PROCOL HARUM – Procol’s Ninth

For many listeners, Procol Harum’s legacy centres around their first three albums (1967’s ‘Procol Harum’, 1968’s ‘Shine On Brightly’ and 1969’s ‘A Salty Dog’) and the evergreen classic single ‘A Whiter Shade of Pale’. Indeed, that would have been enough to secure them a place in the rock history books, but the ever prolific band released a further six albums between 1970 and 1977. While these albums were destined to only be heard by the more faithful fan, each one provided a selection of highlights, and while 1975’s ‘Procol’s Ninth’ doesn’t seem too inspirational in terms of either title or sleeve art, it is certainly no exception.

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GREENSLADE – Spyglass Guest

Of all the second division prog bands of the 70s – those who never quite made it to household name status with Yes and Camel – Greenslade are, perhaps, the band who’ve most been relegated to history. Despite a few high profile BBC appearances and four albums released between 1973 and 1975, they’ve never quite been given their full dues. If Greenslade get mentioned at all, it’s for their second album ‘Bedside Manners Are Extra’, released at the tail end of 1973. ‘Spyglass Guest’ – released the following year – is arguably a much better album.

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Twelfth Night Fact & Fiction Definitive Edition: track list revealed; pre-orders now being taken

As previously reported, a new 3CD definitive edition of Twelfth Night’s classic ‘Fact & Fiction’ has been in the works and scheduled for a 2018 release.

After what feels like a long wait, the full tracklist has now been revealed. It combines the original album and associated recordings, as per the earlier CD issue, plus a selection of rarities and a bonus disc featuring the whole album recreated by Twelfth Night’s musical family and friends.

The full track listing and a pre-order link can be found below.

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Twelfth Night: More details emerge regarding forthcoming 3CD ‘Fact & Fiction’ deluxe

At the beginning of 2018, it was announced that this year would finally see the release of the long anticipated 3CD ‘Definitive Edition’ of Twelfth Night’s ‘Fact & Fiction’.

The original album has long been a favourite for fans of the Reading proggers, and for those fans who’ve purchased previous albums as definitive editions, each passing month suggested that the newly expanded ‘F&F’ could be the best of the lot.

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DELUXE EDITION DREAMLAND – 2 Tone Dance Craze: The Definitive Edition (2CD/DVD)

The British ska revival of the late 70s was an exciting time. The short-lived 2-Tone label (founded by The Specials’ Jerry Dammers) was home to arguably some of the greatest music to come from the UK. Over the course of three years, with a mix of good-time party music and political messages, The Specials, The Selecter and The Beat became hugely popular, and although they moved away from their ska roots quicker than most, Madness became one of the most popular British pop bands of all time.

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