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Orme, Le

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One of Italy's first and finest progressive rock bands, featuring the talents of Aldo Tagliapietra, Michi Dei Rossi and Tony Pagliuca.

Founded: 1966

Location: Marghera, Venice, Italy

Website: Le Orme - official website

Passport

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Klaus Doldinger's fusion outfit, heralding some of Germany's finest musicians, including drummer Curt Cress.

Founded: 1971

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Klaus Doldinger and Passport

Phillips, Anthony

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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.

Founded: 1951

Location: Putney, England

Website: The Official Anthony Phillips Website

Pierre Moerlen's Gong

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Gong gone fusion

Founded: 1976

Location: Strasbourg, France

Pinhas, Richard

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Pinhas' contribution to the Parisian progressive music scene cannot be underrated. Also, a professor of philosophy at Sorbonne.

Founded: 1951

Location: Paris, France

Website: Richard Pinhas > Accueil

Pink Floyd

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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 Underground scene before guitarist Gilmour replaced an unpredictable Barret. However their extended instrumental jams, garnered further success, best trademarked by Gilmour's guitar and Water's songwriting. After the monumental "Dark Side Of The Moon" in 1973, the band released two more classics before the Water's-dominated "The Wall" in 1979, and eventual decay in the Eighties.

Founded: 1965

Location: Cambridge, England

Website: Pink Floyd Official Site

PM

Carl Palmer's post-ELP group released one eponymous album to little acclaim.

Founded: 1980

Location: London, England

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Popol Vuh

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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 for Werner Herzog's films.

Founded: 1970

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Popol Vuh & Florian Fricke

Premiata Forneria Marconi (PFM)

Prematia Forneria Marconi, or roughly "Marconi's Award-Winning Bakery", the most successful of the Italian Prog bands.

Founded: 1970

Location: Milano, Italy

Website: PFM - Premiata Forneria Marconi Official Site

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