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Latest news: Please note that the book is officially out of print. I am preparing a second edition of the Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, due not before late 2015. The new edition will feature more additions to the timeline, interviews with musicians from all over the globe, and a good editing before publication. Thank you to everyone that has made a purchase!

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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

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.