Procol Harum – Italian 1st LP With Song Sung in Italian, Unique Cover
A rare 1967 Italian first pressing of Procol Harum’s self-titled debut album, with a unique psychedelic cover and a song sung in Italian!
During the second half of the 1960’s, artists including The Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds and Stevie Wonder recorded songs in Italian, in an effort to have hit singles in that market. The original Italian issue of Procol Harum’s debut featured a unique take on the regular album cover, printed in a beautiful psychedelic pink (and laminated), and the song “Shine on Brightly” (the title cut from their second album in the rest of the world) sung in phonetic Italian by the band’s singer, Gary Brooker, and retitled “Il Tuo Diamante”. Also unique to this release is that the song “Repent Walpurgus” was retitled “Fortuna” (“luck” in English).
The cover on this example is in VG+ condition, with a small bit of paper loss to the back cover slick in the bottom right corner. The disc is VG+. A very scarce and highly collectible rarity.
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