Title: Whisky Train

Artist: Procol Harum

Album: Home

Year Released: 1970

What It Is: About as far away from “A Whiter Shade Of Pale” as you can get. It showcases Robin Trower (one of the best relatively unknown guitarists in rock history – he made a lot of excellent solo records in the mid 70’s)

Riffage / Hookage: Oh, man. What A riff! You don’t need to be ‘heavy’ to have great riffs. This is a great demonstration of Procol Harum’s blues based tunes, as they moved farther away from the straight progressive rock (just as it was really going to take off).

Cowbell?: Is there cowbell? Is there cowbell? Just listen, man! My man Moose thinks this is the most cowbelliest song ever – though I hold out for “Everybody’s Got Something To Hide Except Me & My Monkey”. He claims foul on that because the bell may or may not be a cowbell. Ah, well. This song definitely supplies your RDA for cowbell!

Words Of Wisdom:“I’m gonna find a girl to make me choose
Between lovin’ her and drinking booze
I’m gonna lose these drinking blues

Obviously they don’t listen to country music, because women are the reason men drink, at least according to Nashville.

Mixology Report: Surprisingly, yes, unless someone doesn’t want to rock out!

Top Five Genius Results: “One Of The Boys” – Mott The Hoople
“Too Young To Know” – UFO
“Action” – Sweet
“Rocka Rolla” – Judas Priest
“California Man” – Cheap Trick (studio)

For The Good Of The Order: As I said, you need to check out Robin Trower’s solo albums, especially “Bridge Of Sighs” and “Twice Removed From Yesterday”.

Here’s a basic audio clip, but you get the jist of the cowbelly goodness!

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