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In November 1968.

In November 1968, “Warner Bros” label released “Astral Weeks”, the second Van Morrison studio album.It was recorded September – October at “Century Sound Studios” in New York City, and was produced by Lewis Merenstein. In 1995 “Mojo” magazine ranked “Astral Weeks” at number two on its list of the greatest albums of all time; in 1998 it was voted the 9th greatest album of all time in a “Music of the Millennium” poll conducted by “HMV”, “Channel 4” and “The Guardian”; in 2000, “Q” magazine ranked it at number 6 on its list of the “100 Greatest British Albums Ever”; in 2003, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked it at number 19 on its list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”, and in 2006, “Time” magazine included “Astral Weeks” in its list of the “All-TIME 100 Albums”.


  • Van Morrison— vocals, acoustic guitar
  • John Payne — flute; soprano saxophone
  • Jay Berliner— classical and steel-string acoustic guitars
  • Richard Davis— double bass
  • Warren Smith, Jr.— percussion, vibraphone
  • Connie Kay— drums
  • Larry Fallon— string arrangements, conductor; harpsichord
  • Barry Kornfeld — acoustic guitar
  • Brooks Arthur — engineer
  • Ed Thrasher— art director
  • Joel Brodsky— photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Van Morrison.

Part One: In The Beginning

  1. Astral Weeks
  2. Beside You
  3. Sweet Thing
  4. Cyprus Avenue

Part Two: Afterwards

  1. The Way Young Lovers Do
  2. Madame George
  3. Ballerina
  4. Slim Slow Slider

In October 1971.

In October 1971, “Imperial” label released “Focus II”, the second Focus album. It was recorded April – May 1971, at “Sound Techniques” and “Morgan Studios” in London, Mike Vernon. The album was ranked at number 24 in “Q” and “Mojo’s” list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums.”


  • Thijs van Leer– Hammond organ, piano, mellotron, harmonium, flutes, vocals
  • Jan Akkerman– guitars, bass guitar
  • Cyril Havermans– bass guitar, vocals
  • Pierre van der Linden– drums, percussion

Track listing:

  1. Hocus Pocus – Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman
  2. Le Clochard (Bread) – Jan Akkerman
  3. Janis – Thijs van Leer, Jan Akkerman
  4. Moving Waves – Thijs van Leer, Inayat Khan
  5. Focus II
  6. Eruption
  • Orfeus – Thijs van Leer
  • Answer – Thijs van Leer
  • Orfeus – Thijs van Leer
  • Answer – Thijs van Leer
  • Pupilla – Thijs van Leer
  • Tommy – Tom Barlage
  • Pupilla – Thijs van Leer
  • Answer – Thijs van Leer
  • The Bridge – Jan Akkerman
  • Euridice – Thijs van Leer, Eelko Nobel
  • Dayglow – Thijs van Leer
  • Endless Road – Pierre van der Linden
  • Answer – Thijs van Leer
  • Orfeus – Thijs van Leer
  • Euridice – Thijs van Leer, Eelko Nobel

On June 12, 1999.

On June 12, 1999, “Smekkleysa/Bad Taste” label released “Ágætis byrjun” (A Good Beginning), the second Sigur Rós album. It was recorded August 1998–April 1999, and was produced by Ken Thomas. The sketch on the cover was drawn by Gotti Bernhöft. Sigur Rós won an “Iceland Music Award and the 2001 “Shortlist Music Prize” for the album. In 2009, “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album at number 29 on its list of the “Best albums of 2000s”. In the “Q” and “Mojo” “Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock”, “Ágætis byrjun” was ranked at number 27 in the list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”.


  • Jón Þór Birgisson– vocals, guitar
  • Kjartan Sveinsson– keyboard
  • Georg Hólm– bass
  • Ágúst Ævar Gunnarsson– drums

Track listing:

  1. Intro
  2. Svefn-g-englar
  3. Starálfur
  4. Flugufrelsarinn
  5. Ný batterí
  6. Hjartað hamast (bamm bamm bamm)
  7. Viðrar vel til loftárása
  8. Olsen Olsen
  9. Ágætis byrjun
  10. Avalon


In March 1971.

In March 1971, “United Artists” label released “Tanz der Lemminge” (Dance of the Lemmings), the third Amon Düül II studio album. In the “Q” and “Mojo” “Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rock”, the album was ranked at number 36 in its list of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”.


  • Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz – vocals
  • Chris Karrer- guitars, vocals, violin
  • John Weinzierl – guitars, vocals, piano
  • Falk Rogner – organ, electronics
  • Lothar Meid – bass guitars, vocals
  • Peter Leopold – drums, percussion, piano
  • Jimmy Jackson – organ, choir-organ, piano
  • Al Gromer– sitar
  • Rolf Zacher- vocals

Track listing:

“Syntelman’s March of the Roaring Seventies”

  1. In the Glass Garden – Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz
  2. Pull Down Your Mask- Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz, Falk Rogner
  3. Prayer to the Silence – Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz
  4. Telephonecomplex – Renate Knaup-Krötenschwanz

“Rrestless Skylight-Transistor-Child”

  1. Landing in a Ditch – John Weinzierl
  2. Dehypnotized Toothpaste – John Weinzierl
  3. A Short Stop at the Transylvanian Brain-Surgery – John Weinzierl, Falk Rogner, Lothar Meid
  4. Race From Here to Yours Ears Part I – Little Tornadoes – John Weinzierl, Falk Rogner
  5. Race From Here to Yours Ears Part II – Overheated Tiara – John Weinzierl
  6. Race From Here to Yours Ears Part III – The Flyweighted Five- John Weinzierl
  7. Riding on a Cloud – John Weinzierl
  8. Paralyzed Paradise – John Weinzierl
  9. G. Wells’ Take Off – John Weinzierl

“Chamsin Soundtrack”

  1. The Marilyn Monroe-Memorial-Church – Chris Karrer, John Weinzierl, Lothar Meid, Falk Rogner

“Chamsin Soundtrack”

  1. Chewing Gum Telegram – Chris Karrer, John Weinzierl, Lothar Meid, Falk Rogner
  2. Stumbling Over Melted Moonlight – Chris Karrer, John Weinzierl, Lothar Meid, Falk Rogner
  3. Toxicological Whispering – Chris Karrer, John Weinzierl, Lothar Meid, Falk Rogner


In February 1973.


In February 1973, “Island” label released “Solid Air”, the fourth John Martyn studio album. It was recorded November – December 1972, at “Basing Street” and “Sound Techinques” in London, and was produced by John Martyn and John Wood. The title track “Solid Air” was dedicated to Nick Drake. “Q” magazine ranked the album at number 67 on its list of the “Greatest British Album Ever”, and was was also included in their list of “Best Chill-Out Albums of All Time”.


  • John Martyn– vocals, acoustic & electric guitar; synthesizer
  • Richard Thompson– mandolin
  • Simon Nicol– autoharp
  • Sue Draheim– violin
  • Tony Coe– saxophone
  • John “Rabbit” Bundrick– acoustic & electric piano, organ, clavinet
  • Tristan Fry – vibraphone
  • Danny Thompson– acoustic bass
  • Dave Pegg– bass
  • Dave Mattacks– drums
  • Neemoi “Speedy” Acquaye – congas

Track listing:

All Tracks by John Martyn, except where noted.

  1. Solid Air
  2. Over the Hill
  3. Don’t Want to Know
  4. I’d Rather Be the Devil – Skip James
  5. Go Down Easy
  6. Dreams by the Sea
  7. May You Never
  8. The Man in the Station
  9. The Easy Blues


In February 1970.


In February 1970, “Charisma” label released “The Least We Can Do Is Wave to Each Other”, the second Van der Graaf Generator album. It was recorded in December 1969, at “Trident Studios” in London, and was produced by John Anthony. The album was ranked at number 15 in the “Q” and “Mojo” “Classic Special Edition Pink Floyd & The Story of Prog Rocklist of “40 Cosmic Rock Albums”


  • Peter Hammill– acoustic guitar and lead vocals; piano
  • Hugh Banton– Farfisa organ, piano and backing vocals
  • Guy Evans– drums and percussion
  • Nic Potter– bass guitar and electric guitar
  • David Jackson– tenor and alto sax, flute and backing vocals
  • Mike Hurwitz –cello
  • Gerry Salisbury –cornet
  • Van der Graaf Generator – arrangements
  • Robin Geoffrey Cable – recording and engineering

Track listing:

All tracks by Peter Hammill, except where noted.

  1. Darkness
  2. Refugees
  3. White Hammer
  4. Whatever Would Robert Have Said?
  5. Out of My Book
  6. After the Flood

On January 8, 2016.


On January 8, 2016, “ISO”, “RCA”, “Columbia”, and “Sony” labels released “Black Star”, the twenty-fifth and final David Bowie studio album. It was recorded in 2015, at “The Magic Shop” and “Human Worldwide Studios”, in New York City, and was produced by David Bowie and Tony Visconti.  The album was voted Best album of 2016, in the annual choices by many medias including The A.V. Club, Mojo, Newsweek, Paste, Q, Rolling Stone (Readers Poll), Uncut and The Wire Magazine. “Black Star” became Bowie’s only album to top the “Billboard 200” in the United States, and it remained at the number one position in the UK charts for three weeks. The album was certified Platinum in Australia by “ARIA”; in Austria by “IFPI”; in Belgium by “BEA”; in Canada by “Music Canada”; in France by “SNEP”; in Italy by “FIMI”, and in UK by “BPI”.


  • David Bowie– vocals, acoustic guitar,  mixing,  string  arrangements, “Fender Guitar”, harmonica
  • Donny McCaslin– flute, saxophone, woodwinds
  • Ben Monder– guitar
  • Jason Lindner– piano, organ, keyboards
  • Tim Lefebvre– bass
  • Mark Guiliana– drums, percussion
  • Kevin Killen– engineering
  • Erin Tonkon – assistant engineer, backing vocals
  • Joe Visciano – mixing assistant
  • Kabir Hermon – assistant engineer
  • Joe LaPorta– mastering engineer
  • Tom Elmhirst– mixing engineer
  • Tony Visconti– strings, engineering, mixing engineer
  • James Murphy– percussion

Track listing:

All tracks by David Bowie, except where noted.

  1. Blackstar
  2. Tis a Pity She Was a Whore
  3. Lazarus
  4. Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) – David Bowie, Maria Schneider, Paul Bateman, Bob Bharma
  5. Girl Loves Me
  6. Dollar Days
  7. I Can’t Give Everything Away