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Procol Harum [Import, Original recording remastered, Extra tracks]

Procol HarumAudio CD
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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: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

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.

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60 of 62 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Expanded Reissue of a Millennial Classic 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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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent remasters July 7, 2009
Format:Audio CD
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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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Never Sounded Better! June 16, 2009
Format:Audio CD
Procol Harum has deservedly been hailed a classic many times, and it is no surprise that there is demand for the optimal sound on these timeless recordings. Salvo has rteally done an excellent job and in my ears, these numbers never sounded better. The singles "A White Shade of Pale" and "Homburg" with b-sides are, of course, along with other interesting bonus tracks, several of which has never previously been published.

An early instrumental version of the hit, "Pandora's Box" is a bit of a finding. The same applies to "Understandably Blue" - a ballad by Gary Brooker which has never previously published. "Alpha" is a fine blues out-take and certainly a worthy addition.

Fine informative liner-notes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best sounding Procol yet February 5, 2010
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The hot pink background in the otherwise familiar cover art signals that this is yet another reissue of Procol's mighty debut album. A wonderful mix of Dylan style keyboards and wordsmithing (no, it's not really a word) with Brit-boy blue eyed soul and Robin Trower's sizzling, bluesy psychedelic guitar, it's an essential purchase even without THAT song. But if you know Procol, you already know all that. Why get this version? Well, the eleven bonus tracks are pretty cool, though they too have been around in other issues, save one, a songwriting demo for a track called "Understandable Blue", a very un-Procol-like song apparently intended for Dusty Springfield. Interesting but not essential.

The reason to get this edition of Procol's debut is the remastered sound. Though still only available in mono (the stereo tapes were lost years ago and at this late date aren't likely to see the light of day), the improvement in sound is quite startling, even on my modest sound system. To listen to this amazing music after forty years and hear something new on the track has been one of the true delights of my life, as I've been a hardcore fan for years. If you shrug like I do when you read "remastered", this is definitely one time to shelve that attitude. If you love this album, you really do need to have this edition of it.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A welcome and long-awaited remaster November 29, 2011
Format:Audio CD
As a long-time Procol Harum fan I've often been disappointed by the sound quality of their reissued albums, especially the first, which often sounded as if it was mastered from third or fourth generation tapes. Thankfully Salvo has treated these classics with the respect they so richly deserve and produced one of the best remaster series ever outside of a major studio.

In terms of the series as a whole, treble response and stereo balance are always consistent, a few of the songs display noticeable but never excessive tape hiss, and the sound level, although somewhat compressed, is never brickwalled. It seems the engineers have taken a leaf out of The Beatles and Pink Floyd's book in that respect.

In the case of this album, the original tracks are supplemented by a fine selection of extras, including, inevitably, "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (my only real disappointment being that the seldom-heard stereo version wasn't included as well). The use of the rare pink cover art is a nice touch, and really stands out on the shelf.

If you're a Procol Harum fan and you're dithering over whether to buy yet another version of these CDs, then hesitate no longer. I guarantee that apart from the Mobile Fidelity releases, these albums have never sounded so good, and I can't recommend them highly enough.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Beyond the Pale and Procol Harum.
On this beautifully remastered gem by Salvo is a masterpiece! If you like Procol or if you have never heard of them and want to get some great music, this is the album. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Joseph Eastlack
5.0 out of 5 stars NOW THIS IS GOOD MUSIC!
Published 19 months ago by Emily Arriaga
4.0 out of 5 stars All Time Favorite
Procol Harum is still one of my favorite bands. I bought the original vinyl album back in high school when it came out. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Zeke Medford
5.0 out of 5 stars A Revelation
I bought the single A Whiter Shade Of Pale in the summer of '67. In 2009, I bought this album based on the stellar reviews of other customers. Read more
Published on January 13, 2012 by PattyP
5.0 out of 5 stars NO-SCARUM HARUM
Published on June 20, 2011 by G. ANDERSON-PETERS
5.0 out of 5 stars Salad days (are here again) for fans of Procol Harum-expanded classic...
This review is for the 2009 remaster:

Procol Harum's debut album (Salvo put the Italian cover on this reissue)receives a deluxe remaster worthy of the album. Read more
Published on June 15, 2011 by Wayne Klein
2.0 out of 5 stars hit and miss
OK - so I read the reviews that this was so much better than the greatest hits and bought this instead. Read more
Published on June 9, 2011 by Snooky
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars in the universe for this masterwork remastered
It's hard to go back to a pre-1967 musical mindset and listen to this brilliant debut from a band that
pre-prog-rocked the world. Read more
Published on November 18, 2010 by Marcus Aurelius
5.0 out of 5 stars cd
this was a gift for my mother, she couldn't find this cd in any stores. i found it and it was perfect, just what she wanted.
Published on October 9, 2010 by tracy
3.0 out of 5 stars Sound Quality
I love A Whiter Shade of Pale - But the sound quality is not all that great on this CD.
Published on April 24, 2010 by Music Lover
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