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Procol Harum - "Conquistador (Live)"


Procol Harum Conquistador (Live)

Release Type: User
Audio Type: Single-track
Reductions: Yes (Auto/CAT)
Pitched Vocals: Yes
Vocals Gender: Male (1)

Band:
Guitar:
Drums:
Vocals:
Bass:
Keys:
Pro Keys:
Pro Guitar:
Pro Bass:

Author Notes

The live version recorded with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra back in 1972. This song features haunting lyrics that paint a, not-so-good-look on the future. A great song for the keys and has a very fun drum chart. Arpeggios from the bass and guitar keep the chorus thumping and the orchestra adds that extra bit of sound to fill out the room (or headphones). 
 
The artwork for this album is really cool as well, being a cartoonist rendition of the actual stage. And after seeing the setup of the stage you can picture the concert in your brain as the album plays. Everything has good separation but also works as a gear to make the song come together.
 
Now I'm pretty sure the only reason I'm aware of this song is because of a Canadian radio law that states about 30% (something like that?) of a radio stations songs have to be Canadian. So we tend to hear a lot more Rush, The Band, Tragically Hip, then our red white and blue counterparts. Since this song features the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra I imagine that qualified the song to fit as part of that 30%. And seeing as how the band is British you get hit two birds with one stone with this track!
 
In fact, I know this version of the song more then the studio version!
 
Check it out! It's a great tune (and cheap on vinyl too!)



5 Comments

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FarFromTheHill
April 12, 2019

Thanks for sharing, Mr. B!

 

Found it on YouTube which, minor point, says 1971: (maybe the album was released in '72?)

 

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MrBurpler
April 12, 2019

Thanks for sharing, Mr. B!

 

Found it on YouTube which, minor point, says 1971: (maybe the album was released in '72?)

Recorded Nov, 1971
Released April, 1972

According to Wikipedia anyway

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AJFOne23
April 12, 2019

Awesome choice!

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FarFromTheHill
April 12, 2019

Recorded Nov, 1971
Released April, 1972

According to Wikipedia anyway

 

Thanks for the clarification. Lots of excellent music released in that period!

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manbeek
April 12, 2019

Thank you!