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^To the non prog fan King Crimson(ditto Marillion now that I think about it) are considered obscure in most cases. So pretty much anyone more obscure than KC is obscure to the average person. I would think that bands like Gentle Giant, Strawbs, PFM, Camel, Magma, Nektar, Focus, VDGG, Renaissance, IQ, The Flower Kings, etc would not be obscure to most prog fans. Gryphon probably occupy the gray area in between known and obscure.

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My favorite obscure prog band is that one that recorded one unreleased album and the recordings are still unreleased. They were the perfect mix of classic Yes, Gentle Giant and Soft Machine! Yeah so obscure it might not even exist! Heheh

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Sensations Fix - Portable Madness (1974)
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Top 100 Obscure Prog Albums


AFFINITY - Affinity (1970)
AGINCOURT - Fly Away (1970)
ANDROMEDA - Andromeda (1969)
AQUILA - Aquila (1970)
ARCADIUM - Breathe Awhile (1969)
ARMAGEDDON - Armageddon (1975)
ART - Supernatural Fairy Tales (1967)
ARTHUR BROWN'S KINGDOM COME - Journey (1973)
ARZACHEL - Arzachel (1969)
ASGARD - In the Realm of Asgard (1972)
AUDIENCE - Friend's Friend's Friend (1970)
AUTUMN - Ocean World (1977)
AXE - Music (1969)

BACHDENKEL - Lemmings (1973)
BEGGARS OPERA - Waters of Change (1971)
BLACK WIDOW - Sacrifice (1970)
BLONDE ON BLONDE - Contrasts (1969)
BRIAN DAVISON'S EVERY WHICH WAY - Every Which Way (1972)

CAMEL - Underage (1970)
CANTERBURY GLASS - Sacred Scenes and Characters (1968)
CAPABILITY BROWN - Voice (1973)
CHIMERA - Chimera (1969)
CIRCUS - Circus (1969)
CIRKUS - One (1973)
CLOUDS - Scrapbook (1969)
CONTINUUM - Autumn Grass (1971)
CRESSIDA - Cressida (1970)
CZAR - Czar (1970)

DARRYL WAY'S WOLF - Canis Lupus (1973)
DEEP FEELING - Deep Feeling (1971)
DEMON FUZZ - Afreaka! (1970)
DR. Z - Three Parts to My Soul (1971)
DRUID - Toward the Sun (1973)
DUNCAN MACKAY - Score (1977)

EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected (1969)
ECLECTION - Eclection (1968)
ENGLAND - Garden Shed (1977)
THE ENID - In the Region of the Summer Stars (1976)

FANTASY - Paint a Picture (1973)
FIELDS - Fields (1971)
FIRST AID - Nostradamus (1977)
FRUUPP - Future Legends (1973)
FUCHSIA - Fuchsia (1971)

THE GHOST - When You're Dead, One Second (1970)
THE GODS - Genesis (1968)
GRACIOUS - This is... Gracious! (1971)
GRAIL - Grail (1970)
GRAVY TRAIN - (A Ballad of) A Peaceful Man (1971)
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH - Horizons (1970)
THE GUN - Gun (1968)

HELP YOURSELF - Beware the Shadow (1972)

ICARUS - The Marvel World of Icarus (1972)
IF - If 3 (1971)
ILLUSION - Out of the Mist (1977)
INDIAN SUMMER - Indian Summer (1971)

JACKSON HEIGHTS - King Progress (1970)
JADE - Fly on Strange Wings (1970)
JADE WARRIOR - Last Autumn's Dream (1972)
JANUS - Gravedigger (1972)
JULIAN'S TREATMENT - A Time Before This (1970)

KHAN - Space Shanty (1972)

LEAF HOUND - Growers of Mushroom (1971)
LODESTONE - Time Flies (1971)
LONE STAR - Lone Star (1976)
LOUDEST WHISPER - The Children of Lir (1973)

MANDALABAND - Mandalaband (1975)
MARSUPILAMI - Marsupilami (1970)
MAY BLITZ - May Blitz (1970)
MORGAN - Nova Solis (1972)

NEKTAR - Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971)

OCTOPUS - Restless Night (1970)
ODIN - Odin (1972)

PALADIN - Charge! (1972)
PEGGY'S LEG - Grinilla (1973)
PETE BROWN & PIBLOKTO! - Thousands on a Raft (1970)
PETER BARDENS - The Answer (1970)
PUSSY - Pussy Plays (1969)

QUATERMASS - Quatermass (1970)
QUICKSAND - Home is Where I Belong (1974)

RAMASES - Glass Top Coffin (1975)
RARE BIRD - Rare Bird (1969)
RAW MATERIAL - Time Is... (1971)
REFUGEE - Refugee (1974)
RICHARD WRIGHT - Wet Dream (1978)
RIFF RAFF - Riff Raff (1973)
ROOM - Pre-Flight (1970)

SALAMANDER - Ten Commandments (1971)
SATURNALIA - Magical Love (1969)
SECOND HAND - Reality (1968)
THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN - The Seven Ages of Man (1972)
SKIN ALLEY - To Pagham and Beyond (1970)
SPIROGYRA - Bells, Boots and Shambles (1973)
SPRING - Spring (1971)
STEEL MILL - Green-Eyed God (1972)
STILL LIFE - Still Life (1971)
SUNFOREST - Sound of Sunforest (1969)

TITUS GROAN - Titus Groan (1970)
TONTON MACOUTE - Tonton Macoute (1971)
TRACTOR - Tractor (1972)

VISITOR 2035 - Visitor 2035 (1978)

WALLY - Wally (1974)
WRITING ON THE WALL - Power of the Picts (1969)
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Top 100 Obscure Prog Albums


AFFINITY - Affinity (1970)
AGINCOURT - Fly Away (1970)
ANDROMEDA - Andromeda (1969)
AQUILA - Aquila (1970)
ARCADIUM - Breathe Awhile (1969)
ARMAGEDDON - Armageddon (1975)
ART - Supernatural Fairy Tales (1967)
ARTHUR BROWN'S KINGDOM COME - Journey (1973)
ARZACHEL - Arzachel (1969)
ASGARD - In the Realm of Asgard (1972)
AUDIENCE - Friend's Friend's Friend (1970)
AUTUMN - Ocean World (1977)
AXE - Music (1969)

BACHDENKEL - Lemmings (1973)
BEGGARS OPERA - Waters of Change (1971)
BLACK WIDOW - Sacrifice (1970)
BLONDE ON BLONDE - Contrasts (1969)
BRIAN DAVISON'S EVERY WHICH WAY - Every Which Way (1972)

CAMEL - Underage (1970)
CANTERBURY GLASS - Sacred Scenes and Characters (1968)
CAPABILITY BROWN - Voice (1973)
CHIMERA - Chimera (1969)
CIRCUS - Circus (1969)
CIRKUS - One (1973)
CLOUDS - Scrapbook (1969)
CONTINUUM - Autumn Grass (1971)
CRESSIDA - Cressida (1970)
CZAR - Czar (1970)

DARRYL WAY'S WOLF - Canis Lupus (1973)
DEEP FEELING - Deep Feeling (1971)
DEMON FUZZ - Afreaka! (1970)
DR. Z - Three Parts to My Soul (1971)
DRUID - Toward the Sun (1973)
DUNCAN MACKAY - Score (1977)

EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected (1969)
ECLECTION - Eclection (1968)
ENGLAND - Garden Shed (1977)
THE ENID - In the Region of the Summer Stars (1976)

FANTASY - Paint a Picture (1973)
FIELDS - Fields (1971)
FIRST AID - Nostradamus (1977)
FRUUPP - Future Legends (1973)
FUCHSIA - Fuchsia (1971)

THE GHOST - When You're Dead, One Second (1970)
THE GODS - Genesis (1968)
GRACIOUS - This is... Gracious! (1971)
GRAIL - Grail (1970)
GRAVY TRAIN - (A Ballad of) A Peaceful Man (1971)
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH - Horizons (1970)
THE GUN - Gun (1968)

HELP YOURSELF - Beware the Shadow (1972)

ICARUS - The Marvel World of Icarus (1972)
IF - If 3 (1971)
ILLUSION - Out of the Mist (1977)
INDIAN SUMMER - Indian Summer (1971)

JACKSON HEIGHTS - King Progress (1970)
JADE - Fly on Strange Wings (1970)
JADE WARRIOR - Last Autumn's Dream (1972)
JANUS - Gravedigger (1972)
JULIAN'S TREATMENT - A Time Before This (1970)

KHAN - Space Shanty (1972)

LEAF HOUND - Growers of Mushroom (1971)
LODESTONE - Time Flies (1971)
LONE STAR - Lone Star (1976)
LOUDEST WHISPER - The Children of Lir (1973)

MANDALABAND - Mandalaband (1975)
MARSUPILAMI - Marsupilami (1970)
MAY BLITZ - May Blitz (1970)
MORGAN - Nova Solis (1972)

NEKTAR - Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971)

OCTOPUS - Restless Night (1970)
ODIN - Odin (1972)

PALADIN - Charge! (1972)
PEGGY'S LEG - Grinilla (1973)
PETE BROWN & PIBLOKTO! - Thousands on a Raft (1970)
PETER BARDENS - The Answer (1970)
PUSSY - Pussy Plays (1969)

QUATERMASS - Quatermass (1970)
QUICKSAND - Home is Where I Belong (1974)

RAMASES - Glass Top Coffin (1975)
RARE BIRD - Rare Bird (1969)
RAW MATERIAL - Time Is... (1971)
REFUGEE - Refugee (1974)
RICHARD WRIGHT - Wet Dream (1978)
RIFF RAFF - Riff Raff (1973)
ROOM - Pre-Flight (1970)

SALAMANDER - Ten Commandments (1971)
SATURNALIA - Magical Love (1969)
SECOND HAND - Reality (1968)
THE SEVEN AGES OF MAN - The Seven Ages of Man (1972)
SKIN ALLEY - To Pagham and Beyond (1970)
SPIROGYRA - Bells, Boots and Shambles (1973)
SPRING - Spring (1971)
STEEL MILL - Green-Eyed God (1972)
STILL LIFE - Still Life (1971)
SUNFOREST - Sound of Sunforest (1969)

TITUS GROAN - Titus Groan (1970)
TONTON MACOUTE - Tonton Macoute (1971)
TRACTOR - Tractor (1972)

VISITOR 2035 - Visitor 2035 (1978)

WALLY - Wally (1974)
WRITING ON THE WALL - Power of the Picts (1969)


That is an impressive list, Paul. Wink
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (1) Thanks(1)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 22 2023 at 18:06
The fact that Paul has a band called Pussy on his list with an album called Pussy Plays tells you were Paul's head is at. He has cats. TongueWink
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Got to check out Pussy. Khan and Nektar obscure, Paul?

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Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

Got to check out Pussy. Khan and Nektar obscure, Paul?

Even Caravan, King Crimson and Van der Graaf Generator are obscure to anyone outside of the progosphere, including my two brothers who've never heard of any of them. Confused
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Originally posted by Grumpyprogfan Grumpyprogfan wrote:

Got to check out Pussy. Khan and Nektar obscure, Paul?

Even Caravan, King Crimson and Van der Graaf Generator are obscure to anyone outside of the progosphere, including my two brothers who've never heard of any of them. Confused

Great point, Paul!

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^I tried introducing some friends to VDGG, they looked at me as if I had just sprouted a second head and began to fly..
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Originally posted by Frets N Worries Frets N Worries wrote:

^I tried introducing some friends to VDGG, they looked at me as if I had just sprouted a second head and began to fly..

Fantastic!

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What's ''friends''?
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Originally posted by richardh richardh wrote:

What's ''friends''?

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Originally posted by Nogbad_The_Bad Nogbad_The_Bad wrote:

Originally posted by Frets N Worries Frets N Worries wrote:

^I tried introducing some friends to VDGG, they looked at me as if I had just sprouted a second head and began to fly..

Fantastic!

All my friends glaze over whenever I try to suggest music. 'Sleepytime Gorilla Museum!', 'You're just stringing random words together aren't you?'

TBF, that's what artists sometimes do when they try to come up with names LOL
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The Legs on Wheels' 2023 album is quite good. That is just off the top of my head.


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Going back thru this thread, where did most of the original posters go?? Did they make themselves obscure?? Ermm ...sad

Yea, obscure in prog music is not really obscure. For me and my rock/metal friends a very obscure band would be CAN.


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Nodo Gordiano 
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Originally posted by Psychedelic Paul Psychedelic Paul wrote:

Top 100 Obscure Prog Albums
...
ARTHUR BROWN'S KINGDOM COME - Journey (1973)
AUDIENCE - Friend's Friend's Friend (1970)
BLACK WIDOW - Sacrifice (1970)
CAMEL - Underage (1970)
CAPABILITY BROWN - Voice (1973)
DARRYL WAY'S WOLF - Canis Lupus (1973)
DRUID - Toward the Sun (1973)
DUNCAN MACKAY - Score (1977)
EAST OF EDEN - Mercator Projected (1969)
FRUUPP - Future Legends (1973)
THE GREATEST SHOW ON EARTH - Horizons (1970)
HELP YOURSELF - Beware the Shadow (1972)
IF - If 3 (1971)
JADE WARRIOR - Last Autumn's Dream (1972)
JANUS - Gravedigger (1972)
KHAN - Space Shanty (1972)
MANDALABAND - Mandalaband (1975)
NEKTAR - Journey to the Centre of the Eye (1971)
PETE BROWN & PIBLOKTO! - Thousands on a Raft (1970)
PETER BARDENS - The Answer (1970)
QUATERMASS - Quatermass (1970)
RAMASES - Glass Top Coffin (1975)
RARE BIRD - Rare Bird (1969)
REFUGEE - Refugee (1974)
RICHARD WRIGHT - Wet Dream (1978)
SECOND HAND - Reality (1968)
WALLY - Wally (1974)
...

SEVENTH WAVE should be mentioned. And I didn't even get to the foreign bands, yet!!!!!!!!!

Gosh ... each and every time you, or someone else, posts something like this, I go back in time really quick, and I can hear, yet again, most of the Space Pirate Radio shows ... where all these and many more were always a part of it. New, and exciting music rarely was left behind Guy's hands and ears ... and the 300 plus hours I sent him of mp3's from 1974 to 1980, showed this all really well.

Some of these I still love dearly ... Wally, Second Hand, Richard Wright, Ramases, Refugee, Quatermass, Nektar, Help Yourself/Neutrons/Man, Capability Brown, Edgar Broughton Band, Groundhogs, Family/Streetwalkers ... I have never been able to "lose" anything of theirs ... and now you know the reason why I can not name a favorite obscure prog band ... there are too many of them in my listing! And they are all very alive in my head!


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