By the time they did Broken Barricades, they had developed the idea of moving around on the instruments. Says Gary: "In fact it didn't work that well, ha, ha! Well, it did — but there was a lot of chopping and changing. On this album we had become a four piece and the organ had dropped out. Chris Copping mostly played bass and this gave more space for Trower. The eight original album tracks each have their own significance and Brooker says that the opening Simple Sister was quite an epic.
I wrote this for Trower so he had a good riff to play. It became very big in the States. Doesn't mean a bloody thing in England! To some ears, the title track might have a revolutionary message. After all, 'To the barricades! However, Gary Brooker is not so sure, "Well, I'm not quite sure what that lyric is about.
To me, it conjures up a feeling of a ruined planet. Yet, it is more about a personal relationship, if you look into it deeply. I just imagine it as environmental.
I don't know why. What does it mean? It can mean whatever you want. So Broken Barricades could be about a personal relationship or it could be about the world falling apart.
Robin Trower contributed three of the tunes on the album and even sang on some. Sexy Trippy All Moods.
Drinking Hanging Out In Love. Introspection Late Night Partying. Rainy Day Relaxation Road Trip. Romantic Evening Sex All Themes. Features Interviews Lists. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low Natural tonality in the midrange -- with all the instruments having the correct timbre Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional studio space No doubt there's more but we hope that should do for now.
Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the qualities we discuss above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does. What do the best Hot Stamper pressings of Broken Barricades give you?
Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music? Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren't "back there" somewhere, lost in the mix. They're front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them. Tight punchy bass -- which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
Next: transparency -- the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
If 'sister' is intended literally as the domestic correlates of 'toys' and 'bows' might seem to suggest the story is perhaps an antecedent of The Piper's Tune , another paean to family strife, where the threat of perpetual incarceration yields to the niggling pettiness of 'you'll get no sweeties any more' If the 'nasty mess' in the latter song is really onanistic in origin, as Sam Cameron has suggested, perhaps it's permissible to imagine that 'whooping cough' here is a euphemism for some sexual malaise?
After all Brooker has sung the words 'whooping cough' in a venereal context before, in the Paramounts' Poison Ivy : though in that song it's evidently intended to be part of sequence of non-venereal complaints.
This instinct for the juxtaposition of opposites also resulted in the insertion of the Bach Prelude into Repent Walpurgis , a wonderful device for preventing the four-chord passacaglia from becoming wearisome.
It was particularly peculiar, when I first started conversing with online Procoholics, to hear someone saying Walpurgis would be better without the Bach, and that Simple Sister was better in the concert arrangement that omitted the central riff section. I have to disagree, while conceding that the manic complexities of the recorded version — even when Maestro Whitehorn does his best — cannot really be captured on stage. Chris Michie wrote very interestingly about the recording process: 'When I last listened to the record, it sounded as though there were five speeded-up pianos, but there might have been more.
Once the section was completed, the mad pianos were all bounced down to a vacant stereo pair on the multitrack. The King of Hearts. Learn to Fly. The Pursuit of Happiness. Repent Walpurgis. Procol Harum. Salad Days Are Here Again. She Wandered Through the Garden Fence. A Whiter Shade of Pale. Shine on Brightly.Broken Barricades is the fifth studio album by English rock band Procol Harum, released in It was guitarist Robin Trower 's last recording with the group until The Prodigal Stranger (). "Song for a Dreamer" is a tribute to late Jimi Hendrix from Trower, who was stunned by Hendrix's death in September at the age of