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Procol Harum — A Salty Dog
Album: A Salty Dog
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6.7

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Released: 1969
Length: 4:29
Plays (last 30 days): 0
"All hands on deck, we've run afloat"
I heard the captain cry
"Explore the ship, Replace the cook
Let no one leave alive"
Across the straits, around the horn
How far can sailors fly?
A twisted path, our tortured course
And no one left alive

We sailed for parts unknown to man
Where ships come home to die
No lofty peak nor fortress bold
Could match our captain's eye
Upon the seventh sea-sick day
We made our port of call
A sand so white and sea so blue
No mortal place, at all

We fired the guns and burned the mast
And rowed from ship to shore
The captain cried, we sailors wept
Our tears were tears of joy
Now many moons and many Junes
Have passed since we made land
Salty Dog, the seaman's log
Your witness in my own hand
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A solid 10 for me - it's so evocative. I can almost smell the salt in the air. Haven't heard this on RP yet, but it'll brighten my day when it next pops up.
such a low score, do not understand, for me it is 9
 inbagt wrote:
Wait, this isn't Peter Gabriel and Genesis?

 
HA - I think the world was created in 1982.  Wasn't it?
magical
Yes... hot dogs are full of sodium.
Brilliant segue from RH Codex Bill!
Clémence says thanks for this song
Wait, this isn't Peter Gabriel and Genesis?
 VV wrote:
Looks like a High School student won the right to design the album cover.

 
The cover art was a parody of this old British cigarette brand's packaging.  Not quite as well-executed though.
player's navy cut
I saw them live the same summer as A Whiter Shade of Pale was released. To dispel the idea that the album cover was designed  by a child, it is a copy of the artwork for a packet of Players Navy Cut cigarettes, a British brand and which was first used in this form in 1888. So probably about 100 years before those making the comment were even born.
as i get older, the more i fall in love with procol harum.

would have loved to have seen them live.
 VV wrote:
Looks like a High School student won the right to design the album cover.

 
“It took me four years to paint like Raphael, but a lifetime to paint like a child.”

Pablo Picasso

 DavidFromHouston wrote:
Doesn't this sound just like "My Head Feels Like That" by Peter Gabriel?

 
It has similar phrasing on the piano, but different chords.  Anyhow, this song precedes that one by about 32 years.
 VV wrote:
Looks like a High School student won the right to design the album cover.

 
Hey,,, my kid did that,,,, what are you saying?
Doesn't this sound just like "My Head Feels Like That" by Peter Gabriel?
Looks like a High School student won the right to design the album cover.
Landmark album, my brother bought it and it took me a while to peel away the layers and fully understand what a great album this was, with their best lineup as well. Thanks for playing this.
 Will62 wrote:
"Walk On, Walk On, With Hope In Your Heart"
"You Are So Beautiful To Meeeeeeeeeeee"
And a pale imitation at that. 
Guff 

 
Yep, that's guff all right. It's nothing like either of those.
An easy 9. You have to listen more than once to appreciate how good the entire album is.
Avarage rating 6.6??? {#Snooty} 
Maybe just for the cover art.... 
 dc_zee wrote:
Why did the Cook need replacing?

 
exactley and why did they not want anyone to leave alive?
Why did the Cook need replacing?
9
 Skydog wrote:
is ho-hum for rating number 3 the same as lame? 

 
I worked that out eventually - I give them a 1


"Walk On, Walk On, With Hope In Your Heart"
"You Are So Beautiful To Meeeeeeeeeeee"
And a pale imitation at that. 
Guff 
Saw them two years ago in Ottawa. With the full National Arts Centre Orchestra outside on stage and even a seagull circling overhead. It was epic.
 

                      Ain't  Hollywood but maybe a Soap Opera

                I am a soldato of my Goddess.No, No, No sold off.
                 You can give the moon but she won't  sell sunctuary
              Eventually we'll become to a salt year friend Söldner
                              Praise be wih my sorry XTCick.
                          Mother of all inventions is a necessity.
is ho-hum for rating number 3 the same as lame? 


Being an ancient Prog Head, I can't believe I didn't listen to these guys back in the day. Thanks, Bill, for fixing that. 
Never heard this before! Find I like it... though generally not a fan of Procol Harum. Suprisingly good low end on this recording considering when it was made - long before digital.
Wasn't a big fan when this was new but PH were outstanding at Wolf Trap a few years back. One of those old bands definitely still worth seeing.
 Fa-Fa-Loo wrote:
Good blast from the past!  I love RP!
 
 

Amazed I have never heard this before. Only their "other" popular song...
Love it...  Am I just getting old when I say that they don't make 'em like this anymore?
As good as 'Whiter Shade of Pale' is this is my favorite Procol Harum song. I saw them perform in Nashville in 1972, but they were clearly outdone by their opening act, a new group who just came out with their first album-The Eagles. But I went to this concert to hear this song which is timeless.
One of my favorite songs of all time !
still sounds amazing after 40+ years 
 g3diego wrote:
Great song and even better Album!  A true classic.

 
Yep {#Boohoo}
OUTSTANDING. Some of us ARE dated!
 PFM wrote:
Why replace the cook?

 
I guess it's because the cook is the default suspect if the crew is showing symptoms of poisoning.
so dated and SO good...an all-time fave
Great song and even better Album!  A true classic.
pretty dated, this
 calypsus_1 wrote:

BLack Lab by ~eidolic
charles black  ©2007-2010 ~

This is my cousin's dog. he past away a couple years ago; great dog. he commissioned me to do this. he spent his life in the UP of michigan so i figured a snow scene would be appropriate. i think i went through a dozen mech pencils for this one. i didn't use any blending really so i ate up my lead pretty fast. i like it.

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My boy past in Dec. Thank you for your lovely peice. Beautiful....

 


 calypsus_1 wrote:

BLack Lab by ~eidolic
charles black  ©2007-2010 ~

This is my cousin's dog. he past away a couple years ago; great dog. he commissioned me to do this. he spent his life in the UP of michigan so i figured a snow scene would be appropriate. i think i went through a dozen mech pencils for this one. i didn't use any blending really so i ate up my lead pretty fast. i like it.

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Wish I had half your talent. Love the eyes. 
Why replace the cook?
 Jim_Highfield wrote:
A masterpiece. Enough said.
 

Indeed!!    {#Cheers}
Try Zuccero's version Nel cosi blu, even better
I always had a soft spot for this song, from the first time I heard it. 
A masterpiece. Enough said.
..after Morcheeba's The Sea?..nicely played, RP!..
Oh what memories that brings back! Salty days and nights
I really don't like this song I  find the music and the singers voice to be rather irritating.
 lily34 wrote:
i don't know why. but this song makes me sad...tears at my heart a little bit. not that that is bad.
 
The stately rhythm and sudden minor chords are probably why. I feel the same way as you. Let's be sad together. Not that it's a bad thing, right?
i don't know why. but this song makes me sad...tears at my heart a little bit. not that that is bad.
 Gregorama wrote:
It appears you had to be there to apprciate it. The hate here is pitiful. Yes, please go listen to your soulless, autotuned robo-pop.
 
Is that really the only other option to this?  If you believe so you may occupy a small universe.  Anyhow, I've always liked this tune - cool arrangement.
It appears you had to be there to apprciate it. The hate here is pitiful. Yes, please go listen to your soulless, autotuned robo-pop.
Have I mentioned that this was Paul McCartney's favorite band?
Hee Hee... 
 scraig wrote:
Tony Bennett needs to be put out to pasture.
 
Apparently you stumbled upon Radio Paradise when you really wanted a station that plays auto-tuned hip hop.
No morrrrrrrrrreeeeeeeeeeeeeee!
love this!
 scraig wrote:
Tony Bennett needs to be put out to pasture.

Huh? 
huh?
'Tony Bennett'?

One of the greatest songs ever, the cello lines are simply amazing.  When I first  heard this album in 67 I was amazed . Thanks RP for your amazing taste. Did I mention Tim Buckley  ??
Mr. President, you need to watch your sodium intake.
Aw, c'mon Bill, I gotta go to lunch!

And what's with all the low ratings today?  Is everyone suffering from November doldrums?

Tony Bennett needs to be put out to pasture.
This is one of those songs that has me reaching for the mute button on the third note. . . 
Brooker is one of rock's most underrated voices. I'd forgotten him until I came across Kate Bush's Aerial album and thought Steve Winwood was singing the duet with Queen Kate.

The first Genesis album (the only one on Decca) was released in 1969 (Form Genesis to Revelation). Unlike later efforts, it truely sucked, as they must have wanted the group to sound like The Moody Blues. Subsequent work on Charisma fixed all that, and we enjoyed many entertaining efforts in the 70s from Genesis.
Others have also mentioned this...there is no need to repeat it.

 boober wrote:
I've mentioned this once before but worth repeating...
Paul McCartney was asked in the mid-70's who his favorite band is.....he said quickly....Procol Harum.
I want to go to Gary Brooker's pub in England and have a pint with him and listen to him sing at the piano.
 


This is one of those songs that takes you back to a time and place (40 years) you can't forget!

THE LAST HOUR HAS BEEN SOUNDING POOR?  i WILL LOOK AROUND BUT ......


 xtalman wrote:

Maybe a little but I think they are contemporaries more then anything.  Genesis was formed in the early 70's.

 

Nope, Genesis was formed in 1967 (as was Procul Harum).


 bindi wrote:
Tell me that Genesis was not influenced by these guys. . .pioneers, I say!   {#Clap}
 
Maybe a little but I think they are contemporaries more then anything.  Genesis was formed in the early 70's.

 moonsaura wrote:
or Peter Gabriel...

 
bindi wrote:
Tell me that Genesis was not influenced by these guys. . .pioneers, I say!   {#Clap}
 
 
Um.... Peter Gabriel who was IN Genesis before he went solo? That one you mean?

 bindi wrote:
Tell me that Genesis was not influenced by these guys. . .pioneers, I say!   {#Clap}
 
Wow, no joke. At least early Genesis. Not their later pap.

or Peter Gabriel...

 
bindi wrote:
Tell me that Genesis was not influenced by these guys. . .pioneers, I say!   {#Clap}
 


I like some of their songs, but this one sounds like they let the dog do the singing!{#Stop}
Tell me that Genesis was not influenced by these guys. . .pioneers, I say!   {#Clap}
 DaveInVA wrote:
Was released in June '69 and here is the artwork:



Thanks so much for that, what a time it was........................

 


I've mentioned this once before but worth repeating...
Paul McCartney was asked in the mid-70's who his favorite band is.....he said quickly....Procol Harum.
I want to go to Gary Brooker's pub in England and have a pint with him and listen to him sing at the piano.
wow, last time I heard Van the Man on the vocals from "a whiter shade of pale" , now I hear PG on this song

BLack Lab by ~eidolic
charles black  ©2007-2010 ~

This is my cousin's dog. he past away a couple years ago; great dog. he commissioned me to do this. he spent his life in the UP of michigan so i figured a snow scene would be appropriate. i think i went through a dozen mech pencils for this one. i didn't use any blending really so i ate up my lead pretty fast. i like it.

.

Was released in June '69 and here is the artwork:



 Limpopoking wrote:
I'm sure Bowie gave this more than one listen {#Think}
 

Very much like this song and other better known tunes from Procol Harum.

But having read mulitple Bowie biographies and hundreds of interviews of him I have never heard him mention the band or Gary Brooker.

He was the master of sucking up - and giving a shout out - to many many influences, famous and not so famous but no mention of Gary Brooker or Procul Harum.
this kinda thing is what gave prog a bad name.

I saw them live 1973 in Sweden, at Borgholm Castle. A nice and warm summer night, great show.


mute

love all PH—my era—saw 'em live in San Diego '72 in the Civic Concert Hall—drinks were excluded but yobies were passed—PS plz less of the eastern stuff—never found that soothing


Permission to come aboard Captain! :)
And i said it before,,Gary is my favvo singer !
 StevenQ wrote:

Procol put out albums, not songs. A Salty Dog (the album) was and is one of my favorites of that time. They didn't crraft nice little stand alone pop tunes. You sort of had to be willing to invest some listening time. The songs don't translate well to stand-alone play for someone who is not familiar with the body of work. Somebody below said something about the lyrics being "cliched and trite". HUH? You don't have to like it, but I cannot understand this comment. If anything, Procol was accused of almost the opposite of cliched — being overyly artsy and intellectual. I really can't imagine exactly which "cliches" these lyrics are guilty of restating. Procol had some of the most "poetic" or "literary" lyrics of any group I ever heard. In short, I'm not surprised that non-comtemporaries would not like this. You sort of had to be there. (that's not the same as saying we just liked it because we were stoned (-;) I mean, it was like, far out man, you dig?
 
   I do dig {#Yes} and agree,,you StevenQ are far out,,,man !{#Cowboy}
Gary Brooker....at his best.
a 10 if I've ever heard one.
...have i already said nice?..nice!..
 Hannio wrote:


Grand Funk - I'm Your Captain:  the worst song ever written.  Seriously.  I'd rather here the Macarena song or Achy-Breaky Heart than I'm Your Captain.
 
Written like a true country bumpkin from "so called" music town.

 jagdriver wrote:

I don't think Trower was yet with the group.

Grank Funk - I'm Your Captain
Steve Miller Band - Song For Our Ancestors
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
Heart - Song of the Sea

And, speaking of Robin Trower:

Sail On

 

Grand Funk - I'm Your Captain:  the worst song ever written.  Seriously.  I'd rather here the Macarena song or Achy-Breaky Heart than I'm Your Captain.
Too bad this album isn't available with today's audio quality.  Hard to listen without wondering what I am missing...
I'm sure Bowie gave this more than one listen {#Think}
meh
This was the B-Side of the Conquistador 45 single. It's been probably 35 years since I've heard this. It's cool to hear it again. Then, I would have given it a '7'.  Today, probably a '7'.

 jagdriver wrote:

I don't think Trower was yet with the group.

Grank Funk - I'm Your Captain
Steve Miller Band - Song For Our Ancestors
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
Heart - Song of the Sea

And, speaking of Robin Trower:

Sail On

 
Trower joined Gary Brooker early, like around '67, so I'm sure he was there in '69 when A Salty Dog came out.

Good list, Jag!

This whole album has a nautical feel to it; very well put together and this one is a great way to begin it.
 nate917 wrote:
Not much for Robin Trower to do on this one.  I'd like to hear a sea-faring set that included this song and Warren Zevon's "Mutineer."

 
I don't think Trower was yet with the group.

Grank Funk - I'm Your Captain
Steve Miller Band - Song For Our Ancestors
Mountain - Nantucket Sleighride
Heart - Song of the Sea

And, speaking of Robin Trower:

Sail On

 ThePoose wrote:
Sir Paul was once asked about his favourite group. His reply: ''Procul Harum.''
 
And John repeatedly played A Whiter Shade of Pale on the record player he had mounted in the back of the psychedelic Rolls. You can picture him having a listen on his way over to Brian Jones' place (A.A. Milne's former estate, as in Winnie the Pooh) to get high(er).


My first ship took me far away from home as an 18 year old kid - loved this then and still do.  {#Cheers}
{#Stop}
Not much for Robin Trower to do on this one.  I'd like to hear a sea-faring set that included this song and Warren Zevon's "Mutineer."

{#Headache}
second album i ever purchased , still one of the best
...this sounds surprisingly similar to early genesis...

 ThePoose wrote:
Sir Paul was once asked about his favourite group. His reply: ''Procul Harum.''
 

I believe Procol Harum was the favorite of Douglas Adams, he of "The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy." I've always loved Gary Brooker's warm voice — even if the lyrics made no damn sense at all!
Monumental song!
 redtex wrote:

As if the Brits didn't use military power, slaves, decadent rich rulers to get where....oh, nevermind, you probably won't see the similarities. Hey, great song, eh?
 
Please don't forget the role of opium smuggling in building some of the biggest shipping, insurance, and finance businesses in the British Empire. 

caetydid wrote:
every single note is wasted
...as is every single note you post.
i've been listening for a couple of years and read the comments when I love or loathe a song-- this one finally moved me to register .... PAINFUL!
Or Egypt, or Greece, or China... ruthless wrote:
Ever been to Rome?
My god it's been a long time since I've heard this... very nice indeed.
wow. that's the flattest ratings distribution or straightest bell curve, I've ever seen on RP. Almost like the peak bars on an equalizer display would look while playing this snoozer.
I never get tired of this song.
AlienRelic wrote:
An empire based on military power and slavery, and damned little else, which collapsed after its population eventully became almost all slaves with only a very few of the extremely rich. The rich were absolutely decadent; the slaves had no incentive at all to preserve civilization. In it's heydey the Roman Empire produced some decent engineering works, a moderatly decent set of laws for those who weren't slaves, some fairly decent literature, very little science, very little philosophy, and not much else worth having. Give me the British Empire any time.
As if the Brits didn't use military power, slaves, decadent rich rulers to get where....oh, nevermind, you probably won't see the similarities. Hey, great song, eh?
caetydid wrote:
every single note is wasted
...as is every single letter of your message.