Παρασκευή, 23 Δεκεμβρίου 2016

1827-(Α' ΜΕΡΟΣ) a whiter shade of pale

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Α' ΜΕΡΟΣ
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Το Β' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1828
Το Γ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1829
Το Δ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1830
Το Ε' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1831
Το ΣΤ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1832
Το Ζ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1833
Το Η' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1834
Το Θ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1835
Το Ι' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1836 
Το ΙΑ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1837
Το ΙΒ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1838
Το ΙΓ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1839
Το ΙΔ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1840
Το ΙΕ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1841
Το ΙΣΤ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1842  
Το ΙΖ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1843  
Το ΙΗ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1844  
Το ΙΘ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1845 
Το Κ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1846  
Το ΚΑ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1847 
Το ΚΒ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1848 
Το ΚΓ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1849 
Το ΚΔ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1850 
Το ΚΕ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1851 
Το ΚΣΤ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1852 
Το ΚZ' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1853 
Το ΚH' ΜΕΡΟΣ στην Ανάρτηση Νο 1854 
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από http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYGXYxLI23s

patrick samson
a whiter shade of pale
Μουσική - Στίχοι: Gary Brooker-Keith Reid-Matthew Fisher 
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patrick samson, a lebanese singer who went to GREECE and then to italy in the mid 60s for a musical career
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We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well 've been closed

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, I'm home on shore leave,
Though in truth we were at sea
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, you must be the mermaid
Who took Neptune for a ride.
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

If music be the food of love
Then laughter is its queen
And likewise if behind is in front
Then dirt in truth is clean

My mouth by then like cardboard
Seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
And attacked the ocean bed

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale
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Demis Roussos  - Ντέμης Ρούσσος
A whiter Shade Of Pale
Μουσική - Στίχοι: Gary Brooker-Keith Reid-Matthew Fisher 
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ο Ντέμης το τραγουδά με ελαφρά αλλαγμένους μερικούς στίχους.....

We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels across the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well 've been closed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, I'm home on shore leave,
Though in truth we were at sea
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, you must be the mermaid
Who took Neptune for a ride.
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

If music be the food of love
Then laughter is its queen
And likewise if behind is in front
Then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
Seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
And attacked the ocean bed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale
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We skipped the light Fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was later
As the Miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale

------ organ solo ------

She said there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might just as well've been closed

------ organ solo ------

And so it was that later
As the Miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale, turned a whiter shade of pale
Turned a whiter shade of pale, turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was.... (fade)

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There is an unpublished second verse
that they included in concerts:

She said "I'm home on shore leave"
Though in truth we were at sea
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, "You must be the mermaid
Who took Neptune for a ride"
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straight 'way died

And still has one fourth verse (The original lyrics had four verses, of which only two are heard on the original recording. The third verse has been heard in live performances by Procol Harum, and more seldom also the fourth.

If music be the food of love
then laughter is its queen
and likewise if behind is in front
then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
seemed to slip straight through my head
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Tradução
Μετάφραση

Uma Máscara Branca

Nós dançamos o fandango alegre,
Giramos piruetas pelo salão.
Eu estava me sentido meio que enjoado,
Mas a multidão pedia mais.
O lugar estava zunindo mais forte por causa das pessoas
Enquanto o teto se movia rapidamente.
Quando nós pedimos outra bebida,
O garçom trouxe uma bandeja.

E assim foi que mais tarde,
Enquanto o dono do moinho contava sua história,
Que o rosto dela, no começo apenas vagamente,
Ficou com uma tonalidade mais clara

Ela disse? Não há motivo.
E a verdade é simples de se ver,
Mas eu divagava através das minhas cartas do baralho
E não poderia deixá-la em paz
Uma das dezesseis virgens puras
Que estavam partindo para a costa
E embora meus olhos estivessem abertos
Eles simplesmente podiam também ter ficado fechados.

E assim foi que mais tarde,
Enquanto o dono do moinho contava sua história,
Que o rosto dela, no começo apenas vagamente,
Ficou com uma tonalidade mais clara.
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Live in Ancient Theatre Of Dion, Dion, Greece, 7/8/2010
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08 03 2012 in Kiev
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in DION / Griechenland am 7. August 2010!
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Budapest concert 29. September 2009
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in CONCERT / on 10. May Bucharest 2008
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από https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tNiSB0G0c4U

Μανώλης Πασχαλίδης - Manolis Paschalidis
A Whiter Shade Of Pale 
Μουσική - Στίχοι: Gary Brooker-Keith Reid-Matthew Fisher
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Guitars and vocals by Manolis Paschalidis.
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We skipped a light fandango,
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor.
I was feeling kind of seasick,
But the crowd called out for more.
The room was humming harder,
As the ceiling flew away.
When we called out for another drink,
The waiter brought a tray.

And so it was that later,
As the miller told his tale,
That her face at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale.

She said there is no reason,
And the truth is plain to see
That I wandered through my playing cards,
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast.
And although my eyes were open,
They might just as well have been closed.

And so it was later,
As the miller told his tale,
That her face at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale.
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από https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cL7iNPbWYLg

Final Countdown Symphony 
A Whiter Shade of Pale
Μουσική - Στίχοι: Gary Brooker-Keith Reid-Matthew Fisher 
(instrumental) 
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The Final Countdown Symphony. A concert of Thessaloniki's State Symphony Orchestra with the guitarist of Europe, Kee Marcello, playing the song of Procol Harum, A Whiter Sade of Pale, based on a melody of J.S. Bach, in Damari Theater, Thessaloniki, 09-07-2009. Conductor Alexander Frey.
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Procol Harum
A Whiter Shade Of Pale 
Μουσική - Στίχοι: Gary Brooker-Keith Reid-Matthew Fisher 
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The debut song by the British band Procol Harum released in 1967. Reached No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967.
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We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda' seasick
the crowd called out for more
the room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
when we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray

and so it was that later
as a mirror told its tale
that her face at first just ghostly
turned a whiter shade of pale

She said: "There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see"
but I wandered through my playing cards
would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might just as well 've been closed

and so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face at first just ghostly
turned a whiter shade of pale..
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with the Danish National Concert Orchestra and choir at Ledreborg Castle, Denmark in August 2006
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"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the debut song by the British band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The single reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached #5 on the US charts, as well. It is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" #57 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
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We skipped the light fandango
And turned cartwheels cross the floor.
I was feeling kind of seasick
But the crowd called out for more.
The room was humming harder
And the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale.

She said "There is no reason,
And the truth is plain to see,"
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be,
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast,
And although my eyes were open
They might just just have well been closed.
And so it was that later,
As the miller told his tale,
That her face at first just ghostly
Turned a whiter shade of pale.

She said she wanted shore leave
Tho in truth we were at sea
So I took her by a looking glass
And forced her to agree,
Saying you must be the mermaid
Who took Neptune for a ride
Well she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died
And so it was, etc...
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Deutsche Uebersetzung

Wir tanzten den leichten Fandanga
schlugen Räder kreuz und quer
Ich fühlte mich irgendwie seekrank
jedoch die Menge schrie nach mehr
Der Saal begann zu kochen
während die Decke davon fegte
Als wir den nächsten Drink bestellten
brachte der Ober ein Tablett.

Und so kam es dann,
als der Müller seine Anekdoten zum Besten gab,
dass ihr Gesicht zu erst eher spukhaft
um eine Spur erbleichte.

Sie sagte, "Es gibt keinen Grund
und die Wahrheit ist offensichtlich."
Aber ich musterte mein Blatt
und wollte sie nicht als eine der 16 vestalischen Jungfrauen erscheinen lassen,
die zu neuen Ufern aufbrachen
Und es spielte keine Rolle, ob meine Augen
offen oder geschlossen waren.

Und so kam es dann,
als der Müller seine Anekdoten zum Besten gab,
dass ihr Gesicht zu erst eher spukhaft
um eine Spur erbleichte.
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1967
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This stereo version has been recorded prior to the well-known mono single version. It has been taken from a 4 tracks master, mixed and mastered by Tony Moulton in 1997 and for the first time available in the 3 CD "30th Anniversary Anthology" in 1997.
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Gary Brooker
Procol Harum: Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, Matthew Fisher, Robin Trower,
Chris Copping...
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We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
but the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale
She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well 've been closed
She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'
though in truth we were at sea
so I took her by the looking glass
and forced her to agree
saying, 'You must be the mermaid
who took Neptune for a ride.'
But she smiled at me so sadly
that my anger straightway died
If music be the food of love
then laughter is its queen
and likewise if behind is in front
then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
and attacked the ocean bed
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1967
καραόκε
(Original Instrumental) 
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We skipped the light Fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kind of seasick
but the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray
And so it was that later
as the Miller told his tale
that her face,
at first just ghostly
turned a whiter shade of pale
She said there is no reason
and the truth is plain to see
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
they might just as well 've been closed
And so it was that later
as the Miller told his tale
that her face,
at first just ghostly
turned a whiter shade of pale
And so it was...
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Testo della canzone (traduzione italiana)

Un'Ombra Più Bianca Del Pallido
Noi ignorammo il leggero Fandango
come carrelli ruotanti per tutto il pavimento
Io avevo una specie di mal di mare
ma la folla ci chiamava fuori per avere di più
La stanza stava canticchiando così forte
che il tetto stava per volare via
Quando chiedemmo un altro drink
il cameriere portò un vassoio
E fu così che più tardi
appena il Mugnaio raccontò la sua storia
che la sua faccia,
all'inizio solo pallida come un fantasma,
diventò un'ombra più bianca del pallido
Lei disse che non c'era ragione
e la verità è facile da vedere
Ma io vagai tra le mie carte da gioco
e non volevo lasciare che lei fosse
una delle sedici vestali vergini
che stavano partendo per la costa
E anche se i miei occhi erano aperti
potevano benissimo anche essere chiusi
E fu così che più tardi,
appena il Mugnaio raccontò la sua storia,
che la sua faccia,
all'inizio solo pallida come un fantasma,
diventò un'ombra più bianca del pallido
E così fu...
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live in Denmark 2006 
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1967
Back in the summer of 1967 most rock music was something you'd hear on the radio, a juke box, or from your own playing devices (phonograph or reel-to-reel tape). Some parts of the United States, Canada, and elsewhere were already broadcasting rock music on FM radio, in stereo whenever possible since many recordings were still in monaural. But for the most part, the world was still tuned to the AM band. Unless you heard a song on relatively sophisticated equipment from a reasonably close distance, you usually did not hear it under the best of conditions. It was not unusual at that time to have to guess at what some (or in some cases, all) of the lyrics were actually saying. If you could afford the LP the song was on, you might get an album cover that had the lyrics printed on the back or on an insert, but most of the time the lyrics were not available. Such was the case when I first heard "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" in the summer of '67 at the beach, courtesy of a well-stocked juke box. As I lay there at the clueless age of 13 on a large beach towel taking in the sun, I was entranced by its loveliness and, never having heard of Procol Harum, came to believe that Gary Brooker's powerful, soulful vocal was indeed that of a singer like Percy Sledge (also big at that time) or some new soul group. The classical organ was a great touch, but this was still soul music I thought.

What he was singing about I didn't have a clue! It didn't help that the lyricist, as it turned out on later investigation, was actually a poet and one who employed metaphor in a way not usually found in rock lyrics. Jim Morrison of The Doors was also a poet, and he could be just as inscrutable at times. Thanks to the Internet, most lyrics are now available online as well as some personal anecdotes concerning the songs discussed by the groups and artists themselves. So now we know this is about a couple who are dating, drinking and dancing up a storm in some pub, the patrons are enjoying the dancing and encouraging them to continue, but the young man is getting dizzy and tired and so they stop and sit down at their cozy little spot. The two order another drink, but they get a tray full of drinks instead, courtesy of the patrons buying them a round. Later, when things quiet down, the "miller" or barkeep regales upon his patrons a tale, apparently one that may be a good old fashioned ghost story. The impact of his story-telling is such that the girlfriend's face turns white. One more verse later, she becomes one of "sixteen vestal virgins" getting ready to leave for sea in the mind of the young man dating her. Of course his muse-like date is someone he wants to get into a bedroom as soon as possible. All this of course is being sung metaphorically as a kind of mariner's odyssey at sea. We never get to the third and fourth verses because they never appeared on the original 45 single or the album track. Two verses and three full choruses is what we get ... but apparently all's well that ends well here.

This song became a major hit in both the UK and the US, released in May 1967. It peaked at #1 in the UK on June 8, 1967 and #5 in the US on Billboard and Cash Box on August 12, 1967. It is considered one of the giant counterculture songs (sometimes called anthems) of the Summer of Love. With the power inherent in symbolism and metaphor so well-crafted in this song's lyrics, I have decided to follow the verses and chorus in my own manner on this video. Hope you enjoy the results.
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We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheel`s cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
but the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
When we called for a long drink
the waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale.

She said, There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see".
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might just as well 've been closed

And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale
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"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is a song by the British band Procol Harum. The single reached number-one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967 where it stayed for a total of six weeks.

With its haunting tonality and Bach flavouring (both provided by Hammond organist Matthew Fisher), vocals by Gary Brooker, and unusual lyrics by Keith Reid, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached #1 in several countries all over the world when released in 1967.

In the years since, it has become an enduring classic. In 2004, it was named the most-played record of the past 70 years in the United Kingdom by British performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited. More than 800 recorded cover versions by other artists are known.

The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only. On December 20, 2006, Matthew Fisher won 40% of the music's copyright value and future royalties in a court case which is subject to an appeal currently being heard. Gary Brooker has presently refused to be included on the credit while Matthew Fisher's name has been added.
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We skipped the light fandango
turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
but the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
as the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
the waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
as the miller told his tale
that her face, at first just ghostly,
turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, 'There is no reason
and the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
and would not let her be
one of sixteen vestal virgins
who were leaving for the coast
and although my eyes were open
they might have just as well 've been closed

She said, 'I'm home on shore leave,'
though in truth we were at sea
so I took her by the looking glass
and forced her to agree
saying, 'You must be the mermaid
who took Neptune for a ride.'
But she smiled at me so sadly
that my anger straightway died

If music be the food of love
then laughter is its queen
and likewise if behind is in front
then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
and attacked the ocean bed 
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1967.......#5 U.S. Billboard Hot 100, #1 UK Singles Chart, #1 Canada
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Live in Concert with The Danish National Orchestra & Choir at Ledreborg Castle 2006 Denmark
Gary Brooker, Matt Pegg, Josh Phillips, Geoff Whitehorn, Mark Brzezicki
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"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the debut single by the English rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The record reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached No. 5 on the US charts as well. One of the counterculture anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of fewer than 30 singles to have sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
With its haunting Bach-derived instrumental melody, soulful vocals, and unusual lyrics—by the song's co-authors Gary Brooker, Keith Reid, and organist Matthew Fisher — "A Whiter Shade of Pale" reached No. 1 in several countries when released in 1967. In the years since, it has become an enduring classic. It was the most played song in the last 75 years in public places in the UK (as of 2009), and the United Kingdom performing rights group Phonographic Performance Limited in 2004 recognised it as the most-played record by British broadcasting of the past 70 years. Also in 2004, Rolling Stone placed "A Whiter Shade of Pale" No. 57 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

In 1977, the song was named joint winner (along with Queen's "Bohemian Rhapsody") of the Best British Pop Single 1952--1977 at the Brit Awards. In 1998 the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. More than 1000 recorded cover versions by other artists are known. The song has been included in many music compilations over the decades and has also been used in the soundtracks of numerous films, including The Big Chill, Purple Haze, Breaking the Waves, The Boat That Rocked (in a sinking boat scene) and notably in Martin Scorsese's segment of New York Stories. Cover versions of the song have also been featured in many films, for example by King Curtis in Withnail and I and by Annie Lennox in The Net.

The original writing credits were for Brooker and Reid only. On 30 July 2009, Matthew Fisher won co-writing credit for the music in a unanimous ruling from the Law Lords.
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Procol Harum are a British rock band formed in 1967. They contributed to the development of progressive rock, and by extension, symphonic rock. Their best-known recording is their 1967 single "A Whiter Shade of Pale". Although noted for its baroque and classical influence, Procol Harum's music also embraces the blues, R&B and soul. In October 2012, the band was nominated for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but were unsuccessful.
Based in Southend-on-Sea, Essex, the Paramounts, led by Gary Brooker and Robin Trower and including Chris Copping and B. J. Wilson, scored a moderate British success in 1964, with their version of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller's "Poison Ivy", which reached number 35 in the UK Singles Chart. Unable to generate any follow-up success, the group disbanded in 1966. The Paramounts were signed to EMI UK for their releases; until one day before Procol Harum linked with EMI UK again, they were called the Pinewoods. A last-minute offer from Chris Blackwell's fledgling Island Records label was given the thumbs down by Brooker and band.
In April 1967, Brooker began working as a singer-songwriter and formed Procol Harum with non-Paramounts Keith Reid (poet), Hammond organist Matthew Fisher, guitarist Ray Royer and bassist David Knights. Guy Stevens, their original manager, named the band after a friend's Burmese cat. The cat's Cat Fancy name was Procul Harun, Procul being the breeder's prefix.
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We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels 'cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale
She said, 'There is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.'
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

And so it was that later...
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from the full length concert DVD "Live at the Union Chapel"
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Live in Raleigh NC on 7/25/12
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1967/1989
Harry Dean Stanton
Bernie Taupan
Full Length Video
This video was created in 1989 by a group of professional video makers, who believed that they could create a video for a fantastic song from the past.
Songs that were released and were big hits, BEFORE videos were ever conceived.
These videos were aired on TV back in 1989, on a show called DEJA VIEW, hosted by John Sebastian.
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1967
This stereo version has been recorded prior to the well-known mono single version.
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ΠΛΗΡΗΣ ΕΚΔΟΣΗ....
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We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale


She said, there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well 've been closed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale


She said, I'm home on shore leave,
Though in truth we were at sea
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, you must be the mermaid
Who took neptune for a ride.
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale


If music be the food of love
Then laughter is its queen
And likewise if behind is in front
Then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
Seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
And attacked the ocean bed

And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale


And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

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1967
imágenes de la película "historias de new york"
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Classic #5 Hit From 1967 Presented Here In SIMULATED STEREO. Even Though The Original Song Was Recorded On Multitrack Tape, It Was Released Only In Mono. The Original Multitrack Tapes Have Not Been Found...Therefore, A TRUE STEREO Mix Can Not Be Created.
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About The Lyrics: Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, and Keith Reid are all credited for the writing of the lyrics...Reid got the title and the starting point for the song at a party. He overheard someone at the party saying to a woman, "You've turned a whiter shade of pale," and the phrase stuck in his mind. The original lyrics had four verses, of which only two are heard on the original recording. Claes Johansen, suggests that the song "deals in metaphorical form with a male/female relationship which after some negotiation ends in a sexual act. This song has been described as the "greatest acid lyric ever written" and it has often been associated with the evolving hippie scene of 1967. But Reid does reject this idea & has stated he never took acid when he wrote the lyrics, he called that theory "psychedelic blabber" It's like a jigsaw where you've got one piece, then you make up all the others to fit in. Reid also said the he was trying to conjure a mood as much as tell a straightforward, girl-leaves-boy story. With the ceiling flying away and room humming harder, I wanted to paint an image of a scene. I wasn't trying to be mysterious with those images, I wasn't trying to be evocative...
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Sat 30th Jan 2016 Minehead 
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(Live 22.07.2010 @ Keitelejazz, Äänekoski, FIN)
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(Live in Denmark 2006)
Photo : Nicolas Pham
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We skipped the light fandango
Turned cartwheels cross the floor
I was feeling kinda seasick
But the crowd called out for more
The room was humming harder
As the ceiling flew away
When we called out for another drink
The waiter brought a tray

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, there is no reason
And the truth is plain to see.
But I wandered through my playing cards
And would not let her be
One of sixteen vestal virgins
Who were leaving for the coast
And although my eyes were open
They might have just as well've been closed

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

She said, I'm home on shore leave,
Though in truth we were at sea
So I took her by the looking glass
And forced her to agree
Saying, you must be the mermaid
Who took neptune for a ride.
But she smiled at me so sadly
That my anger straightway died

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale

If music be the food of love
Then laughter is it's queen
And likewise if behind is in front
Then dirt in truth is clean
My mouth by then like cardboard
Seemed to slip straight through my head
So we crash-dived straightway quickly
And attacked the ocean bed

[Chorus]
And so it was that later
As the miller told his tale
That her face, at first just ghostly,
Turned a whiter shade of pale
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Procol Harum
A Whiter Shade Of Pale 
Μουσική - Στίχοι: Gary Brooker-Keith Reid-Matthew Fisher 
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ΣΥΝΕΧΕΙΑ στην ανάρτηση Νο 1828 
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