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Procol Harum

Spirit Of Nøkken (Download)

Format: Digital
Cat. No.: DDSALV032
Barcode: 0698458813282
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“As we walk Across the bridge we feel the Spirit of Nøkken”

Procol Harum’s previous seven live collections have all shown that something magical persistently happens when the compositions of Gary Brooker, Keith Reid and co. leave the studio to blossom in front of live crowds of any nationality. Spirit of Nøkken continues that dynamic tradition. The bulk of this hour-long album comes from a concert played in St Petersburg on 14 October 2009. 

The ‘Living Lenses’ sculpture collective treated the Ypsilon suspension-bridge, right by the evening’s venue, as a gigantic harp: sensors capture footsteps crossing its hundred-yard span, and hidden computers relay them mingled with river-sounds and the wind in the wires to resonate inside the steel balls. Here they blend with local voices singing to the legendary shapeshifter, Nøkken, who plays his Hardanger fiddle in rivers or under waterfalls, and lures unwary listeners into the deeps. Procol Harum, photographing the spheres, were taken by the ghostly keening, and recreated it at soundcheck to book-end Kaleidoscope. As with the Alexandrov in Petersburg, this imaginative local homage made the evening’s magic even more potent.

When will rock radio-stations finally ‘get’ Procol Harum, their subversive humour, their virtuosity and their supreme heaviness? Let us hope the Spirit of Procol, as heard on these sparkling live tracks, will lure all listeners – if they venture ‘across the bridge’ into the depths of their superb music.

DIGITAL
1. TV Ceasar (Live in St Petersburg 2009) (Live in St Petersburg 14 October 2009)
2. Beyond The Pale (Live in St Petersburg 2009) (Live in St Petersburg 14 October 2009)
3. Taking The Time (Live in St Petersburg 2009) (Live in St Petersburg 14 October 2009)
4. Barnyard Story (Live in St Petersburg 2009) (Live in St Petersburg 14 October 2009)
5. Whaling Stories (Live in St Petersburg 2009) (Live in St Petersburg 14 October 2009)
6. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Live in St Petersburg 2009) (Live in St Petersburg 14 October 2009)
7. Wall Street Blues (Live in Hagen, Germany 2009) (Live in Hagen, Germany 8 October 2009)
8. Kaleidoscope (Live in Drammen, Norway 2009) (Live in Drammen, Norway 10 October2009)
9. Cerdes (Outside The Gates Of)[Live in Brønnøysund, Norway 2009] (Live in Brønnøysund, Norway 17 July 2009)