Procol Harum - A WHITER SHADE OF THE PALE download album
Issued as a 4-panel digipak with white tray, and a 16-page booklet. From the back of the digipak: All tracks on this CD are in MONO as originally released in 1967.
A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the debut song by the British band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The single reached number one in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967, and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached on the US charts, as well. It is one of the fewer than 30 all-time singles to have sold 10 million (or more) copies worldwide. The song was performed and recorded at Olympic Studios in London, England with Gary Brooker providing the vocals and piano, Matthew Fisher on a Hammond M-102 organ, David Knights on bass and Ray Royer on guitar.
A Whiter Shade of Pale" is the debut single by the British rock band Procol Harum, released 12 May 1967. The single reached number 1 in the UK Singles Chart on 8 June 1967 and stayed there for six weeks. Without much promotion, it reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the United States. One of the anthems of the 1967 Summer of Love, it is one of the best selling singles in history, having sold more than 10 million copies worldwide.
The material was all already written (before the hit, in fact), but the group recorded the LP in just two days, simply to get a long-player out, and came up with one of the more pleasingly straightforward releases in their history . In 1997, Repertoire Records reissued this album - retitled A Whiter Shade of Pale - in remastered state of the art sound, with four bonus tracks, including a pair of harder blues-based numbers by the band from 1967.
A Whiter Shade of Pale is found on the album Procol Harum. Found on more albums: Early Years Greatest Hits 30th Anniversary Anthology Halcyon Daze: The Best of Procol Harum The Best of Procol Harum Kuschelrock, Vol. 1 Pandora's Box Greatest Hits A Whiter Shade of Pale Greatest Number 1's Ever Classic Tracks and Rarities: An Anthology Homburg & Other Hats: Procol Harum's Best Definitive Collection The Essential Collection.
A Whiter Shade Of Pale" was one of about 15 songs that he wrote for their first album. Says Reid: "We were really excited about it and liked it a lot. And when we were rehearsing and routine-ing our first dozen songs or so, it was one that sounded really good. But there were a few others that we liked I would say equally - we have a song on our first album called 'Salad Days (Are Here Again)' that was a strong contender. At our first session, we cut four tracks, and 'Whiter Shade of Pale' was the one that recorded best. Procol Harum had a few more modest hits, including "Homburg" and "Conquistador," but they attracted a devoted following, releasing 10 albums before breaking up in 1977 (they would re-form in 1991). The band was always more concerned with the quality and integrity of their music than with serving the singles market, which them unlikely candidates for one of the most successful singles of all time.