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Fri Apr 27, 2018, 04:24 PM

A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum

In 2018, the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame introduced a new award category dedicated to single recordings that helped shape the course of rock music.

Included in the six original inductees is a song that blew me away the first time I heard it....

From Wikipedia:

"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the debut single by the British rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. One of the anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.

Structurally and thematically, the song is unusual in many respects. While the recorded version is 4:03 long, it is composed of only two verses, each with chorus. The piece is also more instrument-driven than most songs of the period, and with a much looser rhyme scheme. Its unusually allusive and referential lyrics are much more complex than most lyrics of the time (for example, the chorus focuses on Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale". Thus, this piece can be considered an early example of progressive rock.

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Reply A Whiter Shade of Pale - Procol Harum (Original post)
Ohiogal Apr 2018 OP
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #1
Ohiogal Apr 2018 #2
Cattledog Apr 2018 #3
Eliot Rosewater Apr 2018 #4
InAbLuEsTaTe Apr 2018 #5
3Hotdogs Apr 2018 #6
Ohiogal Apr 2018 #7
TomSlick Apr 2018 #8

Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 04:30 PM

1. This is one of the greatest songs ever. And I dont know if Robin was with them then or

joined right after.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 04:34 PM

2. I get a chill when I hear that organ into.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 05:07 PM

3. Trower joined after WSP was released.

I agree it is one of the greatest songs ever written.

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Response to Cattledog (Reply #3)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 05:10 PM

4. Saw Trower during the live album release he had, he was super hot for about a year

and when i saw him I was amazed.

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Response to Eliot Rosewater (Reply #1)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 05:16 PM

5. Yup, awesome song!! Love Robin in his own right.

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 06:36 PM

6. That, and Nights in White Satin

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #6)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 07:30 PM

7. Nights is a classic in it's own right!

Maybe it will be in the Class of 2019!

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Response to Ohiogal (Original post)

Fri Apr 27, 2018, 10:13 PM

8. I attended a funeral recently at the local funeral parlor.

Before the service started, there was canned instrumental music playing. I entertained myself playing "Name that Tune."

One tune had me stumped for a minute until I recognized Whiter Shade of Pale - at a small town Arkansas funeral parlor! I started chuckling until my wife's elbow nearly broke one of my rigs.

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