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  • Audio CD (28 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 150,620 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. A Whiter Shade of Pale
2. Lime Street Blues
3. Hornburg
4. In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence
5. Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Your Own Choice
2. Broken Barricades
3. A Rum Tale
4. For Liquorice John
5. Robert's Box
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. New Lamps for Old
2. Last Train to Niagara
3. Crucifiction Lane
4. Rambling On
5. Juicy John Pink
See all 14 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Bringing Home the Bacon
2. Toujours L'amour
3. The Devil Came from Kansas
4. The Idol
5. Something Magic
See all 22 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Procol Harum s recordings have been much-anthologised, but this audio-visual compendium is unique in breadth, depth and scope, containing no fewer than 74 tracks, including all the hits, live favourites, long sought-after rarities plus 22 visual performances on DVD. It spotlights the glorious songs of founder members Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, detailing how their compositions sounded and looked on record and on stage as a gradually-evolving cast of musicians nineteen on this compilation brought fresh stylistic nuances to the cause. Rare is the music that possesses such enduring quality. The extensive and lavishly illustrated sleevenotes by author Patrick Humphries and renowned Procol maven Roland Clare present the band in its cultural context and carefully detail the twists and turns in their career, their writing and recording secrets and fashion faux pas! Drawing on the band s own opinions, the notes also focus chronologically on the songs themselves. To date Procol Harum have performed about 110 original compositions (of which 68 are represented here): not a vast catalogue from a partnership founded in 1966. Yet Gary Brooker remains happy with our output: good songs, not just written for their own sake . Procol s 1967 smash hits, A Whiter Shade of Pale and Homburg established the Brooker/Reid benchmark: robustly individual, plaintively melodic, chord-intensive settings of allusive, witty texts, majestically yet inventively played. More then four decades after they set sail, the Procol ship is still steaming ahead. They have already begun sessions for a new studio album. Complementing early smash hits, flipsides and choice studio cuts, concert audio (much of it previously unissued) includes legendary west-coast American performances and Procol s lost epic, Last Train to Niagara; video footage spans sophisticated European orchestral outings and a storming Isle of Wight Festival. Needless to say, all this, and more, comprises the ultimate Procol Harum retrospective the first forty years.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By S. D. Crawshaw on 15 Nov. 2009
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This was the opportunity to put out all the previously unreleased material that Procol Harum have been keeping under wraps for so many years. The fact is that the opportunity hasn't been taken, and because of that I can't give this box set a full 5 stars.
Any anthology is down to personnal taste, but there are some really glaring omissions in this set. And why on earth is the full In Held Twas In I suite included?
Basically, what you get for your bucks are 2 CDs of previously released material, heavily weighted towards the first 4 album releases, and without representation from the Edmonton record or Something Magic, and only one track from Broken Barricades. Some of Procols greatest work is missing from these CDs and there are none of the eagerly anticipated tracks sucn as I'm A Reader and A Writer, So Far Behind, Musical Fish, One Eye on the Future, Old Dog and You Better Wait (though some of these are released on the 40th anniversary version of Something Magic). The 'rare' tracks are confined to B-sides which most Procol fans will have several times over.
Of course, the music is great. That goes almost without saying, and for the casual fan will more than suffice. Not for the fanatics though!
Just a quick note as well to concur with the previous reviewer regarding the difficulty of getting the CDs out of the case. Back to the drawing board with that one! The packaging, otherwise is exemplary and the booklet informative and full of great pictures.
Returning to the musical content then....
The third CD is Procol captured Live. Some great tracks here, especially with the appearance of 'Night Train to Niagara'. Some cuts are too close to their original studio versions.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Dobb on 15 April 2010
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I have loved Procol for over 30 years and was hoping for some rarities on this set, but it is just another 'greatest hits' type package. Even the dvd includes nothing new! I await a box set or similar release that contains some rarities. And I don't mean from the current 'tribute band' that's going round under he name Procol Harum!!!
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9 of 13 people found the following review helpful By John David Charles Hilton on 9 Nov. 2009
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This is a maginificent anthology of on of the original progressive-rock groups. The track selection is good for the newcomer and there's enough rarities for the fan too. The booklet is good, if somewhat gushing.

But which idiot thought up the new inserts? They are some kind of complex sprung plastic design which grips the CDs only via the edges and therefore you can't push into the middle to get them out, instead having to resort to gently trying to force them over the edge clips without breaking the CDs in the process.

This box is well worth buying, but if you do, take the CDs out of the box and repackage them as soon as they arrive. This could prevent you hearing horrible, expensive cracking sounds one day when you're impatient to play the discs...
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5 of 9 people found the following review helpful By J-pierre on 4 Nov. 2009
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..So much great tracks (audio or video) & a beautiful and instructive book...it's a pleasure to watch and to
listen...What a great group, now on the way of complete recognition....(or buy the beautiful originals albums)
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Amazon.com: 7 reviews
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
Great CD compilation, poor DVD footage 22 Oct. 2009
By Buyer of CDs/DVDs & BluRays - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I am a fan of Procol Harum. This Box set doesn't have much unreleased stuff apart from some 'Live' songs. However the sound is greatly improved and the choice of songs is well thought out.
I was surprised they didn't include a 'Live' version of Whiter Shade Of Pale, but I guess they needed room to fit all the other great songs.

The DVD is a big disappointment, mostly footage from recent tours in 2007 etc and nothing from the 1960s at all. I have a DVD doc made in Australia during the recording of the 'Home' LP which is fantastic, why isn't this included?

The booklet is great with lots of good pics and info of the songs and band members.

I wish they could have included more 'vintage' footage of the band instead of recent shows.
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
A Grand Overview 2 Mar. 2010
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
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OK, so you already have all of Procol Harum's officially released albums, some several times over in different formats, and you also own DVDs of most or all of the concerts sampled on the DVD. So why own All This And More? Good question, and your first answer is to own it for the sound quality of the Salvo remasters. But there are other reasons too, not least the stunning and informative 71 page booklet that accompanies the set. You also get sixteen live cuts, many of which were previously unavailable in any format and a couple of which were completely new to me. Seventy-four cuts in all and all for less than a dollar per song even if you pay full price! Now is that value or what?
All This and More doesn't purport to be anything more than a grand, over-arching view of the long run of Procol Harum as of 2009. Yes, you and I may have picked different cuts for inclusion had we been in charge of compiling the songs ultimately selected. Unlike some, I don't think that the Trower years were necessarily the best ones. As good as the music was during his tenure as guitarist, a lot of great music certainly continued to be made after his departure. One of my favorite "new" cuts is Last Train to Niagara which gives a series of musical nods to many of the best songs in Procol Harum's canon.
Most long time fans know the music and should like this set. But its the booklet that puts the box set over the top in terms of value and you have to read it to know what I mean. When you are finished, you should have a fairly comprehensive knowledge of even obscure tidbits about the band.
I highly recommend All This And More to all fans of the band no matter any prejudices with regard to their "best" period. Once you hear and see it, you will put all negative thoughts aside and revel in the phenomenon that is Procol Harum.
16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
great band, poor selections 26 Oct. 2009
By Kevin D. Rathert - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I'm a huge Procol Harum fan, but lets face it, their day was in the late 1960s/early 1970s. I have a 3 cd set of singles on the Repertoire label that is much more interesting than this release which I hate to say. Salvo does a wonderful job in making the sound just so, and their booklets are well designed and thought out, and they've even fixed the flaw in their box set design. But gee whiz why all the new recordings and why are is all the video footage new. The band was huge when Robin Trower played with them on their first four albums, but this era is glazed over, as is the second phase when they hit big with the Live with the Edmonton Philharmonic Orchestra and the live recording of "Conquistador" reinforced the fame of the "Whiter Shade of Pale" single recorded just before Trower joined the band. I don't understand why all the emphasis on the recent material. It just isn't interesting and certainly doesn't make me overjoyed to spend $50 for recordings and footage of a band 30 years after their star had burned out. After the wonderful jobs done on the Peter Green and Move box sets I thought Salvo was on a roll. I'd suggest either the double cd Salvo best of or the above mentioned 3 cd Repertoire Singles A's and B's as alternatives to this box set. I hate to be so tough on the release but there really isn't anything here of interest to me. No unreleased early recordings and no vintage video footage. Why would Salvo expect me to buy this box set? I hope they consider such things before releasing another box set or they could be in serious trouble. Sorry guys but I can't suggest for anyone to spend their hard earned money on this release. I started to give the box 2 stars for old times sake, but honestly its hardly worth one. What a letdown.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Great box set from the under-appreciated and toweringly talented Procol Harum ***Import includes a PAL DVD*** 29 Mar. 2013
By Winston O'Boogie - Published on Amazon.com
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Great box set from the under-appreciated and toweringly talented Procol Harum. This is a good collection of re-mastered recordings that includes one disc of live tracks and a DVD of selected concert performances. I bought the import version not thinking and found that the included DVD is encoded for the UK and Europe (PAL), so it doesn't play on all of my DVD players. Not a big deal, but just something people should be aware of.
Yet another in the "there is no future to rock 'n roll - it's all recycled past" series 27 May 2014
By Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
It must be said that Procol Harum is my very 2nd favorite group, just marginally behind the Stones and just marginally above Fanny. OK...that said...well, it has BEEN "said." This is - yet - another "greatest" hits thing. To be honest though, A&M's "Best Of" is just that, up thru "Simple Sister;" and then Chrysalis' "Chrysalis Years" takes it on from there. No "Prodigal Stranger" & no "Well's On Fire." (No great loss) Unless you're a (dig this word) "completeist" those two really are all you need. True, you'll miss "In Held Twas In I" off "Shine On Brightly" and - my favorite - guitarist Mick Grabham's "Mark Of The Claw" off "Something Magic" - but they're available as single tracks thru Amazon. Sorry, fellow PH fans, but when the group churns out THREE "Greatest Hits" things, all since the "millennium changed," think about things...At least, "The Well's On Fire," PH's "what will probably be their final" CD is INFINITELY superior to the Stones' (I HOPE this will be their last!) "A Bigger Bang." And it most assuredly is NOT worth anywhere near a grand, which some "independent merchant" has the temerity to be currently asking for it...And since we're "bein' honest about things" here, the version of "Into The Flood" (off - yet another - "greatest hits" <on the German Repertoire Label: "A & B: The Singles">) thing, is so VASTLY superior, because it has the late, great Bobby Mayo, he of "Frampton Comes Alive," playing "lead" guitar - and this is an admission, courtesy of Geoff Whitehorn, the current PH guitarist. I mean, if you're determined to spend a pot of money on some CD's, check out "Singles A&B." And, again, a DVD of the '97 incarnation of Ringo's All Starrs, with Gary Brooker, Peter Frampton, Jack Bruce, and Simon Kirke IS available. Just look for it.
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