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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

Renaissance > Renaissance (Yardbirds)

Artist: Renaissance
Label: Elektra
Catalog#: EKS 74068
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1969-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Following the demise of The Yardbirds, guitarist Keith Relf and drummer Jim McCarty opted for a completely different direction than the American blues of their former band: that of music combining classical, jazz and folk influence - how progressive! With Relf 's sister Jane on vocals, bassist Louis Cennamo and pianist John Hawken were the key in this new direction of "classical interpretation".

The Soft Machine > Soft Machine, The

Artist: Soft Machine
Label: Probe
Catalog#: CPLP 4500
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Originally from the provincial town of Canterbury, the Soft Machine split off from The Wilde Flowers in 1966. And by the time the Softs got around to recording this album, they had already undergone substantial changes: Daevid Allen, St. Tropez and the London underground were well behind them. That version of the Soft Machine released one single "Love Makes Sweet Music" b/w "Feelin' Reelin' Squealin'", recorded some demos with Giorgio Gomelsky, and alongside Pink Floyd, had become one of the pillars of the London underground.

S. F. Sorrow > Pretty Things, The

Artist: Pretty Things
Label: EMI Columbia
Catalog#: SCX 6306
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
An original member of the proto-Rolling Stones, bassist Dick Taylor hooked up with singer guitarist Phil May at Sidcup Art College in 1963 to form The Pretty Things. Moving to London, their R&B influenced rock was an instant success. "Rosalyn" scored them a No. 4 hit in the UK in early 1964, and their self-titled debut album, released in early 1965, scored similarly well. A few years of crazy antics behind them, John Povey and Allen "Wally" Waller (both previously in The Fenmen) joined in 1967 for the lavishly produced (but disappointing) Emotions.

Shine On Brightly > Procol Harum

Artist: Procol Harum
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP 4151
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-10
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Procol Harum's second effort starts off predictably: Gary Brooker's monochromatic wail over Matthew Fisher's swirling Hammond chords on the title track offer elegance, while the pitter-patter of the following "Skip Softly (My Moonbeam)" gives way to something deeper. "Wish Me Well" even attempts some blues, obviously at guitarist Robin Trower's suggestion. Although the first side of the record could have easily come from their debut, the second side of the record, containing the epic "In Held Twas In I", is the real accomplishment here.