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Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly (1968) [1997, Repertoire REP 4667-WY]

Procol Harum - Shine On Brightly (1968)
EAC | Flac(Image) + Cue + Log & MP3 CBR 320Kbps
Repertoire, REP 4667-WY | ~ 290 or 117 Mb | Scans(600dpi, jpg) -> 66 Mb
Psychedelic Rock / Prog Rock / Classic Rock

As an album, "Shine on Brightly" is somewhat of a concept piece. It seems to chronicle the fall and subsequent rise of an ordinary individual as he/she progresses through paranoia and insanity to self actualization and nirvanic bliss. This journey is summarized in the epic eighteen minute "In Held 'Twas In I." But, more on that masterpiece in a moment...
Six songs of individual importance, beauty, and weight lead up to Procol's opus. Of these, my personal favorites are "Quite Rightly So," "Skip Softly (My Moonbeams)," and "Magdalene (My Regal Zonophone)." "Magdalene" and "Skip Softly" are particularly beautiful in their lyrics, which seem deal with the redemptive qualities of music and the descent into a dark world of insanity, repectively. For me, however, the true highlight of the album is "In Held 'Twas In I," particularly the "Grand Finale." The composition never really lags or bores (like most Art or Progressive Rock epics), and always greets the ears with new and marvelous sounds. The Westside reissue again features songs that are either previously unreleased, B-sides, or alternate versions. Of these, the cynical "Seem to Have the Blues (Mostly All the Time)" and "In the Wee Small Hours of Sixpence" are probably the strongest, although Gary Brooker does a nice job with the Italian rendering of the lyrics to "Shine on Brightly" in the rarity, "Il Tuo Diamante." All in all, Procol's second album is an exciting and magnificent Art-Rock production, worth owning not only for fans of the band but fans who admire intelligent lyrics and songwriting of a heightened quality.

Tracklist:

01. Quite Rightly So 3:41
02. Shine On Brightly 3:32
03. Skip Softly (My Moonbeams) 3:47
04. Wish Me Well 3:18
05. Rambling On 4:31
06. Magdelene (My Regal Zonophone) 2:51
07. In Held Twas In I 17:32
08. In The Wee Small Hours Of Sixpence 3:00
09. Il Tuo Diamante 3:29
10. Homburg (Stereo Version) 3:54
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