A Salty Dog (studio album) by Procol Harum

A Salty Dog by Procol Harum
Year: 1969
Overall rank: 1,710th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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77/100 (from 164 votes)
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Procol Harum – A Salty Dog A&M Records SP-3123 1979 12" Vinyl Album LP
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A Salty Dog is ranked 2nd best out of 17 albums by Procol Harum on BestEverAlbums.com.

The best album by Procol Harum is Procol Harum which is ranked number 1697 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,016.

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This album is rated in the top 5% of all albums on BestEverAlbums.com. This album has a Bayesian average rating of 76.6/100, a mean average of 76.6/100, and a trimmed mean (excluding outliers) of 76.8/100. The standard deviation for this album is 13.1.

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From 02/23/2022 15:56
For Gary B.
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From 02/03/2022 13:02
So emotive: great stuff, but "fagocitated" from the fantastic title track.
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From 10/12/2021 17:51
I've loved this album since its initial release. Still listen to it regularly. Brooker and Fisher are incredible throughout; excellent vocals and melody. Robin Trower's lead and rhythm guitar is extremely creative.
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From 08/01/2021 07:34
This album is a real pleasure to listen to. The title track is excellent as is the rest of the album. Love the strings, you can pick out the individual instruments so clearly, good production for 1969.
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From 07/02/2020 14:48
What a quirky and delightful album!
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From 06/19/2020 14:52
Genius work, the kind of music will last forever.
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From 07/07/2016 19:49
Along with, shine on brightly, the best Procul Harum record. Beautifully imaginative and inventive. Underrated.
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From 08/06/2013 18:54
A brilliant album showing Procol Harum weren't just one trick ponies.
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From 06/21/2012 21:18
A Salty Dog was the last Procol Harum album to feature the original 5-piece line-up. Compared to the previous two, which were very much dominated by Gary Booker's songs and vocals ( not a negative thing at all ), more space is given to guitarist Robin Trower and organist Matthew Fisher.

Robin Trower debuts as leadsinger on his own "Crucifiction Lane" and he wrote "Juicy John Pink" - both songs show the roots of Procol Harum as a tight r&b band. Trower also co-wrote the acoustic "Too Much Between Us" with Brooker - beautifully sung by Brooker, by the way.

Matthew Fisher produced the album, and arranged the orchestra for three of the songs - most note-worthy the title track, which is one of the greatest songs ever written and recorded. Compared to Brooker's Fisher's voice may appear somewhat thin, but he sings his two songs "Wreck of the Hesperus" and "Pilgrim's Progress" beautifully, and both songs fit in nicely on the album. "Pilgrim's Progress" bears big resemblance to the classic "A Whiter Shade of Pale". The charming "Boredom" with its Carribean rhythms is a Brooker/Fisher collaboration, adding to the great variety in styles which characterize the album.

Apart from the unique "A Salty Dog", the album features another Brooker classic "All This and More" - classic Procol Harum sound. Inspiration from the Band's recently released "Music From Big Pink", shines through on "The Milk of Human Kindness". The Band was a big inspiration for Procol Harum. "The Devil Came From Kansas" is one of the few tracks I often consider skipping over - too heavy and noisy; seems somewhat out of place on the album. Much better is the B-side "Long Gone Geek"; another heavy thing, which sounds inspired by The Small Faces or Humble Pie.

Among the bonus-track you may find there are four rare live-tracks from a 1969 April tour in the States. Great to hear the original band live - again their r&b roots shine through.

With this album you could say that the band scored a natural hat trick; having their debut and "Shine on Brightly" in mind.
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