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    Posted: November 29 2008 at 23:10
As the tittle suggests I'm looking for Prog albums or groups with strong violin presence. Albums or groups that immediately  come to my mind are:

Van Der Graaf - Quiet Zone / Pleasure Dome
UK - UK & Danger Money
Clearlight - Les Contes Du Singe Fou
Atoll - L' Araignee Mal
Darryl Way's Wolf
Quella Vecchia Locanda
Roxy Music
Outer Limits

Please recommend me some more violin prog...

Thanks in advance.

Regards to all.

Edited by meurglys0 - November 29 2008 at 23:11
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 03:52
Hoelderlin Clouds & Clown.
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JEAN LUC PONTY
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 05:37
Uzva uses violin on all their three albums so far, I think. I wouldn't say it has a strong presence, but it's an important element all the same.
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East of Eden and the amazing Dave Arbus.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 08:46
Mahavishnu Orchestra, especially the first two, though Apocalypse ain't bad either.
Amon Duul II (I think Wolf City is a bit heavier on violin than the other two I have, but an expert could give you a much better recommendation)
Naturally, KC's Larks' line-up, and maybe David Cross's solo albums... don't know how heavy on violins those generally are, only have Exiles.
Some Gentle Giant songs do have a fair bit of violin, but not sure if that inclusion is what you're after.
If you like The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Dome, maybe check out violinist Graham Smith's group, String Driven Thing... I don't know them, but could be interesting.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 08:56
Originally posted by Vibrationbaby Vibrationbaby wrote:

 
JEAN LUC PONTY


Jean-Luc Ponty plays violin? LOL

One of my favorite Ponty albums is Enigmatic Ocean. http://www.ponty.com/

Since no one has mentioned them yet, I might also add Dixie Dregs, What If is my favorite there.


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 09:05
Here's two albums by a kind-of prog group called Skyclad. Skyclad was an English folk/prog metal band that used many old folk music instruments in their songs. In fact, they even had an official violinist. The two albums I was mentioning earlier that I would recommend are "Wayward Sons of Mother Earth" and "Folkemon". 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 12:48
I don't know if you would consider the violin presence to be "strong," but I happen to be listening to After Crying's "Struggle for Life" (2 CD version) where the violin is very nice.  They use it on other of their albums as well, and I'd recommend the band as a whole for very good symphonic prog.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 13:11
Mahavishnu Orchestra from their first up to Visions of the the Emerald Beyond(including Between Nothingness and Eternity)
Jean-Luc Ponty is a violin player, so you'll find his fusion albums worthwhile.
Dixie Dregs as well as Kansas. Both have violin in a similar way. From the Dregs I would go with Night of the Living Dregs and Unsung Heroes, and from Kansas Leftoverture and Song for America.
Frank Zappa eary stuff has some violin, with guest musicians as Eddie Jobson and Jean-Luc Ponty.
Jethro Tull's 'A' has Eddie Jobson on keys and violin so it would be interesting for you since you already know Eddie from UK.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 13:28
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 13:47
Geoff Richardson plays viola (is that close enough) on Caravan albums, ELO's Mik Kaminski played on the earlier proggy albums, french symph band Silver Lining has Annie Morel playing ,
Akihisa Tsuboy led KBB is another great japanese band. Sagrado from Brasil
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 30 2008 at 15:10
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