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Latest news: Happy Holidays! The third (and final) edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is coming soon. Written, fact-checked and proofread, I am in the process of finalizing this edition for press. For those that have purchased the first edition of the book, it is a considerable upgrade with over 200+ more records added to the timeline, fact-checked, edited, and a new prologue and epilogue. Early 2020 release!

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Sun City > Nova

Artist: Nova
Label: Arista
Catalog#: AB 4203
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1978

The Who Sell Out > Who, The

Artist: Who
Label: Decca
Catalog#: DL 74950
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-01

Happy Jack > Who, The

Artist: Who
Label: Decca
Catalog#: DL4892
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1967-05

Wings Of Love > Nova

Artist: Nova
Label: Arista
Catalog#: AB 4150
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1977
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Joining Nova for their final two records were bassist Barry "SunJon" Johnson and drummer Ric Parnell, the latter previously in Atomic Rooster and Ibis (and son of the famous big bandleader Jack Parnell). The band had moved to the US, relocating first to Colorado and then on to Southern California; according to Elio D'Anna, "In England, all there were were a lot of punk bands!" Narada Michael Walden was still around, but in a different role; here, he produced Wings Of Love, which again was recorded at Trident Studios in London.

Vimana > Nova

Artist: Nova
Label: Arista
Catalog#: AL 4110
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1976
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
After their fiery debut, Nova suffered from some lineup changes. The rhythm section was the first to leave, while Danilo Rustici wasn't far behind. Corrado Rustici and Elio D'Anna then recruited a keyboardist—Renato Rosset from New Trolls Atomic System—and reached out to the fusion world for the rest of the lineup: Narada Michael Walden, ex-Mahavishnu Orchestra, provided drums, while Percy Jones, Phil Collins and Robin Lumley, all on loan from Brand X, filled in with bass, percussion and production, respectively.

Private Collection > Jon & Vangelis

Artist: Jon & Vangelis
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 813 174-1
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1983-05

The Friends Of Mr. Cairo > Jon & Vangelis

Artist: Jon & Vangelis
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: PD-1-6326
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1981-07

Short Stories > Jon & Vangelis

Artist: Jon & Vangelis
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: PD-1-6272
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-01
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Evidently, Jon Anderson spent little time mourning his divorce from Yes, as he quickly started up both a solo career and a highly successful collaboration with Vangelis. The pair initially recorded together for the Greek musician's 1975 album, Heaven & Hell; and from there, their relationship grew, first with Anderson adding harp and vocals to a couple of records in Vangelis's prolific catalog of albums. Short Stories is the debut album by the duo, now billed as Jon & Vangelis.

Animation > Anderson, Jon

Artist: Jon Anderson
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 19355
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1982-06
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Alternating with his collaboration with Vangelis, 1982 then saw another solo album from Jon Anderson, Animation. He again assembled a stellar cast, including Jack Bruce, Clem Clempson, Simon Phillips and Chris Rainbow. “Olympia”, a paean to electronic music and gear(!), opens the album with considerable momentum, partly due to its driving forward beat. Perhaps producer Neil Kernon deserves the credit, but there's considerable more momentum to the album than on any of Anderson's previous.

Song Of Seven > Anderson, Jon

Artist: Jon Anderson
Label: Atlantic
Catalog#: SD 16021
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Parallel to his venture with Vangelis, Jon Anderson also began a solo career. Producing, writing and arranging, Anderson also assembled a fantastic cast: Ronnie Leahy on keyboards, Ian Bairnson and Clem Clempson on guitar, John Giblin on bass and Morris Pert on drums. Several compositions had been poised for Yes, including "Some Are Born," "Everybody Loves You" and "Hear It," but it's obvious why they were never executed: Don't go looking for Yes' music here as Anderson's solo effort, Song Of Seven, is an altogether different beast.