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All This and More [Box set, Original recording remastered]

Procol Harum Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (28 Sep 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Union Square Music Limited
  • ASIN: B002LWJXNU
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 21,107 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

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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
4.0 out of 5 stars A chance partially wasted 15 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Majestic mix of Procol Harum 24 May 2014
By Birdi
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I love this for its mix of the majestic Procol Harum at its ascendancy, the first 5 albums are the most sought after. A lifelong 'Procoholic' I have bought almost all their albums, some a few times over. I didn't need this but could not resist 'Last train for Niagra' and more.
These 4 discs contains a great mix of old recorded originals, DVD and other live tracks include no Robin Trower sadly, but Mick Grabham and Alan Cartright along with Chris Copping, and the much beloved and beheld with awe, B.J.Wilson are well represented, while Demis Roussos watches in awe. And as ever Gary Brooker in fine voice on all videos/tracks. Matthew Fisher the magical Hammond extraordinaire is live with Procol on 2 of the concerts, he being one of the architects of Procol version one, as well as record Producer of possibly their best album across their entire career A Salty Dog.
I love the different line ups, and yes I have favourite one or two, but this band is always deeply professional and gut-bustingly great live. These discs are very much the money.
Regarding the case, I simply copied and burnt onto new discs which live in the insert with the booklet. No need to break the originals! I do wish I'd bought the LP version if there was one back in 2009.
Get a copy before it's gone is my advice if you're a serious fan of this amazing band.
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8 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars GREAT BAND, GREAT MUSIC, BUT NOT WORTH BUYING. 15 April 2010
Format:Audio CD
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
3.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful music but... 9 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value for little money.... 4 Nov 2009
Format:Audio CD
..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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