Gary Brooker

Within Our House

  • AllMusic Rating
    9
  • User Ratings (0)
  • Your Rating

Within Our House Review

by William Ruhlmann

Procol Harum singer and pianist Gary Brooker organized a benefit concert at and for his local church, St. Mary's and All Saints, in Surrey, England, on September 28, 1996, and released a recorded version on his own mail-order label Gazza Records. Now picked up by the German Repertoire label, the album presents the unplugged, five-piece Gary Brooker Ensemble, whose members include former Pretenders guitarist Robbie McIntosh and Big Country drummer Mark Brzezicki, accompanied by a chorus and string quartet playing a combination of classical pieces, gospel adaptations, and songs from Procol Harum's catalog. (The title song is a newer one written by Brooker and his lyric collaborator Keith Reid.) The result is a charming chamber work with wonderfully detailed sound that illuminates the roots of Procol Harum's music in its classical antecedents. Neatly marking the 25th anniversary of the group's popular album Procol Harum Live in Concert with The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, it manages to define the inevitable closing song, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," as part of a tradition including Vaughan Williams and even that noted composer Henry VIII.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
Gary Brooker feat: Geoffrey Williams 00:56 Amazon
2 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 01:27 Amazon
3
Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 01:21 Amazon
4 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 02:56 Amazon
5 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 04:12 Amazon
6 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 06:02 Amazon
7
Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 03:42 Amazon
8 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 05:11 Amazon
9 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 03:41 Amazon
10 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 01:30 Amazon
11 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 03:29 Amazon
12 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 03:28 Amazon
13 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 04:29 Amazon
14 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 04:50 Amazon
15 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 04:52 Amazon
16 Gary Brooker feat: Chameleon Arts Chorus / Chameleon Arts String Quartet 06:48 Amazon
blue highlight denotes track pick