Procol Harum will release a new studio album, Novum, on CD and double LP on April 21, 2017 via Eagle Records. The band’s first studio album in 14 years and their 13th overall, Novum follows 2003’s The Well’s on Fire. Novum is released as the band celebrates their 50th anniversary, in addition to undertaking a U.K. and European tour. The album release will be preceded by the single “Sunday Morning,” which is coming out April 7.
The cover artwork of Novum, done by Julia Brown, references elements of the sleeve of the band’s eponymous 1967 debut album. Half a century ago, powered by the huge and ongoing success of their debut single “A Whiter Shade Of Pale,” Procol Harum went on to help define the progressive rock genre while at the same time embracing their roots in blues and soul. “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” continues to be one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Procol Harum has been an evolving musical force from the first performance in ’67, but always led by founding member, singer, pianist, and composer Gary Brooker. Most of today’s PH line-up has been playing together since the early ’90s, including bassist Matt Pegg (Jethro Tull, Ian Brown), drummer Geoff Dunn (Jimmy Page, Dave Stewart, Van Morrison), guitarist Geoff Whitehorn (Roger Chapman, Paul Rodgers, Roger Daltrey), and Hammond organ player Josh Phillips (Pete Townsend, Midge Ure).
Gary Brooker says, “Our last studio album was in 2003, and with 2017 being 50 years of Procol Harum, something special was needed, which has resulted in a new album of new songs with the band as we’ve stood for the past decade, all contributing with producer Dennis Weinreich to make what I believe to be one of the finest Procol Harum albums ever, Novum. Just listen!”
Novum not only marks 50 years of amazing music, but it’s also the next step for the band. Its songs have been written and created by the whole band, with most of them featuring words by Pete Brown, best known for his songwriting collaboration with Jack Bruce and the members of Cream. This collaboration has given a different feel to the songs, retaining the thought-provoking content for which PH has always been known, but with a different slant and elements of humor.
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NOVUM TRACK LISTING
1.) I Told on You
2.) Last Chance Motel
3.) Image of the Beast
5.) Don’t Get Caught
7.) Sunday Morning
9.) Can’t Say That
10.) The Only One