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(No Pussyfooting) > Fripp & Eno

Artist: Fripp & Eno
Label: Island Records
Catalog#: HELP 16
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1973-11
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Robert Fripp and Brian Eno paired up for this recording more than a year prior to its release. At the time, Eno was still in Roxy Music (but soon on his way to a solo career), while Fripp was busy recruiting for King Crimson. Recorded in Eno's front room, the album's centerpiece is "The Heavenly Music Corporation;" it's Fripp's guitar feed looped-back through two tape recorders. The result? You guessed it: heavenly music.

...Sounds Like This > Nektar

Artist: Nektar
Label: Bacillus Records, Bellaphon
Catalog#: BDA 7501, BDA 7501
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1973

2nd > Agitation Free

Artist: Agitation Free
Label: Vertigo
Catalog#: 6360 615
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1973
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Agitation Free remained busy after recording their debut album, appearing in the cultural program for the 1972 Munich Olympics as well as touring France for a few months in 1973. Guitarist Stefan Diez deputized for their second album, titled 2nd; it also saw release on the Music Factory label. "First Communication" opens the album. With its guitars in unison, it offers a sound that has more similarities with the improvisations of American Southern rock than with the German krautrock of the day! Never mind though—the ensuing "Dialogue and Random" is pure electronic bliss.

A Passion Play > Jethro Tull

Artist: Jethro Tull
Label: Chrysalis
Catalog#: CHR 1040
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1973-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Jethro Tull headed off to Michel Magne's famous Château d'Hérouville studio in France to record the follow-up to the previous year's Thick As A Brick. Unfortunately, the sessions were abandoned, and the band returned to England without a record. (The sessions were ultimately released on CD in 1993 as Nightcap.) Reconstituted in London, Tull started anew and recorded another album-length epic, this time centering on the altogether heavier topic of life and death. Though a concise edit (#8) was found for a single, A Passion Play is best taken whole.

A.R. IV > A.R. & Machines

Artist: Achim Reichel
Label: Zebra
Catalog#: 2949 008
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1973

Abbiamo Tutti Un Blues Da Piangere > Perigeo, Il

Artist: Perigeo
Label: RCA Italiana
Catalog#: DPSL 10609
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1973-09

Acqua Fragile > Acqua Fragile

Artist: Acqua Fragile
Label: Numero Uno
Catalog#: Dzsln 55656
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1973-06-00

Air Cut > Curved Air

Artist: Curved Air
Label: Warner Bros. Records
Catalog#: K 46224
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1973-04
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Following the departure of Darryl Way and Francis Monkman, Sonja Kristina and Mike Wedgwood regrouped as Curved Air and recruited two young prodigies: guitarist Kirby Gregory and keyboardist/violinist Eddie Jobson. Along with drummer Jim Russell, they made their debut on the 1973 album Air Cut. "The Purple Speed Queen" kicks off the album, propelled by Jobson's heavy organ and Gregory's up-in-the-mix guitar runs. "Elfin Boy" is a stark contrast: a gentle folk number with Kristina's voice to the fore.

All Our Own Work > Strawbs

Artist: Sandy Denny And Strawbs
Label: Pickwick
Catalog#: SPI-7019
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1973

Alphataurus > Alphataurus

Artist: Alphataurus
Label: Magma
Catalog#: MAGL 18001
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1973