PROCOL HARUM - In Concert With The Danish National Concert Orchestra & Choir (2008)
In Concert with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and Choir, by Procol Harum, is a live album released 2009. It was recorded in Ledreborg Castle in Denmark. This album is also noteworthy because it contains a song that Procol Harum have never released before - "Symphathy for the Hard of Hearing". This is a song about the Second World War that was previously on Gary Brooker's solo album "Lead Me to the Water".
In concert... is a masterful package capturing a phenomenal live show. Procol Harum, after all, have the kind of repertoire that naturally lends itself to the orchestral situation, and, of course, this isn't their first dive into those waters. But with less to prove than they had back in the 1970s, and with a fonder eye for their greatest material than they had when there was a new LP to push, this is a delightful walk through the band's back catalog. Recorded in 2006 against a truly spectacular open air backdrop, it is difficult to fault the track listing "Grand Hotel" opens with epic grandiosity; "Homburg", "A Salty Dog" and "Conquistador" all stand out and, of course, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" remains one of the all-time most haunting songs. The orchestra and choir just add to the mood.
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