Something Magic (studio album) by Procol Harum

Something Magic
Something Magic by Procol Harum
Year: 1977
Overall rank: 18,527th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
Average Rating: 
67/100 (from 17 votes)
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Award Top albums of 1977 (237th)
Award Top albums of the 1970s (2,454th)
Award Best albums of all time (18,527th)
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PROCOL HARUM - Something Magic - CD - **Mint Condition**
Condition: Like New
Time left: 4h 19m 49s
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Condition: Used
Time left: 9h 56m 4s
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Something Magic [Bonus Tracks] by Procol Harum(HQ-CD),-2012, Victor / Japan
Condition: Brand New
Time left: 10h 26m 20s
Ships to: Worldwide

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Procol Harum bestography

Something Magic is ranked 8th best out of 18 albums by Procol Harum on

The best album by Procol Harum is A Salty Dog which is ranked number 1552 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 1,119.

Procol Harum album bestography « Higher ranked (13,380th) This album (18,527th) Lower ranked (20,564th) »
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From 01/25/2018 16:49
Something Magic isn't the most popular album in the Procol Harum lineup, but, as with most of their stuff, I really like it.

The Album starts with the title track, and also the best track, 'Something Magic', an understated song that is also one of their greatest later tracks. This is followed by an entertaining track, 'Skating on Thin Ice', not a bad song, but not as good as some of the other tracks on here, then 'Wizard Man' which is great after that we have 'The Mark of the Claw', a fun murder mystery. The next song is the worst, the boring ‘Strangers out in Space’.

Then we have an 18min parable, recited by Brooker over some very nice music, 'The Worm and the Tree'. This is a song that most people don't seem to like very much, but I really enjoy it. The lyrics are silly but fun, the music is varied and Brooker speaks in a clearly self-aware voice that shows that you shouldn't really take this track too seriously. Part 1 is good, parts 2 & 3 are better.

Overall, the album is enjoyable, even if it isn't one of their best. I do especially recommend getting the newer edition that contains 3 bonus tracks 'Backgammon', an instrumental that isn't pleasant or unpleasant, very much just there, 'You'd Better Wait (Live)' a brilliant song that should really have been an album track, and 'This Old Dog (Live)' which is very bouncy and fun, both the live tracks really make this album feel much more worthwhile, so get this edition if you can.
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