Procol Harum – Procol Harum [Remastered] (1967/2015)

Posted by Green on February 16, 2022as

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The self-titled Procol Harum marked the album debut of the band then consisting of Gary Brooker (vocals/piano), Robin Trower (guitar), Matthew Fisher (organ), David Knights (bass) and B.J. Wilson (drums). (Brooker, Trower and Wilson had all previously played in The Paramounts, the group that scored a minor U.K. hit in 1964 with Leiber and Stoller’s “Poison Ivy.”) With all but the closing track, Fisher’s “Repent Walpurgis,” penned by the team of composer Brooker and lyricist Keith Reid, Procol Harum heralded bold new voices in the British rock scene with its progressive blend of psychedelia, classical and blues idioms.

Esoteric has Procol Harum, remastered from the original mono tapes (no stereo version exists), available in both 1-CD and 2-CD iterations. The single disc has the original 10-track U.K. album plus four bonus tracks – the singles “A Whiter Shade of Pale” b/w “Lime Street Blues,” and “Homburg” b/w “Good Captain Clack.” This edition is seven tracks short of Salvo’s 2009 version of this LP. However, Esoteric also has the album in a 2-CD deluxe edition with 15 bonus tracks – seven of which are previously unreleased and two of which are making their CD debuts. The seven previously unreleased cuts encompass the band’s 1967 BBC performances for Top Gear and Easybeat. The other bonuses include B-sides, alternate takes and stereo mixes.

CD 1 (Original Album Released as Regal Zonophone LRZ 1001 in January 1968):
1. Conquistador – 2:33
2. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence – 3:21
3. Something Following Me – 3:33
4. Mabel – 1:50
5. Cerdes (Outside The Gates Of) – 4:59
6. A Christmas Camel – 4:42
7. Kaleidoscope – 2:49
8. Salad Days (Are Here Again) – 3:33
9. Good Captain Clack – 1:25
10.Repent Walpurgis (Matthew Fisher) – 4:04

Bonus Tracks:
11.A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Single Version) (Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, Keith Reid) – 4:04
12.Lime Street Blues (Single Version) – 2:50
13.Homburg (Single Version) – 3:52
14.Good Captain Clack (Single Version) – 1:28
15.Alpha – 3:50
16.Salad Days (Are Here Again) (Instrumental March 1967) – 4:12
17.Understandably Blue – 3:29
18.Pandora’s Box (Instrumental) – 3:05
19.Cerdes (Outside The Gates Of) (Alternate Mono Mix) – 4:45
20.Something Following Me (Alternate Mono Mix) – 3:38

CD 2:
1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Extended Early Version, March 1967) (Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, Keith Reid) – 6:04
2. Homburg (Extended Stereo Version) – 5:33
3. Repent Walpurgis (Extended Stereo Version, August 1967) (Matthew Fisher) – 7:27
4. Conquistador (1971 Stereo Mix) – 2:39
5. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence (1971 Stereo Mix) – 3:27
6. Something Following Me (Stereo Mix) – 3:47
7. Mabel (Undubbed Stereo Mix) – 1:55
8. Kaleidoscope (Stereo Mix) – 3:08
9. Cerdes (Outside The Gates Of) (Stereo Mix) – 5:23
10.Homburg (1971 Stereo Mix) – 3:56

BBC “Easybeat” Session, June 1967:
11.Morning Dew (Bonnie Dobson, Tim Rose) – 3:11
12.A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Gary Brooker, Matthew Fisher, Keith Reid) – 5:12
13.Mabel – 1:37

BBC “Top Gear” Session, September 1967:
14.Homburg – 3:50
15.Good Captain Clack – 1:17
16.She Wandered Through The Garden Fence – 3:12
17.Kaleidoscope – 2:27

Line-up:
Acoustic Guitar – “Alvin” Waldner (tracks 2, 6), Peter Glatzl (tracks 3, 8), Helmut Sacher (track 4)
Backing Vocals – “Alvin” Waldner, Peter Glatzl
Bass Guitar – Peter Fischer
Drums – Walter Spacil
Harp – Harald Music (track 8)
Lead Guitar – “Alvin” Waldner, Peter Glatzl
Lead Vocals – Peter Glatzl (track 5)
Slide Guitar – “Alvin” Waldner (track 3, 8)
Trumpet – Ernst Glatzl (track 2)
Vocals – Helmut Sacher
Zither – Gerda Schich (track 2)

2 Comments

  • yoMama says:

    This is cue/image, NOT separate tracks. You really should mention this before people waste time downloading it. This isn’t the 1st time you’ve done this. So many mistakes & omissions make this one of the weaker blogs (you steal from the better ones…).

  • Ian Londesbro says:

    I agree with yoMama but its still great means a little work to put into separate tracks but it’s well worth doing Thanks

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