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5.0 out of 5 stars Procol Harum's under-rated masterpiece
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...
Published on 29 Mar 2010 by Mr. R. D. Nicholls

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5.0 out of 5 stars Procol Harum's under-rated masterpiece, 29 Mar 2010
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Mr. R. D. Nicholls (England) - See all my reviews
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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".
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Procol Harem's finest album, an undiscovered gem!, 29 Aug 2001
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This is a very favorite album of mine. I'm not a big Procol Harum fan, but this is a really fine album. It's lively stuff, a little rockier than most of their work, certainly more so than their early works and less self indulgent. It has the usual Procol Harum mix of strident piano and guitars with Gary Brookers powerful vocals and gentler moments with some evocative and thought provocing lyrics. The Idol, Stong as Samson and Beyond the Pale are particular favorites and Monsiuer R Monde and Nothing but the truth are both rollocking great boogie/rock tracks to drive very fast to. It's surprising that this album is not better known.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars yet another Back to Basics album from Procol, 10 Mar 2010
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F. M. Havicon (Brighton, East Sussex United Kingdom) - See all my reviews
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Seems like every other album this band put out is being newly described as Back to Basics. Admittedly their forays into intellectual creativity, whilst being artful and of high calibre, were poorly received by the listening public, forcing the band to abandon such avenues and return to a simpler musical style. The songs here all have a taste about them as if they were considered for Grand Hotel and dropped at the last moment - certainly the material on the two albums is very interchangeable, albeit produced in very different ways. Here Procol adopt a more rock n roll approach, creating a bunch of songs that would feature well in a low-tech live set, all the time retaining the quality that makes you wish they'd been given a grander studio production. Strong as Samson and The Idol are classics, whilst the bonus track has in fact appeared on the previous CD release of this album (AAD) and so is not technically a bonus.
I had to wait for Amazon to drop the price of this album, bringing it down to the level of the others in the series. Not sure why they held out so long on this particular title! Worth a place in any rock collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Their Finest Hour !, 7 Feb 2008
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This was recorded during the notorious 3 day week in the UK, when there were frequent power cuts; due to strikes against wage constraints. These were imposed due to a financial crisis trigged by a sharp rise in the price of oil - Plus Ca Change! Against this background, the image of a golden age of plenty portrayed by the painting on the cover, Exotic Birds and Fruit by Bogdani, is ironic to say the least. It does, however, point to the feast within.

This is less elaborate than Grand Hotel. It shows PH as a great band, with the twin pillars of Brooker and Reid driving the show.

Many people rate this as their finest work and it contains one of Reid's best songs, "Strong as Sampson", which was released as a single, but failed to trouble the charts despite rave reviews. "ain't no use in preachers preaching, if they don't know what they're teaching ..."

If you are new to Procol Harum then this is a very good place to start. If you bought their 2003 work "The Well's on Fire", then you will enjoy this... despite the gap of 30 years between the two.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Magnificent, 26 May 2008
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Mr. Thomas Thatcher "Tom Thatcher" (Salisbury, UK) - See all my reviews
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I saw the band playing this album at the Colston Hall in Bristol and it was unusual to be so moved by songs not heard before. PH is probably the most under-rated band in the world: this is a superb album.

Stand-outs are Strong as Sampson, The Idol (Mick Grabham's finest hour with PH), Beyond the Pale - in fact, all of it. The playing is, as ever, first-class, world class, and Brooker's straining urgent vocals never sounded better. Strong as Sampson even has BJ Cole on pedal steel, whom I had the pleasure of meeting when my old mate Mike Wedgwood was playing in Kiki Dee's band with him. This is majestic, well thought out, brilliantly played and important music. I cannot recommend highly enough, even if you loathe PH.

File under indispensible.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Juicy!, 21 Jun 2014
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1974's 'Exotic Birds and Fruit', the group's 7th studio album, finds Gary Brooker & Co. moving into heavier territory compared with 1973's 'Grand Hotel'. For me, this is a game of 2 halves; Tracks 1-4 are quite brilliant with the hard-rocking 'Nothing But The Truth' kicking off proceedings in marvellous style. 'Beyond The Pale' arrives with an interesting strutting delivery whilst the lovely 'As Strong As Sansom' has a wonderful, gospel feel delivered by Chris Copping's organ skills. The climax to Side 1 (good old vinyl, eh!) is the masterful 'The Idol' - a Procol classic which builds through the verses to a majestic, wall-of-sound climax culminating in another searing Mick Grabham guitar solo.

Tracks 5-9, whilst very solid, don't quite reach the giddy heights previously described. 'The Thin Edge of the Wedge' is certainly a highly progressive effort ~ weird and wonderful both musically and lyrically. 'Monsieur R. Monde' is a heavier version of a much earlier incarnation of this track from October 1967 i.e 'Monsieur Armand'. Personally, I prefer the earlier version which features as a Bonus track on other Procol Harum albums e.g 'Shine On Brightly', but it's nice to hear this song again, anyway. 'Fresh Fruit' and 'Butterfly Boys' are both solid album tracks and things are rounded off nicely by a lovely ballad 'New Lamps For Old'. This is an album which is definitely worth slotting into your collection alongside 'Grand Hotel'.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars hidden treasure, 9 Dec 2011
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One of the most underrated albums of all time, i prefer it to most of the so called classics. The first four songs are collectively magnificent, like the pulsating Nothing But The Truth and piano driven Beyond The Pale. The lyrics of As Strong As Samson (bankers and brokers ruling the world)could have been written yesterday, while The Idol is a slow burning epic. The sky high standard drops after that but recovers with the majestic New Lamps For Old; a pity this isn't the finale (like on the LP) rather than the throwaway Drunk Again.
Exotic Birds is a timeless gem so it's a shame so few people have heard of it let alone listened to it, considering the dross that passes for most pop music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing But Power With A Classical Twist, 14 Jan 2010
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This is a wonderful album (CD, I'm still an Lp afficionado)from start to finish; full of graceful light textures and devastating dark power that the classically adept Procol Harum can deliver like no other band. From the powerful opener, Nothing But The Truth, through the ghostly visitations of Monsieur R. Monde and the island flavor of Fresh Fruit, Procol Harum prove they were a band worthy of the progressive moniker that was so graciously bestowed upon other such fine musical contemporaries such as Jethro Tull, Yes and Pink Floyd. If you like Procol Harum, this is a highly recommended addition to your collection. Oh, yes, and this remaster does the original LP justice. It manages to maintain a degree of warmth where so many remasters and reissues tend to sound too bright. Go pick it up! It's classically classic...
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3.0 out of 5 stars Receiver loved it., 6 Nov 2014
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Bought for birthday. Receiver loved it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Early Procol Harum, 22 May 2014
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One of their earlier albums, after reading the reviews decided to buy never having heard any of the tracks. I found it lack lustre - usually songs will grow on you after listening a few times afraid to say this hasnt happened not one of their best religated to the bottom of the pile.
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