Not Procol's finest hour by any means but there are a few gems to be discovered on this 1975 album. 'Pandora's Box' which kicks off things in magnificent style is the pick of the crop here; Tracks 2 and 3, 'Fool's Gold' and 'Taking the Time' are both solid Brooker/Reid compositions which demonstrate Brooker's supreme talents as pianist/vocalist whilst Mick Grabham is allowed to shine throughout with some searing guitar solos. The highlight, for me, on this collection is the classic 'Without A Doubt', which is a rare excursion into heavy/subtle territory - clever shifts of pace and lovely brass dominate here.
On the downside, 'The Final Thrust' is pretty lightweight stuff and the decision to end the album with the half-hearted Beatles cover 'Eight Days A Week' is criminal - Procol albums should always have fresh, dynamic material I feel. Still I think this CD is worth buying at a reasonable price, especially with the Salvo bonus tracks which are available in the 40th Anniversary series.