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Fish Rising > Hillage, Steve

Artist: Steve Hillage
Label: Virgin
Catalog#: VR 13-118
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975-04-11
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While still a member of Gong, Hillage was afforded the opportunity by Virgin Records to record a solo album. It's no surprise then that Fish Rising contains most of the Gong crew, plus Hillage's partner Miquette Giraudy and former bandmate Dave Stewart. In fact, much of the material here was first written during the second incarnation of Khan in 1972. Stewart's keyboards give "Solar Musick Suite" (sic) a none-too-subtle nod towards the so-called Canterbury sound.

Floating > Eloy

Artist: Eloy
Label: Janus Records
Catalog#: JXS 7018
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975

Fly By Night > Rush

Artist: Rush
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SRM-1-1023
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975-02-15

Forever Blowing Bubbles > Clearlight

Artist: Clearlight
Label: Virgin
Catalog#: V 2039
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1975
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Cyrille Verdeaux's second album for Virgin Records was again recorded at The Manor Studio in the UK, with Mick Glossop producing. Clearlight (the band) now featured six members, including ex-Zao bassist Joël Dugrenot, who contributed two songs, and a host of guest friends. The opening track "Chanson" is a lush affair, its under-mixed vocals provoking an exceptional effect. And if you thought David Cross (from King Crimson) couldn't play violin, listen up to the end of the track.

Four Moments > Sebastian Hardie

Artist: Sebastian Hardie
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SRM-1-1071
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975
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Originally the Sebastian Hardie Blues Band, these Australians paid their dues as Johnny O'Keef's backing band during the 60s. In 1973, the Plavsic brothers Peter (bass) and Alex (drums) joined up with guitarist and vocalist Mario Millo, while keyboardist Toivo Pilt jumped aboard a year later. It should be evident by now that a lot of bands were "switching" to progressive styles around this time. Though this wasn't disingenuous per se, the more organic evolutions of the original British groups still remained the barometer, and comparisons could not be avoided.

Free Hand > Gentle Giant

Artist: Gentle Giant
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: ST-11428
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975-07
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In 1975, Gentle Giant signed to Chrysalis Records in the UK—an agreement that purportedly stemmed from the relationship the band had made with the label after touring with mainstays Jethro Tull. On their first album for the label, Free Hand, the band replaces the uniformity of their previous efforts with a much more playful and varied atmosphere. The first side revolves around the themes of broken relationships, both personal and business. "Just the Same" kicks things off with a choppy rhythm, but its highlight is the break: one minute soaring, the next quirky.

Further Thoughts On The Classics > Electrophon

Artist: Electrophon
Label: Polydor
Catalog#: 2482 335
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1975

Ghosts > Strawbs

Artist: Strawbs
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP-4506
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1975

Gilgamesh > Gilgamesh

Artist: Gilgamesh
Label: Caroline (UK)
Catalog#: CA 2007
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1975

Giro Di Valzer Per Domani > Arti & Mestieri

Artist: Arti & Mestieri
Label: Cramps Records
Catalog#: CRSLP 5502
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1975