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Amon Düül II Reissue

"... what’s more exciting is the long awaited return of this iconic German outfit after a nearly 20-year absence from the music world with a new album, Düülirium! This stunning new album features 3 of the group’s founding members - guitarist John Weinzierl, guitarist/violinist Chris Karrer, and vocalist Renate Knaup - and will be simultaneously released on both CD and vinyl June 10. "

Nexus > Argent

Artist: Argent
Label: Epic
Catalog#: KE 32573
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1974-02
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Before the turn of the decade, former Zombie Rod Argent and his bassist cousin Jim Rodford drafted drummer Bob Henrit and guitarist Russ Ballard from the pop band Unit 4 + 2 to form Argent. The band clearly centered on the keyboard talents of its namesake, but also had gifted songwriters in Ballard and ex-Zombie Chris White. “Lothlorien” and the second side of 1971's Rings of Fire pointed to the progressive, but it would take the band a few more albums before they consummated that direction. Argent scored a massive hit with "Hold Your Head Up" in 1972, reaching No.

Tilt - Immagini Per Un Orecchio > Arti & Mestieri

Artist: Arti & Mestieri
Label: Cramps Records
Catalog#: CRSLP 5501
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1974-04-10
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Hailing from Torino, Arti e Mestieri (“Art and Crafts”) combined the talents of keyboardist Beppe Crovella and drummer Furio Chirico. The latter had spent time in the The Trip, an odd Anglo-Italian group that once featured Ritchie Blackmore. The remainder of the band were previously in a local Turin group, Dream Of Archimedes, and included guitarist (and main composer) Gigi Venegoni, bassist Marco Gallesi, violinist and vocalist Giovanni Vigliar, and Arturo Vitale on wind instruments and vibes.

Led Zeppelin First Three Albums Newly Remastered With Previously Unreleased Companion Audio

Some of my favorite albums as a teen, Led Zeppelin has announce the reissue of their entire catalog, with bonus audio and deluxe packaging. The first three albums are available in early June:

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Bernd "Nossi" Noske, R.I.P.

"Dear fans and friends of Birth Control,
Unfortunately I have to post a very, very sad message. On Tuesday, 02.18.2014, our drummer and singer Bernd "Nossi" Noske passed away! The funeral took place in silence in the circle of family.
Who would like to support Nossi's widow with a donation can be sure that these will be thankfully accepted! Kornelia Sommerfeld-Noske, Zum Bäumchen 9, D-53809 Ruppichteroth, Germany

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Francesco Di Giacomo, R.I.P.

Re-posted from Greg Walker, of Synphonic:

"It is with great sadness to announce that Francesco Di Giacomo (the beloved tenor singer of Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso") passed away today from the result of a car accident. Details are sketchy about what caused the accident but it may be health related. Here is the posting on the internet and the English translation":

PFM to play Chicago 4/6

"Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) (translation: Award-winning Marconi Bakery) is an Italian progressive rock band. They were the first Italian group to have success abroad, entering both the British and American charts. Between 1973 and 1977 they released five albums with English lyrics. They also had several successful European and American tours, playing at the popular Reading Festival in England and on a very popular national television program in the U.S.A.

Odessey And Oracle > Zombies, The

Artist: Zombies
Label: CBS
Catalog#: 63280
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1968
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Formed in 1962 in St. Albans, Hertfordshire, The Zombies’ combined the talents of keyboardist Rod Argent, vocalist Colin Blunstone, bassist Chris White, guitarist Paul Atkinson, and drummer Hugh Grundy. Like most bands of the British Invasion, they combined equal parts soul and beat, but The Zombies had that something extra: incredible musicality. Released in July 1964, “She’s Not There” b/w “You Make Me Feel Good” was to be their only chart hit in the UK, reaching No 12. But it eventually rose to No 2.

Albums you should know, Part 5: Blossom Toes - We Are Ever So Clean

Song: What On Earth (1967)

Albums you should know, Part 4: Patto

Song: The Man (1970)