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

Procol Harum Audio CD
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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: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,182 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
5.0 out of 5 stars Has Never Sounded Better! 25 Dec 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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
1.0 out of 5 stars Speed issues are a real downer 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
4.0 out of 5 stars THE BEST RE-ISSUE YET! 25 July 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not definitive 29 April 2009
Format:Audio CD
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
5.0 out of 5 stars Good music 12 Oct 2009
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
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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5.0 out of 5 stars As the miller told his tale... 27 Nov 2012
By Rooksby
Format:Audio CD
Though I fondly remember "A Whiter Shade of Pale" from earliest childhood - it was still on constant rotation on Radio 1 in the early '70s, after all - I only got 'round to giving Procol Harum's debut LP a listen a few weeks ago, a trifling 45 years late!

"Good things come to those that wait", etc - I'm genuinely flabbergasted at how fine an album it is. I've got a copy of the 1997 Repertoire edition, whereupon "Whiter Shade" is sequenced as the first track, followed by the original LP in it's entirety, & then a handful of contemporaneous singles & out-takes, & can honestly say that there's not a bad song on it. Even the otherwise unavailable bonus tracks (neither of which appear on the subsequent Westside or Salvo editions) - "Monsieur Armand" (an early version of "Monsieur R. Monde", from 1974's Exotic Birds & Fruit LP), & the bluesy "Seems Like I've Got the Blues All the Time" - are terrific.

Procol Harum itself is a filler-free 30-odd minutes of earthy, organ-driven, psych-tinged blues rock that thankfully sidesteps the toked-out lyrical pretension of The Moody Blues, et al. It has much more in common with Traffic's Mr. Fantasy, Jack Bruce's early solo LPs (Song For A Tailor, Harmony Row), or Pete Brown's sterling work with Piblokto! & Battered Ornaments, than the awkward, kaftan-clad whimsey of the burgeoning English psychedelic movement.

A modest masterpiece, frankly. I only wish I'd heard it a couple of decades earlier!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Procul Harum 40TH Anniversary edition 23 May 2012
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We often hear a Whiter Shade of Pale playing on the radio - that timeless materpiece which I remember well from when it was first released when I was 10/11 years old. I had forgotten everything else that Procul Harum ever did - it's fantastic (for the most part). Listen to Conquistador and others - I cant stop playing it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars procol harum cd 27 Jan 2012
By mealone
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Got this to fill a hole in my collection, only needed a couple of tracks in real terms but some very interesting tracks on it and the sleeve notes very good, I didn't know the reason behind the name
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