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The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock

Revised and Expanded edition, coming April 22, 2017!

Five Bridges > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SR-61295
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-06

The Thoughts Of Emerlist Davjack > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Immediate
Catalog#: IMSP 016
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Taking their name from Steve Marriott's (of The Small Faces) euphemism for being high, The Nice originally formed as a back-up band for Immediate label soul singer, P.P. Arnold. But the group's infatuation with Hendrix-like stage antics, in particular Keith Emerson's keyboard histrionics, led them quickly away and into London's limelight. Guitar heroes had been around for years already, but Emerson lashed out as England's first keyboard showman.

Nice > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Immediate
Catalog#: Z12 52022
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1969-08
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Upon review, The Nice's third self-titled record is certainly not their strongest effort, failing to offer any progress on the band's prior two releases. In fact, it contains little new studio material at all. The album opens with "Azrael (Revisited)", but Keith Emerson's piano is no substitute for David O'List's guitar that featured on the original single.

Ars Longa Vita Brevis > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Immediate
Catalog#: Z12 52020
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
With David O'List gone, Keith Emerson firmly took charge of The Nice. It should then be no surprise that their second effort finds the trio progressing deeper into classical music realm to further flaunt Emerson's keyboard histrionics. Their six-minute rendition of Leonard Bernstein's "America" (recorded while O'List was still with the band) was released as a single and nearly reached the UK Top 20 in July.

Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band > Beatles, The

Artist: Beatles
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: SMAS-2653
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-06
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Beatles did three things that changed the course of popular music: 1) they wrote their own songs; 2) they took control of the recording process; and 3) they gave us Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band. Released at the height of the summer of 1967, the Beatles had been off the road for almost eighteen months and immersed at Abbey Road studios. That it is a conceptual album, and not just a collection of songs, makes Sgt. Pepper the landmark that it is.

Mr. Fantasy > Traffic

Artist: Traffic
Label: United Artists Records
Catalog#: UAS 6651
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-12
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Steve Winwood was known for his blue-eyed soul with the Spencer Davis Group, and songs such as "Gimme Some Lovin'" and "I'm A Man" were the last in a string of hits from the R&B inspired group. By 1967, Winwood was now solo, recruiting some friends from his native Birmingham for Traffic. They retired to the proverbial "cottage in the country" and created the first of two records that, along with Pink Floyd and Jimi Hendrix, would best characterize Britain's answer to America's acid rock - psychedelic rock. Their debut album, Mr.

Days Of Future Passed > Moody Blues, The

Artist: Moody Blues
Label: Deram
Catalog#: DES 18012
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Moody Blues were originally an R&B-inspired group who scored an UK No. 1 hit in 1964 with "Go Now". A few years later they recruited John Lodge and Justin Hayward, but it took a change to the Deram label and a purchase of a Mellotron before they'd find success again.

Procol Harum > Procol Harum

Artist: Procol Harum
Label: Deram
Catalog#: DES 18008
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The members of Procol Harum suffered most of the '60s as the Paramounts, whose minor claim to fame was a cover of “Poison Ivy” that hit the UK Top 40 in 1963. They finally broke up in 1966, yet by the following year had resurrected themselves as Procol Harum. Released in May, their first single “A Whiter Shade of Pale” shot immediately to No. 1 in the UK, selling over 4 million copies.

The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn > Pink Floyd

Artist: Pink Floyd
Label: Tower
Catalog#: ST 5093
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-08
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
In late 1966, London - ordained "swinging" by Time magazine - was undergoing a massive culture change. At the very heart of London's "underground" lay Barry Miles and Indica Books, the subject of the Beatles' "Paperback Writer". Along with John Hopkins, American Jim Haynes and others, Miles also launched the International Times, London's first newspaper dedicated to this new counter-culture. And it's roughly here that Peter Jenner and Andrew King, acting as the band's management, introduced the Pink Floyd Sound to that scene.

Fragile > Yes

Artist: Yes
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 7211
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1972-01
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Prior to recording their fourth album, Yes went through yet another personnel change: Tony Kaye was given the axe (though rectified in the ensuing decade) in favor of London's hottest keyboard player at the time. Rick Wakeman, who had just finished a musically unceremonious tenancy with the Strawbs, was a Royal College of Music dropout, best known inside the studios of London. Yes offered him the opportunity to flaunt his talent, on the pretext that an infusion of more diverse keyboard sounds would further their music. It did indeed.
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