Procol Harum – Live at the Union Chapel, Blu-ray (2011)
Studio: Eagle Vision Entertainment EVB 833839 [9/13/11]
Video: 16:9 color 1080i HD
Audio: DTS HD Master, Dolby Digital 5.1, PCM Stereo
Length: 149 minutes
Extras: Interactive interview with Gary Brooker, Alternative angles, Earlier in the day montage, comments from the bar
Rating: Sound **** Video ** *1/2
Procol Harum was a band propelled by their mega-hit A Whiter Shade of Pale. Only “Conquistador,” of their other songs, has broken the top 25. Most listeners as well as myself could not name another Procol Harum song. The song has been covered by a number of performers. However I find this a very pleasant concert; I like blues-tinged rock. The instrumental playing is accomplished. The concert is a good length and has 21 songs on it. It seems like an impassioned performance – filmed Dec. 12, 2003. The band consists of Gary Brooker on piano and vocals, Mathew Fisher on organ, Geoff Whitehorn on guitar, Mark Brzezicki on drums and Matt Pegg on bass guitar. The setting is a much more intimate one than the usual rock arena – taking place in a church chapel.
The video on the disc suffers from some of the usual rock concert problems, but to a lesser extent than many. It is vastly better than my recently-reviewed discs of Counting Crows and Sheryl Crow.
Sound is among the best I have heard on Blu-ray, with very good presence. You can almost feel you are at the concert. There is adequate sound to carry the emotion of the music. There is also decent bass impact and high frequency information. The DTS Master sound is a little fuller-sounding and the PCM stereo has a little more clarity.
I can easily recommend this disc to Procol Harum fans and to any listeners liking well-done rock music.
2. Shine On Brightly
3. Pandora’s Box
4. An Old English Dream
5. Grand Hotel
7. Quite Rightly So
8. Simple Sister
9. Weisselklenzenacht (The Signature)
10. Shadow Boxed
11. The Question
12. Wall Street Blues
13. This World Is Rich
14. As Strong As Samson
15. Every Dog Will Have Its Day
16. A Salty Dog
18. VIP Room
19. Whisky Train
20. Good Captain Clack
21. Whiter Shade of Pale
If any recording is essential to the genre, this is it.