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Hark! The Village Wait > Steeleye Span

Artist: Steeleye Span
Label: RCA
Catalog#: SF 8113
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1970-06

Hawkwind > Hawkwind

Artist: Hawkwind
Label: Liberty
Catalog#: LBS 83348
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-08
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
In 1969, guitarist Dave Brock, guitarist Mick Slattery and drummer Terry Ollis gathered saxophonist Nik Turner and synthesist Michael "Dik Mik" Davies; and after a few name and personnel changes, they launched the ultimate underground band, Hawkwind. The band came to the attention of Doug Smith of Clearwater Productions (via DJ John Peel) after opening (as "Group X") for High Tide at a gig Smith organized at All Saints Hall in Notting Hill. Demos were then recorded at EMI Studios (as Hawkwind Zoo), and Huw Lloyd-Langton then replaced Slattery.

High Tide > High Tide

Artist: High Tide
Label: Liberty
Catalog#: LBS 83294
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1970

Holy Magick > Bond, Graham

Artist: Graham Bond
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SR-61327
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1970
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Along with John Mayall, Alexis Korner and Cyril Davies, Graham Bond established his place in musical history as one of the founding fathers of British R&B. Bond also was a pioneer of the Hammond organ, one of the hallmark instruments of the progressive era. His Graham Bond Organisation was the precursor to both Colosseum and Cream; John McLaughlin, Jon Hiseman, Ginger Baker and Jack Bruce all played in the group. But by the late 60s, Bond had split to America with The Fool; and upon returning, spent his time with both Initiation and Ginger Baker's Airforce, playing sax.

Home > Procol Harum

Artist: Procol Harum
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP 4261
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970

I Looked Up > Incredible String Band, The

Artist: The Incredible String Band
Label: Elektra
Catalog#: 2469 002
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1970

i Spider > Samurai

Artist: Web
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 2383 024
Format: LP
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1970
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Web released two albums of late-60s pop for Deram, both produced by Mike Vernon. When their American singer John Watson left to go solo, Dave Lawson, previously in a lineup of Episode Six, joined as keyboard player, singer and main composer. He brought a huge stylistic shift for the band, leaving behind northern soul for something far more jazzy and progressive. Lawson had finished a five-year stint with the Royal Air Force; but prior to that, had studied under British jazz pioneer Stan Tracey.

If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'D Do It All Over You > Caravan

Artist: Caravan
Label: London Records
Catalog#: PS 582
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-09
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
By mid-1969, Caravan enlisted the services of manager Terry King, who in turn secured the band a long-term recording contract with Decca Records. First out was the Soft Machine-esque single "If I Could Do It All over Again, I'd Do It All over You" b/w "Hello Hello." It had some success, which resulted in a Top of the Pops appearance for the band, perhaps also raising the bar for their second effort, to which the band responded with the incredulously titled If I Could Do It All Over Again, I'd Do It All Over You.

Illusion > Renaissance (Yardbirds)

Artist: Renaissance
Label: Island Records
Catalog#: 6339 017
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970

In And Out Of Focus > Focus

Artist: Focus
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 2344 003
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970