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Procol Harum Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks

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2009 digitally remastered and expended deluxe edition of the British band's 1967 debut album including 11 bonus tracks. Procol Harum's eponymous long-playing debut is here augmented by the inclusion of the timeless 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', the follow-up smash 'Homburg' and a variety of rare and previously unreleased cuts selected by Gary Brooker. If any song can be said to encapsulate an era - to immediately conjure up the sights, sounds and smells of a particular time - then 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' is surely that song. For a whole generation 'AWSOP' remains the emblematic anthem of that Summer of Love. And even now, 40 years on, the song remains a haunting tale of mystery and imagination. 21 tracks. Salvo.

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 9, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: SALVO
  • ASIN: B001V6PSSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #157,687 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Kurt Harding VINE VOICE on August 17, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Like many others, I own this album in seemingly countless formats. So why buy it again? The answer is that the quality of the remastering is so good here that it would be a sin not to. This Salvo reissue of Procol Harum's debut album is a desert-island essential and is a recording that will likely be around long after much other modern music is lost in the mists of time.
Why is this album so important? Its because Procol Harum's debut represents the best example of successful fusion of the blues rock idiom of popular music with classical themes. Listen not just to their massive hit A Whiter Shade of Pale but also such pieces as Repent Walpurgis and you will hear how the the music of the band is imbued with the classics.
I have always liked this entire album and never has a reissue of it sounded better than it does here. Many people don't know that AWSoP was not on the original UK release of the album but added for US release. Here you hear the original as it was released plus other recordings of the band roughly contemporary to the original album. Among the extras, I most enjoy AWSoP naturally, but also both versions of Homburg, the previously unreleased Understandably Blue, Alpha, and Conquistador.
If you ever liked Procol Harum on any level, you should acquire your own copy of this album. Not only do you get more than 72 minutes of excellent music, but the reissue is housed in an impressive gatefold digipak and is accompanied by a meaty booklet that contains pertinent album information, pictures, and lots of interesting information about the early formations of the band. This is one CD that is worth every penny paid, get it while it is still available in this format.
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on May 22, 2000
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Recording a full album after the wonderously intoxicating hit, "A Whiter Shade of Pale," must have seemed an extremely difficult task, but it is one that Procol Harum pull off with an enormous amount of musical and lyrical success. Songs such as "Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)", with its guitar drenched British R&B sound and mythologically inspired lyrics, as well as the jangly "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" are obvious Procol masterpieces. The album's instrumental closer, "Repent Walpurgis," is one of the most powerful passages in rock history. The only song that really misses on the album is the slightly humorous "Mabel," but the song clocks in at under two minutes and does little to ruin the beauty of the remaining tracks. Westside's reissue includes "A Whiter Shade of Pale" as well as the bluesy and appropriately titled "Lime Street Blues" and the majestic and mournful "Homburg." The remaining tracks are all alternate versions of Procol classics and are probably only of interest to the die-hard fans such as myself. Overall, this album is an essential part of the Procol Harum canon, and is a nice starting point for those new to the band's unique style and sound.
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26 of 29 people found the following review helpful By William M. Feagin on July 7, 2009
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This is the first of 4 (so far) Procol Harum remasters offered by Salvo, and a most welcome product it is, too. This is the original mono release of Procol's '67 debut with 11 bonus tracks added, including the non-LP singles "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Procol's signature song), "Homburg" and "Lime Street Blues" and several outtakes, five of which are in stereo. All are essential to understanding the genesis of Procol Harum; a really lovely bonus is the Italian single "Il Tuo Diamante" ("Shine on Brightly" in Italian) and the rare pink-washed album cover, also Italian. A must-have for any Procol fan, and for any serious music collector.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Stuart Jefferson TOP 100 REVIEWER on July 7, 2015
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"To be listened to in the spirit in which it was made." Original back cover liner notes.

CD 1--tracks 1-10 are the original album. The original vinyl album was available only in mono in Britain because mono was still the dominant format until sometime in 1968. Tracks 11-20 are extra tracks with things like another version of "A Whiter Shade..", the single "Good Captain Clack", an instrumental, "Pandora's Box", a couple of alternates, and a previously unreleased "Salad Days...".

CD2--all tracks are bonus recordings. A longer version of "A Whiter Shade..", and "Homburg" in stereo, plus "Repent Walpurgis", a 1971 stereo mix of "Conquistador", along with several other stereo mixes make up tracks 1-10. Tracks 11-13 are BBC recordings from Easybeat in 1967 including "Morning Dew", "A Whiter Shade...", and "Mabel". Tracks 14-17 are live BBC performances from 1967, on Top Gear--"Homburg", "Good Captain Clack", "She Wandered Through The Garden Fence", and "Kaliedoscope". Both sessions are previously unreleased.

"The first album wasn't in stereo because the producer didn't like stereo at the time." Mathew Fisher.

The remastered sound is very good. Is it better than the 2009 editions? Possibly. But sound is so subjective so I'll leave that argument to audiophiles. It's safe to say that it's at least as good. The 22 page booklet is really nice--a good essay from band biographer Henry Scott-Irvine, along with some good period graphics. The "poster" is a nice keepsake and has a nice graphic on one side and lyrics on the other side.
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