Lost in the Looking-Glass

Comment Gary Brooker [Procol Harum]

Gary rang the 'Beyond the Pale' website on Boxing Day 2002, saying he was 'totally transfixed' by the Palers' Project album, which was playing in the background. He had listened to it all three times, and found it 'absolutely marvellous.' The following day, he commented as follows in a FAX:

" ... the Palers' Project album is to me what it must be like to listen to a new PH album. It was obvious, even a couple of tracks in, that this was no 'pastiche' but a great appreciation of past works. By the end I began to see how important the words had been! I always knew this but to see my tunes 'bunged out the window' was a pleasure; at no point was the original musical mood lost. The 'Palers' Project' certainly proved something I'd never dared to dream, that PH songs were coverable; of course they are, it just takes imagination and artistry!

The input with the "Project" was too numerous and inspired to point out let me tell you'all that it's been compulsive listening for Franky and I since Xmas day. "Well done" is not good enough, and I was really moved by every track.

If Procol weren't actually doing something now, that would have made me run out and "do it"!!!!!!"

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