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Secrets of the Hive: The Best of Procol Harum [Import, Limited Edition]

Procol HarumAudio CD
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (September 3, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Import, Limited Edition
  • Label: SALVO
  • ASIN: B000TJ6C68
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #151,204 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Whiter Shade Of Pale
2. Christmas Camel
3. Quite Rightly So
4. Long Gone Geek
5. All This And More
6. Whisky Train
7. Broken Barricades
8. Simple Sister
9. Salty Dog (Live)
10. Fires (Which Burn Brightly)
11. Bringing Home The Bacon
12. Beyond The Pale
13. Nothing But The Truth
14. Something Magic
15. Holding On
16. Into The Flood (Live)
17. An Old English Dream
18. Repent Walpurgis
19. Homburg
20. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence
See all 35 tracks on this disc

Editorial Reviews

The ultimate 2CD document of one of the UK's most distinguished bands, including all their classic hits - A Whiter Shade Of Pale, Homburg, A Salty Dog, Conquistador, Pandora's Box - alongside their most celebrated album cuts and previously unreleased live recording of Into The Flood Remastered by Rob Keyloch at Church Walk Sound Studio for the finest sound quality. Stylish double digipack with 32 page booklet containing rare and previously unseen photographs plus detailed essays by respected author Patrick Humphries and Procol Harum authority Roland Clare. Salvo 2007

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Grand Overview September 20, 2007
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At a time when the music industry seems to be flooding the market with compilations of major artists that contain just a tidbit of something new to snare "completeist" fans, those same fans may be understandably wary of adding yet another "essential" compilation to their collections. There are already many Procol Harum "best of" and "greatest hits" compilations on the market, so why should anyone buy this one?
There are several good reasons. First, this is the first compilation that spans their career to date. So if you are going on a road trip and can't decide which of your Procol Harum CDs to bring with you, Secrets of the Hive makes perfect sense. Secondly, there is the quality of the remastering to consider. It is superb! Finally, there is the attractive and informative booklet that accompanies the CD. It is filled with all sorts of pictures and interesting facts about the band that make the overall Procol Harum experience that much more enjoyable.
Fans may argue about which songs should have been included that weren't and those that should have been left off. I have my list. But overall, Salvo Records did a fine job of offering fans a balanced sampling of Procol Harum's oeuvre. All the essentials are here, its just the electives one may quibble about.
The gimmick here is a live recording of the previously unreleased Into The Flood. Its an excellent song, but this set didn't need a gimmick to sell me on its merits. I'd have bought it regardless. Whether you are a long-time fan of Procol Harum or a new listener, the grand overview of the band's career as presented on Secrets of the Hive is one you will be proud to own and one you will play over and over.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another classic Salvo release November 16, 2009
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As a band who has any number of best of sets in and out of print, Procol Harum is one of the toughest bands to compile. There are the classic singles "A Whiter Shade of Pale" "Homburg" and others which must be included in any collection. Salvo is the first label to undertake the careful release of the Procol catalog, and with it, this double disc anthology, and a 3 cd, 1 dvd box set. While one can argue that some singles are omitted here, they can all be obtained easily enough on Repertoire's 3 cd set "The Singles A B" which remains in print. This double disc set does a great job of mixing the classic 60s and 70s Procol with a smattering of releases from the 1990s and 2000s. A full 156 minutes of run time, and gorgeous 32 page booklet fill out this nicely representative 35 track Salvo release. I regret that I was so tough on the Salvo box set when it was released. While I still think it dwells unnecessarily on more recent works, I am now convinced that it is a much better representation of the band than when I first heard and reviewed the box set. I cannot undue my harsh critique, but can say that this double set, available quite inexpensively from drop shippers, is a wonderfully sounding overview of Procol's career. I think three Procol sets are must have's, first the 3 cd Repertoire singles set, second this double set, and third the 3 cd 1 dvd Salvo box. If you read this review please ignore my harsh words of the Salvo box set and purchase it. We are fortunate to have a label like Salvo releasing classic music such as the Move catalog and the Peter Green Anthology. Buy this set, support Salvo, and long live Procol Harum.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A reasonably great collection of Harum material December 31, 2007
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I'm glad I bought this 2-CD set of Procol Harum songs, even at the mildly steep import price. It's kind of a 40th anniversary thing (their first single, "Whiter Shade of Pale," came out in 1967), and many of the songs are so memorable. I've been going around with "Homburg" and even "the Idol" running in my head! At first I thought that the band's mid- to late-'70s period was under-represented on these two discs, but I counted and there are 10 songs out of 35 from those albums. (Fans seeking a more complete overview of the period should seek out the fine but now deleted "Chrysalis Years" PH CD.) What worked less well for me are the newer songs tacked on at the end of each CD, from Procol's '91 and '03 "reunion" releases. Those six tunes are generally not at the level of the rest of the stuff, leading to a sharp dropoff in quality. It's not a good way to wrap things up. (The lone exception to the substandard newer material is the stately instrumental that closes the 2nd disc, "Weisselklenzenacht," from the '03 Wheel's on Fire CD.)
One less important but still nice aspect of this set is the excellent and informative liner notes, 28 pages of info!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
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I had just gotten this prized posession from Amazon and threw it in the car for a vacation drive south to Disneyland for me and my daughter. She's in high school so I didn't think she'd care for it much but, I was impressed by her good taste after all, and it turned out to be our road music for about 3 complete plays. A great selection of some of the smartest music from the 70s and 80s. If you just kind of know about Procol Harum because you like "Whiter Shade of Pale" and maybe "Conquistador" then get this - it may just blow your mind baby.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most complete Procol Harem collection ever. December 1, 2010
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This is by far the best collection of Procol Harem songs ever. It has much more than their best known songs, unlike earlier compilations. It is a good anthology of this band, though it is not in a completely true anthology form. It is, however, a lot closer than most anthologies that completely mix up the timeline of a band's songs. What the record company has done with this compilation is split the anthology into two CDs. Each are in true anthology form, going from the earliest works to the latest works with only one exception (the last song on the first CD). It gives a good representation of the works of this band that most people know only for "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". I think one will be amazed that there's more to this great band than just this one song.
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This collection is an outstanding review of a great musical group. Those that are fascinated by the half dozen PH tunes that they may have heard will grow to appreciate the great... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Martin Brynildsen
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Published 9 months ago by B.A.M.
5.0 out of 5 stars Get this if you can
I got the last copy from an Amazon reseller. When it comes back in stock I would highly recommend getting a copy. The mastering, song selection, and packaging are all spectacular! Read more
Published 12 months ago by Thomas Naccarato
2.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps for more serious fans of the group
Have found that while I like several tracks on this double album that of the many other tracks which were not familiar to me before buying the cd that few are really appealing. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Laurie S. (Australia)
5.0 out of 5 stars Good as it gets.
Normally I have a problem with "Best of's" , Anthologies or Greatest Hits. I'm not sure if the companies that collect the music are aware of the hits or are just trying to... Read more
Published 22 months ago by Robert D. Guerra
5.0 out of 5 stars An opinion changing revelation
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Secrets of the Hive / The Best of Procol Harum (2 CD set - Salvo)

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Published on February 8, 2012 by J. Bynum
3.0 out of 5 stars It's Procol, but one lone live track doesn't justify recycling
Procol Harum is my second favorite band of all time, second only to the Stones, and just "second" only marginally above Fanny. Read more
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Why the "live" "Into The Flood"
Thanks for the info about "Into the Flood" on the "3 CD Set" - that would be the "Singles A's & B's" 3 CD release. I have that set but never bothered to listen to Into the Flood, because I thought it was the 1992 live orchestral version, which I assume is on the... Read More
Aug 18, 2007 by Joan May |  See all 3 posts
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