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Bréant, François 1947 Former member of Nemo, François Bréant released two albums of electronic music in the late 70s. France
Brand X 1975 While notorious for having Phil Collins in its ranks, Brand X rates as one of England's premiere jazz-fusion groups, hosting some of the countries' finest musicians in its ranks. United Kingdom
Brainticket 1968 Extremely obscure psychedelic outfit out of Switzerland released the trippy sound-collage Cottonwoodhill album in 1971. Further albums were guided by keyboardist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, including two late in the decade. Switzerland
Brainstorm 1970 Hailing from Baden Baden, Brainstorm featured the talents of future Guru Guru man Roland Schaeffer. Germany
Brainbox 1969 Jan Akkerman's group prior to joining Focus. There only album is rather dated mix of blues and psychedelia. Of note is the sixteen minute "Sea Of Delight", however, as it would blueprint many of Focus' longer... Netherlands
Boxer 1975 Ex-Patto Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall teamed up with Keith Ellis and Tony Newman for this super group. Host of other luminaries passed through their ranks. Note third release was recorded second. United Kingdom
Bowie, David 1947 With a career spanning several decades and dozens of musical styles, David Bowie remains the man that put art into art rock. His "Berlin Trilogy" with Brian Eno should be of keen interest to fans of the progressive era. United Kingdom
Bond, Graham 1937 One of London's earliest organists, Graham Bond was an innovator of British R&B. United Kingdom
Bocquet, Roland Keyboard player from Catharsis did soundtrack work in the 80s and beyond France
Blossom Toes 1967 British psychedelia band featured Brian Godding, Kevin Westlake, Brian Belshaw, and Jim Cregan. Poli Palmer was also a member. United Kingdom
Blodwyn Pig 1968 Mick Abraham's post Jethro Tull band, also featured hornster Jack Lancaster, Andy Pyle and Ron Berg. Both releases were highly successful, both musically and in the UK charts. United Kingdom
Blake, Tim 1952 Aka Hi T. Moonweed, Tim Blake is best known as Gong's synthesizer player. His post-Gong work saw him working with light-artist Patrice Warrener, and later with French musician Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Tim was part of the... United Kingdom
Birth Control 1968 Germany
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
Beggars Opera 1969 United Kingdom
Bedford, David 1937 Classical music composer best known for his work with Kevin Ayers and Mike Oldfield. United Kingdom
Beatles, The 1960 The most influential band ever? The very essence of "progress" in rock music is charted with The Beatles musical journey. In early 1966, the Fab Four left Beatlemania and three minute pop songs for the inner space of... United Kingdom
Baumann, Peter 1953 Member of Tangerine Dream's classic lineup, Peter Baumann emigrated to the US, where he went on to become a great producer and label-head of Private Music. He is currently the founder and director of The Baumann... Germany
Battiato, Franco 1945 One of the few "solo" artists from Italy, Sicilian Battiato has a long career, featuring his original and idiosyncratic music. His first two albums should appeal most to progressive music fans, however Sulle Corde di... Italy
Barrett, Syd 1946 Roger Keith Barrett, founding member and primary songwriter of the early Pink Floyd, was a pioneer in the London Underground and perhaps the ultimate psychedelic hipster. Following his release from Pink Floyd in 1968,... United Kingdom
Barclay James Harvest 1967 Musically, not far off the map from the Moody Blues, Barclay James Harvest led a very long and prolific career releasing mildly progressive music. United Kingdom
Banks, Tony 1950 Genesis keyboardist and composer United Kingdom
Banks, Peter 1947 Original guitarist for Yes United Kingdom
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso 1971 One of the great (and original) Italian prog bands, propelled by the keyboards of brothers Noncenzi and the tenor voice of Di Giacomo. Italy
Balletto di Bronzo, Il 1966 Led by Gianni Leone, the band's second album stands as one of the finest and darkest prog rock albums from Italy. Italy
Bakerloo 1967 Originally called the Bakerloo Blues Line, Dave "Clem" Clempson, Terry Poole and Keith Baker released one album of blues rock for Harvest. Also of note was their "Drivin' Bachwards", an earlier version of Bach's Bourree... United Kingdom
Badger 1971 Ex Yes members featured in the first incarnation of the band. Their debut album, recorded live while supporting Yes, has a slight christian slant to the lyrics. Second album saw the arrival of Jackie Lomax. Recorded in... United Kingdom
Babylon 1976 United States
Ayers, Kevin 1944 The Original Mr. Cool. An original on the Canterbury Scene, Kevin Ayers spent the 60s with Wilde Flowers and Soft Machine before retiring to the comforts of Deià, Mallorca. Coaxed away by Peter Jenner, Ayers recorded a... United Kingdom
Axis Point 1978 Charlie Whitney's post-Streetwalkers group, with Eddie Hardin and Charlie McCraken. United Kingdom
Auger, Brian & The Trinity 1939 One of London's original rock organists, Brian Auger's early career included work with Steampacket and Julie Driscoll. United Kingdom
Atomic Rooster 1969 Always driven by Vincent Crane's keyboards, Atomic Rooster road a firm line between the hard and progressive. Crane and drummer Carl Palmer, first together in Arthur Brown's band, made one album before Palmer was off to... United Kingdom
Atoll French symphonic band, well-regarded albums. France
Asia 1980 Asia marked a new dawn in the era of progressive music. United Kingdom
Ashra 1977 Led by guitarist Manuel Göttsching, who previously led Ash Ra Tempel. Germany
Ash Ra Tempel 1970 One of the earliest krautrock groups, featuring guitarist Manuel Göttsching, Klaus Schulze on drums and bassist Hartmut Enke. Think album side-long psychedelic jams of the highest order... Germany
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
Arthur Brown Arthur & Vincent Crane 1979 Believe it or not, but Klaus Schulze is responsible for this! United Kingdom
Art Bears 1978 Post-Henry Cow project from Fred Frith and Chris Cutler, featuring the insufferable vocals of Dagmar Krause. United Kingdom
Argent, Rod 1945 Keyboardist and composer of the Zombies and Argent. United Kingdom
Argent 1968 Rod Argent and Russ Ballard's 70s rock outfit. United Kingdom
Area 1972 Self proclaimed "International POPular Group", Area were Italy's finest fusion band, featuring the unique vocals talents of Demetrio Stratos. Italy
Aphrodite's Child 1968 Led by Demis Roussos, Aphrodite's Child found success throughout Europe with pop singles, eventually residing in Paris, France. Their legacy however is the posthumously released psychedelic masterpiece, 666, and its... Greece
Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson 1976 Phillips and Williamson teamed up in 1976 to score the soundtrack to Tarka the Otter, a novel written by Henry Williamson, Harry's father. United Kingdom
Änglagård 1991 Almost single-handedly, Anglagard reinvigorated the prog rock genre with their 1992 debut Hybris. Sweden
Ange 1970 Le plus grand groupe de rock francais, and we'll pretty much agree. Ange's completely original and unique take on the "progressif" is most definitely and definitively French. Led by vocalist Christian Decamps. France
Andromeda 1968 John Du Cann's band prior to his joining Atomic Rooster. Also of note are the one-off Five Day Week Straw People and The Attack. United Kingdom
Anderson, Jon 1944 Following his departure from Yes in 1979, Jon Anderson enjoyed a degree of success in the UK with a string of solo releases and a good touring band, "The New Life Orchestra". His concurrent work with Greek keyboardist... United Kingdom
Anderson, Ian 1947 Oddly enough, Ian Anderson's lone solo album highlights early 80s keyboard technology. United Kingdom
Amon Düül II 1968 Led by Chris Karrer, the musical half of the Munich commune hippie band of the same name; a little to rough around the edges for prog standards, but most certainly not to be overlooked; Amon Düül II are Germany's finest... Germany