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5.0 out of 5 stars
Procol Harum's under-rated masterpiece, 29 Mar 2010
The 40th anniversary edition is in fact the 3rd copy of the album that I possess, having the original vinyl, the first issue on CD (which we had to wait until 1995 for!) and now the remastered CD. It's worth it though as the sound on the latest "Exotic Birds and Fruit" is wonderfully clean.
A wonderful album that gets of to a great rocking start with "Nothing But The Truth" working its way to the albums final track the, ballad "New Lamps for Old" ( you can really appreciate Barrie Wilson's contribution on the drums thanks to the quality of the remastering). Along the way there are further excellent songs to savour such as "Strong as Samson" and "Butterfly Boys" and a particular favourite of mine "Beyond the Pale".
It was always going to be difficult to follow "Grand Hotel" but opting for the back to basics route Procol were re-energised and delivered a wonderful album that did not enjoy the commercial success it deserved. Funnily enough, the next album, "Procol's 9th" did reveal the band to be running out of steam but due to the hit single "Pandora's Box" it sold more copies. Oh well, that's life I guess!
The remastered CD also contains "Drunk Again" which was a B side and well worth hearing, and an alternative mix of "Strong as Samson".