Procol Harum

Definitive Collection

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This Dutch best-of is and isn't a "definitive" collection of the highs of Procol Harum's illustrious career. It is in that over the 18 tracks it captures almost every major cut by the band, with the exception of the sadly overlooked "Whisky Train," Robin Trower's showcase. "A Whiter Shade of Pale," "Homburg," "A Salty Dog," "Conquistador (Live)," "Grand Hotel," "She Wandered Through The Garden Fence," "Shine on Brightly," "Repent Walpurgis," they're all here, and plenty more. The compilation producers even included Gary Brooker's "Fear of Flying" from his excellent solo album. Okay, so you wanna know why this isn't a definitive Procol Harum collection? It sounds like they mastered these cuts from LPs. It is a reasonable certainty that this set was compiled either from CDs or from LPs, because it's flat and sounds more like an MP3 than a remastered tape. I have cassettes that sound better than this.

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