Sunday 23 July 2017
Procol Harum - A Salty Dog (1969)
The third album from this British band.
Procol Harum was a sextet with a lineup of guitars, bass, drums, keyboards, marimba, piano, harmonica, organ and vocals. Robin Trower is actually involved in this album on guitars.
Procol Harum is most known for one of the biggest songs in the history of popular music, the mighty A Whiter Shade Of Pale. A song/piece of music which was released on a single, but originally never on an album.... although I was included on the US and later represses of their self titled debut album.
The band was never a one-hit wonder though and are still playing gigs.
I started to review their albums back in December 2011. My review of their self-titled debut can be found here. That was followed up by a review of their second album, the 1968 album Shine On Brightly in April 2012. See review here.
Salty Dog is another album from the band in the same vein as their two first albums. You get a mix of folky rock and more symphonic prog. Symphonic prog anno 1969, even before this genre was invented.
The sound is warm and so is the songs. This is a cosy album without any great songs. But it is a good album indeed and I like both this album and this band. There is something charming about this band.