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    Posted: July 26 2018 at 10:01
So I am looking to find some obscure prog rock groups from the typical golden era.

-I will be including links to these groups' pages on Prog Archives (if available) and wiki if I can't find them anywhere else on here-

Bands like Babylon, Smoke Rise, GoodThunder, or Elizabeth, who quickly vanished right after their only album, or never achieved any wide recognition.

I'm into collecting and attempting to preserve the music of these groups, to keep them from being forgotten and lost into the void.

Any suggestions?

I will be creating a list up here for other people as new ones come along.

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Babylon (1 album from 78) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=35
Elizabeth (1 album from 68) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Elizabeth_(band)
GoodThunder (1 album from 72) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4266
Smoke Rise (1 album, 72) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smoke_Rise_(band)
Museo Rosenbach (3 album, 73, 2000, 2013) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=254
Mandrake Memorial (3 albums, 68-69) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=5382
Savage Grace (3 albums, 69, 71, 90's) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Savage_Grace_(progressive_rock_band)
SRC (3 albums from 68-70, and a demo release in 93) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SRC_(band)
Glass (no releases till 2000's, recordings done in 70's) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2058

Updated with other groups:

Fireballet (2 albums, 75-76) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=552
Netherworld (1 album, 81) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=725
LIFT (1 album, 77) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=2257
Island (1 album, 77) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=170
Quill (1 album, 70) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quill_(band)
Quill -different band- (1 album, 77) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1379
Bangor Flying Circus (1 album, 69) https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bangor_Flying_Circus
Pentwater (3 albums, 77, 92, 07) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=578
Pentacle (1 album, 75) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=991
Banzai (1 album, 74) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1143
Esperanto (3 albums, 73-75) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1185
Spektakel (1 album, 74) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=969
The Spirit of Christmas (3 albums, no info on first two, last in 75) https://www.allmusic.com/album/lies-to-live-by-mw0000308662
Et Cetera (1 album, 76) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=463
Mirthrandir (1 album, 76) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=576
Shadowfax (9 albums, 76-94) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4792
Atmosphera (1 album, 77) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=1531
Nightwinds (1 album, 79) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=940
Oniris (1 album, 79) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=6756
Pulsar (6 albums, 75-77, 81, 89, 07) http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=291


Edited by philipemery - July 28 2018 at 08:23
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Glass has been recording new music since 2005. They have a new album, Emergence.

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That's great! Glad to know they are back in business. I only thought they had released the older recordings.
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From 1975, Fireballet.  A band from New Jersey that met with limited and almost cult like success for the short time they were around.  This album was produced by Ian McDonald (of King Crimson fame).
 


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I'm sure you'll find a lot of these kinds of bands on the vintage prog website (vintageprog.com). Just click on lp reviews.

I never heard much Fireballet but I have a FB t shirt if anyone wants it. Just send me a message. 
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote philipemery Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: July 26 2018 at 17:57
Thanks for them! Actually through their Archive review, I managed to find two other bands we can add to this list as well. I will be obtaining their discographies soon.
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So, when I logged on, the main page had a new review by a reviewer goin under the moniker "VianaProghead" of an album called Pictures from a group called Island.

All new to me, so probably fairly obscure.  Album was from 1977.  Maybe a little after your desired time frame but probably still worth checking out.  I YouTubed the album and really enjoyed it.  
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Originally posted by Fischman Fischman wrote:

So, when I logged on, the main page had a new review by a reviewer goin under the moniker "VianaProghead" of an album called Pictures from a group called Island.

All new to me, so probably fairly obscure.  Album was from 1977.  Maybe a little after your desired time frame but probably still worth checking out.  I YouTubed the album and really enjoyed it.  
That's an album that has a cult following around here. I think it's a bit of a masterpiece - quite singular, a dark and unsettling vision expressed via a unique sound world. It's had at least a couple of CD releases so not sure whether it qualifies as genuinely obscure.

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Originally posted by Mascodagama Mascodagama wrote:

Originally posted by Fischman Fischman wrote:

So, when I logged on, the main page had a new review by a reviewer goin under the moniker "VianaProghead" of an album called Pictures from a group called Island.

All new to me, so probably fairly obscure.  Album was from 1977.  Maybe a little after your desired time frame but probably still worth checking out.  I YouTubed the album and really enjoyed it.  
That's an album that has a cult following around here. I think it's a bit of a masterpiece - quite singular, a dark and unsettling vision exprssed via a unique sound world. It's had at least a couple of CD releases so not sure whether it qualifies as genuinely obscure.

Well, I'm glad I started hanging out in these parts as I probably wouldn't have heard of it otherwise and I'm quite pleased with it as a new-to-me discovery.  
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Originally posted by Fischman Fischman wrote:

Originally posted by Mascodagama Mascodagama wrote:

Originally posted by Fischman Fischman wrote:

So, when I logged on, the main page had a new review by a reviewer goin under the moniker "VianaProghead" of an album called Pictures from a group called Island.

All new to me, so probably fairly obscure.  Album was from 1977.  Maybe a little after your desired time frame but probably still worth checking out.  I YouTubed the album and really enjoyed it.  
That's an album that has a cult following around here. I think it's a bit of a masterpiece - quite singular, a dark and unsettling vision exprssed via a unique sound world. It's had at least a couple of CD releases so not sure whether it qualifies as genuinely obscure.


Well, I'm glad I started hanging out in these parts as I probably wouldn't have heard of it otherwise and I'm quite pleased with it as a new-to-me discovery.  
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I love hunting down obscure 70's "one album wonders" prog.  Here's some of my favorites that haven't yet been mentioned (BTW, Fireballet mentioned earlier released an awful 2nd album called Two, Too in '76 but their 1st '75 album is a masterpiece).
  
Pentwater - Out of the Abyss (1976)
Pentacle - La Clef Des Songes (1975)
Banzai - Hora Nota (1974)
Esperanto - Danse Macabre (1974)
Lift - Caverns of Your Brain (1974)
Spektakel - s/t (1974)
The Spirit of Christmas - Lies to Live By (1974)
Et Cetera - s/t (1976)
Mirthrandir - For You the Old Women (1976)
Shadowfax - Watercourse Way (1976) (they retooled the band and became huge on the new age Wyndham Hill label in the 80's under the same name, but this '76 album was their only prog album so I consider it obscure)
Atmosphera - Lady of Shallot (1977)
Nightwinds - s/t (1979) 
Netherworld - In the Following Half Light (officially released 1981, but a version with only the prog songs had been floating around since 1979 so I consider them 70's obscure prog)
Oniris - L'Homme Voilier (1979)


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Wow thanks for all those! I have updated the OP to include those, and all the bands now have links to their profiles on this site, or other sites if they aren't listed here.
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Originally posted by philipemery philipemery wrote:

Wow thanks for all those! I have updated the OP to include those, and all the bands now have links to their profiles on this site, or other sites if they aren't listed here.

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I managed to get my hands on a good number of those albums. So far Pictures, and Caverns Of Your Brain are my favorites.

I really dig dark and atmospheric prog music (hence why Babylon is one of my favorite bands, despite only having the one album).

If you can think of more please send them here. I am wanting to build a little catalog here for everyone to use as a reference point, so that these marvelous bands won't be lost to the ages.
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Originally posted by philipemery philipemery wrote:


I really dig dark and atmospheric prog music (hence why Babylon is one of my favorite bands, despite only having the one album).

Even though this is stretching the 1 album only theme of the thread as Pulsar has 4+ releases, the above makes me think this might be a great fit.  I consider it the most dark & atmospheric prog album from an obscure band I have:

Pulsar : Halloween (1977)



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I don't mind if they have multiple releases. This is mostly just for obscure bands to get a bit of the limelight.

I've listened to a little bit of Pulsar before. Glad you jogged my memory about them again. Just went out and got their whole discography. I'll be putting in a day for their music.

Right now I am only missing the discographies of seven of these bands. Gonna have fun spending the next few weeks tracking them down (basically building myself a Prog museum at this point).

Thanks heeps for making me aware of Island btw. Just finished listening to Pictures for a second time, and will be blasting it for probably the next month straight. Sssssoooooo good.

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Seeing as you found Islands' Pictures to be obscure then the list is long - very long indeed. I started making one but decided to throw in the towel after these (I can literally list half of my record collection):

Semiramis - Dedicato a Frazz
Bachdenkel - Lemmings
Archimedes Badkar - Tre
Cervello - Melos
Björn J:Son Lindh - Från Storstad til Grodspad
Bobby Beausoleil - Lucifer Rising
Carol of Harvest - s/t
Rocky's Filj - Storie die Uomini e Non
Invisible - s/t
Duncan Mackay - Chimera
Arachnoïd - s/t
Kebnekaise - ll
Carmen - Fandangos in Space
Here & Now - Give and Take
Secret Oyster - Sea Son
Arbete & Fritid - s/t


Safe to say you should probably play around with the filters: http://www.progarchives.com/top-prog-albums.asp?salbumtypes=1
Set it to only artists from x country or maybe make a search with albums that have been ranked less than 20 times or something to that effect. You will most likely stumble onto thousands upon thousands of "new" prog acts from the 70s. The trick is NOT to be deterred by foreign lingos
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I'm always okay with long lists lol. Tis the purpose of this thread, to create a nice long catalog.

Thank you for your addition. I will make sure to update the OP tomorrow (3 AM here in Michigan).

I'll try and check out as many of those as possible.
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No worries then. Btw I see you've updated your OP and that you are lloking more specifically for prog bands that are not listed on PA. I think we are close to having them all here actually maybe with the exception of a few here and there, but I just wanted to point out that threads concerning themselves with acts that aren't featured on PA are moved to General Music Discussions. Just an fyi;)
Better just stick with bands that are already here. General music discussions are filled to the brim with threads that go by swiftly with maybe a response or two. Threads in the designated prog part of the forum have a better chance of getting exposure.

Once we get into the fringe bands that flirted around with prog or indeed just an artsy expression, we open up to a plethora of 70s bands that most likely all have been suggested for inclusion and rejected. Trust me we've been around - so much so that folks even start suggesting acts like Elton John, The Tubes and The Velvet Underground for PA.

We've all got our own ideas about these things and as a consequence of this also a couple of bands we personally feel belong on PA somewhere but ultimately were rejected. Most collabs have been through this as well.
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After The Fire - one prog album 1977 before they went New Wave

http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4040

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