Shine On Brightly

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Shine On Brightly
Studio album by Procol Harum
Released September 1968 (US)
November 1968 (UK, Mono)
December 1968 (UK, Stereo)
Recorded 1967–68 at Advision Studios, De Lane Lea Studios and Olympic Studios, London
Genre Progressive rock, symphonic rock, art rock, psychedelic rock, baroque rock
Length 39:09
Label Regal Zonophone, A&M
Producer Denny Cordell
Procol Harum chronology
Procol Harum
Shine On Brightly
A Salty Dog
Alternative cover
US and European cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone (negative)[2]

Shine On Brightly is the second studio album by the UK band Procol Harum. Released in 1968 after the success of their debut album, it was influential in the development of progressive rock by breaking pop and rock music standards with the 17-minute epic "In Held Twas in I", which marked the beginning of the lengthy progressive rock suites that would occur later in the 1970s. The epic's title is an acrostic, putting the first word of each movement's lyrics into it as shown:

In "Glimpses of Nirvana", part 1
Held "Glimpses of Nirvana", part 2
′Twas "′Twas Teatime at the Circus"
In "In the Autumn of My Madness"
I "Look to Your Soul"

In addition, progressive rock band Transatlantic covered this song on their album SMPT:e. Their version extends "Glimpses of Nirvana" by cutting out "Twas Teatime at the Circus".

The original British and North American versions of the opening two tracks ("Quite Rightly So" and "Shine on Brightly") are different versions.

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Quite Rightly So"   Brooker, Fisher, Reid 3:40
2. "Shine On Brightly"     3:32
3. "Skip Softly (My Moonbeams)"     3:47
4. "Wish Me Well"     3:18
5. "Rambling On"     4:31
Side Two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)"     2:50
2. "In Held 'Twas in I":[3]
  • a)  "Glimpses of Nirvana"
  • b)  " 'Twas Teatime at the Circus"
  • c)  "In the Autumn of My Madness"
  • d)  "Look to Your Soul"
  • e)  "Grand Finale"  
Brooker, Fisher, Reid 17:31
Salvo Bonus Tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Quite Rightly So" (Mono Single Version) Brooker, Fisher, Reid 3:42
2. "In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence" (Mono)   3:02
3. "Monsieur Armand" (Mono)   2:39
4. "Seem to Have the Blues (Most All the Time)"     2:48
5. "McGreggor"     2:47
6. "The Gospel According to..."     3:28
7. "Shine on Brightly" (Early Version)   3:23
8. "Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)" (Early Version)   2:25
9. "A Robe of Silk" (Backing Track) Brooker 1:59
10. "Monsieur Armand" (Backing Track) Brooker 2:42
11. "In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence" (Backing Track) Brooker 3:00
  • The album was reissued several times, including a 2009 remaster using the original 2-track stereo masters, B-sides, and alternate takes. However, many of the tracks are played at a higher speed.




  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Miller, Jim (December 7, 1968). "Records". Rolling Stone (San Francisco: Straight Arrow Publishers, Inc.). Retrieved August 14, 2014. 
  3. ^ The title derived from the first words of its vocal segments