Procol Harum – Mixing Art with Psych and tossing in impossible lyrics.
Click on the link here for Audio Player: Procol Harum – In Session 1967
More familiar territory tonight. Procol Harum is no stranger to these pages, but the session recordings haven’t gotten around much and they did several for the BBC between 1967 and 1970.
Tonight it’s from their first group of BBC sessions, cut between June and September 1967 and featuring live versions of two of their biggest selling singles. Whiter Shade Of Pale is in just about every 60’s compilation ever put together, and it probably constitutes as overkill as far as exposure is concerned. But the live version is different, it’s also the one with the Official Procol Harum group, as opposed to the augmented session musicians on the original recording.
So here’s what’s on the player tonight:
Procol Harum – in session at The BBC
1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (5:14)
2. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence (3:09)
3. Homburg (4:50) – including a short interview with Gary Booker.
Track 1: June 14, 1967
Track 3: September 27, 1967
Track 4: Top Of The Pops 1967
Starting off the week in a hopefully sane manner.
Supertramp – Huge in the 70’s.
Click on the link here for Audio player: 1977-11-19 BBC In Concert – Supertramp
Over to London this weekend for a concert by 70’s legends Supertramp, recorded by the BBC as part of their Sight and Sound series on November 17, 1977.
Forming in 1969, Supertramp quickly rose in popularity and established themselves as one of the most popular of the crossover Art-Rock/mainstream bands. They became a staple on FM and had a string of huge selling singles and albums.
Their popularity began to fade in the 1980’s as musical tastes changed with Art-Rock falling out of favor with New Wave. The band eventually went on extended hiatus and reformed later with personnel changes.
But there was a time in the mid-seventies where you couldn’t turn on a radio without hearing at least one, if not several Supertramp songs in one sitting; all of which you knew by heart.
And judging by the sound of the audience in this concert, it was universal.
Jethro Tull in 1969 – Progressive, Folk-Rock, Folk, Art-Rock – it all sort of stuck.
Click on the link for Audio player: Jethro Tull – BBC Session – June 22, 1969
One of the early legends of the Progressive Rock movement. Jethro Tull initially got lumped into a mish-mash of genres. Labeled Folk-Rock, Art-Rock and Jazz-Rock, they were in fact a hybrid of everything, but above all – they were different. There was nobody quite like them on the horizon in 1968. Because of that, they quickly found an audience in the fledgling FM Underground format sweeping over the U.S. at the time and they were one of the first bands to achieve superstar status without actually having any top-40 hit records to their credit.
Tonight it’s one of the early sessions Jethro Tull recorded for the BBC, from June 22, 1969.
Here’s what they play:
Jethro Tull BBC Session – June 22, 1969
1. Living In The Past
2. A New Day Yesterday
3. Fat Man
5. Nothing Is Easy
A few years later they would release the milestone Aqualung, but in 1969 they were just getting rolling.