When I met Keith, seeing his words, I thought, 'I'd like to write something to that. You don't have to know what he means, as long as you communicate an atmosphere. It's a memory. There was a leaving, and a sadness about it. To get the soul of those lyrics across vocally, to make people feel that, was quite an accomplishment.
But it is also heard throughout, playing variations of its theme and counterpointing the vocal line. The vocal and organ accompaniament reach a crescendo at the beginning of the chorus "And so it was, and later The final instrumental fades out to silence - a common device in pop music of the time. The vocal verses are yet more loosely based on that melody, though the lyrics are extremely obscure for a pop song.
Obviously influenced by the free-association imagery of Bob Dylan, it did not necessarily but could have been impressions of a drug experience, and not a particularly good one, despite the soothing melody.
Drums were by session drummer Bill Eyden. Jan Hammer is highly guarded about the settings and methods he uses to achieve his incredible guitar sounds on synths. Jimmy Smith and Jimmy McDuff, older Hammond jazz players, are also notoriously recalcitrant about offering their secrets. It was with this in mind, that I approached Matthew Fisher at the Palers' Party following Procol's Lewisham gig with my insolent question about his secret sound.
I was aware of what I had to do. Matthew came up to me first strangely, and said hello. Flabbergasted already, I made a keen attempt at remaining calm and shook his hand. The hand alone, the hand that made me want to learn how to play, was offered in friendship and in the spirit of the event. After initial amenities, I made my desire known. I felt as if I was about to break into the Sacristy of a centuries-old cathedral and steal the chalice from its revered place of hiding. I just know that he was a "Hollie" for one song "Harlequin" in Might have been an interesting vocal harmony sound with him as lead singer.
But I'm thankful that Allan came back because he has given us a lot of good songs before and after the Rickfors era.
Posted:Sun Jul 26, am. Posted:Sun Jul 26, pm. Didn't he have a deal with The Hollies that he stays with them while he is allowed realising solo projects? Thanks Geoff - a minefield of information as usual. At least my memory wasn't too far out.
Posted:Mon Jul 27, am. Oh, those were surprising news for me in many ways. Allan was not satisfied with "A Crazy Steal"?? I don't have any idea why.
It's a real good album. And there is a version of "Harlequin" with Gary Brooker singing lead in the archives? Oxford Dictionary of Modern Quotations. Oxford: Oxford University Press. The Oxford Dictionary of Quotations.
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