Shine On Brightly

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Shine On Brightly
Procol Harum — ‘Shine On Brightly’ UK Cover.jpg
Studio album by Procol Harum
Released September 1968
Recorded 1967–68
Studio Advision Studios, De Lane Lea Studios and Olympic Studios, London, England
Genre Progressive rock, art rock, psychedelic rock
Length 39:09
Label Regal Zonophone, A&M
Producer Denny Cordell
Procol Harum chronology
Procol Harum
(1967)Procol Harum1967
Shine On Brightly
A Salty Dog
(1969)A Salty Dog1969
Alternative cover
US and European cover
US and European cover

Shine On Brightly is the second studio album by English rock band Procol Harum, released in 1968 by record labels Regal Zonophone and A&M.

It is considered an early example of progressive rock.[citation needed]


The title of the epic "In Held 'Twas in I" is an acrostic. It is formed by taking the first word of the lyrics in each of the first four movements (the 2nd word "held" comes from the first word of the sixth verse in the first movement).

"In the darkness of the night..." from movement 1 "Glimpses of Nirvana"
"Held close by that which some despise..." from the sixth verse of movement 1 "Glimpses of Nirvana"
"′Twas tea-time at the circus..." from movement 2 "′Twas Teatime at the Circus"
"In the autumn of my madness..." from movement 3 "In the Autumn of My Madness"
"I know if I'd been wiser..." from movement 4 "Look to Your Soul"


Shine On Brightly was released in September 1968 by record labels Regal Zonophone and A&M. The original British and North American versions of the opening two tracks ("Quite Rightly So" and "Shine On Brightly") are different versions.[citation needed]

The album was reissued several times, including a 2009 remaster using the original 2-track stereo masters and featuring bonus B-sides and alternate takes. However, many of the tracks are played at a higher speed.[1] Subsequent reissues have been at the correct speed.[citation needed]


Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[2]
Classic Rock8/10[3]
Rolling Stone(unfavourable)[5]

Upon its release, Jim Miller, writing for Rolling Stone, was unfavourable: "Procol Harum's first release was generally more satisfying, especially since this new album displays little in the way of startling growth – the group has apparently chosen to refine their old approach and the musical result, while usually listenable, is not consistently interesting."[5]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Gary Brooker and Keith Reid, except as noted.

Side A
1."Quite Rightly So"Brooker, Fisher, Reid3:40
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 B
1."Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)" 2:50
2."In Held 'Twas in I":
  • 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, Reid17:31




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  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "Shine On Brightly – Procol Harum | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 March 2015.
  3. ^ Hughes, Rob (August 2015). "Procul Harum Reissues". Classic Rock. pp. 104–05.
  4. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 902. ISBN 1-57859-061-2.
  5. ^ a b Miller, Jim (7 December 1968). "[Shine On Brightly review]". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 March 2015.