Nothing That I Didn’t Know.
Whiter Shade of Pale.
YouTube video: “Procol Harum – Repent Walpurgis“ (1971)
YouTube video: “Procol Harum – Nothing That I Didn’t Know“ (1970)
YouTube video: “Procol Harum – Whiter Shade of Pale“ (1967)
A Whiter Shade of Pale was released 42 years ago to the day, on May 12, 1967.
With a structure reminiscent of Baroque music, a countermelody based on J.S. Bach’s cantata no.140 assigned to Fisher’s Hammond organ, Brooker’s soulful vocals and Reid’s mysterious lyrics, “A Whiter Shade of Pale” reached #1 on the British charts and did almost as well in the United States, reaching #5. In the years since, it has become an enduring classic, placing on several polls of the best songs ever.
There’s a quite thorough biography of the band on the excellent allmusic.com website.
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