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Procol Harum The Secrets of the Hive

2007 compilation reviewed by Charlie Allison


This is just a mini review really, as "reviewing" these well-known tracks is unnecessary. Some on the chat lists have debated the morality of yet another greatest hits package with only one new track. Some might question the selection of tracks or the omissions of favourites but the two parallel programmes do flow reasonably well and represent each era. Not a bad idea listen to each disc in turn.

Some have asked what remastering actually means. (Im sure the remastering process is considerably more sophisticated than just pressing an all encompassing button).  I found the sound is bright and bassy.  

But what actually makes the package worth purchasing and it was only 8 in the shops and 6.99 online from BtP is the quality of the printed material  three or four new photos but more particularly the most scholarly and accurate liner notes I have ever seen in any music issue from anybody.  They should be offered to all the Sunday supplements forthwith to rekindle interest in the band.

So Patrick Humphries and our own Professor Clare from BtP take well-deserved bows!

I think this collection IS worth purchasing.   In fact I have bought three copies two for gifts to current non-believers, for it is they who really need to hear this wonderful music.


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