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on 28 March 2018
I bought this on vinyl when first released in 1970 and again on CD but this edition is absolutely brilliant. It brought Trower to the fore as a top guitarist and Wilson's drumming is superb.
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on 27 November 2017
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on 19 June 2012
I see why music critics back in the early 70's considered "Home" as Procol's finest work. The tongue in cheek lyrics of "Still There'll Be More"'s show lyricist Reid's darker side. Brooker's vocal range is at its height, and this album was the coming out party for Robin Trower. While 1 or 2 songs lumber, the balance of the songs are strong rockers (Whisky Train) or rock opuses (Whaling Stories) No matter the song, Procol Harum's musicianship shines on brightly through.
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on 20 June 2009
It's a good thing that the first four Procol albums weren't messed about with during the early years of remastering. Audio technology has moved on to the point where every ounce of sound data from the original recordings can be processed to perfection. Now 40 years later we can enjoy the crystal clarity of Gary Brooker's vocals, the sand-blasted scream of Robin Trower's guitar, and the colourful production of songs that, if handled by a standardised pop production line, would have turned out as just plain ordinary and unworthy of remastering. Procol were always trying to achieve something special but, victims of their own debut single success, tended to be shelved for later attention if nothing else was happening (and in the music industry that never was the case). Why the band failed on the album front is a debate that will never be closed - some cite the Radio One Playlist Policy, others that they were ahead of their time, and a small few (like myself) that art music would never appeal to anything but a small but ardent following. This particular album it noteworthy for being their last undaunted attempt at achieving success....future albums seemed monochromatic by comparison.
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on 4 August 2015
"Home", from 1970, was the 4th album from Procol Harum, and a fine album it is. Organist Matthew Fisher & bassist David Knights had exited, to be replaced by bassist/organist Chris Copping. Copping may not have been as brilliant an organist as Fisher, but he was a vastly better bassist than David Knights. Some have described the album as "doom laden", and tracks such as "Whaling Stories" & "The Dead Man's Dream" certainly fit that description. One reviewer of that era said that the album is "about adventurers who come home empty handed, if at all".
Here we are in 2015, with yet another CD reissue of this album, this one a 2-CD set. Disc One has the original album. There haven't been drastic variations in sound quality in the various CD editions of these songs. The sound quality is certainly satisfactory here. Previous CD editions(from the "Westside & "Salvo" labels) had a very slightly brighter and cleaner sound, but this is a matter of personal taste.
Disc Two has related rare material and has four previously unreleased versions or mixes. The track listing is:
1.Your Own Choice(demo)(previously unreleased and obviously cassette-sourced. There is audible pitch flutter, but if this is the only existing source,
I'd rather have it than not have it.)
2.Barnyard Story(Take 4)(Previously released on the "Westside" CD "Home...Plus". The tape drop-out at 2:03 is in the source tape. It was there on
the "Westside" CD, and it is present here.)
3.The Dead Man's Dream((Take 7. Previously released on The "Westside" CD "Home...Plus")
4.Still There'll Be More(Take 3, backing track. This was previously exclusive to the "Salvo" label CD of the album.)
5.Whaling Stories(initial backing track. Previously released on both the "Westside" & "Salvo" CD's.)
6.About to Die(George Martin mix. This is previously unreleased. Martin is [or was, until his retirement] a producer. Engineering is not his forte. He
applies an odd echo effect to Gary Brooker's piano. a curio for fans.)
7.Your Own Choice(extended remix. Previously offered on the "Westside" CD.)
8.Piggy Pig Pig(Chris Thomas remix. This is previously unreleased. Gary Brooker's voice is lower in the mix, and with extra echo. This is different to
"Piggy Pig Pig Take 2 Remix" that was offered on the "Westside" CD.)
9.Whisky Train(U.S. Radio single edit. Though the "Esoteric" label describes this as "Previously Unreleased on CD", in fact it has appeared on CD
before, on the "Repertoire" 3-CD set "Procol Harum-A&B:The Singles")
10. Your Own Choice"(BBC)
11.About to Die(BBC)
(both BBC tracks sound fine, and they're a good addition to your Procol Harum collection.)
Provided that you are happy with the mastering of the 9 original album tracks on this 2-CD set, then it renders the "Salvo" label CD(which had only 2 bonus tracks) obsolete. But, if you have the "Westside" CD, you'll have to hold onto it, because it has several tracks that are not reissued on this set.
For collectors who have bought all previous CD's of the album, what it comes down to is this: Do you want to buy a 2-CD set to get 4 tracks that you don't already have?
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on 20 October 2016
One of their best.
Featuring Robin Trower
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on 5 May 2010
I bought and played this to death on vinyl back in 1970 while still in the `Sixth Form'. I owned all the first four Procul albums at the time. All these LPs long-since sold when times were lean and shops to trade-in LPs were great in number - and much appreciated by folks in need!
By the merest whim one day, I accidentally found Procul on You Tube.
Remembering this (`Home') as my favourite, I sent for it via Amazon. Good move!
What a nostalgia rush! Not just that, but my favourite tracks on the album seem as fresh and exciting as back then.
So what have we got on it here, then?
A great voice leading the charge; some finely interwoven piano and organ throughout; beautifully crafted song writing; strange, yet wonderful lyrical content; pulsating rhythm section; grand guitar work, restrained where necessary, cutting loose with aplomb at other times.
Lyricist Reid's words, with their preoccupation with death and all-that-festers marry magnificently with Brooker's aching melodies. There's a major sense of drama soaring out right across the album.
Trower's more riff based compositions offer a contrast and yet still give Brooker full reign with what is, undoubtedly, one of the greatest ever rock voices.
There must have been, at this point in their career, a growing divide in the `needs' of the two obvious factions - but thankfully, on this album, all efforts seem to have been geared to making the blend work - and work it does!
For example...
Later-to-be-guitar-hero,Trower, is totally missing on `Barnyard Story' (as are bass and drums - just listen to the piano and organ make the most of the space!) and he offers a simple, yet wonderfully effective, sparse acoustic guitar on the quite charming, almost folky, `Nothing that I didn't know' which rises to a magnificent crescendo and then has a calmer petit mort to follow.
(`Whaling Stories' does this same manoeuvre wonderfully, to a far more magnificent effect, later on)
And yet Robin `goes for it' in classic manner with some fine supportive crunch chords and solo figures dotted across the other material, `Whaling Stories' for example, where his lead playing does justice to the rising tension and drama of the piece.
High drama too in `Dead Man's Dream' - another choice piece for me!
Interspersed are some driving rock songs (`Whiskey', `Still More', `Piggy') that provide the necessary contrast needed, balancing the more sombre melodies of the seriously melodramatic compositions that Brooker/Reid conjure!
It's passionate stuff - with the magnificent Brooker tearing notes out of the air in anguish at times - love it!
BJ Wilson was a fine drummer (lowest slung drummer I ever saw sat on a stool, `live') and his efforts are mighty throughout - though I would want a re-mix in parts! To my ears, the cowbell on `Whisky' seems irritating at the volume it's at (nice part, just TOO prominent!) - and his fine fills in the quiet `Nothing I didn't...' are just TOO loud - their effect would still be there if they were toned down a shade or three (my wife says they `spoil the track' for her - I wouldn't go that far myself; I forgive the minor aberration as I just LOVE the song!).
I don't underestimate Mr Copping's contribution either! Always well-chosen notes on the bass, very well played - but it's on the organ where he excels - his counter-melody and general just-right, his accompaniment flowing easily around the rest of the instrumentation - beautifully interwoven with the voice and piano, particularly.
The two bonus tracks? Backing tracks with vocals left off - not really needed - Only mileage there is, that one can wail and yell along when there's no one else in the house!
What else? Oh yes - Nicely packaged, interesting booklet with background info (Larry Adler, eh? Who'd have thought!)
All in all - a fine album - once again - to be played to death (sic) in this `Home'.
Cheers Procul! Love it! - Duncan McFarlane [...]
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on 11 September 2016
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Procol Harum's gloomy' fourth album (and last with Robin Trower as lead guitarist) came out in June 1970 - largely to public indifference. Sure it rose to No. 49 in the UK in its 'snakes and ladders' board-game single sleeve artwork and was even afforded the luxury of a Gatefold Sleeve in the US and a chart placing of 34. But from decades of experience in rare records - original copies of the British Regal Zonophone vinyl LP are notoriously hard to find especially with the lyric insert (reproduced on the rear of the poster in the right hand flap) precisely because it sold so little. It's one of those records that slipped through the net after initial release - like a lot of albums from 1970 actually.

There have been two CD reissue labels that’ve had a varying go at "Home" – Westside in 1999 (with 8 bonus tracks) and Salvo of the UK in 2009 (with 2 bonus tracks). I had most of the 'Salvo' Procol Harum reissues in their cool card repro artwork - each sporting spangly new Nick Robbins/Rob Keyloch transfers and remasters. Well along comes Esoteric Recordings (part of Cherry Red of the UK) and they’ve returned to the tapes for new 24-bit remasters and thrown in some new Previously Unreleased material. There are two variants on this release - the single disc issue with two bonus tracks (Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 2506 - Barcode 5013929460645) - and this - the 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' on ECLEC 22505. Here are the Whisky Train details...

UK released Friday, 31 July 2015 (14 August 2015 in the USA) – “Home” by PROCOL HARUM on Esoteric Recordings ECLEC 22505 (Barcode 5013929460546) is a 2CD 'Deluxe Edition' and plays out as follows:

Disc 1 (39:10 minutes):
1. Whisky Train
2. The Dead Man's Dream
3. Still There'll Be More
4. Nothing That I Didn't Know
5. About To Die
6. Barnyard Story [Side 2]
7. Piggy Pig Pig
8. Whaling Stories
9. Your Own Choice
Tracks 1 to 9 are their 4th album "Home" – released June 1970 in the UK on Regal Zonophone SLRZ 1014 and in the USA on A&M Records SP 4261. CHRIS THOMAS produced - all songs written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid except "Whisky Train" by Robin Trower and Keith Reid.

For "Home" PROCOL HARUM was:
GARY BROOKER - Lead Vocals and Piano
ROBIN TROWER - Lead Guitar
CHRIS COPPING - Bass and Organ
B.J. WILSON - Drums

Disc 2 (42:50 minutes):
1. Your Own Choice (Demo, Autumn 1969)
2. Barnyard Story (Take 4, Abbey Road 11 February 1970)
3. The Dead Man's Dream (Take 7, Abbey Road 11 February 1970)
4. Still There'll Be More (Take 3 Backing Track, Abbey Road 14 February 1970)
5. Whaling Stories (Initial Backing Track)
6. About To Die (George Martin Mix, Abbey Road 12 March 1970)
7. Your Own Choice (Extended Remix, Abbey Road 22 March 1970)
8. Piggy Pig Pig (Chris Thomas Remix)
9. Whisky Train (US Radio Single Edit - May 1970 US 7" Single A-side of A&M 1218) - Previously Unreleased on CD
10. Your Own Choice (BBC Radio One Session for 'David Symonds Show' - Recorded 12 May 1970) - Previously Unreleased
11. About To Die (BBC Radio One Session for 'David Symonds Show' - Recorded 12 May 1970) - Previously Unreleased

Esoteric's MARK and VICKY POWELL 'conceived, researched and compiled' the reissues and BEN WISEMAN and ROB KEYLOCH carried out the brill new 24-bit Remasters from original tapes. The booklet has trade adverts, US concert tickets, publicity photos for the band and new liner notes from HENRY SCOTT-IRVINE - author of Omnibus biography "Procol Harum: The Ghosts Of A Whiter Shade Of Pale". The gatefold card digipak folds out into four flaps - the 20-page booklet in the left flat and a foldout poster in the left. The 'seated' photo on Page 2 of the booklet is used as the basis to the poster which also has the lyrics in the same colour as the LP insert on the rear (a sort of grey). Discs 1 and 2 reflect the colouring of the original Regal Zonophone issue (also carry the 'Fly Records' logo) and beneath both see-through CD trays are pictures of the rare "Your Own Choice" White-Label Promo-Only UK 7" single LP sampler on Regal Zonophone SPSR 328 with "About To Die" on the flip. You’d have to say that it's all very tastefully done.

You couldn't ask for a more rocking opener to an album than the wicked riffage that is "Whisky River" - Trower's sole writing offering for the LP. This album version at 4:26 minutes was edited down by A&M Records in the USA for single release on A&M 1218 in May 1970 ("About To Die" on the fiipside - a great double sider). The shorter cut weighs in at 3:01 minutes (Track 9 on Disc 2) and is spelt "Whiskey Train" on the label. The mix also seems to accentuate the guitar more (not surprising) where Robin Trower sounds like Budgie's Tony Bourge having a grunge wig-out. The album's 'doomy' reputation comes from tracks like the dreadnaught heavy "The Dead Man's Dream" and the lonesome seven minutes of "Whaling Stories" - both a tad hissy it has to be said. I've always liked the acoustic prettiness of "Nothing That I Didn't Know" - a song about the 26-year old Jenny Drew - a lost soul who starved from anorexia. But my crave has always been the brilliant guitar of Trower on the Side 1 closer "About To Die" - a huge tune in every way - with Brooker letting rip on the vocals ("tear the city down").

The 'demo' of "Your Own Choice" on the Bonus Tracks Disc 2 is a lighter take that might even be considered Americana in the '11s. Take 4 of "Barnyard Story" is a well-recorded 2:51 minutes of Brooker and Piano (very tasty) while he shouts "Good God!" at the beginning of Take 7 for the droning "The Dead Man's Dream". I got a tad excited at the 'George Martin Mix' of "About To Die" which seems to accentuate the bass line and adds more flickering keyboard flourishes - it's good - but the finished version is better. The two Previously Unreleased BBC Sessions are hissy for sure but the performances are properly vintage – and fans will love having them after all these decades.

Procol Harum have always been an acquired taste for sure and their 1970 platter "Home" doesn't buck that trend. But for money this 2015 Esoteric Recordings 'Deluxe Edition' is the best variant of it by far. Well done to all involved...
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on 16 June 2009
After now having bought this album about 4 times, including the original vinyl issue, I find this new re-release a bit pointless as the 1999 cd issue had far more extra tracks on it, whereas this has only 2, both of which are already released.
Looking forward to the Procol Harum Anthology dvd sometime soon.
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