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broken barricades

Procol Harum Audio CD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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  • Audio CD
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • ASIN: B00006HBQ6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a departure from pop into rock n roll 13 Aug 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Something of a curiosity album in that it said farewell to the colourful psychedelic influences of 60s pop music and presented the raw rock n roll side of Procol Harum, no doubt losing many fans from the old order but finding fresh interest with a more mature audience. The included booklet attempts to ring the praises for the album but in retrospect it isn't one of their best; the vocal is stylistically stale and all Reid's good lyrics had been used up on their first four albums. Brooker loses his songwriting monopoly allowing Trower to present three soulful power-rock compositions that defined his future musical developement with his own band. This has always been a tough album to get hold of on CD in the past, but is now well worth including in any collection. Oddly, the producers went to a lot of trouble making the fold-out LP-jacket style digipak, but didn't include the original cut-out feature of the original album cover, so something of the original flavour has been lost.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, but still a triumph 23 Feb 2012
By Mr G
Format:Audio CD
Although largely underrated (they've never been inducted into the Rock 'n Roll Hall Of Fame) and ignored since Whiter Shade slipped down the charts in August 1967, Procol Harum were considered cool at one time.
After going down a storm at the 1970 Isle Of Wight fesival they released Broken Barricades which caused quite a stir in hip rock circles; John Peel was even moved to vote it his album of the year and it's not hard to see why.
The first two songs are sensational - Simple Sister contains some of Robin Trower's best guitar work, and how it didn't become a staple of classic rock radio i'll never know. The title track is wonderfully atmospheric, a real gem. The rest of the album is petty uneven though; Memorial Drive has some brilliant drumming by the underrated (that word again) BJ Wilson but Trower's Song For A Dreamer is ponderous in parts. Power Failure gets dragged down by a drum solo whilst Poor Mohammed is pure padding; i liked Luskus Delph the most.
Overall, it's a real curate's egg of an album but the best bits easily outweigh the bad.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Broken Barricades - a Procol milestone. 5 Feb 2013
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The opening track - Simple Sister - is classic Procol Harum. Building from a stark but memorable opening guitar riff it gathers momentum and intensity. Gary Brooker's vocals are inspired, his percussive piano just awesome and there is majestic soaring guitar from the soon to be departed Robin Trower. Broken Barricades follows and it provides an elegant contrast. The wistful tune shimmers over BJ Wilson's beautifully delivered drum part. The vocals exemplify Keith Reid's enigmatic qualities as a lyricist. These tracks are the most memorable on the album and justify making the purchase. This is not to impugn the remaining material. There is some good stuff here, it's just not quite as spellbinding. Trower contributes three pieces which are a foretaste of delights to follow in his solo career. Power Failure, sardonically titled, showcases BJ Wilson and should be bracketed somewhere near Moby Dick in the category headed "Definitive Rock Drum Solos".
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5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten Masterpiece 2 Feb 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
By 1971 Procol Harum had changed forever from the band who wrote "Whiter Shade of Pale". The original vinyl release of this album was unusual in that the front cover had cut outs with the 4 playing band members faces showing through. The music inside was equally strange and varied from straight ahead rockers like "Power Failure" and "Poor Mohammed" to the fey "Song For a Dreamer". The words themselves, written, as per usual, by Keith Reid, are astonishing in their depth and sometimes their obscurity. My own personal favourite lyrics come from the deeply troubling track "Luskus Delph". If anyone can decipher it let me know. Maybe it is showing it's age a little, but for me, it remains, one of their most magnificent albums; powerful, lyrical, savage and sweet. As tight and as together as anything around at the time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps the best-ever outing by Brooker and Co 23 July 2013
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This is such a weird album, sounding more like a cross between Cream, Gallagher, the Stones and the Beatles than PH. However, having played Simple Sister live for 40 years now, I have to say that it is one of a handful of albums that is truly indispensible. Brooker's voice is powerful, the lyrics are risque and dream-like and Trower does Trower.

PH were so far ahead of their time that they met themselves about four times coming the other way. I have no idea how this album got written or recorded: 99.9% of bands of any era would have been happy with Simple Sister alone.

Simply better than anything else around and virtually ignored, of course.
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4.0 out of 5 stars When The Harums Roar the Earth 30 Mar 2008
Format:Audio CD
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.
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