Pretty Things, The

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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, recording with Norman Smith, ranks as some of the greatest music created in Britain in the 60s. Yes, it really is that good.

Founded: 1963

Location: London, England

Website: The Pretty Things

Procol Harum

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, they reshuffled their line-up back to the formative one, and perservered through four more albums of sophisticated pop. After a series of personnel changes, the band continued into the late seventies with a degree of success in the US, though the UK proved more elusive

Founded: 1967

Location: Southend-On-Sea, Essex, England

Website: Procol Harum Beyond the Pale


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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 classics.

Founded: 1972

Location: Lyon, France

Website: Pulsar is back

Quella Vecchia Locanda

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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.

Founded: 1972

Location: Rome, Italy

Website: MySpace

Quiet Sun

Founded: 1970

Location: Dulwich, London, England

Randy Pie

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Formed by ex-Rattles members, Randy Pie skirted the progressive with easy going jazz-funk, typical of the mid-70s.

Founded: 1972

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Rare Bird

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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 is best known for his part in Spinal Tap.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: The JupiterSpace Rare Bird Web Site


Prog trio featuring ex-Nice members and Patrick Moraz

Founded: 1973

Location: London, England

Reichel, Achim

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. & Machines, and then later as a record producer. Reichel's long and successful career as a solo artist started in 1976 with an album of seafaring songs, appropriately enough for the Hamburg native.

Founded: 1944

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Achim Reichel