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Kansas 1972 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. United States
Far East Family Band 1972 The definitive Japanese space rock band, originally called "Far Out". Klaus Schulze mixed the well known Nipponjin album, a re-recording of previous material, and the excellent Parallel World, the later at Virgin's... Japan
Zao 1972 Offshoot from Magma, Francois Cahen and Yochk'o Seffer offer world-class (albeit more traditional) jazz rock. France
Cervello 1972 Corrado Rustici's first band, brother of Danilo Rustici of Osanna. Italy
Pulsar 1972 Hailing from Lyon, Pulsar were one of the first French bands to receive a recording contract from an English record label (Terry King's Kingdom Records). Dark, atmospheric, their first three albums are somewhat of minor... France
Secret Oyster 1972 Burnin Red Ivanhoe, led by Karsten Vogel, was one of Denmark's finest rock groups. Secret Oyster enlisted guitarist Klaus Bohling and took a jazz-fusion direction. Denmark
Residents, The 1972 Though the members of The Residents were perpetually draped in obscurity, their music rose steadily to the forefront of avant-rock in their native America. Found-sounds, tape cut-ups, occasional musical passages (!),... United States
Museo Rosenbach 1972 Another band from the province of Liguria, Museo Rosenbach released one exemplary album of Italian prog before disbanding. Italy
Biglietto per l'Inferno 1972 Another classic of Italian Prog, Biglietto per L'Inferno (Ticket to Hell) recorded two albums, however only the first was released. Giuseppe Banfi would later record as Baffo Banfi for Klaus Schulze's IC label. Italy
Quella Vecchia Locanda 1972 QVL's first album may be the finest example of "Italian Prog". Their name translates to "that old inn", a reference to where the group had their rehearsals. Italy
Randy Pie 1972 Formed by ex-Rattles members, Randy Pie skirted the progressive with easy going jazz-funk, typical of the mid-70s. Germany
Kayak 1972 Netherlands
Isotope 1972 Gary Boyle's jazz-rock fusion band. United Kingdom
Fripp & Eno 1973 Not ever a band per se, but rather a project, with Revox. United Kingdom
Wolf, Darryl Way's 1973 Ex-Curved Air violinist's group project United Kingdom
Heldon 1973 Premiere french underground band, founded by Richard Pinhas France
Long Hello, The 1973 Van Der Graaf Generator, sans Peter Hammill United Kingdom
Clearlight 1973 Project led by French keyboardist Cyrille Verdeaux France
Sebastian Hardie 1973 Australian progressive rock band that had some international notoriety. Australia
Utopia 1973 In its first incarnation, Todd Rundgren's take on progressive rock United States
Happy The Man 1973 America's premiere progressive band was nearly Peter Gabriel's backing band! United States
Streetwalkers 1973 Roger Chapman and John "Charlie" Whitney's post-Family venture United Kingdom
Cherry Five 1973 The precursor to Goblin, Cherry Five spent time in London prior to recording their first and only album. Italy
Gilgamesh 1973 United Kingdom
New Trolls Atomic System 1973 Off-shoot of the New Trolls. Italy
Mona Lisa 1973 French symphonic band hailing from Orleans. France
Alphataurus 1973 Relatively unknown Italian band released one eponymous album of excellent quality before dissolving. Second release is incomplete (no vocals). Italy
Maxophone 1973 Milan-based band had their eponymous album also released in the USA, with English lyrics. Italy
Kaipa 1973 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. Sweden
Mezquita 1973 Spanish progressive rock band from the end of the 70's. Spain
Refugee 1973 Prog trio featuring ex-Nice members and Patrick Moraz 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
Electrophon 1973 Named after Brian Hodgson's electronic music studio of the same name (in London's Covent Garden), Electrophon also featured Australian Dudley Simpson. United Kingdom
Harmonia 1973 A collaboration between Michael Rother of Neu!, and Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius of Cluster, Harmonia released two albums for the Brain label, and a third collaboration with Brian Eno (a precursor to... Germany
Neutrons, The 1973 Side project of Man, featuring Will Youatt and Phil Ryan, as well as Stuart Gordon and John Weathers. United Kingdom
Trace 1974 Rick Van Der Linden's ex-Ekseption group. Netherlands
Sensations' Fix 1974 Led by Franco Falsini, Sensations' Fix music had more in common with the krautrock of Germany than anything Italian! Italy
Schicke Führs & Fröhling 1974 Germany
Starcastle 1974 Hailing from Champaign-Urbana in Illinois, Starcastle burst on to the radar with their brand of prog; very much Yes-like. United States
Finch 1974 Flash rock, Dutch style Netherlands
Ibis 1974 Another off-shoot of the New Trolls. Italy
Uno 1974 Elio D'Anna and Danilo Rustici's post-Osanna band, recorded one eponymous album before forming Nova. Italy
Shylock 1974 One of France's premier (yet obscure) symphonic bands. France
Arti & Mestieri 1974 Led by drummer Furio Chirico (formerly of The Trip), keyboardist Beppe Crovella, and composer Gigi Venegoni, Arti e Mestieri were one of Italy's finest progressive rock bands. Their debut album Tilt is an undisputed... Italy
Druid 1974 Musically similar to Yes, the band included Cedric Sharpley who would later work with Gary Numan. Keyboardist Andrew McCrorie-Shand would later pen the Teletubbies theme. United Kingdom
Neuschwanstein 1974 One-off album from this German band is very much in the Gabriel-era Genesis style. Reissued by Musea in 2002. Other issue is the band's musical interpretation of Lewis Carrol's "Alice In Wonderland". Germany
Here & Now 1974 Cutting their teeth in Ladbroke Grove and on the UK's free festival circuit, Here & Now gained notoriety for their collaboration with Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth of Gong. United Kingdom
Castello di Atlante, Il 1974 Although formed in 1974, Il Castello Di Atlante did not release any albums until the early 1990s. Beppe Crovella of Arti & Mestieri produced their first record, and the band continues strong as a potent live act... Italy
Carpe Diem 1974 French progressive group from Nice. France
Nova 1975 Expatriate Italian fusion outfit, led by Elio D'Anna and brothers Rustici all ex Osanna. Recorded their first album at Pete Townsend's Eel Pie studios, and were joined by Percy Jones and Narada Michael Walden for their... Italy