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A Whiter Shade of Pale Import, Extra tracks

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Audio CD, Import, Extra tracks, June 30, 1997
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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: #287,241 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 By A Customer on July 28, 1998
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 By Kindle Customer on February 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
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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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By The One and Only Josh on 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 By J P Ryan on September 28, 2007
Format: Audio CD
"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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