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A dozen classically inspired cuts from Robin Trower, Gary Brooker and Co.! Includes A Whiter Shade of Pale; Homburg; Conquistador; A Salty Dog; Shine On Brightly; Whisky Train; Repent Walpurgis; Simple Sister , and more.

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  • Audio CD (May 7, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B000002G5E
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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It is still one of the best/most appreciated CD's in my collection.
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I am a child of the 60"s and it is so great to get the music from my era.
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Procol Harum has a class distiction of thier own-GREAT DISC - BUY ONE!!
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60 of 68 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 23, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Typical of A&M's shabby treatment of it's domestic rock catalog (ie. Strawbs), this lame greatest hits collection is a huge disappointment. The remastering is weak, the song selection limited to a mere 12 cuts, and the liner notes should have been much more extensive. Procol Harum fans are running to their import retailers in massive numbers to buy the superior, recently remastered individual albums, complete with numerous bonus cuts. Guess A&M would rather not have our money these days...
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34 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Don Schmittdiel on July 20, 2005
Format: Audio CD
One purpose to releasing a 'Greatest Hits' collection is to generate the listeners interest in purchasing other productions by the artist. That was my goal in purchasing this collection by Procol Harum. Nevermind that the album would have been better titled 'The Best Of', since Procol Harum only scored three charting songs in the US ('A Whiter Shade of Pale', which reached number 5 in July of 1967, 'Homburg' at number 34 four months later, and 'Conquistador' at number 16 in 1972), and five in their UK homeland ('A Whiter Shade...' not once, but twice, in '67 [when it reached #1] and in a 1972 stereo version [#13], 'Homburg', 'Conquistador', and 'Pandora's Box', which ironically is not included in this 'Greatest Hits' compilation). Like most progressive rock bands, the magic of Procol Harum supposedly lies in their long-form pieces, not in pandering to Top 40 success.

It is instructive to note that the arrangement of the songs offered on 'Greatest Hits' is not chronological. In fact, the final three songs on the disc are some of the earliest tracks the band produced. I would speculate that the producer, Bob Garcia, arranged these tracks according to their perceived quality and popularity, since the opening six tracks are clearly where the meat of the album resides. 'Greatest Hits' is squarely focused on the first 5 years of the band's output, offering 4 tracks from 1967's 'Procol Harum', and two each from 1968's 'Shine On Brightly', 1969's 'A Salty Dog', 1970's 'Home', and 1971's 'Broken Barricades'. Pretty democratic for a bunch of English socialists!

I was inspired to track down an affordable copy of a compilation of Procol's best after seeing a Musikladen performance of 'Simple Sister' in which the band really cooked, especially lead guitarist Robin Trower.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Danno VINE VOICE on June 4, 2007
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"A Whiter Shade of Pale" is a song that refuses to die, no matter how many retro-themed movies it appears in and I am willing to bet that most people assume that Procol Harum (the song's originators) were a one-hit wonder of the 1960s. That isn't really true. Procol Harum started off with a delicious "Ray Charles meets JS Bach" vibe but matured into one of Great Britain's best art rock bands. They never over-indulged in meaningless virtuosity or psychedelic excess, preferring instead to create mostly tastefully arranged moody classics. That's probably why they never enjoyed the vast commercial success of later prog rock bands.

The songs here are drawn from their first few LPs and are sequenced so that the more accessible material comes first. Like most art rock bands, Procol Harum seems to have prided themselves on creating a diverse songbook, and the variety unfortunately gives this short anthology an unfocused feel. This was also a problem with Procol Harum's original studio releases. Personally, the variety suits me just fine but you might not like the idea of a Greatest Hits CD that you can't listen to straight through. The production values are especially stunning considering these songs are close to 40 years old.

Hopefully, this CD will encourage you to seek out more of what this fine band had to offer in their early years. I strongly encourage you to track down a copy of "A Salty Dog" as it's hands-down the best album the band recorded as well as one of the most beautiful rock LPs of the late 1960s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Carroll VINE VOICE on June 21, 2006
Format: Audio CD
To me Procol Harum was "Whiter Shade of Pale" or "Salty Dog." That was pretty much my familiarity with the band, but I started to realize that I rarely ignored those songs when they came on the radio. With this collection, I found an extremely talented band that seems to have found a very interesting niche for itself. Between Robin Trower's soaring guitar work and Gary Brooker's powerful vocals and arrangements, I found myself thoroughly intrigued by the quality of Procol Harum's talent and the interesting lyrical bent of Keith Reid. ("Simple sister, got whooping cough, got to burn her toys") Musically this band can stand with any of their contemporaries, with every instrument played well whether it is the blues rock of "Whiskey Train" or the classically influenced "Conquistador." This is definitely a band that I am going to spend a bit more time investigating their back catalogue. That being said, this seems to me to be only a sampler and probably not a good representation of the band's true best. Some of the tracks seem a bit truncated and while I'm no expert on Procol Harum I would assume that the band has few longer pieces that should be represented.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful By Scott T Mc Nally on March 14, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A. AS MANY TIMES AS THEY DAMN WELL FEEL LIKE
Shame on you, A&M. All you've done here is is rehash a best of collection origianlly put out in the early 70's, and while I'm on my soapbox, why are "Broken Barricades" and "Live With The Edmonton Symphony" not available? A&M was once the most adventurous label out there, but when it comes to all the great talent they championed in the late 60's through the 70's, it's downright sad that they put out these half baked "best of" collections.
There's some great stuff here, but Procol Harum along with The Strawbs and Joan Armatrading, deserve to have their entire A&M catalogs available. The Strawbs at least got a great 2 disc anthology a couple of years back (Most of their other catalog is only available as pricey imports) and they were not as well known stateside as Procol Harum. I certainly hope that A&M gets off it's duff or that a small label comes along and re-masters all that is currently unavailable from this ground breaking band.
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