Prog rock

Andromeda

This English prog rock group formed in 1966. Led by John Du Cann they recorded their eponymous debut album in 1969 with backing vocals by Eddie Dyche. The group split upon Du Cann's departure to join Atomic Rooster in 1970. John Du Cann Vocals, guitar Mick Hawksworth  Bass Jack McCulloch  Drums Ian McShane  Drums

Atomic Rooster

Atomic Rooster was a British prog-rock group formed in 1969 with an initial line-up of Vincent Crane (real name Vincent Cheesman) and Carl Palmer - both from The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown - and Nick Graham. Their debut album, Atomic Rooster, hit #49 in the UK in June 1970, after which Graham and Palmer quit the group.(...)

Pendragon

Under their own steam Pendragon released half a dozen albums between 1985 (The Jewel) and 2001 (Not Of This World). Their first two albums offered a variation on the 1980s Brit prog rock theme. Subsequently The World (1991), The Window Of Life (1993), The Masquerade Overture (1996) and Not Of This World adhered to the same basic formula - with a minor tweak(...)

Supersister

Dutch band Supersister's heady brand of prog owed much to the Canterbury Scene. Their debut LP, Present From Nancy (1970), was freaky, percussive and epic - like Soft Machine at their most playful. By 1974, Supersister had recorded four remarkable albums, a clutch of singles, and earned a place as one of the most innovative bands to ever emerge from(...)

Touch

The 1968 self-titled album by Touch - featuring Don Gallucci (ex-Kingsmen organist and future Stooges producer) - was a wild and glorious explosion of keyboard-led proto-prog that foreshadowed later styles of Yes, The Nice and Chicago, reeling through jazz, blues, silent-film music, doomy organ figures and tricky time changes aplenty. The track Down At Circe's Place - a thumping piano riff that collapses into(...)

Traffic Sound

Formed in 1967, Peruvian band Traffic Sound - an exalted name in psych and prog rock circles - recorded four stunning albums in their short but brilliant career. Manuel Sanguinetti Vocals Freddy Rizo-Patrón Guitar Willy "Wilito" Barclay Guitar Willy Thorne Bass Jean Pierre Magnet Sax Luis "Lucho" Nevares Drums

Van Der Graaf Generator

One of the most intense and extreme groups of the 70s Prog Rock era, Van Der Graaf Generator were ever on the verge of collapse. Constant tensions were caused by trying to steer what drummer Guy Evans cheerfully calls the "impossible, unstable entity" into a marketable situation. Formed at Manchester University in 1967, VDGG used jazz, classical(...)