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4.2 out of 5 stars
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4.2 out of 5 stars
Something Magic (40th Anniversary Series)
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on 7 January 2009
Yes, despite it being Procol Harum's worst selling album (released at the heigt of punk rock), it really is quite good. It was also pilloried at the time for the second side of the original album, which comprised just the one complex piece "The Worm & The Tree".

However, despite some embarrassing moments (the narration and the fable are not high points), some of the actual music of "The Worm & The Tree" is very pretty and certainly on a par with some of Procol's finest.

The first side of the album is also strong with some very beautiful melodic pieces such as "Skating on Thin Ice" and "Strangers in Space". Contrasting with these are the title track and "The Mark of the Claw", written by then current guitarist Mick Grabham, which are beefier and more up tempo.

All in all, I would have thought that most fans of Procol Harum's would enjoy this album: even those fans who may have been disenchanted with a couple of their previous offerings, as in my opinion this album is better than, say, Procol's Ninth.

Of the bonus tracks, "Wizzard man" is very catchy and well worth having on the CD.

Good sound quality too.

So, if you have often thought this was "procol's Turkey" then think again and give it a chance.
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on 14 October 2017
Brilliant album
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on 8 June 2009
I can't agree with the above reviwer. Out of Procol's 10 albums (pre 1977), this is by far their worst. Even the producers doubted the material they were asked to work with and Gary Brooker, has, over the years made some unsympathetic comments towards this LP. Part of the problem was the original B side; a dated prog rock 18 minute cheesy story. I thought the original single "Wizard man" was also quite weak by their standards, but hoped it might chart at the time.
Compare this album to the quite brilliant "Shine on brightly" (their Sgt. Pepper" and "Exotic birds and fruit" and you can tell there's a gulf of difference.
TONY DOBB
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VINE VOICEon 28 February 2010
Much has been said about the second side of this album. Firstly, the original side one is great, full of Procol Harum signatures and great playing, highly recommended. However, with all the will in the world, side 2 the Worm and the Tree is a trial. Apparently Brooker said that he would have sung the suite had he had more time. Hmmm, take your time Gary. The narration is harsh and hard on the ears, the story trite and pretentious. If they had made it an instrumental ( why didnt you guys?) it would have worked as the instrumental passages are good. The problem is that once you have heard the Worm and the Tree, you have absolutely no desire to hear it again. This reduces the album to half an album, so if you like a really short PC album buy it, if not move along
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on 13 March 2010
This re-issue is worth buying, not the least because of excellent re-mastering and 3 bonus tracks. For me, it doesn't quite hit the heights of Grand Hotel and Exotic Birds and Fruit largely due to the 3 part final track, The Worm and The Tree, where lyricist Keith Reid is at his most unfathomable and Gary Brooker's spoken contribution adds little to the proceedings. This said, I think it is well worth buying for the other tracks.
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on 19 February 2010
Few fans would have thought that Procol Harum could have dragged themselves up from the disastrous Procol's Ninth album to end their "first" musical career on a high note. The ethereal Strangers in Space stands out as the best of the short tracks, while The Worm and the Tree is a mighty conceptual whole-LP-side effort the like of which is rarely seen these days. I remember the album being manifestly poo-poohed at the time of its release simply because Gary Brooker narrated the lyrics to the long track rather than sang them, and it really only is obvious to a hardened Procol fan what is going on here - an exhibition of brilliance. The poetry is profoundly stupid - Keith Reid's legendary lyric writing status really must be reassessed - yet the narration style elevates it, bringing its stupidity to the fore and making the collection of words something far greater than the sum of its parts. Wheras putting these stupid words to music would have emphasised a tragedy.....

Always one of my favourite all time albums, here upgraded with remastering, which amounts to little more than the bass being lifted close to the pain threshold.
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on 12 November 2015
This is not my favourite Procol album however, as usual, there are a few memorable tracks (Wizard Man, Something Magic, Skating On Thin Ice)
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on 10 April 2014
Bought this for my husband - he was delighted with it. It made a great birthday present for him, thanks.
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on 26 August 2016
I like this album some really good songs here band sound great,good sound quality
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on 30 August 2014
A good cd, in the PH mood. In fact Something Magic!
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