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PROCOL HARUM – HOME – June 5, 1970
ALBUM SIDE CLASSIC
. . . here’s a surprisingly dark hard rockin’ Album Side Classic full of gloomy ballads and grim trips into proto-heavy/death metal and good ol’ gritty solid Rock.
00individual always wanted to like Procol Harum straight from their classical-tinged debut album, and did, but until Home there wasn’t much meat on the bone.
Home was meaty, and brawny with muscles flexin’ on a sublime Doom ‘n’ Gloom Side One.
While undeniably macabre and gruesome in lyric and sound, Procol Harum’s excellence elevated the tracks to near spiritual levels.
“HOME” – SIDE ONE
All songs written by Gary Brooker except where noted. All lyrics written by Keith Reid.
1. “Whisky Train” (Robin Trower, Keith Reid) 4:31
. . . the way I drink it’s been too long, don’t see much point in carrying on . . .
2. “The Dead Man’s Dream” 4:46
. . . as I lay down dying . . .
3. “Still There’ll Be More” 4:53
. . . I’ll blacken your Christmas, and piss on your door, you’ll cry out for mercy, but still . . .
4. “Nothing That I Didn’t Know” 3:38
. . . I couldn’t believe it, but it’s true, twenty-six, and now she’s dead . . .
5. “About to Die” (Trower, Reid) 3:35
. . . 00individual rests his case . . .
Chris Copping – organ, bass guitar
B.J. Wilson – drums
Robin Trower – guitar
Gary Brooker – piano and vocals
Keith Reid – lyrics
ALBUM TRACK GEM
“ABOUT TO DIE“
Most would consider this album’s Album Track Gem to be “Whiskey Train” and rightly so, as we see the Trower Power emergence and influence within this album especially with that track – BUT, the real Album Track Gem is the closer on Side One, “About To Die”. This Trower/Reid track is visceral and all band members are so drenched in this Morbid Rock that it rises to the level of a true Rock Gospel.
Ironically, About To Die is an empowering track full of Rock ‘n’ Roll Rebellion and together with Whiskey Train, is notable as a sample of Trower’s contribution that becomes fully-evident with Procol Harum’s next release, the Rocker, “Broken Barricades” which was Trower’s last before leaving the band and becoming the Legendary Guitar Rock God he is today.
00individual has been fortunate to have seen Trower live in ’73 at the Whiskey a go-go,
(Twice Removed From Yesterday)
’74 at the Hollywood Palladium,
(Bridge Of Sighs)
’03 at the Ventura Theater and ’08 at the Canyon Club.
“Twice Removed From Yesterday” and “Broken Barricades” are on the
Top 79 Historic & Classic 1970s Rock Albums.
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