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Procol Harum: A Salty Dog

John Mendelsohn, Rolling Stone, 31 May 1969

A Salty Dog is a confusing album. At its best it represents the group's greatest success to date with the brand of rock for which the group is known, at its worst it is both surprisingly mediocre and trivial. The most tenable explanation for this unevenness of quality is that Procol Harum, now produced from within by organist Matthew Fisher and boasting three songwriters where it once boasted one (or one and a half if you wish to consider Fisher's infrequent early contributions), is growing, but not without suffering growing pains.

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