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#progrock Jean Michel Jarre - Oxygene (July 1977) - Estranged son of famed composer Maurice Jarre, French synthesist Jean Michel Jarre studied at Pierre Schaeffer's GRM during the late '60s and early '70s. His earliest release was a 45, “La Cage” b/w “Eros”, a mixture of electronics and tape collages - none of which should be surprising considering his pedigree. From there to the international success of Oxygene was quite a leap, especially considering Jarre had composed just few soundtrack...
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#progrock Hawkwind - Warrior At The Edge Of Time (May 1975) - Since we last visited Hawkwind, their ranks continued to revolve: both Robert Calvert and Dik Mik left the band prior to 1974's Hall Of The Mountain Grill and Simon House, ex-Third Ear Band, joined on keyboards. The single “Psychedelic Warlords (Disappear In Smoke)” b/w “It's So Easy” failed to chart, but the album rose to No. 16 in the UK. Hawkwind then added second drummer Allan Powell but didn't replace the departing Del Dettm...
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#progrock Anthony Phillips - Wise After The Event (May 1978)
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#progrock Peter Hammill - Fool's Mate (July 1971) - Having already spent the majority of the year on tour with VDGG (including dates on the now legendary Charisma “Six Bob” tour), Peter Hammill's first solo album was recorded in what must have been an exceptionally busy year for him. As a solo artist, Hammill was a slightly different creature. It wouldn't be incorrect (at this stage) to call the singer-songwriter acoustic, but in a progressive tradition he certainly was original. The album,...
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#progrock King Crimson - Starless and Bible Black (February 1974)
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#progrock Soft Machine - (December 1968) - 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...
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#progrock The Moody Blues - Days Of Future Passed (November 1967)
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#progrock Premiata Forneria Marconi - Storia Di Minuto (February 1972)
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#progrock The Tony Williams Lifetime - Emergency! (May 1969)
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#progrock Grobschnitt - Rockpommel's Land (May 1977) - Concentrating more on arrangement and production, the Jumbo album, released in 1975, presented a more polished Grobschnitt on record. It was even successful enough to prompt a re-recording and release “mit deutsche texten” for their home country, where the band carried the zaniness of the album onto the concert stage. Meanwhile main man Eroc released his second solo album, just before the band reconvened in the studio for this, their fo...
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#progrock Hawkwind - Space Ritual (May 1973) - By the end of 1971, Ian “Lemmy” Kilmister (later of Motörhead fame), drummer Simon King and poet Robert Calvert had been thoroughly integrated into the Hawkwind fold. The summer of 1972 saw a surprise hit-single for the band: “Silver Machine” b/w “Seven by Seven” rode the UK charts all the way to No. 3, providing the band with their first bona fide success. The song, sung by Lemmy, was culled from the Greasy Trucker's benefit concert at London'...
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#progrock Chris Squire - Fish Out Of Water (November 1975) - Yes bassist Chris Squire's solo album Fish Out Of Water was the first to appear after Yes took a sabbatical following Relayer. That each member recorded an album worthy of release on Atlantic Records is debatable; but judged on this record alone, it's a great idea! Squire put together a great band, including ex-Yes member Bill Bruford and almost ex-Yes member Patrick Moraz, with noted session players Mel Collins and Jimmy Hastings...
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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.