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a departure from pop into rock n roll
on 13 August 2009
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.