An old friend told me that after the release of Music From Big Pink, every rock band made a record where they were trying to sound like The Band. Procol Harum's A Salty Dog could certainly fit this description, and this is probably the reason why I like it so much. That, and the fact that it has a nautical theme, as I am a big fan of sea-faring history. What's your favorite concept record?
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Flashback to 1967: The UK "Top of the Pops" show, featuring Procol Harum performing their signature hit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
No one-hit wonder of the 1960s, the band created album after album of moody classics and became one of Great Britain's best art rock bands.
The band's unusual name has inspired many references in modern popular culture. The asteroid 14024 Procol Harum is named after the band, as is the orchid Procol Harum, a hybridisation of Cymbidium Mighty Sensation with Cymbidium Electric Ladyland. There is a rose named after A Whiter Shade Of Pale. The second book in Douglas Adams's Hitchhiker Trilogy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, was inspired by the song "Grand Hotel", from Procol Harum's album of the same name.
So, what's playing at your place tonight?