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Bill Hatcher


From:
Atlanta Ga. USA
Post Posted 16 Sep 2010 4:58 am     Reply with quote

this song has been haunting me for days now......
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p8jJ1ORIOes
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Jerry Overstreet


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Louisville Ky
Post Posted 16 Sep 2010 5:32 am     Reply with quote

A classic for all times. Melody and Organ. I think both are copyright protected. I remember when it came out and I still enjoy listening to it now as much as then, as well as playing it when I get the chance.
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Kevin Hatton


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Buffalo, N.Y.
Post Posted 16 Sep 2010 1:35 pm     Reply with quote

Thats when singers could actually sing.
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Dave Mudgett


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Central Pennsylvania
Post Posted 16 Sep 2010 6:56 pm     Reply with quote

After assiduously studying classical piano for years as a kid, I switched to guitar after catching Mike Bloomfield with the Electric Flag in 1967. Then this tune became ominpresent on the radio that summer, and I almost switched back. To this day, I don't know exactly why I didn't, I could have joined a band immediately and had to woodshed for two years on guitar before I was ready for that. I guess the fact that I couldn't afford a Hammond organ had something to do with it. At that point, piano seemed fairly unsexy.

But then again, on that LP there was Robin Trower's playing on Repent Walpurgis that perhaps brought me back into the guitar fold. Here's a live version from 71 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wQC7Kk4WOPU - but to my tastes, nothing compares to Trower's original - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IRpMVJrANdE

Long live Procul Harum. Haunting? No shit. Smile


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Jim Cohen


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Philadelphia, PA
Post Posted 16 Sep 2010 7:05 pm     Reply with quote

If you fancy hearing a steel guitar version of it, I put it on my CD called "Home, James" which came out a few years ago. You can hear the tune at www.myspace.com/jimcohensteelguitarist
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Chip Fossa


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Monson, MA 01057, USA
Post Posted 20 Sep 2010 8:25 pm     Reply with quote

Asolutely, you knuckleheads.

Get Jim's "Home James" -

He plays all the great hits from our collective past; especially "A Whiter Shade Of Pale".

You know Jimbeaux can play.

Buy it. It's good music.
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Ron Whitfield


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Kaaawa, Hawaii, USA
Post Posted 21 Sep 2010 10:40 am     Reply with quote

Here's Harry Brooker, Gary's Dad whom he lost at a young age, playing steel http://www.britishpathe.com/record.php?id=47630 That's him at the end.
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 21 Sep 2010 11:23 am     Reply with quote

RW, what is the name of the artists he's perfoming with? I couldn't find it. Thanks
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Ron Whitfield


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Kaaawa, Hawaii, USA
Post Posted 21 Sep 2010 6:10 pm     Reply with quote

JK, you may have a whole new world opening for you if you're just discovering these guys...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u0bEM-PvkDw&feature=related
Rare behind the scenes footage of the post-war troupe with the BBC. Great shots of the uber-lovely Louisa Moe, with Brooker seen behind her at the end.
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Skip Edwards


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LA,CA
Post Posted 21 Sep 2010 7:53 pm     Reply with quote

Cool... I saw them live in the summer of '69, with Led Zeppelin opening, if you can believe that.
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Herb Steiner


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Spicewood TX 78669
Post Posted 22 Sep 2010 5:11 am     Reply with quote

Back in '68 when I was on Ronstadt's band, our piano player Bill Martin gave me this album which turned my C&W head around. His comment about Walpurgis was "a Gibson Les Paul went to Bach's funeral... and wept."
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Joachim Kettner


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2010 10:13 am     Reply with quote

Matthew Fisher from his "Journey's End" Album:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VAuL1hWGC1g&feature=related
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Chip Fossa


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Monson, MA 01057, USA
Post Posted 22 Sep 2010 4:19 pm     Reply with quote

Are we still on the same track, here?

Whiter Shade Of Pale?

I'm lost here, a bit.
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Will Houston


From:
Tempe, Az
Post Posted 22 Sep 2010 4:32 pm     Reply with quote

A Salty Dog
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Earnest Bovine


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Los Angeles CA USA
Post Posted 22 Sep 2010 4:57 pm     Reply with quote

Will Houston wrote:
A Salty Dog

Salty Dogs band jobs were my first pro music gigs. We would put thumbtacks on the piano hammers but I still came home with bloody fingers from trying to play loud enough.
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Dave Mudgett


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Post Posted 22 Sep 2010 6:16 pm     Reply with quote

Herb Steiner wrote:
Back in '68 when I was on Ronstadt's band, our piano player Bill Martin gave me this album which turned my C&W head around. His comment about Walpurgis was "a Gibson Les Paul went to Bach's funeral... and wept."

Ha! Funny, but pretty much on-the-mark. I guess I like a good dirge. Smile
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Mike Perlowin


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Los Angeles CA
Post Posted 23 Sep 2010 10:48 pm     Reply with quote

Here's Willie singing it.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aOt0_Thx52M
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Barry Blackwood


Post Posted 24 Sep 2010 5:05 am     Reply with quote

All you ever wanted to know about AWSOP. Smile
http://www.procolharum.com/awsop.htm
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Wally Taylor


From:
Hardin, Kentucky, USA
Post Posted 24 Sep 2010 1:14 pm     Reply with quote

Just wanted to thank everyone for this post as I know have that tune stuck in my head and it keeps repeating. Laughing Wow, what a classic song! Never understood what the song was about, but a haunting melody for sure!
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Michael Strauss


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Delray Beach,Florida
Post Posted 24 Sep 2010 1:29 pm     Reply with quote

In the early 70's while working with my brother-in-law (Pig Light Show), we did lighting for Procol Harum at a small venue in NJ. After the set they came back to do an encore, but no Whiter Shale of Pale. Of course that's what everyone wanted to hear. The promoter had to threaten not to pay if they didn't do the song. To Gary's defence and as most of you know, you get really tired of doing the same song over and over and over. Sometimes for years. I saw John Mayall at the Fillmore East and he refused to do anything from The Turning Point, a very big album for him, he said it was a different band and it was. He was as always amazing. So was Procol Harum.
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Erv Niehaus


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Litchfield, MN, USA
Post Posted 22 Aug 2017 8:29 am     Reply with quote

To those familiar with the sinking of the Titanic, the lyrics to "Whiter Shade of Pale" are references to the happenings on the Titanic just before its going down.
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Joachim Kettner


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Germany
Post Posted 22 Aug 2017 10:45 am     Reply with quote

Robin Trower turned his SG top towards him to mock the playback, so I guess.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNLVqEimUiI
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Jerry Hayes


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Virginia Beach, Va.
Post Posted 22 Aug 2017 12:17 pm     Reply with quote

I learned the organ part(s) on guitar years ago but never got to play it with a band as most of my "cowboy contepories" didn't like that sort of music. I've been trying it out on steel as well and I've recently purchased an ElectroHarmonix B9 Organ pedal and I've got to say that a person can really nail those organ licks with this pedal on either steel or six string. If you can get a hold of one of these pedals you'll love it............JH in Va.
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