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.