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I also love the 'one hit wonders' and 'obscure bands' like that from the 70's...though I don't consider Pulsar obscure per se .....and a few of the others are fairly well known among prog fans.
I'll look to see if I can find any other odd ones in my collection...I had a friend who burned me some really obscure things on cd a few years back.
One that just popped into my head was...Artcane-Odyssey 1977 (PA has a page on it...obscure but interesting)




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I thought of a few more - the first ones hailing from the US:

Friendsound - Joyride
The Advancement - s/t
McLuhan - Anomaly
Poliphony - Without Introduction
Sweet Smoke - Just A Poke
Ethos - Ardour

Bands/acts from all over:
Eden - Erwartung
Clivage - Mixtus Orbis
Quarteto 1111 - Onde, Quando, Como, Pourcue, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas
Cos - Viva Boma
Dashiell Hedayat - Obsolete
Tasavallan Presidentti - Lambertland
Moving Gelatine Plates - s/t
Plat du Jour - s/t
Franco Battiato - Pollution
Arco Iris - Agitor Lucens V
Culpeper's Orchard - s/t
Atila - Reviure
Opus 5 - Contre Courant
Collegium Musicum - Convergencie
Ave Sangria - s/t
Between - And The Waters Opened
Vortex - s/t
Procession - Frontiera
Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden är et svävande skepp, förankrat i forntiden
Stormy Six - L'Apprendista
Etna - s/t
Banda do Casaco - Hoje Há Conquilhas, Amanhã Não Sabemos
Good God - s/t
Aardvark - s/t
Dr. Z - Three Parts To My Soul
Blocco Mentale - Poa
Capitolo 6 - Frutti Per Kagua
Pearls Before Swine - The Use Of Ashes
Perry Leopold - Christian Lucifer
Syrius - Devil's Masquerade
Zyma - Thoughts
El Reloj - ll
Minotaurus - Fly Away
Alan Stivell - Chemins de Terre
Carnascialia - s/t
Far Out - Nihonjin
Tonton Macoute - s/t
Komintern - Le Bal du Rat Mort
Cornucopia - Full Horn
Thursaflokkurin - Pursabit
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surprised.. well not really.. this one has not been mentioned.  Obscure.. you bet ya ass they are... this one blew the Xover team away and was a personal discovery fav of Dean and mine when we added them.





of course my favorite from the obscure category is the Austrailiian band Bakery whose Momento album ranks very high on my list of alltime favorite prog albums





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Originally posted by Guldbamsen Guldbamsen wrote:

I thought of a few more - the first ones hailing from the US:

Friendsound - Joyride
The Advancement - s/t
McLuhan - Anomaly
Poliphony - Without Introduction
Sweet Smoke - Just A Poke
Ethos - Ardour

Bands/acts from all over:
Eden - Erwartung
Clivage - Mixtus Orbis
Quarteto 1111 - Onde, Quando, Como, Pourcue, Cantamos Pessoas Vivas
Cos - Viva Boma
Dashiell Hedayat - Obsolete
Tasavallan Presidentti - Lambertland
Moving Gelatine Plates - s/t
Plat du Jour - s/t
Franco Battiato - Pollution
Arco Iris - Agitor Lucens V
Culpeper's Orchard - s/t
Atila - Reviure
Opus 5 - Contre Courant
Collegium Musicum - Convergencie
Ave Sangria - s/t
Between - And The Waters Opened
Vortex - s/t
Procession - Frontiera
Älgarnas Trädgård - Framtiden är et svävande skepp, förankrat i forntiden
Stormy Six - L'Apprendista
Etna - s/t
Banda do Casaco - Hoje Há Conquilhas, Amanhã Não Sabemos
Good God - s/t
Aardvark - s/t
Dr. Z - Three Parts To My Soul
Blocco Mentale - Poa
Capitolo 6 - Frutti Per Kagua
Pearls Before Swine - The Use Of Ashes
Perry Leopold - Christian Lucifer
Syrius - Devil's Masquerade
Zyma - Thoughts
El Reloj - ll
Minotaurus - Fly Away
Alan Stivell - Chemins de Terre
Carnascialia - s/t
Far Out - Nihonjin
Tonton Macoute - s/t
Komintern - Le Bal du Rat Mort
Cornucopia - Full Horn
Thursaflokkurin - Pursabit


GREAT LIST!!!! Many of my favorite obscurities here.

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Originally posted by philipemery philipemery wrote:

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.

Pulsar is fantastique!  I hope you enjoy them...the 1st 3 70's albums are brilliant, after that the 1988 reunion album Gorlitz is still cool, but definitely a big step down...the 2007 'double reunion' album Memory Traces has slipped a little further.  Hurray for the magic of obscure 70's prog LOL  Since multiple releases aren't a problem, I'd add these other obscure 70's albums to your list:

Ethos - Open Up (1977)(their other album was mentioned earlier, both cool, but I like this one better)
Yezda Urfa - Sacred Babboon (1976)
Mona Lisa - Grimaces (1975), Le Petit Violon de Monsieur Gregoire (1976), Avant Qu'll ne Soit Trop Tard (1977)
Synopsis - Minuit Ville (1979)
Terpandre - s/t (1978)
Atoll - L'Arignee Mal (1975)
FM - Black Noise (1978)
Khan - Space Shanty (1972)

Ange might or not be considered obscure as they're probably the biggest 70's French prog band and still active.  I think someone new to prog would likely have never heard of them, but it's your call if you wish to include them.  If so, these are what I consider their "must have" 70's albums:

Caricatures (1973), Le Cimetiere des Arlequins (1974), Au Dela Du Delire (1974), Emile Jacotey (1975), Guet Apens (1978)


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There's another good obscure seventies US band called Easter Island. Their first album is hard to find these days unfortunately but I had it a long time ago on cd(it was issued by ZNR records; the same label that did Mastermind)and it's a really good one. Some parts are like Gentle Giant while others are more Genesis and Yes and maybe a bit of Uriah Heep(especially in the vocal dept). Cathedral was another great US band who had one album in the seventies called "stained glass stories."
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Has anyone mentioned Nightwinds' self-titled one-off from 1979? Superb Canadian prog.

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^Yep, it was mentioned already. It's a really good one too. Maybe not one of the very best Genesis sounding albums but there's a few really good tracks on there. I had it a long time ago. Someone made me a rip of it at one point since unfortunately it's been oop for a while.

A lot of the bands and albums mentioned so far are actually on Greg Walker's top 100 list. Here it is(one album per band):

Alphataurus - same (Italy)
Amenophis - same (Germany)
Ange - Au Dela Du Delire (France)
Anglagard - Epilog (Sweden)
Anyone’s Daughter - Adonis (Germany)
Arachnoid - same (France)
Area - Crac! (Italy)
Artcane - Odyssey (France)
Asia Minor - Between Flesh & Divine (France)
Atila - Reviure (Spain) 
Atoll - Tertio (France)
Bacamarte - Depois Do Fim (Brazil)
Balletto Di Bronzo, Il - YS (Italy)
Banco - Io Sono Nato Libero (Italy)
Biglietto Per L’Inferno - same (U.K.)
Birth Control - Backdoor Possibilities (Germany)
Bubu - Anabelas (Argentina)
Camel - Moonmadness (U.K.)
Campo Di Marte - same (Italy)
Canarios - Ciclos (Spain)
Caravan - In The Land Of Grey & Pink (U.K.)
Carpe Diem - En Regardant Passer Le Temps (France)
Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories (USA)
Celeste - same (Italy)
Cid, Jose - 10000 Anos Depois Entre Venus E Marte (Portugal)
Circus - Movin’ On (Switzerland)
Collage - Moonshine (Poland)
Comus - First Utterance (U.K.)
Corte Dei Miracoli - same (Italy)
Crack - Si Todo Hiciera Crack (Spain)
Crucis - Los Delirios Del Mariscal (Argentina)
Devil Doll - Dies Irae (Italy)
Dun - Eros (France)
Earth & Fire - Song Of The Marching Children (Netherlands)
Earthrise - same (USA)
East - Huseg (Hungary)
Easter Island - same (USA)
Echolyn - As The World (USA)
Eloy - Floating (Germany)
Emerson, Lake & Palmer - Brain Salad Surgery (U.K.)
England - Garden Shed (U.K.)
Enid, The - Aerie Faerie Nonsense (U.K.)
Epidaurus - Earthly Paradise (Germany)
Epidermis - Genius Of The Original Force (Germany)
Flame Dream - Elements (Switzerland)
FM - Black Noise (Canada)
Focus - Hamburger Concerto (Netherlands)
Formula 3 - Sognando E Risognando (Italy)
Fusioon - Minorisa (Spain)
Genesis - The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway (U.K.)
Gentle Giant - Octopus (U.K.)
Gnidrolog - Lady Lake (U.K.)
Gong - You (U.K.)
Granada - Valle Del Pas (Spain)
Grobschnitt - Rockpommel’s Land (Germany)
Gryphon - Midnight Mushrumps (U.K.)
Hackett, Steve - Voyage Of The Acolyte (U.K.)
Halloween - Merlin (France)
Happy The Man - Crafty Hands (USA)
Hatfield & The North - same (U.K.)
Hirayama, Terutsugu - Castle Of Noi (Japan)
Harmonium - Les Cinque Saisons (Canada)
Hillage, Steve - Fish Rising (U.K.)
IQ - Subterranea (U.K.)
Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick (U.K.)
Julian’s Treatment - A Time Before This (U.K.)
Khan - Space Shanty (U.K.)
King Crimson - In The Wake Of Poseidon (U.K.)
Landberk - Indian Summer (Sweden)
Latte E Miele - Passio Secundum Mattheum (Italy)
Locanda Delle Fate - Forse Le Lucciole Non Si Amano Pui (Italy)
Los Jaivas - Alturas De Macchu Picchu (Chile)
Machiavel - Jester (Belgium)
Magma - Mekanik Destruktiw Kommandoh (France)
Mandalaband - same (U.K.)
Marillion - Clutching At Straws (U.K.)
Maxophone - same (Italy)
Mellow Candle - Swaddling Songs (U.K.)
Memoriance - L’Ecume Des Jours (France)
Metamorfosi - Inferno (Italy)
Mezquita - Recuerdos De Mi Terra (Spain)
MIA - Cornonstipicum (Argentina)
Mirthrandir - For You The Old Women (USA)
Mona Lisa - Le Petit Violin De Mr. Gregoire (France)
Museo Rosenbach - Zarathustra (Italy)
Nektar - Remember The Future (U.K.)
Nexus - Perpetuum Karma (Argentina)
New Trolls - UT (Italy)
Novalis - same (Germany)
Nuova Era - Io E Il Tempo (Italy)
Oktober - Uhrsprung (Germany)
Opus 5 - Contre Courant (Canada)
Orme, Le - Felona E Sorona (Italy)
Osanna - Palepoli (Italy)
Pablo “El Enterrador” - same (Argentina)
Parson’s Project, Alan - Tales Of Mystery & Imagination (U.K.)
PFM - Per Un Amico (Italy)
Phillips, Anthony - Wise After The Event (U.K.)
Pink Floyd - Animals (U.K.)
PLJ Band - Armageddon (Greece)
Pollen - same (Canada)
Polyphony - Without Introduction (USA)
Pulsar - Halloween (France)
Quella Vecchia Locanda - Il Tempo Della Gioia (Italy)
Ragnarok - Nooks (New Zealand)
Renaissance - Scheherazade & Other Stories (U.K.)
Rovescia Della Medaglia, Il - Contamanazione (Italy)
Sandrose - same (France)
SBB - Follow My Dream (Poland)
Semiramis - Dedicato A Frazz (Italy)
Shylock - Ile De Fievre (France)
Solaris - Marsbeli Kronikak (Hungary)
Spock’s Beard - The Light (USA)
Step Ahead - same (France)
Stern Combo Meissen - Weisses Gold (Germany)
Synopsis - Gamme (France)
Trace - Birds (Netherlands)
Triana - same (El Patio) (Spain)
Triumvirat - Illusions On A Double Dimple (Germany)
Twelfth Night - Fact & Fiction (U.K.)
UK - same (U.K.)
Van Der Graaf Generator - Pawn Hearts (U.K.)
Wakeman, Rick - Journey To The Center Of The Earth (U.K.)
White Willow - Sacrament (Norway)
Wobbler - Hinterland (Norway)
Yes - Close To The Edge (U.K.)
Yezda Urfa - Sacred Baboon (USA)


Most of these are from the seventies but there's a few from beyond that.

For those who don't know, Greg Walker runs the synphonic website where he sells prog cds. He's one of the main prog vendors in the business.




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Greg's said in the past Banco's his favorite band. But he loves Eloy probably as much.

Nice to see Pablo "El Enterrador," Celeste and East on there. But I'd quickly swap out that Wakeman album for Six Wives or (my preference) Criminal Record. I'd also pick Nuova Era's very next album Il Passo del Soldato (a stunner).

Same for Crimson. I'm surprised he didn't pick Court or even LTiA.

I'd also replace Spock's Beard with another band/album — even Pendragon's The Jewel

Finally: I'm severely disappointed by the exclusion of Goblin's Roller. I'm going to have to talk with Greg about this, lol.

He does have the right Marillion album, though!
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^Interesting. I've heard him say that Eloy is his favorite band. Maybe that swapped places for his number one. I know that Latte E Miele's "Passio...." is his favorite album or one of his very favorites at least. 
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Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

Greg's said in the past Banco's his favorite band. But he loves Eloy probably as much.

Nice to see Pablo "El Enterrador," Celeste and East on there. But I'd quickly swap out that Wakeman album for Six Wives or (my preference) Criminal Record. I'd also pick Nuova Era's very next album Il Passo del Soldato (a stunner).

Same for Crimson. I'm surprised he didn't pick Court or even LTiA.

I'd also replace Spock's Beard with another band/album — even Pendragon's The Jewel

Finally: I'm severely disappointed by the exclusion of Goblin's Roller. I'm going to have to talk with Greg about this, lol.

He does have the right Marillion album, though!

I agree with you about that Marillion album even though it took a while to grow on me back in the early spring of 92 when I bought it on cassette. I personally think "the light" might be Spock's Beards best album(at least of the NM era). I admittedly haven't heard much post NM SB. Yeah, I don't think Poseidon is KC's best either although it is very under rated. I would pick LTIA over it and I'd imagine most would pick "red" over it. As for Pendragon's "the jewel" I haven't heard it but I have heard it's rather slow and boring(not sure if that is true or not). No IQ on the list though. How about "ever?" As for "Wakey" I actually don't know Criminal Record. Maybe that's one of his last really good ones? I personally would take "Myths and Legends...." over the two before it although "Six wives" is a very good instrumental album.


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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

^Interesting. I've heard him say that Eloy is his favorite band. Maybe that swapped places for his number one. I know that Latte E Miele's "Passio...." is his favorite album or one of his very favorites at least. 
 

Based on an email around the time Eloy's latest CD was issued, I think that is definitely the case now!
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IQ's Subterranea is on the list. I'd also swap that out for Ever

Criminal Record is a marvelous achievement. It's one of Rick's best outings. But I'd also check out 1984, Out There and the pair of Retro albums he did, at the very least. He also has a few superb solo piano records to his credit, like The Piano Album and Night Airs (the best of the Airs series).
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I know of a billion, but for time and space sake, will mention only one

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Originally posted by verslibre verslibre wrote:

IQ's Subterranea is on the list. I'd also swap that out for Ever

Criminal Record is a marvelous achievement. It's one of Rick's best outings. But I'd also check out 1984, Out There and the pair of Retro albums he did, at the very least. He also has a few superb solo piano records to his credit, like The Piano Album and Night Airs (the best of the Airs series).

Oops. That's right. Subterranea is on there. No Flower Kings though. No Porkie Tree either.

I had "country airs"(I think it was)on cassette a long time ago. Nice piano music. I also recommend Moraz and Bruford's "music for piano and drums" if you like piano stuff. I don't know 1984 but I did hear Time Machine I think. His solo catalog is very hit or miss but when you have a catalog that big I suppose that's to be expected. I'm not an expert on Rick's music but based on what I do know the majority of his best stuff seems to be from the seventies. His return to the center of the earth was not too bad though. Bonus points for having Patrick Stewart narrate it.
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Couple more

Prosper - Broken Door
Jean-Claude Vannier - L'Enfant Assassin Des Mouches
Canzoniere del Lazio - Miradas
GAM - Eiszeit
Secos & Molhados - s/t
Blast Furnace - s/t
A Barca do Sol - s/t
Walter Wegmüller - Tarot
Lady Lake - No Pictures
Christian Boule - Photo Musik
Ocean - God's Clown
Triode - On N'a Pas Fini...
Hiro Yanagida - Milk Time
Igor Wakhevitch - Docteur Faust
Lard Free - s/t
Alrune Rod - Hej Du
Solar Plexus - s/t
Troisieme Rive - Banlieues
Dionysos - Le Prince Croule
Jean-Cohen Solal - Captain Tarthopom
Ota Petrina - Super Robot
Frankie Dymon Jr - Let It Out!
Nine Days' Wonder - s/t
Steamhammer - Mountains
Pangea - Invasori
Dr Dopo Jam - Entree
Fläsket Brinner - Fläsket
Warm Dust - s/t
Os Mundi - Latin Mass
Association P.C. - Sun Rotation
Witthüser & Westrupp - Trips und Träume
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

There's another good obscure seventies US band called Easter Island. Their first album is hard to find these days unfortunately but I had it a long time ago on cd(it was issued by ZNR records; the same label that did Mastermind)and it's a really good one. Some parts are like Gentle Giant while others are more Genesis and Yes and maybe a bit of Uriah Heep(especially in the vocal dept). Cathedral was another great US band who had one album in the seventies called "stained glass stories."
Correct me  if I am wrong, but didn't Easter Island feature at one point, former Bloodrock lead guitarist Lee Pickens? Excellent, and under-rated player.
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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

I know of a billion, but for time and space sake, will mention only one

         Strange Days-Nine Parts To The Wind (1975) UK Symphonic Prog band, wrongly labelled as Prog Folk
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Dedalus-Dedalus
Il Baricentro-Sconcerto
Triade-La Storia di Sabazio
Trilogy-Here It Is
Helmut Koellen-You Won't See Me
Libra-Libra
Solution-Divergence
Giger Lenz Marron-Where The Hammer Hangs
Hard Stuff-Bulletproof
Quatermass-Quatermass
Brainstorm-Smile Awhile
Clear Light-Forever Blowing Bubbles
Dzyan-Time Machine
If-If
Baltik-Baltik
Rose-A Taste Of Neptune
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Originally posted by micky micky wrote:

surprised.. well not really.. this one has not been mentioned.  Obscure.. you bet ya ass they are... this one blew the Xover team away and was a personal discovery fav of Dean and mine when we added them.

Still one of my all time favorite albums. Even their first album was very good with an excellent version of LIAR.

I bought, I think, 3 different copies of that album. I had that cover (and Flash's first) on my walls for many years ... like 25 or 30. It was, and is, my tribute to HIPGNOSIS and their art, but above all, these covers always told you how good the music was. And the inside cover of that album, was even better, if not as good ... all band members were singing with their eyes closed!

To update the listing with some of the stuff I like ... I really will have to go through my spreadsheet for Space Pirate Radio shows I have. 

Edgar Broughton Band - OORA and BANDAGES
The Groundhogs - CROSSCUT SAW and BLACK DIAMOND  (even though these could be considered power blues and such, in many ways, due to the sound itself, these are very progressive and strong.)


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Originally posted by presdoug presdoug wrote:

I know of a billion, but for time and space sake, will mention only one

         Strange Days-Nine Parts To The Wind (1975) UK Symphonic Prog band, wrongly labelled as Prog Folk
Doug, you know I share your enjoyment of that album.  And, as I think you know, a few of the band's members played on Gordon Giltrap's album "Live at Oxford", which may well be his best.  And if you like Giltrap, check out Paul Brett, with two great albums from the late 1970s - "Interlife" and "Eclipse."

A band that is unjustly obscure and is prog folk, in Strawbs' vein, is Decameron.  I think their best in "Third Light" from 1975

Other prog folk gems
Amazing Blondel - very Elizabethan sounding, any of "Evensong", "Fantasia Lindum" and "england" are great
Dan Ar Braz (Breton) - "Douar Nevez" and also a brilliant album called "Acoustic"
Cano - "Au Nord de Notre Vie"
Garolou - "Lougarou" or "Garolou"
Haizea - "Hontz Gaua" (Basque)
Itoiz - "Itoiz" and "Ezekiel (also Basque - the first is a near masterpiece, the second IS a masterpiece)
Horslips - any of "Happy to Meet Sorry to Part", "The Tain" and "The Book of Invasions"
Los Jaivas - "Alturas de Machu Picchu" (from the 80s but fully 70s styled)
Nigel Mazlyn Jones - "Ship to Shore"
Perry Leopold - "Christian Lucifer" - another one that was recommended but is just too good to pass over
Malicorne - "Almanach"
O.W.L - "Of Wondrous Legends"
Pearls before Swine - "The Use of Ashes"
Pererin - "Haul Ar Y Eira" and "Teithgan".  Don't delay on these!
Secos & Molhados - II
Spirogyra - the UK folk group not the jazz group - any album
Alan Stivell - hardly obscure unless you don't know anything about Brittany - "Renaissance de la Harpe Celtique", "Reflets", "Chemin de Terre" 
Tir na Nog - "Tear and a Smile"
Sally Oldfield - "Water Bearer"

The German symph band "Anyone's Daughter" appeared in the late 70s and their first album, "Adonis", is often regarded as their best.  Some of the work on subsequent albums has credited with inventing neo prog, but I think it's more crossover.  Personally I love all the albums, but after Adonis you may want to reach for one of their live recordings

Other German bands I really like are

Carole of Harvest - s/t (they are prog folk)
Eden - Erwartung (prog folk)
Midnight Circus - s/t (prog folk)
Sundenfall II- s/t (prog folk)
Grobschnitt - you can't go wrong with any of "Ballerman", "Rockpommel's Land" and "Solar Music Live"
Rebekka - "Phoenix"
Minotaurus - "Fly Away"
Amenophis - s/t (from 1983 but may as well be from 1970s)
Madison Dyke - Zeitmaschine
Pell Mell - pretty much any of their 1970s albums, though I fine "From the New World" a bit much
Zomby Woof - "Riding on a Tear"
Mythos - "Dreamlab"
Jane - "Between Heaven and Hell"
Troya - "Point of Eruption"

others
Earth and Fire- "Song of the Marching Children", also "Atlantis"
Tai Phong - s/t, not respected much here but really beautiful symph
Asia Minor - "Between Flesh and Divine".  I know I saw this mentioned above but it's simply too good to miss, even though I think it's from the early 1980s
Pentacle - "La Clef des Songes"
Celeste -"Principe di un Giorno"
Jade Warrior - "Floating World" or "Way of the Sun"
Illusion (the original Renaissance reformed around 1976) - "Out of the Mist" and s/t




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