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One More Red Night: Live In Chicago > District 97

Artist: District 97 with John Wetton
Label: Cherry Red
Catalog#: PP002CD
Format: CD
Country: UK & Europe
Released: 2014-10

Mass Media Stars > Acqua Fragile

Artist: Acqua Fragile
Label: Import Records
Catalog#: IMP 1005
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1974-10
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Acqua Fragile story begins in 1971 in the city of Parma with two bands, Il Moschettieri (“The Musketeers”) and Gli Immortali. The former provided bassist Franz Dondi, keyboardist Maurizio Mori and guitarist Gino Campanini, and supported the Rolling Stones on their first Italian tour, while the latter offered vocalist Bernardo Lanzetti and drummer and primary composer Piero Canavera. Spotted and adopted by PFM and their management, the band spent the next couple of years supporting many foreign acts in Italy. Signing to Numero Uno, Claudio Fabi produced their debut album in 1973.

New Gong album I See You

The new album from Gong I See You is up for preorder with spoiler samples on the Planetgong website. The album features Daevid Allen, plus Orlando Allen, Ian East, David Sturt, Fabio Golfetti and Kavus Torabi. Due early November on Madfish UK label. Our thoughts and positive energy are with Daevid Allen, who is currently going through treatment for a tumor on his neck, and his recovery.

Caronte > Trip, The

Artist: Trip (19)
Label: RCA Italiana
Catalog#: PSL 10509
Format: Vinyl
Country: Italy
Released: 1971
Strawberry Bricks Entry: 
The Trip were an Anglo-Italian group that had origins in London. Enrico “Riki” Maiocchi, of the pop group I Camaleonti, recruited a young Ritchie Blackmore, Billy Gray, Avrid Andersen amongst others, and moved to Turin. Blackmore bowed out early, being replaced by organist Joe Vescovi and by the time the band recorded their first album in 1970 for RCA Italiana, Maiocchi was out too. Their debut finds The Trip mixing blues rock and heavy organ with rich harmonies and some minor Classical influences.

David Bowie Is... Chicago

I had the great fortune of seeing "David Bowie Is..." exhibit at the V&A in London last year. Today marks the opening of the exhibit here in Chicago at the Museum of Contemporary Art, its only North American stop. There are many events coinciding with the exhibit, including a few classic albums being performed live, including The Disappears performing Low on November 22nd. Don't miss any of it!

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Corrado Rustici Trio Blaze and Bloom, Live in Japan CD/DVD

Available now from Corrado's website, exclusive CD/DVD set!

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Glenn Cornick, RIP

From the Jethro Tull website:
"It is with great sadness that we learned today of the passing of Glenn Cornick, bass player with [[bands/jethro-tull|Jethro Tull]] from the band’s inception 1968 until 1970. Of course, he had also played with the John Evan Band for the year during 1967 and so his contribution to the geographical transition from Blackpool to London and into the professional music scene was considerable.

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District 97 launches Kickstarter Campaign

District 97 Kickstarter Launch Shows at the Double Door in Chicago on 8/28, and Q-Bar in Darien, IL on 9/5!

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The Power and The Glory 5.1 remix

Props to Steven Wilson on his 5.1 remix of Gentle Giant's 1974 classic, [[releases/power-and-glory|The Power and The Glory]]. To my ears, it's the aural equivalent of being in the middle of the room or stage - completely enveloped in sound. And of course, hats off to GG, as this was about as good as good would get for the band, and the genre. A true element of style album, perfectly suited for surround sound.

Can I wish for [[releases/three-friends|Three Friends]] next?

Progtoberfest 2014, Reggies Live, Chicago Oct 24-25th

Reggies presents... a Two Day Progressive Rock Festival! Check out the poster then check out link!