Home (Procol Harum album)
Home is Procol Harum's fourth album, released in 1970. With the departure of organist Matthew Fisher and bassist David Knights and the addition of the remaining musicians' (Gary Brooker, B. J. Wilson and Robin Trower) former bandmate bassist/organist Chris Copping from The Paramounts, Procol Harum was, for all intents and purposes, The Paramounts again in all but name. The purpose of bringing in Copping was to return some of the R&B sound to the band that they had with their previous incarnation.
|Studio album by|
|Released||5 June 1970|
|Studio||EMI Studios, Abbey Road, London|
|Procol Harum chronology|
|Christgau's Record Guide||C+|
|Rolling Stone||(not rated)|
The initial sessions were performed in London at Trident Studios in the Autumn of 1969 under the supervision of former organist Matthew Fisher who had also produced the band's previous album. Unhappy with the sound and performances, the band scrapped the Trident sessions and began again in February 1970 with producer Chris Thomas and engineer Jeff Jarratt at Abbey Road Studios. Once the album was completed it was decided that the cover would be a parody of the British board game Snakes and Ladders featuring members of the band.
When the album was released in June 1970 it charted at No. 34 in the United States and No. 49 in the United Kingdom, making the Danish Top 10 peaking at #6. The album was preceded by the single "Whiskey Train" written by guitarist Robin Trower with lyricist Keith Reid.
|1.||"Whisky Train"||Robin Trower, Reid||4:31|
|2.||"The Dead Man's Dream"||4:46|
|3.||"Still There'll Be More"||4:53|
|4.||"Nothing That I Didn't Know"||3:38|
|5.||"About to Die"||Trower, Reid||3:35|
|2.||"Piggy Pig Pig"||4:47|
|4.||"Your Own Choice"||3:13|
|1.||"Still There'll Be More" (Take 3; Raw Track)||4:57|
|2.||"Whaling Stories" (Raw Track)||7:05|
Salvo/Fly reissue 2009Edit
In 2009 Salvo reissued the Procol Harum catalogue and included bonus tracks for each album. "Home" included two bonus tracks selected and approved by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid "Whaling Stories" and "Still There'll Be More". The two bonus tracks were work-in-progress mixes that didn't have the final overdubs from the final versions.
- Gary Brooker – piano, vocals
- Robin Trower – guitar
- Chris Copping – organ, bass
- B. J. Wilson – drums
- Keith Reid – lyrics
- Jeff Jarratt - recording engineer
- Helmut Hastenteufel - sleeve design
- 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 robertchristgau.com.
- von Tersch, Gary (2011). "Procol Harum: Home : Music Reviews : Rolling Stone". web.archive.org. Archived from the original on 23 May 2009. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- Reissue booklet for "Home" CD
- Billboard Charts 1970
- ProcolHarum.com – ProcolHarum.com's page on this album
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