Fresh Fruit

Album: Exotic Birds and Fruit (1974)


  • The same band that 7 years earlier brought us the grandiose "A Whiter Shade Of Pale" released this lighthearted ode to the benefits of healthy fruit on the second side of their Exotic Birds and Fruit album, which balanced the more majestic tracks on the first side. Procol Harum's lead singer Gary Brooker said of the song: "It was very much based on the sort of thing The Coasters might have done."
  • As evidenced by this song, the Exotic Birds and Fruit album was a return to basics for Procol Harum. Brooker explained: "We made the live album with an orchestra (1972's Live In Concert With The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra). We'd then taken an orchestra into the studio on Grand Hotel and did a lot of work with that in easier surroundings - we could work on it for a week instead of only one night. But I think after Grand Hotel and a few concerts… we said we'd had enough of orchestras. Let's get back and just be a band again."


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