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Kayak 1972 Netherlands
Khan 1971 Steve Hillage's first group following his completion of studies at Canterbury. Second incarnation with Dave Stewart never recorded (he guested on their only record). United Kingdom
Kin Ping Meh 1969 Hailing from Mannheim, heavy progressives Kin Ping Meh first few albums were produced by Achim Reichel for his Zebra Records. Germany
King Crimson 1968 From their debut album and striking cover art, constantly shuffling lineup, groundbreaking music, never-say-die reformations, no band epitomizes the "British prog" ethos better than King Crimson. United Kingdom
Kingdom Come 1971 Arthur Brown's post-Crazy World band. Third album made early use of drum machines. United Kingdom
Kluster 1969 As Kluster, Conrad Schnitzler and Hans-Joachim Roedelius, were pioneers of sound from a slightly older generation, using traditional instruments in the most untraditional ways to craft their art. They founded the Zodiac... Germany
Kornelyans 1971 Kornelyans, aka Korni Gruppa, a singles band from Yugoslavia, was led by its namesake, Kornell Kovach (Kornelije Kovač). In 1974 they recorded and released an excellent album of prog rock for the Italian Ricordi label. Yugoslavia
Kraan 1970 Happiest band from Germany. When will the "jam band" audience find them? Germany
Kraftwerk 1970 From early free-form improvisation to the perfection of electro-pop, Kraftwerk reign as one of the most musically influential groups from the 70s. However, the Ralf & Florian and Autobahn era should appeal to most... Germany
Kravetz, Jean-Jacques 1947 Keyboard player for Frumpy, Atlantis, Randy Pie and more. France
Kristina, Sonja 1949 Sonja Kristina got her start singing in the musical Hair before joining Curved Air. She was also married to Stewart Copeland of the Police. United Kingdom
La Düsseldorf 1975 Brothers Klaus und Thomas Dinger, along with Hans Lampe founded La Düsseldorf following the dissolution of Neu!. There records were highly successful in their native Germany, reputedly selling over a million copies. Germany
Lake, Greg 1947 Singer and bassist for King Crimson MK 1, and then on to prog supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer. Incredibly sappy solo albums defy description. United Kingdom
Lard Free 1970 Founded by drummer Gilbert Artman, Lard Free was similar to Richard Pinhas' Heldon; French, unconventional, experimental, but, incredulously, a rock band. Later albums would draw parallels to the cosmic side of the... France
Latte E Miele 1971 Classically-inspired prog trio from Genoa. Italy
Leb i Sol 1976 Featuring the guitar work of Vlatko Stefanowski, the Macedonian based Leb i Sol ("bread and salt") were one of Yugoslavia's best known fusion groups. Yugoslavia
Led Zeppelin 1968 It is impossible to underestimate the impact of the early Zeppelin recordings. United Kingdom
Lees, John 1947 Founding member of Barclay James Harvest, Lees' lone solo album was recorded in 1972. United Kingdom
Libra 1973 Libra's beginnings were typical enough; their debut album was recorded by Claudio Fabi, in both English and Italian. But after a tour supporting Banco, they packed up and moved to Detriot, Michigan and signed with... Italy
Liliental 1977 One of the many amazing albums recorded by Conny Plank during the 1970s. This one included members of Kraan, Harmonia and a young Asmus Tietchens. Germany
Livgren, Kerry 1949 The songwriter of Kansas, and member of Proto-Kaw United States
Locanda Delle Fate 1976 Latter-day symphonic band from Asti, Locanda Delle Fate ("The Fairy Inn") released one highly-regarded album. Italy
Long Hello, The 1973 Van Der Graaf Generator, sans Peter Hammill United Kingdom
Lucifer's Friend 1970 Ostensibly a studio group, Lucifer's Friend debut album is a standard of heavy rock for the 70s, while their second effort is there most progressive. Later albums drifted towards hard rock. Germany
Mabel Greer's Toyshop 1966 A precursor to Yes (and post-Syn), the band was revived in 2014 by originals Clive Bayley and Robert Hagger, with Tony Kaye and Billy Sherwood. Both songs "Beyond And Before" and "Sweetness" appeared on the first Yes... United Kingdom
Mackay, Andy 1946 Andy Mackay's place in history is as the sax player for Roxy Music. United Kingdom
Magma 1969 Perhaps most idiosyncratic of all progressives, Christian Vander's Magma documented the other-worldly parables of the planet Kobaia. The early side project Univeria Zekt album The Unamables is great introduction, but... France
Mahavishnu Orchestra 1971 Founded by guitarist John McLaughlin after his stint with Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu were perhaps the most successful fusion band, both artistically and commercially. United States
Mainhorse 1968 Swiss-born Patrick Moraz and Jean Ristori formed the band with vocalist David "Kubie" Kubinec (ex World Of Oz) and Bryson Graham, as Integral Aim, and later Mainhorse Airlines. Yugoslav Kubinec departed in 1970, the... Switzerland
Malherbe, Didier 1942 Aka Bloom-Dido Bad-de-Grass, Didier Malherbe's post-Gong work included the vastly underrated fusion outfit Bloom, before continuing into the 80s on a world-fusion path, which included work with Zao's François "Faton"... France
Man 1968 Wales' favorite sons, Man rose to fame as a live act in the early 70s. United Kingdom
Manfred Mann's Chapter Three 1969 Manfred Mann and Mike Hugg's jazz rock outfit pre-dated the Earth Band. United Kingdom
Manfred Mann's Earth Band 1971 South African-born Manfred Mann had a series of pop hits in the UK during the 60s. After a brief spell in the jazz-oriented Chapter Three (with Mike Hugg), Mann formed his progressive rock outfit, the Earth Band. United Kingdom
Manzanera, Phil 1951 Born Philip Targett-Adams, Phil Manzanera is best know for his role in Roxy Music. United Kingdom
Marillion (Fish era) 1979 Marillion are the best known and most commercially successful of the "neo-progressive" bands from the 1980s. Singer Fish fronted the band through their first four studio albums, although each member became well-known as... United Kingdom
Marillion (Hogarth era) 1989 After the departure of lead singer Fish, the band regrouped around new vocalist Steve Hogarth in 1989. After an album or two however, there's been no looking back: the band has gone on to create music far more original... United Kingdom
Maschera Di Cera, La 2002 Led by Fabio Zuffanti, La Maschera di Cera lead the new wave of Italian progressives. Italy
Mason, Nick 1944 Founding member of Pink Floyd United Kingdom
Matching Mole 1971 Wyatt's post-Soft Machine band United Kingdom
Maxophone 1973 Milan-based band had their eponymous album also released in the USA, with English lyrics. Italy
McDonald and Giles 1970 Founding members of King Crimson United Kingdom
Mezquita 1973 Spanish progressive rock band from the end of the 70's. Spain
Michael Moorcock's Deep Fix 1975 Namesake sci-fi author and Hawkwind collaborator joined with Simon King and ex-High Tide members for a one-off album. United Kingdom
Missus Beastly 1968 Missus Beastly had two distinct eras during their existence; the first early one produced their debut, an album of atypical psychedelic rock for its time, and the second a much more promising fusion sound similar to... Germany
Moebius, Dieter 1944 A student of Joseph Bueys, Dieter Moebius arrived in Berlin just as the Zodiac Free Arts Lab was taking off, joining Kluster and later Cluster, a long-standing relationship he would share with Hans-Joachim Roedelius.... Germany
Mogul Thrash 1969 James Litherland led band from Scotland, featured John Wetton on bass and the "Dundee Horns", Roger Ball and Malcolm Duncan. Eponymous album is much in the vein of Colosseum's horn rock. United Kingdom
Mona Lisa 1973 French symphonic band hailing from Orleans. France
Moody Blues, The 1966 The Moody Blues had rather humble R&B beginnings before discovering the Mellotron and making the switch to art rock. Although they became the first widely accepted progressive band, only their lyrics transcended... United Kingdom
Moraz Bruford 1983 Collaboration between two one-time Yes members. United Kingdom
Moraz, Patrick 1948 Best known for his ever-so-brief dalliance with Yes, Swiss-born Patrick Moraz spent the early 70s prog-rocking with Mainhorse, and then in London with ex-Nice members in Refugee. After an unceremonious boot from Yes in... Switzerland