onsdag 23 maj 2012

PROCOL HARUM LRZ 1001(-67) UK MONO

After releasing their first two '45:s on Deram, the group moved to Regal Zonophone for the debute album. It was a rebound for the Zonophone label who'd seen greater days in the '78 era, but lately mostly had issued Salvation Army music. The recording was innovative and very fresh for its time with its classical music influences, poetic lyrics and elaborated melodies. Danny Cordells production gave it a soft, dreamy quality. Though recorded on multi-track it was released in mono only in UK. (But as You can see below the first pressing had both mono and stereo number on lower flip, so it is possible a stereo was originally planned.)In US the Deram contract was still on for the release - here in mono and re-channeled stereo - (DERAM DE16008/DES18008). US also had slightly differnt tracking - "Whiter Shade Of Pale" instead of "Good Captain Clack". The German 1:st press (POLYDOR 184115) also lost "Good Captain Clack", but on that it was replaced by "Homburg". First UK with label as shown here and laminated flip/back cover. (RÄZ*)(PRÖX*)

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