BROKEN BARRICADES – April 1971
Procol Harum – (their name apparently acquired unquestioned from a friend’s suggestion of his pet Siamese cat’s pedigree name) – were unique among the later ’60s English bands for their classical Heroic Rock of “Conquistador” and the mysterious Dirge Rock of “A Whiter Shade of Pale”.
Both singles were the earliest examples of Progressive Rock to chart – “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached #1 UK and #5 US in 1967, “Conquistador” at #22 and #16, respectively.
Over their next few albums they were drowned out by the Psychedelic Rock, Classic Rock and Hard Rock Explosion of album releases of the late ’60s and early ’70s and by the incredible competition for exposure and airplay. 00individual admittedly fell by the PH wayside until their kick-ass album “Home”; which was the first noticeable emergence of Robin Trower’s guitar influence.
With their next album, Broken Barricades, Procol Harum hit the supreme spot, a perfect confluence of composers, musicians, singer(s) and lyricist that produced one of the Heaviest Rock Albums of 1971 – and that’s a bold statement as 1971 was one of the Three Best Years for Rock Album releases.
There are some Hard Core Rock ‘n’ Roll Monster Tracks on this album; Memorial Drive, Power Failure, the epic, transcendent Song For A Dreamer (tribute to Hendrix), Poor Mohammed and it all starts with Simple Sister.
All songs written by Gary Brooker except where noted. All lyrics written by Keith Reid.
1. “Simple Sister” – 5:48
2. “Broken Barricades” – 3:09
3. “Memorial Drive” (R. Trower, K. Reid) – 3:43
4. “Luskus Delph” – 3:43
1. “Power Failure” – 4:29
2. “Song for a Dreamer” (R. Trower, K. Reid) – 5:35
3. “Playmate of the Mouth” – 5:02
4. “Poor Mohammed” (R. Trower, K. Reid) – 3:06
Gary Brooker – piano and vocals
Chris Copping – Hammond organ and bass guitar
Robin Trower – guitar and lead vocals on tracks 6 and 8
BJ Wilson – drums
Keith Reid – words/lyrics
Statement on the back cover of Broken Barricades:
“On its release in 1971, Broken Barricades further enhanced Procol Harum’s standing.
With all participants on fine form, particularly Robin Trower, who contributed several compositions and played some of the best guitar of his career.
Broken Barricades is exceptionally-realised, finely-wrought, hard and heavy rock ‘n’ roll.”
EXPERIENCE PROOF OF THE
ROCK ‘N’ ROLL FOUNTAIN OF YOUTH!
No need to search for the Fountain of Youth, Rockers world-wide have had it all along, that Fountain is Rock ‘n’ Roll!
Watching, listening and Rockin’ to Trower last night with the Canyon’s sold out capacity of 1600 brought some insightful revelations to 00individual’s awareness. These revelations were more like deep confirmations of the fact that our generation’s positive youth-minded experiences in the ’60s and ’70s of our Rockin’ Youthful Free-Spirited Lifestyle carried throughout the decades of our everyday lives and into the present – not for all – but for most of us who reveled in the Vibe – this kept us young.
No one is more representative of the regenerative powers of Rock’s Fountain of Youth than Guitar Rock God Robin Trower.
At 70, Trower is an unstoppable, prolific inspiration, not just for his incredible teenage stamina, and not just as a Soulfully-meticulous Guitar God, but for his exuberance and joy that he warmly displays, which in turn invigorates the Soul of those Rockers fortunate to see this exceptional Man’s gift live.
His Rock Stock continues to rise, year after year, as a true pillar among the Historic Rock Gods.
Robin Trower IS the Soul of Rock; his dedication and love of Rock ‘n Roll is evident and contagious. What makes Trower’s style and compositions of the Spacey Blues he has mastered and created so enduring, special and undefinable is Soul – there’s a very soulful element in Trower and it manifests in the supernatural sound of his blues guitar.
Unlike past generations, we didn’t lose our youthful sensibilities – society’s “old age” was not, is not, in our future, and it was/is the Rock ‘n’ Roll Fountain of Youth that keeps us young at heart, mind, body and soul – Trower is proof, The Stones are proof, Dick Dale is proof, 00individual is proof.
Here’s an audience recording two weeks prior to last night’s performance, same setlist, nearly identical throughout, in fact they’re all wearing the same clothes – that’s life on the road!
Richard Watts on bass does a great James Dewar and Christopher Taggart, wow, what a fun unique style this amazing session drummer has – he was an entertaining trip to watch!
Canyon Club SETLIST:
Rise Up Like The Sun
See My Life
Snakes and Ladders
Day of the Eagle
Bridge of Sighs
Not Inside – Outside
Little Bit of Sympathy
Too Rolling Stoned
For Earth Below
On the short drive to the local Canyon, Trower’s title track from For Earth Below came to mind, but 00individual felt that was too esoteric to ever hear live – imagine his karmic cosmic surprise when after the encore of Too Rolling Stoned Trower finished the evening with For Earth Below.
After the concert was over 00individual walked out into the night; invigorated, empowered and filled with youthful spirit – reminiscent of the many, many nights of experiencing the same feelings after classic concerts of the ’60s and of the ’70s.
Fountain of Youth? Damn Right!
This was 00individual’s sixth time seeing Trower live and it all started when he and his concert buddy, Agent Tomas, attended the Whiskey A Go Go in 1973 for Trower’s first solo US tour performing his debut Twice Removed From Yesterday album with Reg Isadore and James Dewar.
. . . and the way Trower soulfully and indestructibly walks point in the Rock World,
00individual’s already on board for the next tour . . .
Long Live Trower!
Long Live Rock!
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