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Grand Hotel (1973)

Artist: Procol Harum
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Format: CD
Sku: 211558231
UPC: 698458812421
UPC 14: 00698458812421
Release Date: 8/4/2009
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Grand Hotel ~ Procol Harum
2. Toujours L'Amour ~ Procol Harum
3. Rum Tale ~ Procol Harum
4. T.V. Caesar ~ Procol Harum
5. A Souvenir Of London ~ Procol Harum
6. Bringing Home The Bacon ~ Procol Harum
7. For Liqourice John ~ Procol Harum
8. Fires (Which Burn Brightly) - (featuring Christianne Legrand) ~ Procol Harum
9. Robert's Box ~ Procol Harum
10. Grand Hotel [Raw Track Wihout Orchestra] ~ Procol Harum
11. Bringing Home The Bacon [Raw Track] ~ Procol Harum

Album Notes and Credits

Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote Procol Harum: Gary Brooker (vocals, piano); Mick Grabham (guitar); Chris Copping (organ); Alan Cartwright (bass); B. J. Wilson (drums, percussion); Keith Reid.
Muze PNote Additional personnel: Christianne LeGrand (vocals); The Pahene Recorder Ensemble (recorder).
Muze PNote Personnel: Gary Brooker (vocals, piano); Mick Grabham (electric guitar); B.J. Wilson (mandolin, drums, percussion); Chris Copping (organ); Alan Cartwright (acoustic bass).
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Patrick Humphries.
Muze PNote Photographers: Jeffrey Weisel; Iris Jordan.
Muze PNote The release of Procol Harum's sixth studio album, Grand Hotel, in March 1973 marked a new phase in the band's career in a number of ways. The previous LP release, Live in Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, had brought the group to a new commercial peak -- in the U.S., anyway -- reaching the Top Five of the Billboard chart in July 1972 and spawning a Top 20 hit in the new version of "Conquistador." In the meantime, Procol Harum had undergone another personnel change, with guitarist Dave Ball replaced by Mick Grabham after the Grand Hotel cover photo had been taken, such that a cropped picture of Grabham's face had to be superimposed above Ball's body. And the group had switched record labels, turning to Chrysalis. The impact of the live album's success was felt not only in an early lift at retail -- where Grand Hotel peaked at an all-time high for one of the band's studio LPs at number 21 -- but in the overall concept of the music as a mixture of rock and R&B with classical elements represented by the symphony orchestra and the arty, if non-linear lyrics contributed by Keith Reid. Thus, the title and lead-off song boasted a Viennese waltz style to go with the orchestra and choir that played on it, as Gary Brooker sang Reid's words about high living and rich foods ("Dover sole, and Oeufs Mornay/Profiteroles and Peach Flambe") masking decadence ("Our fortunes speed, and dissipate"). This sense of wealthy corruption weighed over the album, from "A Rum Tale" to "A Souvenir of London" (which, contrary to Reid's denials, probably really was, as the BBC decided, about venereal disease) and "For Liquorice John," about a friend's suicide. Nevertheless, the music, as usual, could be majestic, and it also boasted variety, from the street busker's folk of "A Souvenir of London" to the island rhythm of "Robert's Box." The reissue by the Salvo label is a deluxe affair with an extensive booklet containing new liner notes by Patrick Humphries. The remastering by Nick Robbins brings out sonic details not previously heard. And there are two bonus tracks, a "raw" version of "Grand Hotel" (which is to say, without the orchestra and chorus) and an early run-through take of "Bringing Home the Bacon" featuring Ball, who gets in some good guitar licks at the end. ~ William Ruhlmann

Producer: Chris Thomas

Engineer: John Punter

Musical Guests
Muze Guest Artist Christianne Legrand
Muze Guest Artist Dave Ball

Compilation Appearances

Muze Music Compilations Gold: 60'S (Rmst)
Muze Music Compilations Gold:british Invasion
Muze Music Compilations Pirate Radio (Ost)
Muze Music Compilations 60'S Music Revolution
Muze Music Compilations A m 50:Anniversary Collection

Associated Artists and Works

Danish National Concert Orchest
Edmonton Symphony Orchestra

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 08/03/2009
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1973
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : SALVOCD 024
Music Label Name Label : Salvo
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Stereo
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00698458812421

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