Procol Harum (album)

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Procol Harum
Studio album by Procol Harum
Released September 1967
Recorded June 1967
Olympic Studios, London
Genre Psychedelic rock, progressive rock, art rock, baroque rock
Label Regal Zonophone (UK)
Deram (US)
Producer Denny Cordell
Procol Harum chronology
Procol Harum
(1967)
Shine on Brightly
(1968)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Crawdaddy! favourable[2]

Procol Harum is the self-titled debut studio album by English rock band Procol Harum. It was released in September 1967. The original Deram Records release of the LP included a large poster of the album cover artwork by Dickinson.

Though the album was recorded on multitrack, it was issued as mono-only in the UK, and in mono and rechannelled stereo in the US. Despite extensive searching, the original multitrack tapes have not been located and thus a stereo mix of the original ten tracks may never be possible. Several alternate takes, however, have been mixed into stereo and are available on CD.

Track listing[edit]

Original UK release[edit]

All songs written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, except when noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Conquistador " – 2:42 †
  2. "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" (two versions of this song were released—one with a 'firm' ending, not a 'fade-out') – 3:29 †
  3. "Something Following Me" – 3:40 †
  4. "Mabel" – 1:55
  5. "Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)" – 5:07 †

Side two[edit]

  1. "A Christmas Camel" – 4:54
  2. "Kaleidoscope" – 2:57 †
  3. "Salad Days (Are Here Again)" – 3:44 *
  4. "Good Captain Clack" – 1:32
  5. "Repent Walpurgis" (Matthew Fisher) – 5:05 †
* From The Film, Separation
† alternates takes exist in stereo

Original U.S. release[edit]

All songs written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, except when noted.

  1. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" (Brooker, Fisher, Reid) – 4:04
  2. "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" – 3:18
  3. "Something Following Me" – 3:37
  4. "Mabel" – 1:50
  5. "Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)" – 5:04
  6. "A Christmas Camel" – 4:48
  7. "Conquistador" – 2:38
  8. "Kaleidoscope" / "Salad Days (Are Here Again)" – 6:31
  9. "Repent Walpurgis" (Fisher) – 5:05

German LP release (Polydor 184 115)[edit]

All songs written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, except when noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Homburg" – 3:55
  2. "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" – 3:29
  3. "Something Following Me" – 3:40
  4. "Mabel" – 1:55
  5. "Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)" – 5:07

Side two[edit]

  1. "A Christmas Camel" – 4:54
  2. "Kaleidoscope" – 2:57
  3. "Salad Days (Are Here Again)" – 3:44
  4. "Conquistator" – 1:32
  5. "Repent Walpurgis" (Fisher) – 5:05

CD Release[edit]

  1. "A Whiter Shade of Pale" – 4:06
  2. "Conquistador" – 2:38
  3. "She Wandered Through the Garden Fence" – 3:24
  4. "Something Following Me" – 3:37
  5. "Mabel" – 1:53
  6. "Cerdes (Outside the Gates Of)" – 5:03
  7. "A Christmas Camel" – 4:49
  8. "Kaleidoscope" – 2:53
  9. "Salad Days (Are Here Again)" – 3:38
  10. "Good Captain Clack" – 1:30
  11. "Repent Walpurgis" – 5:02

Bonus tracks[edit]

  1. "Lime Street Blues" – 2:59
  2. "Homburg" – 3:55
  3. "Monsieur Armand" – 2:23
  4. "Seem to Have the Blues All the Time" – 2:46

All songs were originally credited written to Gary Brooker (music) and Keith Reid (lyrics), except "Repent Walpurgis" written by Matthew Fisher, after works by French organist Charles-Marie Widor and German composer Johann Sebastian Bach. In 2005, Matthew Fisher filed suit[3] in the Royal Courts of Justice against Gary Brooker and his publisher, claiming that Fisher co-wrote the music for "A Whiter Shade of Pale". On 30 July 2009 the House of Lords issued a final verdict on the case in Fisher's favor. A lower court had ruled in Fisher's favour in 2006, granting him co-writing credits and a share of the royalties. A higher court partly overturned the ruling in 2008, giving Fisher co-writing credit but no money. The Court of Appeal had previously held that Fisher had waited too long to bring his claim to court. The House of Lords disagreed, stating there was no time limitation for such claims. Lord David Neuberger of Abbotsbury's opinion stated: "Fisher's subsequent contribution was significant, and, especially the introductory eight bars, an important factor in the work's success...".[4][5]

The track "Salad Days (Are Here Again)" is credited as being from the film Separation.[6]

The album has been repackaged and reissued many times. Two of the significant reissues are:

  • Procol Harum...Plus!, a 1998 CD compilation on the Westside label including all the songs from both the Deram and Regal Zonophone releases, plus "Homburg" (The group's second single) and nine additional tracks from the period.
  • A monaural, audiophile vinyl LP edition released in 2003 by Classic Records, with yet a different track order, including "Homburg" as the opening track, and without "A Whiter Shade of Pale" or "Good Captain Clack." The set includes bonus singles of the original monaural and alternate stereo versions of "A Whiter Shade of Pale."
  • A 2009 remaster by Salvo Records, using the original mono masters, with bonus tracks including the singles 'A Whiter Shade of Pale', 'Homburg', B-sides, and alternate stereo takes. However, many of the tracks are played at a higher speed.
  • Procol Harum's lyricist Keith Reid told Songfacts that the music for "Conquistador" was written before the lyrics. He added that this was unusual as "99 out of 100" of the Procol Harum songs back then, "were written the words first, and then were set to music."[7] The live version from the album Procol Harum Live with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra charted as a US single in 1972.

Legacy[edit]

The album was included on Classic Rock magazine's list "50 Albums That Built Prog Rock".[8]

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