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A Saucerful Of Secrets > Pink Floyd

Artist: Pink Floyd
Label: Tower
Catalog#: ST 5131
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-06
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With Syd Barrett's unpredictability on stage reaching the point of embarrassment for the band, Pink Floyd-bassist Roger Waters, drummer Nick Mason and keyboardist Rick Wright-forged ahead into 1968 with fellow Cambridge guitarist and friend David Gilmour in tow. Driven by pressure from EMI for another hit, they first released a single, "It Would Be So Nice" b/w "Julia Dream" in April, but it was mostly throwaway. However, the album, A Saucerful Of Secrets, fared much better.

Agemo's Trip To Mother Earth > Group 1850

Artist: Group 1850
Label: Philips
Catalog#: 844 083 PY
Format: Vinyl
Country: Netherlands
Released: 1968

Ars Longa Vita Brevis > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Immediate
Catalog#: Z12 52020
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-11
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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.

Bare Wires > Mayall, John & The Bluesbreakers

Artist: John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers
Label: London Records, London Records
Catalog#: PS 537, PS-537
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1968-06
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Hailing from Macclesfield, Cheshire, John Mayall came to London in the early 60s to join in on the blues explosion, which he solidified with the formation of his Bluesbreakers and their debut album (aka "The Beano Album") with ex-Yardbird Eric Clapton. Mayall was a bandleader-in the 40s or 50s sense of the word-and the sheer number (and caliber) of musicians he would enlist is a virtual who's who of Britain's blues players, including future members of Cream, Free, Fleetwood Mac, Colosseum, The Rolling Stones and others.

Disposable > Deviants

Artist: Deviants
Label: Sire
Catalog#: SES 97005
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1968

Fairport Convention > Fairport Convention

Artist: Fairport Convention
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 583 035
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-07
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Fairport Convention got its start in the same London underground as their more psychedelic counterparts and eventually became England's first (and finest) electric folk band. Fairport too was absorbing their influences, here considerably West Coast (e.g. The Byrds) with the requisite Bob Dylan and Joni Mitchell covers. Their debut is a pleasant and gentle affair that showcased the talents of guitarists Richard Thompson and Simon Nicol. "Sun Shade" and "The Lobster" both portend the King Crimson debut in some respects-except of course there's no Mellotron.

From Hungary > Omega

Artist: Omega Red Star
Label: Decca
Catalog#: LK 4974
Format: LP
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1968

Genesis > Gods, The

Artist: Gods
Label: Columbia
Catalog#: SCX 6286
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1968-10-00
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Hailing from Hatfield, Hertfordshire, guitarist Mick Taylor and brothers John Glascock and Brian Glascock, bass and drums respectively, were originally in groups as schoolmates. Adding Ken Hensley on keyboards and vocals, they changed their name to The Gods in 1965. Taylor soon left to join John Mayall's Bluesbreakers (replacing Peter Green), while the Glascocks also strayed from the band.

Go Now - Moody Blues #1 > Moody Blues, The

Artist: Moody Blues
Label: London Records
Catalog#: PS 428
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968

In Search Of The Lost Chord > Moody Blues, The

Artist: Moody Blues
Label: Deram
Catalog#: SML 711
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1968-09