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Periscope Life > Kayak

Artist: Kayak
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SRM 1-3824
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1980

Permanent Waves > Rush

Artist: Rush
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SRM-1-4001
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-01-07
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
For Permanent Waves, Rush was back in Canada with producer Terry Brown. They assembled at Le Studio in Quebec where the band would continue to record for the next 15 years. The album was written and recorded over the summer of 1979, and the band was back on the road before the album was even released. The record contains six tracks, marking a return to shorter, less epic pieces. "The Spirit of the Radio" opens with a killer guitar riff; and somewhat controversially, drops into a reggae beat for a few bars before Alex Lifeson's guitar solo kicks in.

Peter Gabriel > Gabriel, Peter

Artist: Peter Gabriel
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SRM-1-3848
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1980-05
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
Hints at Peter Gabriel's new musical direction came to light in February 1980, with the release of the single, "Games without Frontiers" b/w "Start/ I Don't Remember." Recorded with the album the previous summer, the title is a reference to the UK game show Jeux Sans Frontières. The single was well received, reaching No. 4 in the UK and No. 48 in the US. But the album, again titled Peter Gabriel, was even more successful, topping the UK chart and rising to No. 22 in the US—where it was released by Mercury Records, after being rejected by Atco Records!

Piccola Rapsodia Dell'Ape > Orme, Le

Artist: Le Orme
Label: Philips
Catalog#: 6323 102
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1980

Private Parts & Pieces II: Back To The Pavilion > Phillips, Anthony

Artist: Anthony Phillips
Label: PVC Records
Catalog#: PVC 7913
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980-04-00

QE2 > Oldfield, Mike

Artist: Mike Oldfield
Label: Epic
Catalog#: FE 37358
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
For his next record, Oldfield assembled a new cast, including Genesis producer David Hentschel, vocalist Maggie Reilly and keyboardist Tim Cross. The opening "Taurus 1" clicks away under a pulsing drum-machine until the rhythm section of Phil Collins and Mike Frye kick in, revealing a potent rocker. It's got that Oldfield vibe: slightly folky, slightly progressive yet adorned with a battery of keyboards and his unique guitar tone as well. "Sheba," again with Collins on drums, features Reilly on vocoder.

Rarities > Beatles, The

Artist: Beatles
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: SHAL-12060
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980

Rastakraut Pasta > Moebius, Dieter

Artist: Dieter Moebius / Conny Plank
Label: Sky Records, Sky Records
Catalog#: sky 039, 039
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1980

Russian Roulette > Triumvirat

Artist: Triumvirat
Label: Harvest, EMI Electrola
Catalog#: 1C 064-45 834, 1C 064-45 834
Format: Vinyl
Country: Germany
Released: 1980

Schemer Dreamer > Walsh, Steve

Artist: Steve Walsh
Label: Kirshner
Catalog#: JZ 36320
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1980