Procol Harum

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the Pale 

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Shine on Brightly

1968


 UK sleeve / US sleeve

Matthew Fisher organ, vocal
Dave Knights bass
Gary Brooker piano, mellotron, vocal
Keith Reid words, recitation
BJ Wilson drums
Robin Trower guitar, vocal
Producer: Denny Cordell
Assistant producer: Tony Visconti
 

Quite Rightly So

Shine On Brightly

Skip Softly
(My Moonbeams)

Wish Me Well

Rambling On

Magdalene (My
Regal Zonophone)

In Held 'Twas In I: Glimpses Of Nirvana, 'Twas Teatime At The Circus, In The Autumn Of My Madness, Look To Your Soul, Grand Finale

Liner notes:
Dear Michael, here are your liner notes. I wonder if you wanted me to write about Procol Harum, or this album, or music or Life or whatever. I know very little about this record, you know; I can't figure out from the dub, and what you told me, whether side two contains one, two or three works. Don't worry: I don't care. If I did, I could call Denny in England: no expense should be spared for the facts that matter. But this is not a matter of fact. This is just a record album. I am amused by how difficult it seems to have been for Keith to write the words for this album no, not to write them, but to choose them and I appreciate deeply his success in conveying his motley mood. This is a wonderful record, kind of a letter from a friend I guess, or an expression of an eight-month moment. I like it at the end, when Robbie simply says what he has to say, and it was so utterly relieving to hear him say it again. I like it at the beginning, when that familiar organ rolls/fades in and Keith/Gary starts by apologising. I like especially My Moonbeams and Shine On Brightly, which already run through my minds, and I like especially the whole show, as a whole show. Have you noticed how much the first Procol album (which was so influenced by Blonde on Blonde) influenced Music From Big Pink? This album here will affect so many of us so deeply that I wonder that you're not just bursting with pride at your involvement with it. I know I am. Procol Harum is a cornerstone of my existence, something I would have a craving need for were it not here. I am satisfied with this music; it really is fine stuff. You believe me, don't you? Good. I will stop repeating myself. Be very well your friend Paul Williams.

Other items of interest:
Reviews of Shine On Brightly
The words of this album, provided by Keith Reid for this website
The 1997 Repertoire re-issue of this album
This album on reel-to-reel with an interesting mistake
Who wrote which parts of In Held 'Twas in I?
The famous article about the Procol Harum album by Paul Williams, author of this liner-note
This Procol Harum 'masterpiece' was used on record by Deep Purple in mid/late 80s gigs
A Record Collector review in 2002 about the BGO re-issue
A 1973 review of the DoubleBack Shine on Brightly / Home
A favourite album of Geoff Downes
Shine On Brightly ornamental urns

Triple CD reissue with bonus-tracks, 2015, from Esoteric
   

 


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