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Kraftwerk

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From early free-form improvisation to the perfection of electro-pop, Kraftwerk reign as one of the most musically influential groups from the 70s. However, the Ralf & Florian and Autobahn era should appeal to most progressive fans.

Founded: 1970

Location: Düsseldorf, Germany

Website: Kraftwerk

Lake, Greg

Singer and bassist for King Crimson MK 1, and then on to prog supergroup Emerson Lake & Palmer. Incredibly sappy solo albums defy description.

Founded: 1947

Location: England

Website: greg lake

Leb i Sol

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Featuring the guitar work of Vlatko Stefanowski, the Macedonian based Leb i Sol ("bread and salt") were one of Yugoslavia's best known fusion groups.

Founded: 1976

Location: Skopje, Macedonia, Yugoslavia

Website: lebisolofficial.com

Livgren, Kerry

The songwriter of Kansas, and member of Proto-Kaw

Founded: 1949

Location: Topeka, Kansas

Website: Official Kerry Livgren Website. Numavox Records, Progressive Christian Rock

Long Hello, The

Van Der Graaf Generator, sans Peter Hammill

Founded: 1973

Location: Wales

Mahavishnu Orchestra

Founded by guitarist John McLaughlin after his stint with Tony Williams Lifetime, Mahavishnu were perhaps the most successful fusion band, both artistically and commercially.

Founded: 1971

Location: New York City, New York

Malherbe, Didier

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Aka Bloom-Dido Bad-de-Grass, Didier Malherbe's post-Gong work included the vastly underrated fusion outfit Bloom, before continuing into the 80s on a world-fusion path, which included work with Zao's François "Faton" Cahen and in Hadouk, with Loy Ehrlich.

Founded: 1942

Location: Paris, France

Website: DIDIER MALHERBE

Manzanera, Phil

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Born Philip Targett-Adams, Phil Manzanera is best know for his role in Roxy Music.

Founded: 1951

Location: London, England

Website: Manzanera.com - The website of Phil Manzanera

Marillion (Fish era)

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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 a musician in his own right. After Fish's departure in 1988, singer Steve Hogarth joined the band.

Founded: 1979

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

Website: marillion.com | The Official Marillion Website

Marillion (Hogarth era)

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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 than their "neo-progressive" roots. Marillion remain the most successful groups of prog rock's "modern" era.

Founded: 1989

Location: Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England

Website: marillion.com | The Official Marillion Website