The Long Goodbye (Procol Harum album)
|The Long Goodbye|
|Studio album by Procol Harum|
|Released||18 July 1995|
|Recorded||April 1994 – March 1995|
|Procol Harum chronology|
The Long Goodbye (The Symphonic Music of Procol Harum) was released in 1995. Strictly speaking, this is not a Procol Harum album; it was produced by Gary Brooker with various guest musicians many of whom are or were members of Procol Harum. For example, Robin Trower and Matthew Fisher appear on only one track – "Repent Walpurgis," which Fisher composed.
Unlike all the other songs on the album, the title track has never been officially released by Procol Harum. It was a Gary Brooker solo single and included on the Gary Brooker solo album Echoes in the Night, which was co-produced by Brooker and Fisher, who also co-composed the song's music. Its lyrics were written by Procol Harum's Keith Reid and Procol's B.J. Wilson played drums on the track.
- "Grand Hotel"
- "Simple Sister"
- "A Salty Dog"
- "Pandora's Box"
- "A Whiter Shade of Pale"
- "Repent Walpurgis"
- "(You Can't) Turn Back the Page"
- "Strangers in Space"
- "Butterfly Boys"
- "The Long Goodbye"
- Matthew Fisher – church organ on "Repent Walpurgis"
- Dave Bronze – bass
- Mark Brzezicki – drums
- Robin Trower – guitar on "Repent Walpurgis"
- Geoff Whitehorn – guitar
- Andy Fairweather Low – guitar
- Gary Brooker – piano, accordion and harpsichord and vocals
- Keith Reid – lyrics
- Tom Jones – vocals on "Simple Sister"
- Jerry Hadley – vocals on "Grand Hotel"
- James Galway – flute on "Pandora's Box"
Regardless of all the above named musicians, the predominant sound on the album is the orchestra.
- Ruhlmann, William (2011). "The Long Goodbye: Symphonic Music of Procol Harum - Procol Harum | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 12 August 2011.
- ProcolHarum.com - ProcolHarum.com's page on this album