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Short Stories > Jon & Vangelis

Artist: Jon & Vangelis
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: PD-1-6272
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-01
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Evidently Jon Anderson spent little time mourning his ejection from Yes, as he quickly started up both a solo career and a very successful collaboration with Vangelis. The pair first recorded together for the Greek musician's 1975 album, Heaven & Hell, and their relationship grew, with Anderson adding harp and vocals to several of Vangelis' prolific catalog of albums. Billed as Jon & Vangelis, Short Stories is the first full album by the duo.

Animation > Anderson, Jon

Artist: Jon Anderson
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 19355
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1982-06
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Alternating with his collaboration with Vangelis, 1982 then saw another solo album from Jon Anderson, Animation. He again assembled a stellar cast, including Jack Bruce, Clem Clempson, Simon Phillips and Chris Rainbow. “Olympia”, a paean to electronic music and gear(!), opens the album with considerable momentum, partly due to its driving forward beat. Perhaps producer Neil Kernon deserves the credit, but there's considerable more momentum to the album than on any of Anderson's previous.

Song Of Seven > Anderson, Jon

Artist: Jon Anderson
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 16021
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Parallel to his venture with Vangelis, Jon Anderson began a solo career. With Anderson at the helm producing, writing and arranging, he assembled a fantastic cast: Ronnie Leahy on keyboards, Ian Bairnson and Clem Clempson on guitar, John Giblin on bass and Morris Pert on drums. Several compositions were poised for Yes, including “Some Are Born”, “Everybody Loves You" and "Hear It", but it's quite obvious why they were never executed: don't go looking for Yes' music here. Anderson solo is a very different beast.

Olias Of Sunhillow > Anderson, Jon

Artist: Jon Anderson
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 18180
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1976-06
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Seems not everyone had their fill with Topographic Oceans; built around a story inspired by Roger Dean's flying starships on the Fragile cover, Anderson's Olias Of Sunhillow is chock full of sci-fantasy spiritualism. Dean wasn't present for the art (he was always closest to Howe), so the jacket sports a lavishly illustrated sleeve from one David Roe. Anderson had previously struck up a friendship with Vangelis, one that would eventually evolve into a successful string of albums for the duo. But more immediate is the influence Vangelis had on this recording.

The Yes Album > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 8283
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1971-03
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Yes Album was that herculean leap that helped the band not only save their recording contract with Atlantic, but also served as the artistic step that put them into prog rock's elite. With new blood Steve Howe on guitar, Yes spent a few months isolated in the country writing new material (including fantastic arrangements of Paul Simon's "America" and the Young Rascals' "It's Love").

my first album

Album: 
Fragile

This was my first album, a birthday gift from my sisters. I first heard Roundabout on AM radio. What an impression it had on me.

Blink > Nova

Artist: Nova
Label: Arista
Catalog#: ARTY 118
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Prior to Osanna’s 1974 album Landscape Of Life, Elio D’Anna and Danilo Rustici, with drummer Enzo Vallicelli, went to London to record one eponymous album, Uno. Then, after the demise of Osanna, the pair returned to London, and under the auspices of Pete Townsend, producer Rupert Hine and Arista Records, formed Nova. Two Italian musicians, Luciano Milanese and Franco LoPrevite, comprised the rhythm section, while joining on guitar was Rustici’s brother, Corrado. His previous band Cervello released one album of excellent progressive rock in 1973 entitled Melos.

Illusion > Renaissance (Yardbirds)

Artist: Renaissance
Label: Island Records
Catalog#: 6339 017
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970

From Genesis To Revelation > Genesis

Artist: Genesis
Label: London Records
Catalog#: PS 643
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1969-03
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Genesis story began at the Charterhouse public school in Surrey. Tony Banks and Peter Gabriel and guitarists Mike Rutherford and Anthony Phillips were all classmates in two competing bands. Adding drummer Chris Stewart, they joined forces in 1967 with the hopes of becoming a songwriting collective. The band's earliest efforts were proffered through the old school tie, when pop producer and fellow Carthusian Jonathan King agreed to produce some demos. The contact eventually led to a recording contract from Decca.

First & Illusion > Renaissance (Yardbirds)

Artist: Renaissance
Label: Line Records
Catalog#: LICD 9.21163 S
Format: CD
Country: Germany
Released: 1992