jueves, 30 de julio de 2009

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade Of Pale (1967)

With its haunting tonality and Bach flavouring (both provided by Hammond organist Matthew Fisher), vocals by Gary Brooker, and unusual lyrics by Keith Reid, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached #1 in several countries when released in 1967. Reid told Songfacts that he got the idea for the title when it came to him at a party, which gave him a starting point for the song.

In the years since, it has become an enduring classic. In 2004, the United Kingdom performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited named it the most-played record by British broadcasting of the past 70 years. More than 900 recorded cover versions by other artists are known. The song has been included in many music compilations over the decades and has also been used in the soundtracks of numerous films, including The Big Chill, Purple Haze and The Boat That Rocked.

A cover of the song by King Curtis was used in the film "Withnail and I".

The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only. On 20 December 2006, Matthew Fisher won co-writing credit in a court case, which was upheld by the Appeals Court on 4 April 2008 appeals decision. However, Fisher's songwriter royalties remain under dispute.


Anyhow, some of you would like to see also the classic filmation made to promote this single. A part of it was used at prog-rock documentary of BBC 4 "Prog Rock Britannia", previously mentioned somewhere here around the blog. Here it is:

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