This has been, to me, from the very first chance I had to listen to it, Procol Harum's unusual and distinct album. Actually, I've probably heard every pronouncement on it, from those who vilified it to those who glorified it. Still, Broken Barricades is a landmark in the band's sound and repertoire.
Perhaps because I fell in love with it before I did with A Salty Dog, I'll always think highly of this album and consider their raw rock attack--at least by Harum standards--an emblem of what they could do and say.
Robin Trower--their underrated guitar player--seems to be given the "no holds barred" sign here, and he reigns over Simple Sister and Broken Barricades, then it's time for Luskus Delph to bring Brooker's more bold reach to bear followed by Poor Mohammed which stirs things back toward fierce waves.
Perhaps, this is not the place to start in a Procol Harum's first visit, nothing will sound that close to A Whiter Shade of Pale for sure, yet the Barricades must be broken, and explored.