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A Whiter Shade of Pale [Import, Extra tracks]

Procol HarumAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import, Extra tracks
  • Label: Repertoire
  • ASIN: B00000013S
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #229,873 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
2. Conquistador
3. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence
4. Something Following Me
5. Mabel
6. Cerdes (Outside The Gates Of)
7. A Christmas Camel
8. Kaleidoscope
9. Salad Days (Are Here Again)
10. Good Captain Clack
11. Repent Walpurgis
12. Lime Street Blues
13. Homburg
14. Monsieur Armand
15. Seem To Have The Blues All The Time

Editorial Reviews

German digipak reissue of 1967 album includes four bonus tracks, 'Lime Street Blues', 'Homburg', 'Monsieur Armand' & 'Seem To Have The Blues All The Time'. All tracks on this CD are in Mono as originally released in 1967. Repertoire.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much more than just "A Whiter Shade of Pale" July 28, 1998
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Format:Audio CD
PH's debut album was supposedly rather hastily cut, but you would never know it by listening (mono recording notwithstanding); aside from the Title track (which wasn't even actually on the original Deram label PH debut LP), there are moments on this album that hold up so well today that they really make you wonder why this group never achieved the kind of stature their talent obviously merited. Give a listen to (Outside the Gates of) Cerdes (arguably the finest cut on the disc) and you'll hear it all: top-of-the-line vocals and piano work by Brooker; the haunting Hammond organ of Matthew Fisher; the emerging brilliance of Robin Tower on guitar; the trademark mythological-lyrical poetry of wordsmith Keith Reid. This cut alone is worth the price of the disc and tells much of the PH story in a remarkably succinct manner. Then there is "A Christmas Camel"; the original (and much more interesting) version of "Conquistador" and, among others, the wonderful! concluding instrumental, "Repent Walpurgis" (I heard PH perform this live in Columbus, Ohio back in '70; the episode still lingers as one of the strangest and most chilling musical moments I have ever known). If you are at all interested in PH's music, this disc is the place to start and one should plan to tarry here for quite a while. Put it in your basket.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the great rock albums! February 28, 2007
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Ketih Reid, Procol Harum's lyricist, labels this album the best the group produced, and who am I to disagree? Listening to the album tonight, almost four decades since I was enthralled by the album as a teenager, I am amazed at its durable quality. I listen to only a few rock albums of my youth, but none more than this one. The combination of stunningly vivid and eloquent lyrics, fabulous keyboard and lead guitar playing, and wonderful variations on great themes from classical music make this album one of my favorites of all time. Thirty-nine years on, this album thrills me very time I listen to it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Procol who? April 26, 2007
Format:Audio CD
The year of 1967 was an incredible year for music. You had Disraeli Gears, Sgt. Peppers, The Doors, and many other amazing albums. Oh and you also get "A Whiter Shade of Pale" released by Procol Harum. Procol Harum is one of those forgotten bands of the 60's, lost in the big names of the Beatles, Stones, and The Who. But they should not be forgotten and what better way to commemorate them by picking up "A Whiter Shade of Pale" which happens to be one of the finest albums, dare i say, ever made.

It starts off with the classic song "A Whiter Shade of Pale" which sounds like church with all the organs played beautifully by Matthew Fisher. And those lyrics, simply majestic, Keith Reid ( who wrote all of Procol's material ) is one of the finest lyricist of all time. His words are pure poetry.

After the majestic "A Whiter Shade of Pale" we dive into the rest of the album which is also incredibly good and not just filler as some people tend to think. "Conquistador" is probably the second best track behind the opener. I also love the bass on that song. "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" is alot of fun to listen to with lyrics that are really catchy. "Something Following Me" is more serious in tone but the lyrics once again are incredible as is the arrangement. "Mabel" is definetly a nod to Bob Dylan, "Cerdes ( Outside the Gates ) is probably the darkest song on the album but still magnificent. "A Christmas Camel" has a tone very similiar to Bob Dylan's "Ballad of a Thin Man". If there were any throwaways on this album it would be the next three "Kaleidoscope", "Salad Days", and "Good Captain Clack" but none of these songs are terrible and still manage to be listenable. The album closes on the instrumental "Repent Walpurgis" which is eerie but magnificent.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Voice Your Choice! September 28, 2007
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"A Whiter Shade Of Pale" (1967) was a remarkable debut, standing tall even in an era that produced many striking - and classic - debuts. For awhile Procol Harum, with their two keyboard lineup and restrained, trenchant guitar work, were seen as a British equivalent to The Band, though the latter group's star has more or less continued to shine on brightly since its breakup while Procol has been somewhat forgotton aside from their classic debut single. Which is unfortunate, for Procol Harum's influence on other bands is undeniable, from Pete Townshend's comment that 'In Held 'Twas I' inspired "Tommy" to the music's obvious impact on later 'prog' rockers such as Genesis. For a real treat, check out Alex Chilton's stunning Memphis-inflected interpretation of 'A Whiter Shade Of Pale' from the Box Tops' "The Letter/Neon Rainbow" (reissued by Sundazed).
Procol and The Band shared a close timeline (1967 to 1977, or '78 in The Band's case), and yet like The Band Procol Harum had been around for several years in other incarnations. Gary Brooker was leading The Paramounts by 1962, a popular r & b band (featuring other future PH members) much admired by their peers (including The Rolling Stones, a relationship that led to Gary Brooker's involvement with Bill Wyman's post-Stones project The Rhythm Kings some 35 years later). Procol Harum sublimated their love of r& b and soul music, making it one more ingredient in a fresh and original musicasl sensibility that, (sorry) like The Band's on "Big Pink", seemed to have appeared all but fully formed when their first record was issued. With the great B.J. Wilson not yet fully integrated into the band this debut has never been among my top 3 favorite PH albums, but the originality of the songs, sense of style, and confidence are already quite evident.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I recommend to music fans of these times in which creativity ...
The sensational PROCOL HARUM not only with its theme emblem A WHITER SHADE OF PALE but in his extensive discography basically during the 60s, 70s and early 80. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bluesman From Barcelona
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the correct Procol harem format I wanted-my error
My error on the specific Procol Harem wanted to purchase. Not my take on this particular CD
Published on July 27, 2010 by jan e.
5.0 out of 5 stars strange lyrics but good music
Good music but I didn't understand the lyrics. I bought this for the song "A Whiter Shade of Pale", but I found that there were many more songs that caught my ear. Read more
Published on May 29, 2010 by elie42000
5.0 out of 5 stars Procol Harum Are Taking 1967 By Storm !
When A Whiter Shade Of Pale started to recieve airplay I was completely taken by the swirling organ, borrowed Bach tune and the meaningful or meaningless lyrics. Read more
Published on March 29, 2010 by J. Thompson
5.0 out of 5 stars Oldie but goodie
Sadly these hardcopies are getting harder to find. This one is close to vinyl in sound quality.
Published on January 21, 2009 by CRT-less
5.0 out of 5 stars Harum Hurrah !
This ia a great album that deserved to be put on CD a lot sooner. The original album artwork is a plus. Any fan of Procol Harum needs to have this in their collection.
Published on May 5, 2008 by Samuel Buzzelli
5.0 out of 5 stars The perfect cd
this is one of the most perfect cds i have ever heard, as far as debuts go, it is second only to the Velvet Underground and Nico. Where has Procol Harum been my whole life? Read more
Published on September 6, 2007 by Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars just as I remember it
The CD is just as I remember the album from waaaaay back in the late 60's. It's great! Plus, the 4 bonus tracks were a pleasant surprise.
Published on February 6, 2007 by Crafty Pat
3.0 out of 5 stars a three today but a 5 in 1967
Though still interesting, this work was best listened to the the era it was created. At the time it came out there was nothing else like it.
Published on January 11, 2003 by a PH fan
5.0 out of 5 stars Musica Pra Viajar de Ácido
Não era à toa que quando estava em L.A., John Lennon curtia tomar uma pedrinha e ficar dando rolês à bordo de seu Bentley Psicodélico ouvindo Whiter Shade of... Read more
Published on May 12, 2001 by Arthur Muhlenberg
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