Irrelevant Troubadour

Procol Harum, A Salty Dog
February 1, 2011, 7:33 pm
Filed under: music

This is post number four for the TV Tropes album exchange club.  It’s a review of Procol Harum’s A Salty Dog.  This was the album I submitted, and as such I’m not going into quite as much depth about it.

I really like this album (as probably be guessed, considering that I submitted it). It came around the end of psychadelic era and the beginning of prog rock, and as such sort of seems like a missing link between them, with a tinge of old-school blue and r&b thrown in (best heard on “Juicy John Pink” and “Crucifixion Lane”). It’s ostensibly a nautically-themed concept album, and though there are good number of sailing songs here, it doesn’t hew very close to the concept. It’s a melancholy affair, and remains understated even its more grandiose moments, such as “The Wreck of the Hesperus”. Mainly, I like it for how well it evokes a certain quiet, contemplative mood, like an evening listening to tall tales as the sun sets over the marina.

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