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Sea Level

Ex-members of the Allman Brothers' fusion outfit, named after keyboardist Chuck Leavell.

Founded: 1976

Location: Macon, Georgia

Sky

British-Australian supergroup featured the talents of Francis Monkman, Tristian Fry, Kevin Peek, Herbie Flowers, and classical guitarist John Williams.

Founded: 1978

Location: London, England

Website: Sky - Instrumental Band Of The 80s

Socrates (Drank the Conium)

Greece's premiere rock band

Founded: 1969

Location: Athens, Greece

Website: Socrates Drank The Conium Myspace

Summers, Andy & Robert Fripp

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Bournemouth natives Andy Summers of the Police and Robert Fripp of King Crimson collaborated on a pair of albums for A&M Records in the early 80s.

Founded: 1981

Location: Bournemouth, Dorset, England

Supertramp

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Founded in 1969 by Rick Davies and Roger Hodgson, Supertramp were the benefactor of a Dutch millionaire, Stanley August Miesegaes, who bankrolled their initial lineup. After two unsuccessful albums, the band changed lineup, adding two members of the Alan Bown set, and created one of the most classic and enduring albums of the era, Crime of the Century, reaching their commercial peak in the early 1980s. Roger Hodgson left the band in 1983.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Supertramp

Synergy

Larry Fast, one of the pioneers of electronic music and technology, released an exemplary series albums for the Passport label in the mid to late 70s. In addition to production for artists on the label, he has also performed with Nektar and Peter Gabriel. In the mid-80s, he curated the Audion label for Passport.

Founded: 1951

Location: Newark, New Jersey

Website: Larry Fast/SYNERGY

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Tangerine Dream

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From their "free-rock" beginnings in the Berlin underground to the eventual triple-keyboard standard that signed to Virgin Records, Tangerine Dream earns significant credit in introducing synthesizer/sequenced electronic music to the world. During the mid to late 70s - their spacey, pulsating music earned them a cult following worldwide. The 80s saw the band releasing lucrative soundtrack work, before settling into the new age bins by mid-decade. The band continues to this day.

Founded: 1967

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: Tangerine Dream | www.tangerinedream-music.com

Uriah Heep

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Masters of heavy organ rock, Uriah Heep

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: The Official Website of Uriah Heep

Utopia

In its first incarnation, Todd Rundgren's take on progressive rock

Founded: 1973

Location: New York City, New York

Vangelis

Greek multi-instrumentalist Vangelis Papathanassiou was a child prodigy, eventually studying music in Athens. He spent his early career with in the beat band Formix, later forming Aphrodite's Child in 1968. By early 70s, he would emigrate to Paris then London to embark on a solo career, alternating between studio recordings and soundtracks. His earliest studio recordings, Hypothesis and The Dragon, are unauthorized releases that reveal jazz improvisation. Earth was released on the heels of the 666 album, and is a great companion.

Founded: 1943

Location: Volos, Greece

Website: VANGELIS HOMEPAGE