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8-Disc Procol Harum Box Arriving In 2018

With 2017 wrapping up, it’s nice to see that a large label is planning a big release for Procol Harum fans with the release of a Limited Edition 8 Disc Anthology Box . The box will contain five CDs  with 69 tracks, and three DVDs filled with key PH tracks, and two live sets, one from their 1973 Hollywood Bowl show, and a previously unreleased live set from Bournemouth Winter Gardens from 1976.

The three DVDs contain well over three and a half hours of Procol Harum goodies with collections from BBC, Top of the Pops, and other appearances.

The music found on the sets are newly remastered, which is alone a classic reason to get the set. But the box will be blessed with a 68-page book with essays, photos, memorabilia, and a poster from a 1976 concert.

The Box is being called Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017. It is scheduled for release from Cherry Red/Esoteric Records on March 23, 2018.

Still There’ll Be More 1967-2017Procol Harum

CD1:
01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (A-side Single – 1967)
02. Homburg (A-side single – 1967)
03. Cerdes (Outside the Gates of)
04. Salad Days (Are Here Again)
05. Kaleidoscope
06. Repent Walpurgis
07. Understandably Blue [Recorded at Olympic Studios, London in July 1967]
08. Shine on Brightly
09. Quite Rightly So
10. Skip Softly My Moonbeams
11. A Salty Dog
12. The Devil Came from Kansas
13. Pilgrim’s Progress
14. The Milk of Human Kindness
15. Long Gone Geek (B-side single – 1969)
16. Whisky Train
17. Barnyard Story
18. Still There’ll Be More
19. Whaling Stories

CD2:
01. Simple Sister
02. Broken Barricades
03. Luskus Delph
04. Memorial Drive
05. Conquistador
06. In Held ‘Twas in I
a Glimpses of Nirvana
b ‘Twas Tea Time at the Circus
c In the Autumn of My Madness
d Look to Your Soul / Grand Finale
07. Grand Hotel
08. Robert’s Box
09. For Liquorice John
10. Souvenir of London
11. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
12. Nothing But the Truth
13. The Idol
14. The Thin End of the Wedge

CD3:
01. Beyond the Pale
02. As Strong as Samson
03. Pandora’s Box
04. The Unquiet Zone
05. Fool’s Gold
06. Typewriter Torment
07. Something Magic
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. Strangers in Space
10. Perpetual Motion
11. Holding On
12. An Old English Dream
13. This World is Rich (For Stephen Maboe)
14. The Emperor’s New Clothes
15. Can’t Say That
16. The Only One

CD4:
(Live at the Hollywood Bowl with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra & the Roger Wagner Chorale
Recorded 21st September 1973)
01. Sanctus
02. Broken Barricades
03. Simple Sister
04. A Christmas Camel
05. Toujours L’Amour
06. Grand Hotel
07. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
08. A Salty Dog
09. Conquistador
10. Grand Finale
11. TV Ceasar / Rule Britannia

CD5:
(Live at Bournemouth Winter Gardens
17th March 1976)
01. The Unquiet Zone
02. Beyond the Pale
03. Whaling Stories
04. All This and More
05. A Salty Dog
06. I Keep Forgetting
07. The Blue Danube
08. I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) / Nothing But the Truth
09. A Whiter Shade of Pale

DVD1:
01. A Whiter Shade of Pale (Top of the Pops)
02. Homburg (Beat Club)
03. Quite Rightly So (Beat Club)
04. A Salty Dog (Beat Club)
05. The Devil Came from Kansas (Beat Club)
06. Long Gone Geek (Beat Club)
[Beat Club Workshop]
07. Shine on Brightly
08. In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence
09. Still There’ll Be More
10. Pilgrim’s Progress
11. Quite Rightly So
12. Magdalene My Regal Zonophone
13. Power Failure
14. A Salty Dog
15. Simple Sister
16. In the Autumn of My Madness
Look to Your Soul
Grand Finale

DVD2:
[Complete Recording Session for Musikladen Radio Bremen – 1973]
01. Drunk Again
02. Grand Hotel
03. Conquistador
04. Bringing Home the Bacon
05. Too Much Between Us
06. Toujours L’Amour
07. Whaling Stories
08. Fires (Which Burnt Brightly)
09. Kaleidoscope

DVD3: 
01. Pandora’s Box (Top of the Pops)
[Sight and Sound In Concert – BBC-TV from The Hippodrome (London) March 12, 1977]
02. Something Magic
03. Conquistador
04. Nothing But the Truth
05. Strangers in Space
06. Grand Hotel
07. Pandora’s Box
08. Skating on Thin Ice
09. The Mark of the Claw
10. Wizard Man
11. This Old Dog
12. A Whiter Shade of Pale

 

The First Two Albums By The Move To Be Reissued In Multi-Disc Sets, Expanded and Remastered (UK)

The Move, while a popular UK band, is best known as the precursor to the arrival of Electric Light Orchestra. Within its ranks, The Move incubated Roy Wood, Bev Bevan, and even – for a short period – Jeff Lynne. It wasn’t long after the arrival of Jeff Lynne that the idea of bringing together a Pop/Rock style with classical overtones (unlike Yes, or The Moody Blues) formulated by Roy Wood, would be put into motion in the form of a crafty indicator moniker of Electric Light Orchestra and a fleshed out band that included The Move’s drummer, Bev Bevan. Where ELO went from there is easily known history. What is not as well known outside the sphere of serious ELO fans is the Move.

The Move enjoyed a short but engaging history with its UK fans. Assembled in the mid-’60s, The Move, under the guidance of the immensely talented Roy Wood, enjoyed success with the issue of its self-titled debut (1968). Not long after, the band released their sophomore album, Shazam (1970). Both albums are classic documents of a band that was as impressive as anything being released at the time.

In celebration of both those gems, UK reissue label, Esoteric Records, will release two multi-disc Remastered and Expanded of both titles.

The Move will be reissued in a 3CD Deluxe set (track list outside the original songs not available as of yet). The followup album, Shazam, will be reissued on a 2CD Deluxe set. Both sets will be housed in a digipak package. Both sets are planned for reissue on April 29 in the UK.

The Move The Move   The Move Shazam

 

UK’s Esoteric Records To Reissue Al Stewart Classics, Modern Times, Past, Present & Future, Orange

One of our most underrated solo artists is Al Stewart. Of course, there was a time when his albums could do no wrong. The brilliant 1976 classic, Year Of The Cat, followed in 1978 by his equally brilliant Time Passages. However, that’s as far as he goes for many people. Nevertheless, Al Stewart recorded six albums before Year Of The Cat, and eight albums after Time Passages. For most, they’d be hard-pressed to name any of those. And I must tell you, many of those albums are simply exquisite.

On October 30, Esoteric (UK) will reissue Modern Times (the one just before his breakout hit, Year Of The Cat). And they will provide goodness for it.

Al Stewart - Modern Times

Modern Times will be newly remastered from original CBS tapes. In addition, this new reissue will offer a booklet with a new essay centered on Stewart, his art, and this album. This reissue will restore the original UK Hipgnosis cover (as shown). there are no bonus tracks, which is OK by me.

“Do you remember the times when we were young?” (“Modern Times”)

But Modern Times is not all that’s coming as a reissue. (Just happens to be my favorite, is all.)

Also on October 30, Esoteric will reissue Past, Present & Future (1973), and Orange (1972), both great Al Stewart classics.

Past, Present & Future, unlike Modern Times, will be expanded with three bonus tracks, one of them previously unreleased on CD (single version of “Terminal Eyes”, single version of “Nostradamus” and its original flip-side of non-album track, “Swallow Wind”). Otherwise, like Modern Times, it will contain a booklet with a new essay, and will offer a restoration of its original UK cover.

Al Stewart - Past Present and Future

Orange is Al Stewart’s fourth release. It is being offered by Esoteric as a newly remastered (from original tapes) set with two bonus tracks (a non-album track of “Elvaston Place”, and a single version of “The News From Spain”. Like the other two reissues, Orange will provide a booklet with a new essay, and a restored UK album cover.

Al Stewart - Orange

Two Additional Procol Harum Classics, A Salty Dog, Home, To Be Remastered And Expanded For July

No sooner than the announcements for two classic Procol Harum editions from UK’s Esoteric Records were made (Shine On Brightly – 1968, Procol Harum – 1968), it is now planned for the label to remaster and expand two more classic Procol Harum titles. The first two announced are expected on June 29 (UK).

On July 31 (UK), Esoteric Records will reissue A Salty Dog (1969), and Home (1970). Both albums are being completely remastered from the original tapes. Both will present fully restored artwork, and new liner notes. Each will offer bonus tracks.

A Salty Dog  will offer twelve bonus tracks of which five are previously unreleased. The unreleased tracks are from the BBC Radio sessions from October 1968 and May 1969. Included in the bonus tracks are a mono mix of “A Salty Dog”, and the non-album B-side of that single, “Long Gone Geek”, as well as an early recording of “The Milk Of Human Kindness.” This set will reissue in both single CD, and 2CD Deluxe Edition. The single CD will add in “Long Gone Geek”. Complete track-list is below:

Procol Harum A Salty Dog

A Salty Dog – 2CD Deluxe Edition

CD1:

01 – A Salty Dog
02 – The Milk Of Human Kindness
03 – Too Much Between Us
04 – The Devil Came From Kansas
05 – Boredom
06 – Juicy John Pink
07 – Wreck Of The Hesperus
08 – All This And More
09 – Crucifiction Lane
10 – Pilgrims Progress

CD2:

01 – Skip Softly My Moonbeams
02 – Wish Me Well
03 – Long Gone Geek “Top Gear” BBC Radio One Session (October 6th, 1968 – Previously Unreleased)
04 – Goin’ Down Slow
05 – Juicy John Pink
06 – Crucifiction Lane
07 – Skip Softly My Moonbeams/Also Sprach Zarathustra (Recorded Live in USA – April 1969)
08 – The Milk Of Human Kindness “Symonds On Sunday” BBC Radio One Session (May 20th, 1969 – Previously Unreleased)
09 – Juicy John Pink “Top Gear” BBC Radio One Session (May 27, 1969 – Previously Unreleased)
10 – A Salty Dog (Mono Single Mix)
11 – Long Gone Geek (non-album B-side to A Salty Dog single)
12 – The Milk Of Human Kindness (Take One – Raw Backing Track, Abbey Road Studios on January 31, 1969)

Home, like A Salty Dog, will be a newly remastered 2CD Deluxe Edition with an excellent booklet filled with photos, new liner notes, and restored artwork. Home will be expanded with eleven bonus tracks, of which three are previously unreleased. See complete track-list below:

Procol Harum Home

Home – 2CD Deluxe Edition

CD1:

01 – Whisky Train
02 – The Dead Man’s Dream
03 – Still There’ll Be More
04 – Nothing That I Didn’t Know
05 – About To Die
06 – Barnyard Story
07 – Piggy Pig Pig
08 – Whaling Stories
09 – Your Own Choice

CD2:

01 – Your Own Choice (Demo – 1969, recorded at Trident Studios – London)
02 – Barnyard Story (Take 4)
03 – The Dead Man’s Dream (Take 7 – Recorded at Abbey Road Studios – London)
04 – Still There’ll Be More (Take 3 – Backing Track – Recorded at Abbey Road Studios – London)
05 – Whaling Stories (Initial Backing Track)
06 – About To Die (George Martin Mix – Abbey Road Studios – London, 1970)
07 – Your Own Choice (Extended Mix)
08 – Piggy Pig Pig (Chris Thomas Remix – Abbey Road Studios – London, 1970)
09 – Whisky Train (US Radio Single Edit – A-side, Previously Unreleased)
10 – Your Own Choice
11 – About To Die “David Symonds Show” BBC Radio One Session – May 12, 1970 – Previously Unreleased)

(Thanks to Phil C for the heads up!)