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Procol Harum, 40th Anniversary Edition Original recording remastered, Extra tracks


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  • Audio CD (13 April 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Extra tracks
  • Label: Salvo / Fly
  • ASIN: B001V6PSSG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 76,628 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Conquistador
2. She Wandered Through the Garden Fence
3. Something Following Me
4. Mabel
5. Cerdes (outside the gates of)
6. A Christmas Camel
7. Kaleidoscope
8. Salad Days (are here again)
9. Good Captain Clack
10. Repent Walpurgis
11. A Whiter Shade Of Pale
12. Lime Street Blues
13. Homburg (single version)
14. Good Captain Clack (single version)
15. Il Tuo Diamante (Italian single promo version)
16. Understandably Blue (stereo)
17. Pandora s Box (version 1: backing track) (stereo)
18. Alpha (stereo)
19. Conquistador (stereo)
20. She Wandered Through The garden Fence (stereo)
See all 21 tracks on this disc

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Morten Vindberg on 25 Dec. 2009
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Procol Harum has deservedly been hailed a classic many times, and it is no surprise that there is demand for the optimal sound on these timeless recordings. Salvo has rteally done an excellent job and in my ears, these numbers never sounded better. The singles "A White Shade of Pale" and "Homburg" with b-sides are, of course, along with other interesting bonus tracks, several of which has never previously been published.

An early instrumental version of the hit, "Pandora's Box" is a bit of a finding. The same applies to "Understandably Blue" - a ballad by Gary Brooker which has never previously published. "Alpha" is a fine blues out-take and certainly a worthy addition.

Fine informative liner-notes.
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21 of 24 people found the following review helpful By originalsnuffy on 8 Nov. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Frankly, I do not see how so many reviewers can give a positive nod to this release. The speed on the tracks from the original release are way too fast. To a point where it makes me cringe. Look at the reviews on Beyond the Pale. Even that somewhat sycophantic website saw fit to call this release to task.

Somehow something went really wrong here. Salvo really should have a recall for this disc (Shine on Brightly is bad too, but this is worse).

It kills what could have been a terrific re-release. In the meantime, look for the version on Westside.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A. J. Dobb on 25 July 2009
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I have now bought this album for about the 4th time! I think the sound is the best ever on this release, but can anyone confirm wether the sound has been slightly speeded up for this release or were previous releases too slow? The same applies to "Shine on brightly". Regarding the song "Alpha", I am convinced that the version here is an alternate take to the previous release of this song.
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By luckykz on 4 Jun. 2009
Format: Audio CD
After I ordered the first four procol harum 40th anniversary cds on amazon uk (i'm in north california), then seeing three (!) previous versions on my music shelf, i wondered if i'd lost my mind. outside of buying kind of blue as many times, i'm hard pressed to keep rebuying the second or third "remasterings" of masterpieces these days. that said, i noticed that the first procol album (along with the other three) had been resurrected and resussitated by the same outfit that reissued shazam by the move (another disc that i also bought thrice). with shazam, salvo did a first class job not only on the art work and the liner notes (lots of fresh information), but the sound was absolutely shimmering, stunning. so i figured, what the hay, i pressed the order button and viola, three days later, the package was on my porch. first off, i never realized that the release of the first procol album in the usa preceeded the uk release by nearly six months. i remember it being the "album of the week" at my faux-underground AM station, so off to the store i went. i think i paid $1.99 for my first copy. it was the mono/reprocessed version, flat cardboard cover, cryptic drawing on the front, yet the songs were so amazing and so timeless, it didn't matter. they transcended their own technical limitations. anyway, this is a package that's lovingly assembled, just as strong as shazam. while the album trax proper are in mono (i'm no mono purist), it still sounds wonderful. the bonus tracks (a concept that usually scares me) are a wonder, particularly when the disc signs off with three stunning stereo mixes of "Conquistador," "Garden Fence" and (oh my gawd!) "Homburg." if you're a youngster who has yet to hear this miraculous release, i envy you.Read more ›
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Santiago on 29 April 2009
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The extras are very nice, but the album here is in mono, when a lot of tracks from the album were released in stereo on West side's "Pandora's box" release, most notably "Repent Walpurgis" (and the long version) in stereo and "A whiter shade of pale" alternate stereo take (both essentials), Cerdes and Kaleidoscope etc, which sound glorious in stereo.
So it is a good cd and definitely worth buying, you just need Pandora's box aswell.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mr. John Lumbard on 12 Oct. 2009
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Everyone knows a "whiter Shade of Pale", but Procol Harum have much more to offer. The CD is fantastically engineered and well worth the purchase especially if you are upgrading from an original vinyl collection or earlier attempts to put the bands music onto CD. If your only knowledge of music from this era is the Beatles and the Stones, then for the money its worth giving Procol Harum a listen. If I have one complaint its that I would prefer a standard plastic CD case rather than the double envelope style case the CD comes in. But you buy a CD for the music not the box!!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By F. M. Havicon on 17 July 2009
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It was in hindsight a mistake to leave the two hit singles off this debut album from 1967, as it failed to elevate the band the album status (all later reissues included Whiter Shade of Pale as track one, side one - but by then it was too late). The audience was expecting More Of The Same, and instead they got a handful of hastily recorded b-sides and a handful of remarkable advanced rock album tracks. A huge change of mindset was needed to appreciate the subtle ingenuity of this album. The stand-out tracks, Christmas Camel, Repent Walpurgis, Cerdes, and Conquistador, have not had their likeness seen on any later Procol album, and lyrically Keith Reid was at his best - it was as if all the choice words were used at the very beginning, leaving the mind-cringeingly awful lyrics for later on. This sensitive remaster really does allow you to listen to the words, and far from making no sense at all, they illustrate a point in time that the album was attempting to crystalise and preserve. Compare it to other debut albums of the era - Floyd, Purple, Led Zep, Moodies, BJH - and you can fully appreciate it for a masterwork. Some of the filler tracks could no doubt be improved with a little more rehearsal and refining, but this simply serves to emphasise the excellence of the major tracks.
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