Procol Harum "live" on BBC's Top of the Pops December 26, 1967. Only Gary Brooker's vocals are live (i.e., in real time on the TV show); the rest of the band members are miming. The instrumentals audio is just the studio (album) track. So this is Brooker singing live on TV over the previously recorded (canned) studio track instrumentals. No one is really playing an instrument that can be heard.
This video represents one fan's mental images inspired by the lyrics of "A Whiter Shade of Pale". It is NOT an attempt to weave together a meaning-full, continuous, coherent, beginning-to-end story about/based on the song's lyrics. The Internet is filled with those debates about the "meaning" of the lyrics, right? It's just, like, an image flow that accompanies the lyrics.
[ For the actual video footage from the performance on Top of the Pops, see my "A Whiter Shade of Pale (HIGHEST RES ON YT) - 'Live' Top of the Pops 1967": www.youtube.com/watch?v=WYsj40dIZFY ]
To understand how deep my motivation is, you need to understand that AWSoP has been my far and away, overall favorite song of all time for 43 years.
Please let me know whether you like it or hate it.
("Extra Credit" Section: Find the "Easter Egg": There is one image (clue: very late) in the video that hints at the purported allusion to Chaucer's "The Miller's Tale". Let me know if you find it...)
Thanks for looking in.
Tools employed: MS Photo Editor (!), Womble MPEG Video Wizard
Great use of images Whitershadepale . Much appreciated.
Btw I never knew that there were in fact 2 additional verses that were never used on the record - the third verse was sometimes sung in concert.
Verses 3 & 4 are:
She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,' though in truth we were at sea so I took her by the looking glass and forced her to agree saying, 'You must be the mermaid who took Neptune for a ride.' But she smiled at me so sadly that my anger straightway died
If music be the food of love then laughter is its queen and likewise if behind is in front then dirt in truth is clean My mouth by then like cardboard seemed to slip straight through my head So we crash-dived straightway quickly and attacked the ocean bed
Post by whitershadepale on Jul 6, 2010 10:28:32 GMT
@ maddogfagin: Yes maddog is correct about two extra "lost" verses --- please see YouTube video by YT Username "rdcu" named "whiter shade of pale (both extra verses) - Procol harum" www.youtube.com/watch?v=PYBqv3NIqho . [This is of course not early (1967-1970s) PH, but rather some recent (2000's) incarnation with Booker on vocals and...? other band members.] I can take or leave the image choices, but they are certainly maritime-oriented ;-} .
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