Today’s Rock Pearl comes from the extremely underrated British rock band Procol Harum. In honor of Gary Brooker’s birthday, we are heading back to psychadelic rock. If you’ve heard anything from them, you’ve probably heard A Whiter Shade of Pale, one of their hit singles. A slower song, A Whiter Shade of Pale incorporates a Bach-like melody and it actually won an award along with Bohemian Rhapsody for one of the best British pop songs.
Procol Harum formed in 1967 and played until about 1977, then reformed multiple times with new lineups. Brooker was a constant throughout, and his lead vocals and piano talent put this band in a much different category than many of their contemporaries. Their Baroque style meshed with a psychedelic side to create some great albums. I highly recommend checking their stuff out.
“Simple Sister” is a really fun song with an awesome repetitive crescendo towards the end that will play in your head all day. The guitar from Geoff Whitehorn throughout is fantastic, and Brooker takes some liberties with the piano throughout a really fun song that changes speed and melody. Enjoy today’s Rock Pearl from Procol Harum!