AM-1347-S Conquistador
Produced by Chris Thomas
Released on May 1972
UK CHART POSITION #22 . . . US CHART POSITION #16 (charted May 27, 1972 for 13 weeks)
Find it at GEMM
AM-1347-S w. picture sleeve
[high resolution scan]
 

W ith the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in tow, Procol Harum released their first live album and scored a surprise hit (I was surprised anyway) with their live version of “Conquistador.” As ELO could tell you, finding a balance between orchestral pomp and pop music isn’t easy, and as good a song as it is, “Conquistador” in person isn’t nearly as impressive. The same could be said for “A Salty Dog,” where again the audience waits until the end to applaud, as if unsure whether they’re at a rock concert or a classical performance. With pretentious offspring like this, it’s no wonder many critics grew tired of the prog movement.

TRACK LISTING

    UK 7-inch single
  1. CONQUISTADOR (LIVE)
  2. LUSKUS DELPH

    US 7-inch single
  3. CONQUISTADOR (LIVE)    (Gary Brooker/Keith Reid)    4:16
  4. A SALTY DOG (LIVE)    (Gary Brooker/Keith Reid)    5:37

    A&M Memories reissue
  5. A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
  6. CONQUISTADOR (LIVE)

CREDITS

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REGION RELEASE DATE LABEL MEDIA ID NUMBER FEATURES
UK 1972 Chrysalis 7" CHS 2003  
US/CAN May 1972 A&M 7" AM-1347-S  
US/CAN   A&M Memories 7" 8559  

 

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