Procol Harum - Live at the Union Chapel
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The DVD's spacious but never murky 5.1 surround mix puts you right in the church with the audience. As usual, the DTS tracks surpass the Dolby Digital soundtrack, but with this disc the DTS format proves especially critical to an appreciation of the Union Chapel's gorgeous acoustics. --Michael Mikesell
- Interactive interview with Gary Brooker
- Alternative angles
- Earlier in the day montage
- Comments from the bar
Top Customer Reviews
If you are reading this review, then you probably already have some knowledge of the band and a measure of affinity for their music. If you remember them only the way they were in their heyday, here is an opportunity to see that the band remains a vital unit. The production on this DVD is excellent, the sound largely crystalline, and the ambience conducive to the enjoyment of the kind of music the band plays.
I haven't watched any of the extras, but the quality of the performance alone makes this a five-star offering. There are songs from nearly every album except Prodigal Stranger and Something Magic, but the largest number come from their latest CD The Well's On Fire. My favorites are thrilling renditions of Shine On Brightly, Pandora's Box, An Old English Dream, Homburg, Simple Sister, The Question, Wall Street Blues, and of course A Whiter Shade of Pale. Repent Walpugis is missed, I'd have liked to see it replace This World is Rich or Good Captain Clack, but unfortunately it did not.
Gary occasionally trips over the lyrics and I think that Robin Trower is really missed on Whiskey Train, but those aren't really complaints, just observations. Overall, Live At The Union Chapel is a Procol fan's dream.
If you are a Procol Harum fan, and did not get to see any of the shows when they were on their 2003 world tour, this DVD is a splendid opporunity to see the band's "bookends", Gary Brooker and Matthew Fisher, working on stage together once again.Read more ›
the height of the musical regeneration of the 60's. "Whiter Shade of
Pale" has been covered by 260 artists to date, little wonder, as it
lies at the pedestal of euphony and speaks to a culture and its
Procol Harum belongs to the ages, as do Led Zeppelin, the
Beatles,The Kinks,Free, Cream, Traffic and many other inovators of the
genre. The difference is Procol Harum is still a living aeonian spirit
whom roams the earth changing, reinventing the past to fit the present
and plan the future.
For the average music fan, Procol's history begins and ends with
"Whiter Shade of Pale" a pity really, as this is a band who over the
past 35 plus years of its unceasing quest for the holy grail of
communication have managed to climb peaks few have reached.
From 1968's follow up "Shine on Brightly" containing the masterful
20 minute plus one sided vinyl take of "In Held 'Twas In I" through
2003's "The Emperor's New Clothes" from their 13th studio offering,
Procol Harum have repatriated time and time again those lost ideals
that make music so eternally exhilarating.
The Procol followers are a devoted lot, keeping the spirit alive
in whatever manner needed. Fiercely devoted to spreading the word and
anointing seekers with Procol mythology and idealogy that solidify's
their legend.Read more ›
Their magnificent all of time superhit "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" is considered as my favorite song for many decades. I read that John Lenon was amazed when hearing the song for the first time for its extraordinary lyrics and the superb Hammond B3 organ with the magic Leslie amplifier rotating sound. After those long years they performed this concert in London's Union Chapel. And what a concert!!! The music surrounds you magicaly and even songs which are not so popular or known to me are amazing.
Gary Brooker is like no one else...Warm, greatly performing, and highly carismatic. The great organ player Matthew Fisher is unbelievable...He's The soul of the band, shy and highly talented giving the band its exclusive taste.
Although reviews and documents show that Fisher was playing on a Hammond M102 which is also one of the high ended Hammond series, its sound is almost identical to that of the B3. The same M102 organ was also used by Booker-T and the MG's and many other prestigious bands of this decade.
This DVD is a real document for a great band sharing on making modern music history.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The performance itself was great. The video wasn't up to Blueray quality and the audio was flawed in placesPublished 4 months ago by James W. Daniel
Absolutely stunning picture and sound. Like they never stopped playing.Published 5 months ago by mw390
Was defective ; I retrned it for a replacement and it was defective ,too. I think there was a problem in manufacturing the Blue Ray version of tis Disc. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Joseph A Raphael
This is a great concert for Procol Harem fans, but it was slow and ponderous for me. I grew up on Led Zeppelin, The Who, Black Sabbath, and Deep Purple and this just didn't really... Read morePublished 14 months ago by Peter Kryvor
came on time, great PROCAL.....WAS IN GOOD SHAPE, NOT FAULTY....Published 16 months ago by nancy gurney
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