Twas In I: Glimpses Of Nirvana, 'Twas Teatime At The Circus, 
In The Autumn Of My Madness, Look To Your Soul, Grand Finale

Liner notes: 7.30pm. 18th November 1971 Holiday Inn, Edmonton, Alberta

In about thirty minutes Derek will collect us to drive down to the Jubilee Auditorium, where a capacity audience of 3,000 is waiting with 52 musicians, 24 singers and a regiment of sound, recording, lightning, stage and special effects people.

To say our one and a half days of recording [did GB mean 'rehearsing'?] had gone smoothly would not be true, and so an excited nervousness is present instead of confidence. The previous experience of the group (at Stratford, Ontario 1969) has shown us that symphony musicians tend to save their best until the performance. This is what we base our hopes on at this late hour.

We found time to try our quadraphonic effects tapes this afternoon; that explosion should shake the foundations. Keith tells me the seagulls sound like they're circling above your head when you're out there.

The amplified choir should be coming from both the stage and the back of the theatre to surround the audience with their sound. They do know what they're doing and their enthusiasm has become contagious. We've left Chris and Wally to take care of the recording, nobody is more capable. ("For what they are about to record, may the Lord be truly helpful.")

Tonight, the opportunity is there for us to play together with the instruments and voices we feel at home with and I know that we and everybody else will be at our best. G.B.

Recorded but not issued: Shine on Brightly, Simple Sister, Repent Walpurgis; issued on a B side only: Luskus Delph


'I'm not sure when Mobile Fidelity released this version (above),' writes Per Wadd Hermansen. 'A six-page folded booklet with the standard information on the inside. No Luskus Delph.'

A mighty suite of pages about this concert

Gary Brooker's pre-concert diary

The 2009 Salvo reissue, re-mastered, with amazing bonus tracks

The 2018 Esoteric reissue, re-mastered, with five bonus tracks

Order the Repertoire 2002 re-issue
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More information on The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra website

The same music on 2015 coloured vinyl

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