Procol Harum: ‘Grand Hotel’ CD/DVD Reissue Details – 2018



Here’s a look at the new Grand Hotel 2 Disc expanded reissue from Procol Harum, out June 29th via Esoteric Recordings/Cherry Red Records.

NEW EXPANDED 2 DISC (CD / DVD) EDITION OF THE CLASSIC ALBUM BY PROCOL HARUM

WITH FIVE BONUS TRACKS (THREE PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) & A DVD (NTSC / REGION FREE) OF THE BELGIAN TV FILM “PROCOL HARUM” – FIRST BROADCAST IN NOVEMBER 1973, RELEASED ON DVD FOR THE FIRST TIME

RESTORES THE ORIGINAL ALBUM ARTWORK & BOOK, ALONG WITH A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED BOOKLET WITH ESSAY BY PROCOL HARUM AUTHORITY ROLAND CLARE FEATURING EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW QUOTES FROM GARY BROOKER

Esoteric Recordings are pleased to announce the release of an expanded 2 disc edition of the acclaimed Procol Harum album Grand Hotel. Released in March 1973 the album was the first to feature a line-up of Gary Brooker (piano, vocals), Alan Cartwright (bass), Chris Copping (organ), Mick Grabham (guitars) and B.J. Wilson (drums) and was remarkable for its musical diversity and was hailed as “A masterpiece of musical perfection and lyricism” by the NME weekly music paper. From the sumptuously orchestrated title track, to compositions such as ‘For Liquorice John’, ‘Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)’, ‘Bringing Home The Bacon’, ‘Toujours L’Amour’ and ‘Robert’s Box’ – Grand Hotel defied classification but remains one of Procol Harum’s best loved and most admired works.

This expanded two disc edition includes five bonus tracks, (three previously unreleased), taken from the early recording sessions, along with a DVD (NTSC / Region Free) featuring a previously unreleased performance filmed for RTBF television in Belgium from November 1973. The release also features a replica of the book included with the original LP of “Grand Hotel” and a further lavishly illustrated booklet featuring material from Gary Brooker’s personal archive and an essay by Procol Harum authority Roland Clare featuring comments from Gary Brooker.

DISC ONE:

1. GRAND HOTEL
2. TOUJOURS L’AMOUR
3. A RUM TALE
4. TV CEASAR
5. A SOUVENIR OF LONDON
6. BRINGING HOME THE BACON
7. FOR LIQUORICE JOHN
8. FIRES (WHICH BURNT BRIGHTLY)
9. ROBERT’S BOX

BONUS TRACKS
10. GRAND HOTEL (WITHOUT ORCHESTRA)
11. BRINGING HOME THE BACON (RAW TRACK featuring Dave Ball)
12. TOUJOURS L’AMOUR (EARLY VERSION) *
13. FIRES (WHICH BURNT BRIGHTLY) (EARLY VERSION) *
14. ROBERT’S BOX (EARLY VERSION) *

* PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

DISC TWO (DVD) NTSC – Region 0

“PROCOL HARUM” RTBF TV, BELGIUM
25 NOVEMBER 1973

1. BRINGING HOME THE BACON
2. GRAND HOTEL
3. FIRES (WHICH BURNT BRIGHTLY)
4. A SALTY DOG
5. A RUM TALE
6. CONQUISTADOR
7. FOR LIQUORICE JOHN
8. POWER FAILURE
9. A SOUVENIR OF LONDON

PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED

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