CD Something Magic [Remasterd] [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak] (CD 6261607),
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Something Magic [Remasterd] [Bonus Tracks] [Digipak]

  • 1. Something Magic
    2. Skating on Thin Ice
    3. Wizard Man
    4. Mark of the Claw, The
    5. Strangers in Space
    6. Worm & the Tree, Pt. 1: Introduction/Menace/Occupation, The
    7. Worm & the Tree, Pt. 2: Enervation/Expectancy/Battle, The
    8. Worm & the Tree, Pt. 3: Regeneration/Epilogue, The
    9. Backgammon
    10. You'd Better Wait - (live)
    11. This Old Dog - (live)
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 029

  • Credits
    ProducerHowie Albert; Procol Harum; Ron Albert
    EngineerHowie Albert; Ron Albert

    Lyricist: Keith Reid.
    Personnel: Gary Brooker (vocals, piano); Mick Grabham (electric guitar); Peter Solley (organ, synthesizer); B.J. Wilson (drums).
    Recording information: Criteria Studios, Miami, FL.
    Even fans call this one "Something Tragic." There are still hints of the tight ensemble playing that characterizes the best of Procol's Chrysalis albums, but most of the first side is dreary, uninspired stuff. While the title track captures some of the drama of early Procol, Brooker's distinctive voice is the sole link to their former glory on indifferent cuts like "Wizard Man." ("Strangers in Space" later appeared on the Brooker-produced The Long Good-bye: The Symphonic Music of Procol Harum.) "The Worm & The Tree" is a side-long extravagance, the first time the band had produced a work of this length since "In Held 'Twas I," on the 1968 release, Shine on Brightly. Unlike the whimsy and charm of that earlier suite, though, "The Worm & The Tree" lyrically evokes Emerson, Lake & Palmer's at their most tedious (Tarkus). Seemingly out of steam, and out of step with the rising tide of punk music, Procol Harum packed it in, not to return until the '90s. [This remastered version of Something Magic was released with bonus tracks.] ~ James A. Gardner

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