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Broken Barricades [Import]

Procol HarumAudio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (August 11, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: SALVO
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (44 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #8,332 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Simple Sister
2. Broken Barricades
3. Memorial Drive
4. Luskus Delph
5. Power Failure
6. Song for a Dreamer
7. Playmate of the Mouth
8. Poor Mohammed

Editorial Reviews

Digitally remastered and expanded edition of the British band's 1971 album including bonus tracks. Stylish packaging includes a 20-page booklet, rare photos and memorabilia plus extensive sleevenotes by Procol expert and respected author Patrick Humphries with contributions from band members. 12 tracks. Salvo. 2009.

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36 of 37 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Rockin' Harum Classic March 27, 2004
Format:Audio CD
1971's "Broken Barricades" is Procol Harum's fifth album, with pianist/vocalist Gary Brooker & company putting aside the Hammond organ and going even more in a hard rocking direction than on their previous album, "Home" (though "Barricades" still has a pair of softer numbers). The results are awesome, as "Broken Barricades" is yet another winner from this great British band (and message to the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame: induct these guys NOW!). The album's best-known song, "Simple Sister," remains an all-time Harum favorite, a classic rocker that the band still perform in concert to this day. Other great rockers include guitarist Robin Trower's "Memorial Drive," "Power Failure" (featuring an awesome drum solo by B.J. Wilson), the great rollicking fun of "Playmate Of The Mouth" (one of my personal favorite Harum tunes), and Trower's album finale, "Poor Mohammed." The classical-flavored title song is very lovely. "Luskus Delph," despite bizarre lyrics by Keith Reid, also has great power (only an outstanding singer like Gary Brooker could sing a line like "Make me split like chicken fat" and make it sound like poetry), and Trower's "Song For A Dreamer" has a very spacey, mystical feel to it. The performances by Brooker, Trower, Wilson, and bassist Chris Copping are excellent, and the songs are consistently solid from beginning to end. "Broken Barricades" also marked the end of an era for Procol Harum, as founding guitarist Robin Trower made his exit from the band after this album was completed (though he briefly returned for Harum's 1991 comeback album, "The Prodigal Stranger"). Read more ›
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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trower of Power October 25, 2002
Format:Audio CD
This is the Procol Harum album where guitarist Robin Trower finally perfected the "sound" (most notably on the opener "Simple Sister") that was about to propel him into a successfull solo career. In fact, you'll find much less of Gary Brooker's classical-style piano tinkering and almost none of the usual symphonic flourishes on this long out-of-print gem... "Broken Barricades" rocks, pure and simple! Trower fans will detect a template for future gems like "Daydream" and "Bridge Of Sighs" when they listen to "Song For A Dreamer", Trower's moving memorial to Jimi Hendrix, who had only recently passed at the time of this recording. In the 2002 liner note interview, Gary Brooker is fairly diplomatic when discussing the split with Trower, and makes some wry comments about lyricist Keith Reid's flowery...words to "Luskus Delph" (the lyrics are generously printed for you to chuckle over). Kudos to Repertoire for faithfully reproducing the original cover design and the excellent remaster. This one gets my vote for Reissue Of The Year.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars End Of An Era December 2, 2003
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
It is hard to say that one Procol Harum album is a higher grade of "5 stars" than another, because most of their albums attain that lofty status. To me, there are five distinct periods in the evolution of the band. Broken Barricades marks the end of their second period and also the end of an era with the subsequent departure of guitarist Robin Trower who was instrumental in giving the second period its harder sound.
On Broken Barricades, the usual songwriting team of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid continues at center stage, but with diminished presence. My favorites from that team include the brutal Simple Sister on which Trower plays full throttle, the inscrutable title cut, the suggestive Luskus Delph, and the opaque classic Playmate of the Mouth. Fans of drummer BJ Wilson will thrill to Power Failure. And Trower teams up with Reid to put his stamp on three cuts, the best by far of which is the soaring Song For A Dreamer.
Trower has often been accused of aping Jimi Hendrix, but Trower's style was in formation before Hendrix was well known, so I for one do not agree with that charge. It is true that Trower admired Hendrix, and Song For A Dreamer is Trower's tribute to him.
If you are a fan of Procol Harum on any level, this well-done remaster of a classic album deserves a place in your CD rotation. If this is your first taste of the band, I say buy this while it is still available and check out the band's other great albums.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Review of Salvo Remaster: Broken Barricades November 14, 2012
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If you want to hear 'Broken Barricades' sound like it was recorded on Pro-Tools and engineered to compete with the latest album by Lady Gaga, then by all means, jump on this "remastered" version from Salvo.

What mastering engineer Nick Robbins has done to this once gorgeous recording is simply not to be believed. I do not pretend to know if this was what Mr. Brooker wanted, but somebody must be kidding. The overuse of digital noise reduction is the first thing that jumps out, as there is quite literally no "air" in this recording left. The piano and vocals are particularly impacted to great detriment. I rate songs like the title track and "Luskus Delph" as some of the most beautifully engineered songs of the early 70s, but they sound like they have been stripped of every shred of analog life here. Yes, in some strange effort to reduce tape hiss, we are left with a sound that is as sterile and clinical as it gets.

They've also managed to add a heavy dose of compression to this version, so the dynamics sound really squashed and everything is pushed up front. Loud mastering here, so beware of this also.

But probably most confusing are the EQ moves. This thing sounds like it was absolutely crushed with tinny, overcooked EQing all over the high frequencies. The cymbals sound as if someone had to be pulling a fast one of the public. I can just hear them now: "Will people actually think this is "improved" sound? Bwahhaaaahhaaah ..."

I always thought that the MFSL CD sounded a little bright and quite bass shy in spots, but compared to this, it is SONIC BEAUTY! I'm not a fan of JVC's K2 CDs as they tend to be compressed, but that version would beat the pants off of this coaster.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Old... but gold!..
Although originally released in 1971, this iconic recording is as enjoyable now as it was then, and has been made even more so, with the addition of 4 'bonus' tracks. Read more
Published 2 months ago by B.A.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars British rock rocks again.
Great band, great recording. Trower is Awesome. For any fan of Procul Harum, this is a required recording in your collection.
Published 2 months ago by kenneth brandon
5.0 out of 5 stars Procol Harum
Just replacing my old record, This is my favorite Procal Harum LP, Right before Robin Trower split, they cranked out this gem, Not a bad cut on the record & the entire band was... Read more
Published 5 months ago by paul levine
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE THIS BAND
As a Procol Harum fan I don't know if I could be completely objective.Although they made some great music later I still find the Brooker-Fisher-Trower band one of the greatest of... Read more
Published 8 months ago by John W. Connelly
3.0 out of 5 stars Not One of My Favorites - Change Needed !
This was and is one of my favorite music groups of all time. The first four albums presented an interesting progression. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Martin Brynildsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Trower in transition
Broken Barricades is the best example of what made Procol a more interesting prog band: when the mood suited they could transform into a very credible R&B outfit. Read more
Published 11 months ago by G. Wallace
5.0 out of 5 stars The Only Procol Harem Album Your Need for your Collection
If you are a rock n roll lover and want something from Procol Harum for your collection then Broken Barricades is the right choice. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Sheazo
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I had this on vinyl and had not listened to it for over a decade (thanks to the worst radio stations in the US- Washington DC). Read more
Published 19 months ago by Jacques Laffite
5.0 out of 5 stars Procol Rocks IT!!l
The whole entire album seems to have the great refreshing and raw energy and tension that I haven't heard in their prior albums before. Read more
Published on August 4, 2012 by Mic Murdoch
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional remaster from Salvo/Fly-sounds terrific with different...
While they were still smarting from the loss of organist Matthew Fisher, Procol Harum found that loss somewhat liberating in a sense; it allowed more room for Robin Trower's guitar... Read more
Published on June 2, 2011 by Wayne Klein
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