Wednesday, September 3, 2008

your multilingual business friend



the right honourable anthony eden, in a homburg.
british prime minister from 1955 - 1957.




"Your multilingual business friend

Has packed her bags and fled

Leaving only ash-filled ashtrays
And the lipsticked unmade bed

The mirror on reflection

Has climbed back upon the wall

For the floor she found descended

And the ceiling was too tall."

-
Keith Reed.

From the original 1967 Regal Zonophone album release, this is my favourite Procol Harum single, I think - I've bought it three times since it was originally released - with the possible exception of the stupendous "A Salty Dog" from 1969.

With a tip of the homburg to Emmett on Art Decade.

Possibly remixed at one David Gilmour's house boat cum recording studio on London's River Thames. Lyrics by Keith Reed; music by
Gary Brooker.

PROCOL HARUM: HOMBURG from "homburg b/w Good Captain Clack" 45 (Regal Zonophone) 1967 (UK)

PURCHASE PROCOL HARUM REMASTERED + BONUS TRACKS

3 comments:

wzjn said...

Outstanding. One tends to forget, without musical reminder, just how great Procol Harum was.

ib said...

Agreed, WZJN, agreed.

They are one of those groups a lot of people have difficulty with, simply because of the unlimited exposure "Whiter Shade Of Pale" has had over the last forty years. I still love that particular song, but it's always worth playing their other stuff just to remind you how fantastic they were.

I think Gary Brooker's vocals too were astounding in their own right, his keyboard skills not withstanding.

Thanks for the comment.

Jonas Blind Hen said...

Terrific song. Just a little note: It's Reid, not Reed,