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Latest news: The third (and final) edition of The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock is nearing completion. Written, fact-checked and proofread, I am in the process of finalizing this edition and readying it for print. 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. Early 2020 release!

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Strawberry Bricks Reviewed: "Une bonne acquisition… pour les anglophones."

Une autre critique de The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, Revised and Expanded Edition (2017), cette fois depuis le site web de Jean-Philippe Haas et Chromatique.net en France.

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The Pretty Things with Philippe Debarge

Just in from The Bexley Brothers (Wally Waller and Jon Povey), The Pretty Things with Philippe Debarge will be reissued on September 1st, with new artwork, bonus tracks and remastering, on Snapper Records. Make no mistake, this is classic psychedelic Pretties, recorded in 1969 between S.F. Sorrow and Parachute records, and contains the suite "Peace," "Eagle's Son," "Graves of Grey," and "New Day."

Strawberry Bricks Reviewed: "Monsterbuch"

Eine sehr freundliche Bewertung auf Deutsch der The Strawberry Bricks Guide to Progressive Rock, Revised and Expanded Edition (2017), von Tobias Jehle und Musikreviews.de.

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King Crimson at the Chicago Theatre, June 28th

Game time cajoling found me committing to see King Crimson at the Chicago Theatre last night. I had previously seen this lineup when they played a three night stand at The Vic Theatre in 2014. (Had it really been that long ago?) The Chicago Theatre is quite a venue, but the math is easy - it holds three times as many people as The Vic. Prerequisite meetups behind me, the band took to the stage prompt as ever.

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Schmetterlinge > Novalis

Artist: Novalis
Label: Vertigo/Capitol
Catalog#: none
Format: 15xCD
Country: Germany
Released: 2017-03-31

Grobschnitt's Solar Movie unboxing

Just received Grobschnitt's Solar Movie box set from Amazon.de. It includes two versions of their classic live tune, including the video from 1978 WDR, and a new "conceptual" film for a live version from Berlin 1978. Highly recommended!

New solo album from Caravan's Pye Hastings, From The Half House

Due imminently from Caravan's Pye Hastings is a new solo album, via Pledgemusic.

"I have been the main songwriter, leader and founder member of Caravan since 1968. Until now all of my songwriting has been concentrated on providing material for Caravan. After many years of a solo album being suggested, the timing is now right for me to develop my new songs into making this album. These have been written and are being recorded in my studio in the highlands of Scotland.

Hansford Rowe on Innerviews

Incredible interview with Hansford Rowe on Innerviews, talking Gong, Pierre Moerlen, Allan Holdsworth, Mike Oldfield and the hotly anticipated new Gong Expresso album! Thanks to Anil Prasad.

Why Remix 'Sgt. Pepper's'? Giles Martin, The Man Behind The Project, Explains

From NPR, Bob Boilen talks with Giles Martin about the new 50th anniversary mix of The Beatles' Sgt Peppers album. A great podcast, and some very revealing a-b-c comparisons between the original mono mix, original stereo mix and the new stereo mix. Nowhere mentioned however is the 5.1 mix, which I personally am eagerly awaiting!

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Inside Gentle Giant > Gentle Giant

Artist: Gentle Giant
Label: Capitol Records-EMI Of Canada Limited
Catalog#: SPRO-6
Format: Vinyl
Country: Canada
Released: 1977