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on 8 November 2009
This is the album that first brought me into the Procol Harum fold. I read a great review by Steve Simels in Stereo Review (the best band in Christendom if I recall), and picked it up. Mick does a nice job on guitar, he has his own style and didn't just copy Robin like Dave Ball. Though rumor has long held that many cuts had guitar tracks with Dave Ball who left the band during the initial stages of recording this album.

Hard to call whether this is better than the Friday music version, which I think was great also.

One major difference I have with another review; how can anybody call Something Magic a great Procol Album? Something Tragic is more like it.

In my view, you can purchase almost anything through Exotic Birds and be happy. Procol's Ninth was uneven but still worthwhile; Something Tragic has maybe two cuts that were tolerable. The song Something Magic itself was nice. And I king of like Mark of the Claw. Wizard Man makes me ill; Worm and the Tree is an audio version of what it is like to eat an apple and find a worm.
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on 21 June 2015
If you only know Procol Harum from their 1967 masterpiece A Whiter Shade of Pale then you're in for a pleasant surprise for this is the best album they ever recorded, indeed it may well be the best album of its year. When you consider The Who,Elton John,Joni Mitchel,David Bowie,Stevie Wonder,Led Zeppelin and especially Pink Floyd released classic albums in this year it is high praise indeed.Opening with the beautiful title track there isn't a duff song on the entire record.Songs like A Souvenir of London,Bringing home the bacon,T.V Caesar and Robert's Box are some of the best songs Procol Harum ever released. The most criminally underrated album of the 1970's.
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on 5 February 2012
Procol Harum's brand of prog rock was a world away from the toe curling, self indulgent claptrap of Rick Wakeman (even though he's a top bloke!), and Emerson Lake & Palmer. Perhaps the only band to fuse rock and classical without sounding awful and pretentious, this album is drenched in a wonderful, symphonic sweep, from the majestic title track to Fires(Which Burnt brightly). What a shame it got lost amid the putrid swamp of glam rock and then overshadowed by the gargantuan Dark Side Of The Moon, released the same month in 1973.
Grand Hotel deserves a much higher reputation in an art form that is littered with over-praised albums, and when set against the barren landscape of today's music, sounds better than ever.
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on 4 September 2001
Wonderfull and typical Brooker/Reid music. Great symphonic Rock,with 'Grand Hotel' as a masterpiece that can fill in with any kind of music-and is often filled with any kind ,on different Live occasions. A true 'must to have' for any music lover.
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on 2 December 2004
Orchestral rock.
Sounds horrid?
This HUGELY atmospheric concept work is highly memorable for tasteful guitarwork and the vocalists warmth and range.
It is like all favourite music evocative ~Where are you know H.W.?.
Benefitting from some nifty artwork( get the album if you can) . Once heard never forgotten.
A hidden classic.
A light that burns brightly.
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on 5 November 2015
Love Procol Harum for years now! Have it on LP, bought this CD for the car ;-)
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on 29 July 2015
Tried it out, and very impressed by the depth of songwriting.
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on 5 May 2015
A brilliant album which hasn't dated at all.
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on 14 June 2015
Magnificent!
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