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Number 128

Procol Harum - A Whiter Shade of Pale (Deram DM126 - 1967)

If the big question surrounding Procol Harum's 1967 smash hit single A Whiter Shade of Pale is what's it all about? - then the short answer is that it really doesn't matter. Certainly not for the band, who had a number one hit with the single, which went on to sell over ten million copies worldwide. Basically written about a typical Swinging Sixties party, the song leans heavily on Bach, whilst the lyric borrows from a variety of places including Chaucer, gossip at the party and the obligatory girl leaves boy story. None of this matters, A Whiter Shade of Pale is simply a piece of psychedelic music, the sole intention to just wash over the listener. Which in my case, it does.