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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.
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on 23 February 2012
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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on 23 July 2013
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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Not much more to say about the quality of this album, it seems to divide people, but over the years I find it to be just as strong as "HOME" or "A SALTY DOG". SALVO has done a first class job with the booklet, lots of period photos, ads, picture sleeves, etc., and of course it sounds great, BUT...if you have the Repertoire version from a couple of years back, hold on to it, at least for now. Although the single edits of "Broken Barricades" and "Power Failure" aren't too great a loss (but could've fit, anyhoo), I can't understand why SALVO didn't spring for the die-cut cover? Considering the quality of their issues so far, and the obvious care and attention they lavished on the booklet, art and mastering (although the Repertoire mastering is top-notch as well), they really missed the boat on this one! Docked a star for their laziness......

The SALVO Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:43
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:35
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:02
8. Poor Mohammed 3:06
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Long Fade - Raw Track) 3:06
10. Simple Sister (Raw Track) 5:49
11. Poor Mohammed (Backing Track) 2:43
12. Song For A Dreamer (King Jimi) (Backing Track) 4:56

The REPERTOIRE Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:44
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:36
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:03
8. Poor Mohammed 3:05
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Single Edit) 2:32
10. Power Failure (Single Edit) 3:09
11. Simple Sister (Mono Version) 5:48

the band:
Drums – B.J. Wilson
Guitar & Lead Vocals (6 & 8) – Robin Trower
Hammond Organ, Bass – Chris Copping
Piano, Lead Vocals – Gary Brooker
Words By – Keith Reid

Producer – Chris Thomas
Remastered By – Nick Robbins (SALVO) & EROC (Repertoire)
Artwork & Design – CCS
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Not much more to say about the quality of this album, it seems to divide people, but over the years I find it to be just as strong as "HOME" or "A SALTY DOG". SALVO has done a first class job with the booklet, lots of period photos, ads, picture sleeves, etc., and of course it sounds great, BUT...if you have the Repertoire version from a couple of years back, hold on to it, at least for now. Although the single edits of "Broken Barricades" and "Power Failure" aren't too great a loss (but could've fit, anyhoo), I can't understand why SALVO didn't spring for the die-cut cover? Considering the quality of their issues so far, and the obvious care and attention they lavished on the booklet, art and mastering (although the Repertoire mastering is top-notch as well), they really missed the boat on this one! Docked a star for their laziness......

The SALVO Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:43
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:35
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:02
8. Poor Mohammed 3:06
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Long Fade - Raw Track) 3:06
10. Simple Sister (Raw Track) 5:49
11. Poor Mohammed (Backing Track) 2:43
12. Song For A Dreamer (King Jimi) (Backing Track) 4:56

The REPERTOIRE Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:44
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:36
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:03
8. Poor Mohammed 3:05
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Single Edit) 2:32
10. Power Failure (Single Edit) 3:09
11. Simple Sister (Mono Version) 5:48

the band:
Drums – B.J. Wilson
Guitar & Lead Vocals (6 & 8) – Robin Trower
Hammond Organ, Bass – Chris Copping
Piano, Lead Vocals – Gary Brooker
Words By – Keith Reid

Producer – Chris Thomas
Remastered By – Nick Robbins (SALVO) & EROC (Repertoire)
Artwork & Design – CCS
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Not much more to say about the quality of this album, it seems to divide people, but over the years I find it to be just as strong as "HOME" or "A SALTY DOG". SALVO has done a first class job with the booklet, lots of period photos, ads, picture sleeves, etc., and of course it sounds great, BUT...if you have the Repertoire version from a couple of years back, hold on to it, at least for now. Although the single edits of "Broken Barricades" and "Power Failure" aren't too great a loss (but could've fit, anyhoo), I can't understand why SALVO didn't spring for the die-cut cover? Considering the quality of their issues so far, and the obvious care and attention they lavished on the booklet, art and mastering (although the Repertoire mastering is top-notch as well), they really missed the boat on this one! Docked a star for their laziness......

The SALVO Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:43
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:35
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:02
8. Poor Mohammed 3:06
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Long Fade - Raw Track) 3:06
10. Simple Sister (Raw Track) 5:49
11. Poor Mohammed (Backing Track) 2:43
12. Song For A Dreamer (King Jimi) (Backing Track) 4:56

The REPERTOIRE Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:44
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:36
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:03
8. Poor Mohammed 3:05
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Single Edit) 2:32
10. Power Failure (Single Edit) 3:09
11. Simple Sister (Mono Version) 5:48

the band:
Drums – B.J. Wilson
Guitar & Lead Vocals (6 & 8) – Robin Trower
Hammond Organ, Bass – Chris Copping
Piano, Lead Vocals – Gary Brooker
Words By – Keith Reid

Producer – Chris Thomas
Remastered By – Nick Robbins (SALVO) & EROC (Repertoire)
Artwork & Design – CCS
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Not much more to say about the quality of this album, it seems to divide people, but over the years I find it to be just as strong as "HOME" or "A SALTY DOG". SALVO has done a first class job with the booklet, lots of period photos, ads, picture sleeves, etc., and of course it sounds great, BUT...if you have the Repertoire version from a couple of years back, hold on to it, at least for now. Although the single edits of "Broken Barricades" and "Power Failure" aren't too great a loss (but could've fit, anyhoo), I can't understand why SALVO didn't spring for the die-cut cover? Considering the quality of their issues so far, and the obvious care and attention they lavished on the booklet, art and mastering (although the Repertoire mastering is top-notch as well), they really missed the boat on this one! Docked a star for their laziness......

The SALVO Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:43
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:35
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:02
8. Poor Mohammed 3:06
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Long Fade - Raw Track) 3:06
10. Simple Sister (Raw Track) 5:49
11. Poor Mohammed (Backing Track) 2:43
12. Song For A Dreamer (King Jimi) (Backing Track) 4:56

The REPERTOIRE Tracklist:
1. Simple Sister 5:48
2. Broken Barricades 3:09
3. Memorial Drive 3:43
4. Luskus Delph 3:44
5. Power Failure 4:29
6. Song For A Dreamer 5:36
7. Playmate Of The Mouth 5:03
8. Poor Mohammed 3:05
Bonus Tracks:
9. Broken Barricades (Single Edit) 2:32
10. Power Failure (Single Edit) 3:09
11. Simple Sister (Mono Version) 5:48

the band:
Drums – B.J. Wilson
Guitar & Lead Vocals (6 & 8) – Robin Trower
Hammond Organ, Bass – Chris Copping
Piano, Lead Vocals – Gary Brooker
Words By – Keith Reid

Producer – Chris Thomas
Remastered By – Nick Robbins (SALVO) & EROC (Repertoire)
Artwork & Design – CCS
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on 5 February 2013
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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on 2 February 2003
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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on 2 June 2015
A great band from the seventies with another great album.
Broken Barricades is more hard rock orientated than their other albums but that doesn't make it less good.
It's an album with great songs, there are rockers like Simple Sister, Memorial Drive and Poor Mohammed , softer songs like Broken Barricades and the beautiful Luskus Delph.
My personal favourite however is Song For A Dreamer , an ode to Jimi Hendrix . Its a bit mystic and dreamy with great guitar playing by Robin Trower.
Playmate Of The Mouth is yet another great rock song again with beautiful guitar playing.
One could wonder why Procol Harum and their guitar player Robin Trower never have been bigger than they were, but that was sometimes the fate of many other great bands and musicians.
A pity sometimes.
Many bands of today should be happy if they ever had one song as good as those many songs written by bands like Procol Harum.
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