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another successful musical diversion,
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This review is from: Live in Concert with Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (40th Anniversary series) (Audio CD)
Combining bona fide rock music with a classical orchestra had up until the release of this live album been viewed with some uncertainty and doubt by the listening audience, as the result often did little other than to propel the songs into the "easy listening" genre. But here the project was a resounding success, lifting Procol out of the doldrums their previous studio album Broken Barricades had dropped them into. Any live performance is riddled with tiny blips and errors but once you have your ears round the few shortcomings, you begin to appreciate the achievement. Brooker shows us he can deliver good vocals outside the studio environment, and the selection of tracks veers heavily towards their more majestic and colourful works. In Held Twas In I, which let's face it hadn't been perfect as a studio track, has been polished up to its full potential. However the huge cost of touring with a full orchestra prevented this from becoming the norm - the Moody Blues and Barclay James Harvest were already slimming down their live extravaganzas, and when the medium was briefly ressurected by Rick Wakeman, it had become something of a loss leader to promote album sales.