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The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock
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#progrock Anthony Phillips - Sides (April 1979) - As the title suggests, Anthony Phillips' Sides splits itself between the commercial orientation of the first side and the progressive rock of the second. Most of the musicians from his preceding album were back, including the potent rhythm section of Mike Giles and John G. Perry. Hardly pensive, the opening track “Um & Argh” wastes no time making use of them. Lyrically it gives a perfect account of Phillips' trials as a recording artist. But...

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#progrock Deep Purple - Concerto for Group and Orchestra (January 1970)

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#progrock Jethro Tull - Too Old To Rock 'N' Roll: Too Young To Die! (May 1976)

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#progrock Kingdom Come - Journey (April 1973) - Kingdom Come entered Rockfield Studio at the end of 1972 to record what would be their third and final album, Journey. Joining Arthur Brown, Andy Dalby and Phil Shutt were two new additions: Victor Peraino on keyboards and the band's so-called fifth member, the Bentley Rhythm Ace. Operated by Brown, the Bentley was of course one of the first drum machines, and coupled with the synthesizer work of Peraino, the two brought an original texture to...

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#progrock Magma - Köhntarkösz (June 1974) - Christian Vander's previous effort was the third installment of his Theusz Hamtaahk trilogy; an account of the struggle between the planets Kobaïa and Earth. “Wurdah Itah”, released as the soundtrack Tristan et Iseult was the second part, recorded in mid-'74, with just Christian and Stella Vander, Jannick Top and Klaus Blasquiz participating; the first section, “Theusz Hamtaahk”, would finally see the light of day in 1980 on Retrospektiw I-II, tho...

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#progrock Jethro Tull - Minstrel In The Gallery (September 1975)

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#progrock Sea Level - Seal Level (February 1977) - Founded by keyboardist Chuck Leavell and the powerful rhythm section of drummer Jai Johanny Johanson and bassist Lamar Williams, the trio was first heard opening shows for the Allman Brothers Band under the moniker We Three. Jaimoe of course was a founding member of the Allman Bros., while both Leavell and Williams joined up in 1972. Now I'm not in any way proposing either as prog rock: both bands played American southern rock, but often wi...

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#progrock Guru Guru - Don't Call Us, We Call You (November 1973)

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#progrock Heldon - Guerilla Electronique (December 1974) - The debut album from Heldon introduces us to the French electronic rock pioneer Richard Pinhas and the larger Parisian “underground” he piloted. Having left his teaching post at the Sorbonne, Pinhas never left his philosophy behind; his work would always remain left of center, as the title Guerilla Electronique attests, and the spirit of the May '68 student revolt remains the key to both his musical invention and dedication to his u...

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#progrock Gentle Giant - Interview (April 1976) - The success generated by the previous year's Free Hand and the extensive touring to promote it presented the band with a considerable amount of pressure for the follow-up. They entered the studio in February reputedly less prepared than they'd hoped, but what they delivered was something a little more straightforward and precise than any of their earlier efforts. As the title, Interview, suggests, the concept of this, Gentle Giant's eighth a...
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