Broken Barricades

Broken Barricades is the fifth studio album by English rock band Procol Harum, released in 1971. It was guitarist Robin Trower's last recording with the group until The Prodigal Stranger (1991).

Broken Barricades
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Studio album by
Released11 June 1971
RecordedFebruary–March 1971
StudioAIR, London
GenreProgressive rock
ProducerChris Thomas
Procol Harum chronology
Broken Barricades
Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
Singles from Broken Barricades
  1. "Broken Barricades" / "Power Failure"
    Released: July 1971 (US)
  2. "Simple Sister"
    Released: September 1971 (US)
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]
Christgau's Record GuideC–[2]

"Song for a Dreamer" is a tribute to late Jimi Hendrix from Trower, who was stunned by Hendrix's death in September 1970 at the age of 27.[3]

Track listingEdit

All lyrics are written by Keith Reid.

Side one
1."Simple Sister"Gary Brooker5:52
2."Broken Barricades"Brooker3:13
3."Memorial Drive"Robin Trower3:47
4."Luskus Delph"Brooker3:48
Side two
5."Power Failure"Brooker4:33
6."Song for a Dreamer"Trower5:40
7."Playmate of the Mouth"Brooker5:06
8."Poor Mohammed"Trower3:07
Total length:35:06
2002 Repertoire Records remastered edition bonus tracks
9."Broken Barricades" (single edit)Brooker2:35
10."Power Failure" (single edit)Brooker3:12
11."Simple Sister" (mono version)Brooker5:48
Total length:46:32
2009 Salvo remastered edition bonus tracks
9."Broken Barricades" (long fade – raw track)Brooker3:57
10."Simple Sister" (raw track)Brooker5:49
11."Poor Mohammed" (backing track)Trower2:43
12."Song for a Dreamer (King Jimi)" (backing track)Trower4:56
Total length:52:50


Procol HarumEdit

Technical personnelEdit

  • Chris Thomas – producer
  • John Punter – engineer
  • C.C.S. Associates – artwork, design
  • Pete Sanders – photography


Chart (1971) Peak
Canada Top Albums/CDs (RPM)[4] 27
Danish Albums (Hitlisten)[5] 5
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[6] 46
UK Albums (OCC)[7] 42
US Billboard 200[8] 32


  1. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. Procol Harum: Broken Barricades > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (1981). "Consumer Guide '70s: P". Christgau's Record Guide: Rock Albums of the Seventies. Ticknor & Fields. ISBN 089919026X. Retrieved 10 March 2019 – via
  3. ^ Welch, Chris (June 2002). Broken Barricades (booklet). Procol Harum. Hamburg: Repertoire Records. p. 9.
  4. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 5350". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  5. ^ " – Procol Harum – Broken Barricades". Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  6. ^ " – Procol Harum – Broken Barricades" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  7. ^ "Procol Harum | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 22 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Procol Harum Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 22 July 2018.