British rock legends Procol Harum are captured here at their finest, in concert at London?s Union Chapel. The band perform tracks from their latest album, The Well?s On Fire, alongside many of their classics including Pand... more »ora?s Box, Homburg, Conquistador, A Salty Dog, Quite Rightly So and the rarely-heard full-length version of the immortal A Whiter Shade Of Pale. It was the last night of a tour that had taken them from London through Europe, Japan and North America and back again to London, and the band celebrated with a truly magical performance. Procol Harum are one of the select group of acts who had a No.1 hit with their first single. A Whiter Shade Of Pale continues to hold a fascination for all ages, and was recently voted into the all-time top ten of UK No.1?s in a poll to celebrate 50 years of the UK charts. Beyond this, the band has had a string of successful singles and albums on both sides of the Atlantic. This Special Edition is the only place to get the CD companion to this remarkable performance from Procol Harum. DVD Tracklisting:
2. Shine On Brightly
3. Pandora?s Box
4. An Old English Dream
5. Grand Hotel
7. Quite Rightly So
8. Simple Sister
9. Weisselklenzenacht (The Signature)
10. Shadow Boxed
11. The Question
12. Wall Street Blues
13. This World Is Rich
14. As Strong As Samson
15. Every Dog Will Have His Day
16. A Salty Dog
18. VIP Room
19. Whisky Train
20. Good Captain Clack
21. A Whiter Shader Of Pale CD Tracklisting:
1. Shine On Brightly
2. An Old English Dream
4. Quite Rightly So
5. Simple Sister
6. Weisselklenzenacht (The Signature)
7. The Question
8. This World Is Rich
9. As Strong As Samson
11. Whisky Train
12. A Whiter Shader Of Pale DVD Bonus Features:
·Interview with Gary Brooker
·"Earlier in the Day" montage
·Comments from the bar
·Alternative camera angles on selected tracks« less
Actor:Procol Harum Genres:Music Video & Concerts Sub-Genres:Pop, Rock & Roll, DTS Studio:Eagle Rock Ent Format:DVD - Color DVD Release Date: 01/24/2006 Original Release Date: 01/01/2006 Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006 Release Year: 2006 Run Time: 2hr 19min Screens: Color Number of Discs: 2 SwapaDVD Credits: 2 Total Copies: 0 Members Wishing: 2 Edition: Collector's Edition,Special Edition MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated) Languages:English
"The only "rip-offs" are by the people (reviewers) extracting the audio by using software. No one is "forcing" anyone to repuchase the DVD. It is a bonus for new purchasers, or repurchasers. Since when were CDs made part of DVD packages? This DVD is dramatic and powerful, with an ideal mix of Procol Harum classics and new songs, rich in lyrical quality with unmatchable musicianship, in a venue in keeping with this great British band."
Outstanding Performance and Recording
Joan May | CA USA | 04/16/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one magnificent concert, wherein drummer Mark Brzezicki and guitarist Geoff Whitehorn, after more than 10 years with the group, (in my opinion) finally learned to do justice to Procol Harum's music. The musicianship throughout is outstanding, especially the interaction between Whitehorn and PH founding member, Hammond organist Matthew Fisher. The sound engineering is a revelation, and when played loud through a good sound system, this disk comes very close to matching the HUGE Dynamic Procol Harum Live sound from its Classic period, something that none of the studio albums or previous concert recordings has ever achieved.
The classic tunes sound fantastic - this is my favorite rendition of "Conquistador" anywhere - and the songs from The Well's On Fire, their 2003 CD, have been incredibly improved, so much more ALIVE!, than on that album. Standouts are "An Old English Dream," "The Question" and especially "The Signature", the exciting Fisher-composed instrumental.
Though the CD is a 60 minute excerpt of the entire concert, and I would have made a couple of substitutions, all the best tunes are there and its sound quality is excellent. I'm glad the CD has been made available because I'm planning on sending one to my local Classic Rock radio station and requesting some well-deserved airplay for "The Signature.""
Never sounded better
JRadz | Montclair, NJ USA | 02/10/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Listen to Gary Brooker mangle the words to several PH classics! Watch as he fumbles with sheet music while the band vamps behind him! Try in vain to read the slogans on the guitarist's shirts! Then rewatch the whole concert, and revel in a great performance - two sets around an encore - featuring a band, incredible as it may seem, in it's prime. This is one of the best editions of the band... Quite Rightly So, A Salty Dog, Whisky Train, As Strong as Samson all soar, and they even reinvent the weakest song on their recent cd, The Question, turning it into a lively r&b jam. And there is nothing in pop music like Brooker's grand piano and Fisher's majestic Hammond organ playing. Too bad they're not speaking anymore."
Great band still going strong
Mark C. Chauvin | 11/24/2007
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the 70's greatest unsung heros of rock. And they are still going strong. With their classic Hammond B3 organ sound and grand piano make an eclectic addition to any classic rock listener's collection.
This video, taped at Union Chapel, is an awesome reminder of how wonderful the band was in its hayday."
Glad to see them still around after 40 years
Paul Bellocq | Slidell, LA USA | 09/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I chose this DVD over their latest CD called The Well's On Fire. Good choice! My review of the new CD mentions how dismal their new stuff is, which is quite easy to see with the set list being a mixture of old and new. I am not one to be nostalgic for thir glory days, but the only new song that does anything for me is The Signature by Matthew Fisher. There are also seven other new songs on this DVD.
The star of the show is Geoff Whitehorn, who is really a very talented guitarist. I also had more fun trying to read the captions on his two T-shirts (one for each set) than paying attention to the rest of the band. Don't get me wrong, this is a stellar group of musicians, but Geoff is just more entertaining to watch. Gary's voice is truly amazing, especially after all these years.
Other highlights include A Salty Dog, Conquistador, and the reggae interlude for As Strong As Samson."