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  Исполнитель(и) :
   Procol Harum  (Group)
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  Наименование CD :
   A Whiter Shadow Of Pale. Something Magic

Год издания : 1972/1977

Компания звукозаписи : Intercord, Chrysalis, (ru)

Музыкальный стиль : British Psychedelia, Psychedelic, Prog-Rock/Art Rock

Время звучания : 1:16:57

  Комментарий (рецензия) :

CD, стоящие на полке рядом : Rock (Psychedelic)      

2 LP on 1 CD

## 1- 11 "A Whiter Shadow Of Pale" 1972 Intercord (4*)

Procol Harum's debut album is amazingly engaging, considering that it was rushed out to capitalize on the hit title track. The material was all already written (before the hit, in fact), but the group recorded the LP in just two days, simply to get a long-player out, and came up with one of the more pleasingly straightforward releases in their history. The range of sounds here is the widest ever heard on one of the group's albums - "A Christmas Camel" isn't that far from the old Paramounts, the group tackling a sound inspired by Bob Dylan (and derived specifically from his "Ballad of a Thin Man"), while "Salad Days" and "Kaleidoscope" are hard-driven psychedelic rockers, stripped down to the basics, with no pretensions. "Conquistador" was the "lost" single off the album, finally released years later in its live orchestrated version, but much more intense in this original version, which has never gotten the respect it deserves. In between those are pub songs, novelty tunes, and one Matthew Fisher instrumental excursion, "Repent Walpurgis," that became the finale for the group's shows for years to come. Originally released under the title "Procol Harum," the British version of the LP didn't contain the hit. In 1997, Repertoire Records reissued this album - retitled A Whiter Shade of Pale - in remastered state of the art sound, with four bonus tracks, including a pair of harder blues-based numbers by the band from 1967.

- Bruce Eder (All Music Guide)

## 12 - 20 "Something Magic" 1977 Chrysalis (2*)

Even fans call this one "Something Tragic." There are still hints of the tight ensemble playing that characterizes the best of Procol's Chrysalis albums, but most of the first side is dreary, uninspired stuff. While the title track captures some of the drama of early Procol, Brooker's distinctive voice is the sole link to their former glory on indifferent cuts like "Wizard Man." ("Strangers In Space" later appeared on the Brooker-produced The Long Good-bye: The Symphonic Music of Procol Harum.)

"The Worm & The Tree" is a side-long extravagance, the first time the band had produced a work of this length since "In Held 'Twas I," on the 1968 release, Shine on Brightly. Unlike the whimsy and charm of that earlier suite, though, "The Worm & The Tree" lyrically evokes Emerson, Lake & Palmer's at their most tedious (Tarkus). Seemingly out of steam, and out of step with the rising tide of punk music, Procol Harum packed it in, not to return until the '90s.

- James A. Gardner (All Music Guide)

  Соисполнители :

B.J. Wilson (Percussion)
Barrie Wilson (Drums)
Chris Copping (Bass, Keyboards)
David Knights (Bass Guitar)
Gary Brooker (Harmonica, Piano, Keyboards, Vocals)
Matthew Fisher (Hammond)
Mick Grabham (Guitar)
Peter Solley (Organ, Synthesizer, Keyboards)
Robin Trower (Guitar)

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Наименование трека



   1 A Whiter Shade Of Pale         0:04:10 Brooker / Reid
   2 Conquistador     T       0:02:40 -"-
   3 She Wandered Through The Garden Fence     T       0:03:27 -"-
   4 Something Following Me     T       0:03:40 -"-
   5 Mabel     T       0:01:56 -"-
   6 Cerdes     T       0:05:06 Outside The Gates Of - Brooker / Reid
   7 A Christmas Camel     T       0:04:51 Brooker / Reid
   8 Kaleidoscope     T       0:02:56 -"-
   9 Salad Days     T       0:03:41 Are Here Again - From... Brooker / Reid
   10 Good Captain Clack     T       0:01:33 Brooker / Reid
   11 Repent Walpurgis         0:05:03 Fisher
   12 Something Magic     T       0:03:38 Brooker / Reid
   13 Skating On Thin Ice     T       0:04:49 -"-
   14 Mark Of The Claw     T       0:04:39 Graham / Reid
   15 Strangers In Space     T       0:06:06 Brooker / Reid
   16 The Worm & The Tree - Part One     T       0:07:50 Introduction / Menace / Occupation
   17 The Worm & The Tree - Part Two         0:05:29 Enervation / Expectancy / Battle
   18 The Worm & The Tree - Part Three         0:05:22 Regeneration / Epilogue


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