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    Posted: January 07 2018 at 11:30
I was listening to Arena's first album Songs from the Lion's Cage the other day and it dawned on me that I have not heard John Carson, the singer on that album, on anything else. Then it got me thinking of other so-called "one-hit wonders", whether it's a musician who appeared on just one well-known (in prog circles) album as member of a band (even if the band went further, as with Arena), or even the entire band making just one album, then seemingly disappearing off the face of the progosphere.

Another example I can think of is Sound of Contact. They made one fantastic album (Dimensionaut) in 2013, but we've since heard nothing of this band. Keyboardist Dave Kerzner has made two well-received albums since, but the band SOC seem to be a one-hit wonder.

Do you have other examples of this?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2018 at 12:05
I'm not sure but I imagine Simon Collins' supposed drug trafficking debacle has something to do with us not hearing from Sound Of Contact. It'd be cool to hear another album. I rather like the debut and absolutely love the drumming. He is certainly his father's son...with a twist.

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Rush's original Drummer, John Rutsey. Though not as good as Neil Pert, he was quite an excellent drummer.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote I prophesy disaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2018 at 13:24
Dün produced the solitary album "Eros" which is currently the highest rated non-Magma Zeuhl album in PA.
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On Sound of Contact, they did post a picture of Simon and Dave on their Facebook page last month, saying they are in sessions for new album. SOC is booked to be on Cruise on Edge 2018
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The most obvious choice would've been Bubu probably, were it not for their apparently totally unexpected release 38 years after their classic Anabelas.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Squonk19 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2018 at 16:03
Originally posted by mathman0806 mathman0806 wrote:

On Sound of Contact, they did post a picture of Simon and Dave on their Facebook page last month, saying they are in sessions for new album. SOC is booked to be on Cruise on Edge 2018
Now that would be a nice bonus to see them working together. I really liked Dimensionaut at the time!

Regarding a two-hit wonder band - Darwin's Radio!   Their second album - Template for a Generation album - still one of my most played and well-loved albums! I'm so sad that illegal downloading forced them to give up prematurely due to lost finances (sadly the bane for many emerging bands these days) - although nice to see Dec Burke keeping busy elsewhere since then.

Edited by Squonk19 - January 07 2018 at 16:23
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These are my favorite "1 cool prog album and then gone" bands.  I had about 5 more that I couldn't include because they reformed for a one-off album 20+ years after breaking up: McDonald & Giles, Bacamarte and Bubu I'm talking to you Wink

Atmosphera - Lady of Shallot
Absolute Elsewhere - In Search of Ancient Gods
Akritas - Akritas
Dragonfly - Dragonfly
Mirthrandir - For You the Old Women
Pete Sinfield - Still
Netherworld - In the Following Half Light
Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories
Pentacle - La Clef Des Songes
Banzai - Hora Nota
Et Cetera - Et Cetera
La Rossa - A Fury of Glass
Nightwinds - Nightwinds
Quadra - L'Archiviste Bordelique
Think - Variety
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote progmatic Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 07 2018 at 16:48
Armageddon s/t; Atlantis Philharmonic s/t; Morte Macabre "Symphonic Holocaust"; Babylon s/t -- just a few that came to mind without giving it much thought.
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Two groups come to mind:
Refugee with Patrick Moraz, Lee Jackson, Brian Davdison
Quiet Sun with Phil Manzanera, Eno, etc.


Edited by sidc58 - January 07 2018 at 20:07
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As far as I understand, there's a whole bunch of bands/albums that fit the criteria within RPI. Right now I can think of YS from Il Balleto di Bronzo, Zarathustra from Museo Rosenbach. Inferno from Metamorfosi.
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Anderson-Ponty Band did one release, "Better Late Than Never," before vanishing.  
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Band called Brahman made only one album. I donīt think even that succeeded at all, anyway I think itīs quite good.
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In Finland Nimbus, Nova and Scapa Flow made only one, but quite great albums. I donīt think none of them also sold well.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote stewe Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2018 at 01:23
Yezda Urfa.. A mix of Gentle Giant craziness and Yes melodic sense, on steroids. Exquisite playing, inventive, tongue-in-cheek music. They released one album in 1970s, one of the best prog I know, and since then I've never heard about any other music projects or involvement by any member of this band (except for their brief live reunion in 2000s). Other such wonder coming to my mind is Diabolus (1972).
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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I'm not sure but I imagine Simon Collins' supposed drug trafficking debacle has something to do with us not hearing from Sound Of Contact. It'd be cool to hear another album. I rather like the debut and absolutely love the drumming. He is certainly his father's son...with a twist.


This . . .

From what news snippets I've seen, I take it they're working on a second album. I sure hope that's the case. I had tickets to see them in SE Pennsylvania, but the show was cancelled due to "passport issues". Major letdown.
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Originally posted by Manuel Manuel wrote:

Rush's original Drummer, John Rutsey. Though not as good as Neil Pert, he was quite an excellent drummer.
THANK YOU. I know I don't know a lot about drumming but he still had to keep up with Lerxst and Geddy which counts for something.

Speaking of drummers, how about the dude who played one show for The Who when Keith Moon collapsed?
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote dr wu23 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2018 at 14:03
There were a number of proto prog groups that had only one album.....Fuschia, Titus Groan, Still Life, Ton Ton Macoute, Indian Summer, etc.....all were decent albums.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 08 2018 at 14:22
Although I have never heard it personally the band that comes to  mind first for me is Kino. Remember them?

As far as musicians go the one that comes to mind for me is John Mayhew who played on "trespass." I suppose we could call Trevor Horn a "one hit wonder" too since he only appeared on Drama but isn't there supposed to be a version of Fly From Here coming out with his vocals on it instead of Benoit's? 


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