Thursday 18 June 2015

Rambling on (Procol Harum, 1969)

Taken from their "Shine on Brightly" album, this is one of the best melodies by Procol Harum, very representative of their style and their composition habits. The sung part isn't too different from their previous and following hits, but it has a wider breath and a richer texture, while the instrumental passage and the final solo add some rock elements into the song.

Procol Harum and the piano: true love...

There are, as usual, several interesting tricks, like the false final fading out or the original empowered piano intro. The piano itself is the leading instrument, but the rythmic guitar and the diversified drums are essential to the song mood. Some say Procol's main virtue is their composition skills. Well, I think this song proves how right they are, and also illustrates the taste for eclectic arrangements and keen musical research the band had. A prog taste, if you allow me to say so.

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