by Eric Berman
Song Of The Day - "Conquistador" by Procol Harum
Along with label-mates The Moody Blues, the classic Harum lineup featuring Gary Booker on piano and Robin Trower on guitar put the "prog" into progressive music! Their first single, "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" based on a Bach Aire, was an out of the box number one hit. At the time of its release, it was the only song they had in their repertoire, so they were forced to go back into the studio and whip up an album. This is the original 1967 version of the song from their debut album which would later be a hit in a 1971 live version backed by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra.