Procol's Ninth

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Procol's Ninth
Procol Harum Ninth.jpg
Studio album by Procol Harum
Released September 1975
Recorded 1975
Genre Progressive rock
Length 39:24
Label Chrysalis
Repertoire (2000 German reissue)
Producer Jerry Leiber, Mike Stoller
Procol Harum chronology
Exotic Birds and Fruit
Procol's Ninth
Something Magic
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]

Procol's Ninth is the eighth studio album (ninth including Live) by Procol Harum, that was released in September 1975. Produced by songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller, Procol's Ninth featured a slightly different direction from the previous release with a much more stark sound compared to Chris Thomas' more elaborate productions. According to an interview with guitarist Mick Grabham conducted by Roland Clare for the 2009 reissue Leiber and Stoller focused less on the production sound and more on "the structure of the songs". The band appeared on the cover of the album in a straightforward unassuming photograph mirroring the sound of the album itself. The cover featured simulations of each band member's signature.[2]

Procol's Ninth was the first release from the band to feature non-original songs: a remake of The Beatles' "Eight Days a Week" and Leiber & Stoller's own "I Keep Forgetting". "Eight Days a Week" was put on the album by the producers initially against the band's wishes. The album also featured a track that had been composed by Brooker and Reid early in the band's career--"Pandora's Box". The version included on the album differed substantially from the more psychedelic unfinished track of the song that was ultimately released as a bonus track on the band's first album in 2009.[3]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, except as noted.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Pandora's Box" – 3:39
  2. "Fool's Gold" – 3:59
  3. "Taking the Time" – 3:39
  4. "The Unquiet Zone" – 3:39
  5. "The Final Thrust" – 4:41

Side two[edit]

  1. "I Keep Forgetting" (Leiber, Stoller) – 3:27
  2. "Without a Doubt" – 4:30
  3. "The Piper's Tune" – 4:26
  4. "Typewriter Torment" – 4:29
  5. "Eight Days a Week" (John Lennon, Paul McCartney) – 2:55

2009 reissue bonus tracks[edit]

In 2009 Salvo reissued the Procol Harum discography remastered by Nick Robbins with bonus tracks selected by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid. For Procol's Ninth it included three bonus tracks that featured little to no overdubs for each track:

  1. "The Unquiet Zone" (raw track) – 4:23
  2. "Taking The Time" (raw track) – 4:34
  3. "Fool's Gold" (raw track with Brooker's guide vocal) – 3:53



  1. ^ Gardner, James A. (2011). "Procol's Ninth – Procol Harum | AllMusic". Retrieved 12 August 2011. 
  2. ^ Booklet notes for "Procol's Ninth" by Roland Clare
  3. ^ Booklet notes for "Procol's Ninth" by Roland Clare

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