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Reviews for the Third Edition

Reviews for the third edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive rock (will be updated).

"Each of the over 500 entries is lovingly annotated with insightful breakdowns of each subject, which resulted in me reacquainting myself with many albums I hadn't thought about in years. Whether you are the novice getting your cape dirty for the first time, or a seasoned veteran who enjoys a fresh perspective, this is your mountain to climb." - Eric Reidelberger, Ugly Things Magazine

Tomorrow > Tomorrow

Artist: Tomorrow Featuring Keith West
Label: Parlophone
Catalog#: PCS 7042
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-02
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
As the In Crowd, a London-based mid-60s soul band, bassist John "Junior" Wood and singer Keith West (born Keith Alan Hopkins) found middling success, but after teaming with ex-Syndicats guitarist Steve Howe and drummer John "Twink" Alder, the quartet rebranded themselves as Tomorrow and launched straight into the popular psychedelia of 1967.

Elegy > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SR 61324
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1971-04

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 Jimi Hendrix-like stage antics, manifested in Keith Emerson's keyboard histrionics, led them quickly away from the singer 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: 1969-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Upon review, The Nice's self-titled third record is certainly not their strongest effort, as it fails to offer any progress on the band's prior two releases. The album opens with "Azrael Revisited," though Keith Emerson's piano is an inferior substitute to David O'List's guitar on the original single.

Ars Longa Vita Brevis > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Immediate
Catalog#: Z12 52020
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
With David O'List gone, Keith Emerson firmly took charge of The Nice. It should be no surprise then that their second effort finds the trio diving deeper into the classical music realm to further flaunt Emerson's keyboard histrionics. Their six-minute rendition of Leonard Bernstein's "America," from the musical West Side Story (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 changed the course of popular music in three major ways: 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 worldwide on June 1st, 1967, The Beatles had been off the road for almost a year and immersed at EMI Studios. That it is a conceptual album and not just a collection of songs makes Sgt. Pepper's 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 group. By 1967, Winwood was out on his own, engaging some friends from his native Birmingham to form Traffic. They retired to the proverbial "cottage in the country" and created the first of two records that, along with Pink Floyd and The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 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 a UK No. 1 hit in 1964 with "Go Now" b/w "It's Easy Child." A couple years later they-drummer Graeme Edge, keyboardist Mike Pinder and flautist Ray Thomas-recruited bassist John Lodge and guitarist Justin Hayward, but it took a change to the Deram label and the 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, but by the following year had resurrected themselves as Procol Harum. Released in May, their first single "A Whiter Shade of Pale" b/w "Lime Street Blues" shot immediately to No. 1 in the UK, selling over 4 million copies.