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    Posted: January 17 2020 at 22:27
Hey friends, I'm new to the forum and just looking for suggestions for great prog I may have missed from my favorite period of the genre. Hope I'm posting in the right area! If not please inform!

Mostly interrested in symphonic, eclectic, some Krautrock, and maybe a little fusion if it's more on the prog side than full jazz.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote AFlowerKingCrimson Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2020 at 22:34
Well, you might start by saying what you are already familiar with, what are the most obscure bands/ albums you have heard/heard of etc. 
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Sorry for not being specific! For frame of refference I've been listening to Island's Pictures album, Arachnoid's 79 album, and Metropolis' 74 album tonight, all of which are fairly new to me and albums I have been digging! I'd love to hear suggestions for more of any of that kinda stuff besides he more popular influences I know and love, or something along the line of Gentle Giant/Yezda Urfa vibe.
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Well, here are some of my big favorites from that period:
Finnish:
Wigwam: Fairyport
Tasavallan Presidentti: Lambert Land
Haikara: s/t & Geafar
Kalevala: People No Names
Pekka Pohjola: Pihkasilmä Kaarnakorva & Harakka Bialoipokku

Kraut: 
Can: Tago-Mago
Faust: Faust IV
Amon Düül II: Tanz Der Lemminge

Canterbury:
Caravan: In the Land Of Grey & Pink
Soft Machine: 2 & Third
Gong: You
Matching Mole: s/t
Kevin Ayers: the Confessions Of Dr. Dream and Other Stories

Others:
Comus: First Utterance
Family: Fearless
Magma: 2 aka 1001 Centigrades
Roy Harper: Stormcock & Lifemask

These are not the most underrated also not less known (for example Caravan is on this sites top100 list), but anyway also not most known.


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Gentle Giant/Yezda Urfa kind of sound?
Try some Terreno Baldio as well as Fusioon’s Minorisia. The latter almost makes GG seem uneventful. The former sounds like a South American take on the whimsical Robin Hood band (ie Gentle Giant).

Terreno Baldio: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vG5RqRhkL0g
Fusioon: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=qjyzJTiLb-4

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I can't help but recommend the great Barbara Dennerlein. she is more on the jazz side, but she has a string of six albums ("Straight Ahead", "Hot Stuff", "That's Me", "Take Off", "Junkanoo" and "Outhipped") that have a lot of fusion leanings. she integrates all kind of stuff into her music (blues, Caribean, salsa, funk and more). you have to see her play live though to fully appreciate her due to her unsurpassed foot pedal technique (she definitely doesn't need a bass player); here a clip with an absolutely smoking band: Mitch Watkins on guitar, Rick Keller on sax, Tony Reedus on drums and of course Barbara on her heavily modified Hammond B-3 (she integrates lots of MIDI sounds like for example piano, vibraphone, trumpet and, for her foot pedals, acoustic bass) the title of the track is wrongly given as "It's Me" in the clip; it is actually the title track of her album "That's Me":


"Hot Stuff" is probably the album that has the most fusion leanings. but if you love the Hammond B-3 you can't go wrong with any of those 6 albums I mentioned


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Thank so much for the extensive list! I'm familiar with about half of thoses, but a number I haven't heard, particularly most of the Finnish ones. Definitely will be looking into these!
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Been meaning to check out Comus for a while and glad I did! Thanks! Great hauntingly pangan sounding folk that's subtle but unsettling! Reminds me of the folk horror movie The Wicker Man from the 70s, and that's a great thing!
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Checked Fusioon and loved it! Definitely gives me the GG vibe! Feel like there's more to discover with repeat listens and that's the mark of a great prog piece for sure. Thank you!
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I believe Utopias debut is a really cool album in the history of prog. One that really flies under the radar unfortunately.
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Wow, Barbara Dennerlein is extremely tallented for sure! Great Jazzy stuff! Thanks for your detailed info about her!
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Agreed about Utopia! Todd Rundgren was fantastic!
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Originally posted by pawnofthedaed pawnofthedaed wrote:

Been meaning to check out Comus for a while and glad I did! Thanks! Great hauntingly pangan sounding folk that's subtle but unsettling! Reminds me of the folk horror movie The Wicker Man from the 70s, and that's a great thing!
Comus really is great, it has been my greatest findings in 2010-decade! I heard it in the nineties (one Finnish band had made a version of title song in the seventies) but nobody didn´t have their albums and there really aren´t then any re-issues made. Then I just forgot them, until decided to listen them in the internet. I really love also their other two albums, although second is quite different and of course both are not as great as Utter.

But, check out also those Finnish albums, I believe you will like at least Wigwam & Pekka Pohjola!
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About Utopia, first album is really great, but rest are not. Another Live & Ra are listenable, after those albums I don´t like at all.
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Originally posted by Mortte Mortte wrote:

About Utopia, first album is really great, but rest are not. Another Live & Ra are listenable, after those albums I don´t like at all.


I agree, I don’t even like those two you mentioned if I’m being honest. But their debut was really cool indeed!
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Agreed as well about Utopia. Ra is ok, but the first is far superior to anything else by them. Crazy that it was only a live album I believe. Doesn't even sound like a love album for most of it, which is a positive for me.
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I have listened quite recently some south-american prog, Arco Iris: Agitor Lucens V is the most recommendation from those (if Spanish doesn´t cause any problems in vocals).
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guldbamsen Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 19 2020 at 05:05
5 albums that I personally feel get far too little attention are Capability Brown’s Voice, Dashiell Hedayat’s Obsolete, Björn J:son Lindh’s Från Storstad Til Grodspad, Clivage’s Mixtus Orbis as well as Jean-Claude Vannier’s L’enfant Assassin Des Mouches. All albums that wield a certain whiff of the grandeose...though presented in completely different packages.

Capability Brown: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wJzrK2rAGj4
Dashiell Hedayat: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=j6YBfvPTdMU
Björn J:son Lindh: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=J-0Pvk1MQw8
Jean-Claude Vannier: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=itVcGGFd2AU
Clivage: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=_QBYaoynkVg
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