A Whiter Shade of Pale

Disky Records
Release date
11 Sep 2001
Running length
11 tracks
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    Track     Duration Listeners
1 A Whiter Shade of Pale 4:00 357,133
2 Conquistador 4:14 36,790
3 She Wandered Through the Garden Fence 3:27 14,868
4 Something Following Me 3:38 11,460
5 Mabel 1:55 10,780
6 Cerdes (Outside the Gates of) 5:00 10,918
7 A Christmas Camel 4:54 9,805
8 Kaleidoscope 2:51 10,953
9 Salad Days (Are Here Again) 3:39 9,541
10 Good Captain Clack 1:31 11,510
11 Repent Walpurgis 5:09 23,096

About this album

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.

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