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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

Thirty-Three Essential Progressive Rock Albums

Everybody loves lists, myself included. What are my favorite progressive rock albums? Here they are, do you have them all?

Essential: 33 Progressive Rock Albums
1. The Nice – The Thoughts Of Emerlist DavJack (Immediate 1967)
2. Soft Machine – Volume Two (Probe 1969)
3. Colosseum – Those Who Are About To Die Salute You (Vertigo 1969)
4. Jethro Tull – Stand Up (Reprise 1969)
5. King Crimson – In The Court Of The Crimson King (An Observation By King Crimson) (EG 1969)
6. The Pretty Things – Parachute (Harvest 1970)
7. Caravan – In The Land of Grey And Pink (Deram 1971)

Singapore Silk Torpedo Live At The BBC & Other Broadcasts

Artist: The Pretty Things
Label: Repertoire Records (UK) Ltd
Catalog#: REPUK1327
Format: 2xCD, DVD
Country: UK
Released: 2018-09-28

Nick Mason's Saucerful of Secrets North American Tour 2019

Former Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason will bring his Saucerful of Secrets band to North America in spring of 2019. The band features Gary Kemp of Spandau Ballet on guitar and vocals, former Floyd bassist Guy Pratt, and draws its music from the early Pink Floyd albums, including many of Syd Barrett's compositions. See you in Chicago!

March 12 — Vancouver, BC Queen Elizabeth Theatre
March 13 — Seattle, WA The Paramount
March 15 — San Francisco, CA The Masonic
March 16 — Los Angeles, CA The Wiltern
March 19 — Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre
March 21 — Denver, CO Paramount Theatre

Progtoberfest IV

Reggie's Rock Club will host the fourth edition of Progtoberfest beginning on October 18th (pre-party with Chicago-based Porcupine Tree tribute Cloud Zero, District 97 and Ugly Radio Rebellion with Ike Willis) and running through Sunday, with FM and Soft Machine headlining, and Chicago's Lovely Little Girls and a special performance of Bill Bruford's One Of A Kind album! I'll be there selling books, stop by and enjoy a few great nights of music in Chicago!

The Trio Years > Kraan

Artist: Kraan
Label: Bassball
Catalog#: K-2018-1
Format: CD
Country: Germany
Released: 2018

Romantic Warriors IV - Krautrock

From Charles:
"Like the other movies in this series, Romantic Warriors - A Progressive Music Saga are not superficial documentaries. They are intimate conversations directly with the artists about their history, their music, and their stories. Essential viewing for all progressive music fans!"
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Video: The Hunt for Bo Hansson

Seemingly out of nowhere (actually, TV2 from Sweden) comes a documentary on keyboardist Bo Hansson from 1976, with English subtitles!

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Hawkwind Road to Utopia, new album with Mike Batt, Eric Clapton

News today from Prog/Louder.com:
"Hawkwind have announced that their new studio album will be released later this year. Titled Road To Utopia, it will launch on September 14 on CD and LP and sees the band hook up with songwriter and conductor Mike Batt to reimagine a selection of Hawkwind classics with an orchestral flourish. The tracklist includes Quark, Strangeness And Charm, We Took The Wrong Step Years Ago, Psychic Power and The Watcher – the latter featuring a guest appearance from Eric Clapton."

Uriah Heep Shepperton 1974

Here's some classic David Byron, train-wreck and all, of the mighty Uriah Heep. Maybe not the most musically adventurous of the 70s, but certainly one of the hardest rockin' bands of the era!

RIP Jon Hiseman

From his early days with Graham Bond and John Mayall, Jon Hiseman went on to lead Colosseum and Tempest to the heights of jazz-rock. He later worked with his wife Barbara Thompson, and most recently reunited with Clem Clempson and Mark Clarke in JCM. My condolences to his family and friends.