Gary Brooker R.I.P. – Podcast [reblog]

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Μόλις έμαθα [ας όψεται η “επικαιρότητα”] ότι o Gary Brooker, ένας από τους αγαπημένους μουσικούς της εφηβείας μου, πέθανε σε ηλικία 76 χρόνων. Επαναλαμβάνω το αφιέρωμα που του είχα κάνει πέρυσι στην επέτειο των γενεθλίων του.

Σαν σήμερα, 29 Μαΐου 1945 γεννήθηκε στο Λονδίνο ο Gary Brooker, ιδρυτής, τραγουδιστής, πιανίστας και βασικός συνθέτης των Procol Harum. Μπορεί να θεωρούνται, μαζί με τους Moody Blues, οι προάγγελοι του progressive, μπορεί να ήταν απ’ τους πρώτους που πειραματίσθηκαν με τον ήχο της συμφωνικής ορχήστρας, βάση όμως της μουσικής των Procol Harum ήταν πάντα η μεγαλόπρεπη απλότητα της τραγουδοποιίας του Gary Brooker, που πλούτισε με μια σειρά από αριστουργήματα το ροκ songbook των ’60s και των ’70s.
Κάποια από αυτά ακούμε εδώ.

I just found out that Gary Brooker, one of my favorite musicians in my teenage years, has died at the age of 76. I’m reposting a podcast I made last year on his birthday.

On this date, May 29, 1945, Gary Brooker, founder, singer piano player and principal composer of Procol Harum, was born in London. They group may be considered, along with Moody Blues, the harbingers of progressive [they were after all among the first to experiment with a symphony orchestra], but the essence of Procol Harum‘s music has always been the grandiose simplicity of Gary Brooker‘s songwriting.
We hear some examples.


0:00 A Salty Dog – Live in Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, 1971
5:35 The Idol – Exotic Birds And Fruit, 1974
12:13 Juicy John Pink – A Salty Dog, 1969
14:20 Piggy Pig Pig – Home, 1970
19:08 The Emperor’s New Clothes – The Well’s On Fire, 2003
23:26 The Devil Came From Kansas – A Salty Dog, 1969
28:03 Quite Rightly So – Shine On Brightly, 1968
31:43 Toujours L’ Amour – Grand Hotel, 1973
35:16 Homburg – Single, 1967


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