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Old 04-02-2012, 06:39 PM   #1 (permalink)
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A thread to discuss some lesser known prog rock bands: Camel, Gentle Giant, Colosseum, Yezda Urfa, Focus, Happy the Man, etc.
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Old 04-02-2012, 06:50 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Huh, I'd say Camel, Gentle Giant and Focus are pretty well known.

If you want to go into more obscure stuff, I think Curved Air is one of the most cruelly underrated bands of the 70s. They had a great singer, a great style and they made some excellent symphonic prog that few people talk about.

Take this gem, for example:




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I'd love to talk to someone who already knows them and likes them. That'd be really appreciated.
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Old 04-03-2012, 02:56 AM   #3 (permalink)
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A thread to discuss some lesser known prog rock bands: Camel, Gentle Giant, Colosseum, Yezda Urfa, Focus, Happy the Man, etc.
I remember seeing a docu on TV several years ago about the best selling prog artists in the UK in the 1970s and Camel came in around 8th or 9th. I'admit though, they pretty much faded completely from the public eye by the early 1980s, they were victims of punk.
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^^all prog bands were the victims of punk, and most abandoned their "trademarks" by the late 70s/early 80s

i would like to discuss Premiata Forneria Marconi

and i'll probably post up some vids later
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^^all prog bands were the victims of punk, and most abandoned their "trademarks" by the late 70s/early 80s

i would like to discuss Premiata Forneria Marconi

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The point of my post was that some survived the punk onslaught by changing their sound, whilst others such as Camel couldn't change their sound effectively enough, whilst others had already gone mainstream anyway with a more polished radio friendly sound.
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^^ yeah

well, here ya go - PFM - Impressioni Di Settembre



they were something like the Yes of Italy
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I've posted them once or twice on here, but Frumpy is pretty damn awesome. This song is probably my favorite prog some not by my 3 favorite prog bands (King Crimson, Yes and Van Der Graaf Generator)

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If you want to go into more obscure stuff, I think Curved Air is one of the most cruelly underrated bands of the 70s. They had a great singer, a great style and they made some excellent symphonic prog that few people talk about.
they can't really be that "obscure" if one of them used to be married with someone from The Police
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they can't really be that "obscure" if one of them used to be married with someone from The Police

That didn't make the band any more well-known though, although they're obviously not the most obscure prog band out there.
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A thread to discuss some lesser known prog rock bands: Camel, Gentle Giant, Colosseum, Yezda Urfa, Focus, Happy the Man, etc.
I am currently enjoying the output of this band, not for the faint hearted, I hasten to add. Anyone else like their music?
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