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Phillips, Anthony 1951 Founding member and early guitarist of Genesis, Anthony Phillips began a solo career in the mid-70s. Latter work concentrated on library music and soundtracks. United Kingdom
Pierre Moerlen's Gong 1976 Gong gone fusion France
Pinhas, Richard 1951 Pinhas' contribution to the Parisian progressive music scene cannot be underrated. Also, a professor of philosophy at Sorbonne. France
Pink Fairies, The Combining the talents of former Deviants Paul Rudolph, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter, with John "Twink" Alder (ex Pretty Things, Tomorrow), the Pink Fairies were an underground band from London's Ladbroke Grove... United Kingdom
Pink Floyd 1965 Perhaps Britian's finest psychedelic son, Pink Floyd became one of the world's premier rock bands by the end of the Seventies. Originally founded by acid casualty Syd Barrett, the Floyd rose to the top of the British... United Kingdom
PM 1980 Carl Palmer's post-ELP group released one eponymous album to little acclaim. United Kingdom
Pohjola, Pekka 1952 Bassist for Wigwam, his solo albums showcase his compositional skills. Worked with Mike Oldfield. Finland
Popol Vuh 1970 Founded by Florian Fricke, Popol Vuh represents one of the earliest examples of spirituality in music that would later define "new age" music in the 80s. This however, is the real thing. Fricke also composed soundtracks... Germany
Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM) 1970 Prematia Forneria Marconi, or roughly "Marconi's Award-Winning Bakery", the most successful of the Italian Prog bands. Italy
Pretty Things, The 1963 One of the 60s most underrated bands. From their badder than bad, raucous R&B early in their career, the band shifted gears in the underground, first with freakbeat then psychedelia. Their tenure at Abby Road,... United Kingdom
Procol Harum 1967 Procol Harum's formative years were in an R&B based band called the Paramounts. Named after producer Gary Steven's cat, Harum released their first single and to instant world-wide success. Immediately afterward,... United Kingdom
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
Quatermass 1969 United Kingdom
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
Quiet Sun 1970 United Kingdom
Randy Pie 1972 Formed by ex-Rattles members, Randy Pie skirted the progressive with easy going jazz-funk, typical of the mid-70s. Germany
Rare Bird 1969 Charisma label band that scored a hit with "Sympathy". In 1972, Mark Ashton and Graham Field left, and the band ditched the dual-keyboard format, recording three infinitely listenable albums for Polydor. Dave Kaffinetti... United Kingdom
Refugee 1973 Prog trio featuring ex-Nice members and Patrick Moraz United Kingdom
Reichel, Achim 1944 One of Germany's most legendary musicians, Achim Reichel's career started in 1960 with The Rattles, one of the countries first beat-era bands. The 70s saw him delve into the progressive music scene, first as A.R. &... Germany
Renaissance 1969 Mark II, this version of Renaissance starts with Michael Dunford, and features the vocals of Annie Haslam. United Kingdom
Renaissance (Yardbirds) 1969 Jim McCarty and Keith Relf's post-Yardbirds project was one of the early experiments fusing classical and rock music. United Kingdom
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
Reverberi, Gian Piero 1937 One of Italy's top record producers, Reverberi worked with The New Trolls, Le Orme and countless other Italian musicians. Italy
Riverside 2001 From Poland, Riverside has made an international name for themselves with their progressive music. Poland
Roedelius, Hans Joachim 1934 Born in 1934, Hans-Joachim Roedelius is a founding father of modern German music. Germany
Rother, Michael 1950 Guitarist, sound architecht and composer, Michael Rother is one of Germany's original artists of the progressive era. In the mid 1960s, he was a member of Spirits of Sound with Wolfgangs' Flür and Reichemann, then a... Germany
Rovescio Della Madaglia, Il 1971 RDM were pioneers in combining classical music with rock music. Their album "Contaminzione" also saw an English-language release in the US. Italy
Roxy Music 1970 Though definitely a glam band at heart, Roxy Music served as a training ground and employer of many "progressive" musicians. United Kingdom
Rush 1969 Canada's finest sons. From their early days copping Led Zep riffs, through the kimono "prog" era, and onto mainstream acceptance and platinum success in the 80s, Rush has defied all odds, remaining true to their spirit... Canada
Rustic Hinge 1969 After Brown left to form Kingdom Come, the rest of the Crazy World continued on as Rustic Hinge, before morphing into High Tide. Their lone recording was released some twenty years later. United Kingdom
Rustici, Corrado 1957 Italian guitarist was just 17 when he became a member of Cervello. By the mid 70s, with brother Danilo of Ossana fame, he started fusion band Nova. The 80s saw Rustici move to the USA for a prolific career as a session... Italy
Rutherford, Mike 1950 Founding member of Genesis released two solo albums in the early 80s, before venturing off the progressive map with the hugely successful Mike + The Mechanics side project. United Kingdom
Rutles, The 1959 The Pre-fab Four. United Kingdom
Sam Gopal's Dream 1967 Named after the tabla player, Sam Gopal's Dream were regulars on London's underground, playing at the UFO, Middle Earth, etc. They later released one eponymous album which featured Ian "Lemmy" Willis on guitar and... United Kingdom
Samla Mammas Manna 1969 Zappa-influenced band from Sweden were leading component of the Rock In Opposition movement. Samla's albums were a mix of fusion, musicianship and humor. Sweden
Samurai 1971 Led by Dave Lawson, the reminants of Web were rechristened for one eponymous album, a classic of the era. United Kingdom
SBB 1971 Led by Józef Skrzek, SBB were first known as Silesian Blues Band, and later as Szukaj, Burz, Buduj (Polish for "Search, Break up, Build"). SBB were Poland's progressive rock band. Poland
Schicke Führs & Fröhling 1974 Germany
Schickert, Günter 1949 Along with Manuel Gottsching and Achim Reichel, Günter Schickert is a pioneer of "echo" guitar. Though a prolific musician, he has released just a few albums, thus lending to his relative obscurity. Germany
Schmid, Wolfgang 1948 Bassist best known for his work with Klaus Doldinger's Passport, and Head, Heart & Hands. Germany
Schnitzler, Conrad 1937 Along with Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Conrad Schnitzler was a founder of the Zodiak Free Arts Club, the birthplace of the so-called "Berlin School" of electronic music, and perhaps krautrock in general. In 1969, with Edgar... Germany
Schulze, Klaus 1947 A once member of Tangerine Dream, Ash Ra Tempel, Cosmic Couriers, and Richard Wahnfried, Klaus Schulze is one of the world's premiere and prolific electronic musicians. Germany
Sea Level 1976 Ex-members of the Allman Brothers' fusion outfit, named after keyboardist Chuck Leavell. United States
Sebastian Hardie 1973 Australian progressive rock band that had some international notoriety. Australia
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
Semiramis 1970 Hailing from Rome, Semiramis included the Zarrillo brothers Maurizio and Michele (just teenagers), and got their start at the Villa Pamphili pop festival in 1972. They released one album before breaking up. Italy
Sensations' Fix 1974 Led by Franco Falsini, Sensations' Fix music had more in common with the krautrock of Germany than anything Italian! Italy
Shylock 1974 One of France's premier (yet obscure) symphonic bands. France
Sinfield, Peter 1943 Founding member of King Crimson, lyricist and hippie. United Kingdom
Skin Alley 1968 As with other Clearwater Production groups, Skin Alley had their roots in the London underground and free festival scene. After recording two albums for CBS the band signed with Transatlantic, who licensed two albums to... United Kingdom