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Emerson, Lake & Palmer > Emerson, Lake & Palmer

Artist: Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Label: Cotillion
Catalog#: SD 9040
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-10
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In the tradition of Cream and Humble Pie before them, Emerson, Lake & Palmer stand as the first supergroup of the progressive era, combining the talents of The Nice's keyboard player Keith Emerson, King Crimson vocalist and bassist Greg Lake and Atomic Rooster drummer Carl Palmer.

Five Bridges > Nice, The

Artist: Nice
Label: Mercury
Catalog#: SR-61295
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-06

Flat Baroque And Berserk > Harper, Roy

Artist: Roy Harper
Label: Harvest
Catalog#: SKAO 418
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1970

Fools Meeting > Delivery

Artist: Carol Grimes / Delivery
Label: B & C Records
Catalog#: CAS 1023
Format: Vinyl
Country: UK
Released: 1970

Fotheringay > Fotheringay

Artist: Fotheringay
Label: A&M Records, A&M Records, A&M Records
Catalog#: SP4269, SP 4269, SP-4269
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1970
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Sandy Denny’s reasons for departing Fairport Convention included an outlet for her songwriting, but a reluctance to tour and be away her partner Trevor Lucas were also key. To wit, she formed Fotheringay with Lucas-named after the Fairport song of the same name. He called on former Eclection bandmate and drummer Gerry Conway; former Dantalian’s Chariot bassist Pat Donaldson came from a recommendation by initial guitarist Albert Lee (who was recommended by Richard Thompson!); Lee didn’t work out, and American Jerry Donahue completed the band.

Full House > Fairport Convention

Artist: Fairport Convention
Label: A&M Records
Catalog#: SP-4265
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970

Gentle Giant > Gentle Giant

Artist: Gentle Giant
Label: Vertigo
Catalog#: 6360 020
Format: Vinyl
Country: United Kingdom
Released: 1970-10
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Gentle Giant rose from the remains of the Shulman brothers' pop group, Simon Dupree & the Big Sound. That band had some minor chart success when the single "Kites" b/w "Like the Sun, Like the Fire" broke into the UK Top 10 in late 1967. More surprisingly were the legions of teenage girls that the band attracted, as documented in the British television show Man Alive.

Getting To This > Blodwyn Pig

Artist: Blodwyn Pig
Label: A&M Records, Chrysalis
Catalog#: SP 4243, SP 4243
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1970

Gracious! > Gracious

Artist: Gracious
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog#: ST 602
Format: Vinyl
Country: US
Released: 1970
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Hailing from Esher, Surrey, singer/drummer Paul "Sandy" Davis and guitarist Alan Cowderoy were in a blues-inspired combo called The Disciples. They eventually teamed up with drummer Robert Lipson and keyboardist Martin Kitcat, and were chosen to support The Who's national UK tour in 1968. Sessions with Norrie Paramor and Tim Rice yielded only a single for Polydor, but a gig supporting King Crimson in 1969 turned them full-on progressive as Gracious!. During a 1969 German tour, Tim Wheatley replaced Mike Laird on bass, and the band then landed a deal with Vertigo Records.

H To He Who Am The Only One > Van Der Graaf Generator

Artist: Van Der Graaf Generator
Label: Dunhill
Catalog#: DS 50097
Format: Vinyl
Country: United States
Released: 1970-12
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The title of Van der Graaf Generator's third album refers to "the fusion of hydrogen nuclei to form helium… the prime energy source in the universe." Heavy stuff. Of course, Peter Hammill's lyrics could best be described as intellectual prose; he's usually philosophizing his take on the human condition-ah, the Jesuit education?! Peerless, Hammill's vocal delivery was just as dramatic as the band's music, and one that would polarize: Either you got it or you didn't.