Best Procol Harum Album On Earth

Procol Harum formed out of the ashes of Southend-On-Sea, England-based beat group, The Paramounts, in London, 1967. They instantly achieved huge success with the glorious single, A Whiter Shade Of Pale, which reached number 1 in the UK, number 5 in the USA, and is now considered one of the greatest pop songs of all time. Although the song was to prove the pinnacle of their commercial success, and ensure their place in rock history, they continued to produce critically acclaimed albums into the mid-70s. The band also recorded one of the most successful pairings of group and orchestra ever made with their outstanding Live In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra album in 1972. Primarily associated with psychedelic and progressive rock, Procol Harum also draw heavy influence from blues, jazz, classical, and pop. The band had already undergone numerous line-up changes, and by 1977 the explosion of punk had rendered their sound somewhat dated, and so they broke-up. However, they re-formed in 1991 to record a new album, which, despite being warmly received, sold poorly. They have since continued to tour and release occasional records. Matthew Fisher left the band after The Well’s On Fire album in 2003, leaving Gary Brooker as the only original member. In recent years, Brooker and Fisher have been the subject of a legal wrangle over the song-writing credits of A Whiter Shade Of Pale. In 2006 Fisher was awarded 40% of the royalty rights, although a subsequent appeal led to Brooker eventually retaining the full rights.

Music, Rock

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