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#progrock Van Der Graaf Generator - Aerosol Grey Machine (September 1969)
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#progrock The Enid - In The Region Of Summer Stars (February 1976)
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#progrock Birth Control - Plastic People (May 1975) - Originating from the German city of Cologne, Birth Control were one of the first German rock bands, releasing their debut album in 1970. They played heavy rock, with styling not unlike Vanilla Fudge or Deep Purple, and their self-titled debut album even saw a US release. The core of drummer Bernd Noske and guitarist Bruno Frenzel then led the band through a few well-executed but ultimately unspectacular albums. In 1974, keyboardist Bernd...
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#progrock Novalis - Banished Bridge (May 1973) - Novalis took not only their namesake from German poet Friedrich von Hardenberg, but his concept of lyricism and romanticism as well. The band was unique among German progressives, generally bypassing the British idiom of prog rock, while offering something much more unique. The band was formed in the early ‘70s in Hamburg, combining the talents of bassist Heino Schünzel, vocalist Jürgen Wenzel, keyboardist Lutz Rahn and drummer Hartwig Bierei...
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#progrock Emerson Lake & Palmer - Tarkus (June 1971) - If Emerson, Lake & Palmer had earned a “flash” rock reputation, their second album, Tarkus offers something in defense. “Tarkus” tells the story of a battle between a mythical manticore and a tank/armadillo beast, but more importantly, it's where ELP gets down to the business of serious composition. And what they present is nothing short of impressive. “Tarkus” is busy, fierce and perhaps best of all, relentless. No slow middle sections...
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#progrock Mike Oldfield - Platinum (December 1979) - Mike Oldfield's follow-up albums to Tubular Bells were similar in style but none the worse for it; Hergest Ridge also managed to top the British charts upon release, while 1975's Ommadawn would settle for No. 4. After a few years' break, Oldfield released the ambitious (for the times) double-album Incantations in 1978. Spread over four sides of vinyl, Oldfield permutates the piece's main theme, with orchestral arrangements, lots of tuned ...
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#progrock Stomu Yamashta - Go (June 1976) - Hailing from Japan, Stomu Yamashta was a classically trained percussionist whose earliest recording featured the works of 20th century composers Hans Werner Henze and Toru Takemitsu. After releasing his first original percussion composition, he toured Europe with his Red Buddha Theatre Company, which eventually led him to London and Island Records. His first two releases for the label, Floating Music in 1972 and Man From The East in 1973, were wit...
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#progrock Banco - As In A Last Supper (August 1976) - Banco played their first concerts in the UK in 1974 as their international fortunes grew. Next on deck from the band was Garofano Rossa (“Red Carnation”), a soundtrack based on Elio Vittorini's novel of the same name. Again released on ELP's Manticore label, vocalist Francesco Di Giacomo was absent from the purely instrumental album. Later in the year, Banco took to the studio again to record another album for Manticore. Issued in Italy ...
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#progrock Triumvirat - Illusions On A Double Dimple (October 1974)
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#progrock Yes - Close To The Edge (September 1972) - If both prior Yes albums had any shortcomings (and they had very few), it was due to growing pains. The Yes Album brought out the extended epic composition, but suffered perhaps in execution. Fragile was well executed, but really only contained a half-hour worth of music, solo tracks definitely notwithstanding. However by the time Close To The Edge was recorded, the band had remained stable for almost a year. Yes issued a massive arrangem...
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#progrock Hoelderlin - (May 1975) - By time Hoelderlin got around to recording their second album, the band had changed considerably: Nanny De Ruig had departed and another pair of brothers, Peter and Joachim Kaseberg, on bass and guitar respectively, now augmented the band. But more significant than the personnel changes, was the new musical course Hoelderlin had adopted: British prog rock. Though there was a three-year gap since the last recording, the band had continued to play live all ...
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The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock
Introduction
Strawberry Bricks is your definitive record guide to progressive rock, with band histories, musical synopses and critical commentary, all presented in the historical context of a timeline.

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Artists covered in the book: Daevid Allen, Amon Düül II, Jon Anderson, Ange, Aphrodite's Child, Area, A.R. & Machines, Ashra, Atomic Rooster, Kevin Ayers, Il Balletto di Bronzo, Banco Del Mutuo Soccorrso, Barclay James Harvest, Franco Battiato, The Beatles, David Bedford, Beggars Opera, Birth Control, Tim Blake, Brand X, Arthur Brown Arthur & Vincent Crane, Bill Bruford, Camel, Can, Caravan, Clearlight, Colosseum, Curved Air, Deep Purple, Earth & Fire, Egg, Eloy, Embryo, Emerson Lake & Palmer, The Enid, Fairport Convention, Family, Far East Family Band, Faust, Finch, Flash, Focus, Fripp & Eno, Genesis, Gentle Giant, Giles Giles & Fripp, Gong, Greenslade, Grobschnitt, Gryphon, Guru Guru, Steve Hackett, Peter Hammill, Bo Hansson, Happy The Man, Hatfield And The North, Hawkwind, Heldon, Henry Cow, Steve Hillage, Hoelderlin, Michael Hoenig, Jade Warrior, Jean Michel Jarre, Jethro Tull, Kansas, Khan, King Crimson, Kingdom Come, Kraan, Kraftwerk, Led Zeppelin, The Long Hello, Magma, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Manfred Mann's Earth Band, Matching Mole, McDonald and Giles, Pierre Moerlen's Gong, The Moody Blues, National Health, Nektar, The New Trolls, The Nice, Nova, Novalis, Mike Oldfield, Le Orme, Osanna, Passport, Anthony Phillips, Pink Floyd, Popol Vuh, Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM), The Pretty Things, Procol Harum, Quatermass, Quiet Sun, Rare Bird, Renaissance, Rush, Schicke Führs & Fröhling, Sea Level, Sebastian Hardie, Sensations' Fix, Pete Sinfield, Soft Machine, Chris Squire, Starcastle, Steeleye Span, Strawbs, Supertramp, Synergy, Tangerine Dream, Tempest, Tomorrow, Traffic, Triumvirat, U.K., Uriah Heep, Utopia, Van Der Graaf Generator, Vangelis, Rick Wakeman, Wallenstein, The Who, Wigwam, Darryl Way's Wolf, Robert Wyatt, Stomu, Yes and Frank Zappa.