Broken Barricades

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Broken Barricades
Procol Harum - Broken Barricades (1971) Front Cover.jpg
Studio album by Procol Harum
Released 11 July 1971
Recorded February–March 1971
Studio AIR Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, hard rock, blues rock
Length 35:06
Label A&M
Producer Chris Thomas
Procol Harum chronology
Broken Barricades
Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra
(1972)Procol Harum Live: In Concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra1972
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (not rated)[2]
Robert Christgau (C-)[3]

Broken Barricades is the fifth studio album by British rock band Procol Harum, released in 1971. It was Robin Trower's last album with Procol Harum before his solo career.

The album features a tribute to Jimi Hendrix ("Song for a Dreamer") written by Robin Trower and Keith Reid. Trower and Reid were stunned by Hendrix's death at the age of only 27.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gary Brooker except where noted. All lyrics written by Keith Reid.

Side one
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Simple Sister" Gary Brooker 5:48
2. "Broken Barricades" Brooker 3:09
3. "Memorial Drive" (Robin Trower, Reid) Brooker 3:43
4. "Luskus Delph" Brooker 3:43
Side two
No. Title Lead vocals Length
1. "Power Failure" Brooker 4:29
2. "Song for a Dreamer" (Trower, Reid) Robin Trower 5:35
3. "Playmate of the Mouth" Brooker 5:02
4. "Poor Mohammed" (Trower, Reid) Trower 3:06

2009 Salvo reissue[edit]

The 2009 Salvo reissue was remastered by Nick Robbins and features four bonus tracks. These tracks are "raw" tracks without overdubs and in the case of "Poor Mohammed" features just the backing track with Trower's lead guitar prominent.

2009 Salvo reissue bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
9. "Broken Barricades (Raw track)"   3:57
10. "Simple Sister (Raw track)"   5:49
11. "Poor Mohammed (Instrumental)" Trower, Reid 2:43
12. "Song for a Dreamer (King Jimi) (Instrumental)" Trower, Reid 4:56
Total length: 52:50


Procol Harum[edit]


  • Produced by Chris Thomas
  • Engineered by John Punter
  • Artwork and design by C.C.S. Associates
  • Photography by Pete Sanders


Year Chart Position
1971 UK Albums Chart 41[5]
1971 Billboard 200 32[6]
1971 Danish Albums Chart 5[7]


  1. ^ Greenwald, Matthew. "Broken Barricades overwiew". AllMusic. 
  2. ^ Melissa Mills, Mike Saunders. "Broken Barricades overwiew". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 1 October 2007. 
  3. ^ Robert Christgau. "Procol Harum consumer guide reviews". 
  4. ^ Booklet notes for the 2009 Salvo reissue, Patrick Humphries, 2009
  5. ^ "Procol Harum chart positions in the UK". The Official Charts Company. 
  6. ^ "Broken Barricades chart position in the US". Billboard. 
  7. ^