APL1-0195 Journey's End
Produced and arranged by Matthew Fisher
Released on 1973
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M atthew Fisher knew he was exiting the fame train when he left Procol Harum. And that seems to be the point of Journey’s End: to tell you why he left, what he felt like after he left, how he plans to live his post-Procol life. Interesting if you’ve built a cult around AWSoP, but not so for the rest of us. When Peter Gabriel addressed his departure from Genesis in “Solsbury Hill,” it was electrifying for me because (1) it’s a great song, and (2) that moment was the source of much speculation on my part. But I actually had to go back through my archives to see when Matthew Fisher left Procol Harum because, really, I’d never given it any thought. So the residual bitterness that informs a “Going for a Song,” “Play the Game” or “Journey’s End” is like in-fighting to an outsider. I don’t understand the bitterness because I didn’t follow the story. What I end up following here are interesting melodies that suggest Mott, The Band and John Cale on a modest scale. Matthew Fisher doesn’t have much of a voice, he’s not much of a lyricist either, and without the mythology of a Keith Moon or Steve Howe behind him it’s hard to see the small triumphs of Journey’s End as a journey that will lead someplace. He did release a few more albums, and if those have pictures of fetching women in field hockey uniforms I’ll probably be buying those too (damn you, Kenny Everett). Otherwise, probably not.

APL1-0195 inner gatefold APL1-0195 back cover
APL1-0195 inner gatefold APL1-0195 back cover

TRACK LISTING

  1. SUZANNE    2:51
  2. GOING FOR A SONG    4:18
  3. PLAY THE GAME    4:31
  4. SEPARATION (THEME FROM THE FILM)    3:25
  5. HARD TO BE SURE    4:06
  6. MARIE    4:23
  7. NOT THIS TIME    3:30
  8. INTERLUDE    4:33
  9. JOURNEY'S END (PART 1)    4:26
  10. JOURNEY'S END (PART 2)    2:27

    All songs written by Matthew Fisher

CREDITS

MATTHEW FISHER -- vocals, organ, piano, guitar
MICK HAWKSWORTH -- bass
GEOFF SWETTENHAM -- drums
Tony Burrows -- harmonies (3)
John Carter -- harmonies (3)
Bobby Harrison -- harmonies (2)
David Katz -- string and brass selections
Ken Lewis -- harmonies (3)
Del Newman -- conductor
Ronnie Lyons -- executive producer
Bob -- engineer
Rufus Cartwright -- engineer
Gary Edwards -- remix engineer
Geoff Emerick -- remix engineer
Ashley Howe -- engineer
Andy Morris -- engineer
Acy Lehman -- album cover design
David Bailey -- photography

REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1973 RCA LP SF-8380 gatefold cover
US 1973 RCA LP/8T APL1/APS1-0195 gatefold cover
UK 2000 Beat Goes On CDX BGOCD-505 repackaged w. I'LL BE THERE

 

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