Procol Harum, whose moniker was based upon the name of a Burmese Blue Cat, will forever be associated with their debut masterpiece, A Whiter Shade Of Pale, which is officially the UK’s ‘most played record of all time’, according to Phonographic Performance Ltd.
Their music was a particularly majestic hybrid. Keith Reid’s expansive and highly cinematic lyrics crowned an instantly identifiable sound. Strong R ‘n’ B influences were integrated with classical themes. Gary Brooker’s blue-eyed soul vocals were accompanied by Procol’s hallmark dual keyboard sound (usually a Steinway grand piano and a Hammond organ), bluesy guitar playing, rock-inspired percussion and melodic bass lines, forming the essence of a uniquely British ensemble.
Procol cut ten magnificent albums between 1967 and 1977 before going their separate ways. They reactivated in 1991 and since then, amid much international touring, have produced two more well-received albums. They celebrated their 40th Anniversary with several concerts in 2007 and continue to perform to appreciative audiences across Europe and beyond.
Salvo, in association with Fly Records and Strongman Productions, and with the assistance of Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, are proud to reissue the band’s first ten albums as a part of their meticulously produced 40th Anniversary Series. Procol’s classic recordings have been collated chronologically for the first time in deluxe packaging and featuring previously unreleased masters. A 2CD ‘Very Best Of Procol Harum’ anthology, Secrets of the Hive, and a 4-disc compendium, All This And More, round off our acclaimed releases by this epoch-making band.
Procol Harum continue to tour extensively, for more information about their upcoming shows visit their website here