The most striking thing, playing over what is a regular electric band, is the organ, which is a Hammond with a Leslie box, that quavering, church sound.
It's a studio recording but it has a real live feel, in the timbre . . . it's as if there's a subliminal roar in the background. The lyric is very, very vague, so it works like poetry for me, allowing you to put your own interpretation on it:
'We skipped the light fandango, / Turned cartwheels cross the floor, / I was feeling kind of seasick, / The crowd yelled out for more.'
The vocal is very clear and runs through a fair range, and the technique of the band is good, but you hardly notice it. The guitar, for instance, is just rhythm guitar, and it's buried in the overall sound.
The whole thing is very evocative in an abstract sense, but I don't want to get too literal about what 'a whiter shade of pale' could be. You would lose the magic, and to me, it wouldn't be music any more.'
Country singer Jimmie Dale Gilmour's CD 'Spinning Around the Sun' is out on Elektra
'A Whiter Shade of Pale' is on the 'Procul Harum Collection' (Castle Collector CCSCD 120)
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