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Happy Jack > Who, The

Artist: Who
Label: Decca
Catalog#: DL4892
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-05

Wings Of Love > Nova

Artist: Nova
Label: Arista
Catalog#: AB 4150
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1977
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Joining Nova for their final two records were bassist Barry “SunJon” Johnson and drummer Ric Parnell, the latter previously in Atomic Rooster and Ibis (and son of the famous big band leader Jack Parnell). The band had moved to the US, relocating first to Colorado and then on to Southern California; according to Elio D’Anna, “in England, all there were were a lot of punk bands!” Narada Michael Walden was still around, but in a different role, here producing Wings Of Love, which again was recorded at Trident Studios in London. “You Are Light” leads off and talk about a change!

Vimana > Nova

Artist: Nova
Label: Arista
Catalog#: AL 4110
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1976
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
After their fiery debut, Nova suffered some lineup changes. The rhythm section was the first to leave, while Danilo Rustici wasn’t far behind. Corrado Rustici and Elio D’Anna then recruited a keyboardist, Renato Rosset from New Trolls Atomic System and reached out to the fusion world for the rest: Narada Michael Walden, ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra, provided drums, while Percy Jones, Phil Collins and Robin Lumley, all on loan from Brand X, filled in with bass, percussion and the producer’s chair, respectively. Even Sri Chinmoy now provided spiritual inspiration.

Private Collection > Jon & Vangelis

Artist: Jon & Vangelis
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 813 174-1
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1983-05

The Friends Of Mr. Cairo > Jon & Vangelis

Artist: Jon & Vangelis
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: PD-1-6326
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1981-07

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").