12 Lime Street Blues Single B-Side Deram 126, ℗ 1967 13 Homburg Single A-Side Regal Zonophone RZ 3003, ℗ 1967 14 Monsieur Armand Rare track from compilation album 'Rock Roots', recorded 1967 15 Seem To Have The Blues All The Time Rare track from compilation album 'Rock Roots', recorded 1967. Tracks 1, 2, 4, 6, 7, 9, 10 and 11 published by Onward Music Ltd. Tracks 3, 5, 8, 12, 13, 15 published by Westminster Music Ltd. Track 14 published by Polygram Music Publishing Ltd.
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.
Procol Harum is the debut studio album by English rock band Procol Harum. It was released in September 1967 by record label Deram in the US, following their breakthrough and immensely popular single "A Whiter Shade of Pale". The track doesn't appear on the UK version of the album, but was included on the US issue. The UK version of the album was released in December 1967 by record label Regal Zonophone.
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 B/w Conquistador. 1. A Whiter Shade Of Pale. 3. She Wandered Through The Garden Fence. Ketih Reid, Procol Harum's lyricist, labels this album the best the group produced, and who am I to disagree? Listening to the album tonight, almost four decades since I was enthralled by the album as a teenager, I am amazed at its durable quality.
Paul from Eindhoven, NetherlandsThe Procol Harum version of Whiter Shade of Pale is still unsurpassed, but did you ever hear the Hollies cover? Eb from Fl Keys, FlListening to Glenn Hughes version of this song and loving it. In it's original and various interpretations it has a dreamy-trippy kind of fairy tale quality. David Lanz has a beautiful piano rendition of a Whiter Shade of Pale on his Return to the Heart album. Every song on this album was cut at a different European location. The music to this song is intoxicating.
About A Whiter Shade of Pale. The first and most famous hit single of the early progressive rock group Procol Harum. and found on the album with the same name. The song was written in 1967, before the Summer of Love and became of its anthems. Procol Harum – named after a Burmese cat belonging to a friend of the group’s manager. It is believed to mean Beyond these far off things in (misspelled) Latin. But certainly there’s a journey going on, it’s not a collection of lines just stuck together. It’s got a thread running through i. .I feel with songs that you’re given a piece of the puzzle, the inspiration or whatever. In this case, I had that title, ‘Whiter Shade of Pale,’ and I thought, There’s a song here. And it’s making up the puzzle that fits the piece you’ve got. You fill out the picture, you find the rest of the picture that that piece fits into.
|A||A Whiter Shade Of Pale||4:10|
|B||Lime Street Blues||2:58|
- Mastered At – A&M Mastering Studios
- Pressed By – Columbia Records Pressing Plant, Pitman
- Producer – Denny Cordell
- Written-By – Gary Brooker, Keith Reid
NotesRe-release from after A&M Records gained U.S. rights to the group's 1967 Deram material.
Columbia Pitman variation, with differing label typesetting from Monarch promo pressing.
Barcode and Other Identifiers
- Matrix / Runout (Label A-Side): 2376
- Matrix / Runout (A side deadwax): p(stamped/inverted) A&M 2376 P1(scribed)
- Matrix / Runout (Label B-Side): 2377
- Matrix / Runout (B side deadwax): p(stamped/inverted) A&M 2377 P1(scribed)
|DM 126||Procol Harum||A Whiter Shade Of Pale (7", Single)||Deram||DM 126||UK||1967|
|1389, AM-1389||Procol Harum||A Whiter Shade Of Pale / Lime Street Blues (7", Promo)||A&M Records, A&M Records||1389, AM-1389||US||1972|
|DM. 126, DM 126||Procol Harum||A Whiter Shade Of Pale (7", Single)||Deram, Deram||DM. 126, DM 126||Germany||1967|
|none||Procol Harum||A Whiter Shade Of Pale (Alternate Version) (12")||Regal Zonophone, Classic Records||none||US||Unknown|
|DM 126, DM. 126||Procol Harum||A Whiter Shade Of Pale (7", Single)||Deram, Deram||DM 126, DM. 126||Italy||1967|