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Broken Barricades Audio CD – Audiobook, CD
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Not to knock the Repertoire reissue, but man does this sound good. All of my favorites come alive in a way I couldn't before imagine. Simple Sister, Song For A Dreamer, and Playmate of the Mouth sound especially delightful. The bonus tracks, particularly the raw track for Simple Sister and the backing track for Song For A Dreamer, sound great as well. I am glad that Salvo found some extras to put on this edition that would not merely ape those supplied on its predecessor.
If you are a Procol Harum fanatic like I am, you should own this edition even if you already own the more than adequate Repertoire reissue. As with the other CDs in this series, Broken Barricades comes with a meaty and informative booklet that contains pictures, commentary, and pertinent album info. Get it while its cheap, you won't be disappointed.
As usual, Gary Brooker is the driving force with arrangements and vocals that leap, soar, soothe, and assuage. From the building orchestral swells of the opening number "Simple Sister" to the quiet paean to the female form titled "Luskus Delph", Brooker musically explores realms not normally heard in the rock idiom. Chris Copping supplies some great bass lines and lyricist Keith Reid is as evocative and suggestive as ever!
My personal favorite is the title track with its coda of a bright repeating synthesizer statement combined with the most delightful of Wilson drum signatures. Another favorite is the bluesy ragtime "Playmate of the Mouth"---love those 'bones! The entire band are having great fun on this track. For those who savor drum soloing, Wilson delivers on the driving "Power Failure", an otherwise non-descript tune.
Trower checks in with a phantasmagoric guitar melange titled "Song for a Dreamer" as well as an album-closing guitar workout called "Poor Mohammed". He provides lead vocals for both, something heard just once previously on the album A Salty Dog. Both tunes, however, are perhaps the most atypical of the group heard here. Trower would soon depart to pursue his very successful solo career.
So as not to give the impression that this sounds like a 21st Century production, I'll just say the remastered sound is very serviceable. The instrumental and vocal balances are fabulous...turn up the volume! [EDIT: This review was written for the Repertoire re-release of this album]
The "Home"-style hostility comes in with the two major Gary Brooker-sung rockers, "Simple Sister" and "Power Failure". Who is Brooker singing to on "Sister"? The lyrics are so hostile, it's scary, and I am taken back to "Still There'll Be More" from the previous album, a song which wrote the BOOK on hostility! "Power Failure" is less vitriolic, but nonetheless cooks with the same furor that "Sister" does. Other Brooker tunes on the album are so lilting and gentle as to almost be apologies for those two. "Luskus Delph", one of the other tunes, has some of the naughtiest lyrics you'll ever hear issue from a classical rock group. This is one song you'll NEVER hear played on a Clear Channel radio station!
Since they are more focussed on this album, the "madmen" sobriquet doesn't really seem to fit, despite the presence of "Simple Sister" and "Song For A Dreamer". The old Hieronymus Bosch flavor is gone, replaced by what now seem to be only complaints and stories. They also could have peaked with their madness on "Home", (and considering the tone of that album, there's a very good chance somebody had Brooker and Reid committed for their own good!) Instead of Honore Balzac, we have Stanley Kubrick now...not a bad tradeoff!
A must for any new fan of this seminal art-rock band...the band that, in fact, practically INVENTED art rock!
Keith Reid as always provides excellent lyrics. Chris Thomas provides superb production.