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Procol Harum - 2017 Novum
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on May 17 2017, In 2017 Articles , 1 Comment , 295 Reads , Print



ARTIST: Procol Harum
ALBUM: Novum
LABEL: Eagle Records
SERIAL: EAGCD659
YEAR: 2017

COUNTRY OF ORIGIN:

LINEUP: Gary Brooker - lead vocals, piano * Geoff Whitehorn - guitars, backing vocals * Matt Pegg - bass, backing vocals * Josh Phillips - hammond, synth, backing vocals * Geoff Dunn - drums

TRACK LISTING: 01 I Told On You * 02 Last Chance Motel * 03 Image Of The Beast * 04 Soldier * 05 Don't Get Caught * 06 Neighbour * 07 Sunday Morning * 08 Businessman * 09 Can't Say That * 10 The Only One * 11 Somewhen

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WEBLINKS: Procol Harum website


Background
Gary Brooker and Procol Harum go way back into time. Way way back. And yet, here they are in 2017, celebrating their 50th anniversary. 'Novum' is the band's thirteenth album, and first since 2003's 'The Well's On Fire'. 'Novum' is getting a big round of PR in early 2017, as Brooker and Co bring back a hybrid of classic rock and blues. To be honest, 'Novum' isn't going to set the world on fire, but there are some songs that sneak up on you. 'Image Of The Beast' reminded me of Crawler from back in their late 70's heyday, the lyrical statement of 'Soldier' is worth hearing, so too the Boz Scaggs sounding 'Can't Say That' and the cranky 'Businessman'. The album probably contains too many slow-tempo piano ballads which softens the album more than it should, but for old fogies who remember the band at their peak, 'Novum' should come as a special surprise.


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#1 | Eric on May 17 2017 22:45:49
One of my favorite albums this year. Excellent!
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