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Hoelderlin

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One of the most under-rated groups of the progressive era, Hoelderlin's albums rival the best from the United Kingdom. The core of Hoelderlin's albums were released on CD by EMI in 2007.

Founded: 1970

Location: Wuppertal, Germany

Website: HOELDERLIN

Howe, Steve

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Steve Howe, guitarist for Tomorrow, Bodast, Yes, Asia and GTR. Guitar Player magazine vote him "Best Guitarist" for five years in a row in the late 70s.

Founded: 1947

Location: Holloway, North London, England

Website: Steve Howe - Guitar Rondo

Illusion

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Mark I Renaissance reformed in the mid-70s for a couple of albums.

Founded: 1976

Location: England

Invisible Opera Company Of Tibet (Tropical Version Brazil)

Brazilian version, led by guitarist Fabio Golfetti, with Renato Mello on keyboards and Claudio Souza on drums. See Violeta De Outno

Founded: 1993

Location: São Paulo, Brasil

Website: Violeta de Outono & Invisible Opera Company of Brazil

Island

British-influenced prog rock band from Switzerland released one fantastic album, produced by Claudio Fabi.

Founded: 1977

Location: Switzerland

Je Suis Paris

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Jethro Tull

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Led by Ian Anderson, Jethro Tull was the first group from the progressive era to score resounding chart success. Originally their music was based in rhythm and blues, but punctuated with Anderson's flute playing and larger-than-life stage persona. By Thick As A Brick, the band would provide the ultimate concept album: one song spread over both sides of the album, housed in a newspaper-facsimile record jacket. By the mid-70s, the bands work become more formulaic, but fan favorites were just around the corner, as the folk-roots of Songs For The Wood would attest.

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: Jethro Tull

Jobson, Eddie

Violinist and journeyman, Eddie Jobson has one of the longer resumes in prog rock.

Founded: 1955

Location: Billingham, Cleveland, England

Website: Eddie Jobson's official site

Kaipa

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Named after a Swedish stone age chieftain, Kaipa were founded by keyboardist Hans Lundsun and bassit Tomas Eriksson in 1973. Guitarist Roine Stolt, though only a teenager at the time, was an original member.

Founded: 1973

Location: Uppsala, Sweden

Website: Kaipa

Kansas

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Kansas' legacy is undoubtedly as America's greatest progressive rock band, and their oeuvre would become the blueprint for a new breed of prog-metal bands that emerged in the late ‘80s and early ‘90s.

Founded: 1972

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Website: Kansas