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2CD released: Oct 30, 2020

Tracklisting:
Disc 1 : Something Magic
1. Something Magic
2. Skating On Thin Ice
3. Wizard Man
4. The Mark Of The Claw
5. Strangers In Space
6. The Worm & The Tree Part One:
7. Introduction / Menace / Occupation
8. The Worm & The Tree Part Two:
9. Enervation / Expectancy / Battle
10. The Worm & The Tree Part Three:
11. Regeneration / Epilogue
12. Backgammon (B-side Of Single)
13. Youæd Better Wait (Live Studio Recording)
14. This Old Dog (Live Studio Recording)
Disc 2 : Something Magic (Bbc In Concert 1977)
1. Something Magic (Bbc In Concert 1977)
2. Conquistador (Bbc In Concert 1977)
3. Nothing But The Truth (Bbc In Concert 1977)
4. Strangers In Space (Bbc In Concert 1977)
5. Grand Hotel (Bbc In Concert 1977)
6. Pandoraæs Box (Bbc In Concert 1977)
7. Skating On Thin Ice (Bbc In Concert 1977)
8. The Mark Of The Claw (Bbc In Concert 1977)
9. Wizard Man (Bbc In Concert 1977)
10. This Old Dog (Bbc In Concert 1977)
11. A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Bbc In Concert 1977)
PROCOL HARUM
SOMETHING MAGIC: 2CD REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION
Label: ESOTERIC
Cat No: ECLEC22740
Barcode: 5013929474086
Packaging: 2CD Set

Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the release of a new re-mastered 2 CD edition of the classic album ôSomething Magicö by PROCOL HARUM. First released in March 1977, the album introduced a new band line-up of GARY BROOKER (vocals, piano), B.J. WILSON (drums), CHRIS COPPING (bass), MICK GRABHAM (guitar) and PETE SOLLEY (organ, synthesiser) and was recorded in Miami with producers Ron and Howie Albert. Although the album would feature a host of marvellous tracks such as æStrangers in SpaceÆ, æSkating on Thin IceÆ and æSomething MagicÆ and the Mick Grabham / Keith Reid composition æThe Mark of the ClawÆ, relationships between the band and their producers grew strained when the Albert brothers rejected a number of other tracks written for the new album. As a result, Gary Brooker suggested the inclusion of a lengthy piece he had been working on with lyricist Keith Reid; æThe Worm and the TreeÆ. This orchestrated piece would dominate a side of the album and was the first composition of this scale that Procol Harum had recorded since æIn Held Twas in IÆ (on the 1968 album ôShine on Brightlyö). Following the albumÆs release (and a final US tour with bassist Dee Murray replacing Chris Copping), Procol Harum disbanded, eventually reforming in 1991 with the release of the album ôThe Prodigal Strangerö. At the time of its release SOMETHING MAGIC stood apart from the emerging Punk rock movement and was unfairly overlooked by critics. However, the passage of time has revealed the excellence of the album.This new edition of SOMETHING MAGIC has been newly re-mastered and includes 14 bonus tracks comprising the rare B-side ôBackgammonö and two live-in-the-studio recordings of æYouÆd Better WaitÆ and æThis Old DogÆ, originally written for the album. The set also includes an additional disc featuring Procol HarumÆs performance for the BBC TV and Radio series Sight & Sound In Concert from March 1977.This stereo BBC radio recording has been re-mastered from newly discovered masters and appears on CD for the first time. It includes the complete version of æA Whiter Shade of PaleÆ which was cut in the original television broadcast of the set. The release also includes an illustrated booklet with essay and interviews by Procol Harum archivist Roland Clare.

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