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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
Mayall, John & The Bluesbreakers 1933 Led by John Mayall, the Bluesbreakers were a virtual who's-who of the British blues and jazz scene. The band that recorded 1968's Bare Wires eventually morphed into Colosseum. United Kingdom
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
Midnight Sun 1971 Originally known as Rainbow Band, Midnight Sun were a Danish supergroup of sorts. Denmark
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
Money, Zoot 1942 Since the early 60s, George Bruno "Zoot" Money has been a fixture on the British music scene, as a bandleader (The Big Roll Band, Dantalian's Chariot), a musician (New Animals, Ellis, Grimms) and an actor. United Kingdom
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
Morgan 1971 Featuring the musical talents of Morgan Fischer, many of the members were previously in the British pop band Love Affair, who had a #1 hit in 1968 with "Everlasting Love". Switching gears to the progressive in the early... United Kingdom
Mother Gong 1978 Gilli Smyth, aka Shakti Yoni of Gong, launched Mother Gong to release her post-Daevid work. The mother of all things Gong, her collaborator in Mother Gong was Harry Williamson. United Kingdom
Move, The 1966 Hailing from Birmingham, The Move scored many hit singles during the psychedelic era, but unfortunately their albums, split between the rock-n-roll of Roy Wood and the classical inspirations of Jeff Lynne didn't chart.... United Kingdom
Museo Rosenbach 1972 Another band from the province of Liguria, Museo Rosenbach released one exemplary album of Italian prog before disbanding. Italy
National Health 1975 Dave Stewart, Phi Miller and Pip Pyle's post-Hatfield band. United Kingdom
Nektar 1970 Expatriate Brits forged a career for a decade based in Germany. United Kingdom
Neu! 1971 Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger left Kraftwerk in 1971 to form Neu!, releasing three albums before splitting ways, and giving us one of the most original and recognizable beats in rock music. Germany
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
Neutrons, The 1973 Side project of Man, featuring Will Youatt and Phil Ryan, as well as Stuart Gordon and John Weathers. United Kingdom
New Trolls 1967 Perhaps Italy's greatest prog band? Italy
New Trolls Atomic System 1973 Off-shoot of the New Trolls. Italy
New York Gong 1979 Daevid Allen split from partner Gilli Smyth in the late 70s, eventually moving to New York via Giorgio Gomelsky's Zu festival. He teamed up with Bill Laswell and what would later become Material. United States
Nice, The 1967 The Nice were originally the backing band for P.P. Arnold, however they gained renown quickly with Emerson's keyboard antics. The Nice were one of the first bands to incorporate classical motifs in a rock context. O'... United Kingdom
Niemen, Czesław 1939 Perhaps the most important singer in Poland's rock history, Czesław Niemen released three English language albums of world-class progressive rock in the early 70s, most featuring SBB as backing group. Poland
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
Novalis 1971 One of Germany's first rock bands to sing exclusively in their native language. Albums were produced by Achim Reichel. Germany
Nucleus 1969 Arguably one of the first "fusion" bands, Ian Carr's Nucleus were Britian's parallel to Miles Davis' electric bands of the early '70s. Trumpeter Carr came to prominence in the 60s with saxophonist Don Rendell. A... United Kingdom
Oldfield, Mike 1953 Multi-Instrumentalist, Mike. United Kingdom
Omega 1968 The crown jewel of Hungary, Omega have sustained a stable lineup since 1971, recording several albums with Peter Hauke for the Bacillius label aimed towards international release. Hungary
Opeth 1990 From heavy metal prodigies to prog rockers, Opeth are peerless among current rock bands. Sweden
Organisation 1967 Precursor to Kraftwerk, Organisation included Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben, and Basil Hammoudi, later of Ibliss. Germany
Orme, Le 1966 One of Italy's first and finest progressive rock bands, featuring the talents of Aldo Tagliapietra, Michi Dei Rossi and Tony Pagliuca. Italy
Osanna 1971 Another of Italy's legendary progressive groups, the band featured Danilo Rustici and Elio D'Anna. Italy
Pappert, Johannes 1949 Sax player from Kraan Germany
Passport 1971 Klaus Doldinger's fusion outfit, heralding some of Germany's finest musicians, including drummer Curt Cress. Germany
Patto 1970 Featuring namesake Mike Patto on vocals and Ollie Halsall on guitar along with the rhythm section of Clive Griffiths and John Halsey, Patto began when the members of Deram-signed Timebox signed with Vertigo Records.... United Kingdom
Pembroke, Jim 1946 After emigrating to Finland in 1965, Jim Pembroke became a fixture of the Finnish progressive scene with Blues Section and then Wigwam, and his own underrated solo career. Finland
Pentangle 1967 United Kingdom
Perigeo, Il 1971 Hailing from Rome, Perigeo was one of Italy's finest fusion bands. Italy