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Blake, Tim

Aka Hi T. Moonweed, Tim Blake is best known as Gong's synthesizer player. His post-Gong work saw him working with light-artist Patrice Warrener, and later with French musician Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Tim was part of the Ladbroke Grove scene that spawned Hawkwind, although it wasn't until 1979 before he first worked with that band. Tim still performs with Hawkwind today.

Blodwyn Pig

Mick Abraham's post Jethro Tull band, also featured hornster Jack Lancaster, Andy Pyle and Ron Berg. Both releases were highly successful, both musically and in the UK charts.

Blossom Toes

British psychedelia band featured Brian Godding, Kevin Westlake, Brian Belshaw, and Jim Cregan. Poli Palmer was also a member.

Bond, Graham

One of London's earliest organists, Graham Bond was an innovator of British R&B.

Bowie, David

With a career spanning several decades and dozens of musical styles, David Bowie remains the man that put art into art rock. His "Berlin Trilogy" with Brian Eno should be of keen interest to fans of the progressive era.

Boxer

Ex-Patto Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall teamed up with Keith Ellis and Tony Newman for this super group. Host of other luminaries passed through their ranks. Note third release was recorded second.

Brand X

While notorious for having Phil Collins in its ranks, Brand X rates as one of England's premiere jazz-fusion groups, hosting some of the countries' finest musicians in its ranks.

Brian Davison's Every Which Way

Ex-Nice, Pre-Refugee Brian Davison's band with singer Graham Bell.

Brock, Dave

Captian of the good ship Hawkwind.

Brown, Arthur

Arthur Brown is best known for his 1967 world-wide number one single, "Fire" and its classic soundbite, "I am the god of hellfire". Having spent 1966 in Paris perfecting his stage craft, he returned to London to redefine rock theatrics. He would never reach those commerical heights again, despite a plethora of projects, including his vastly underrated prog band Kingdom Come.

Browne, Duncan

Duncan Browne's earliest work is folk or baroque inspired, and his self-titled 1973 release yielded an UK Top 20 single with "Journey". He then ventured to electric guitar and formed Metro with Sean Lyons and Peter Godwin. Browne left after their debut album, releasing a couple of solo albums in the late 70s with John Giblin, Tony Hymas and Simon Phillips. Sadly, he passed away in the early 90s after a battle with cancer.

Bruford

Led by its namesake, Bill Bruford of course, the band was his post-U.K. fusion outfit.

Calvert, Robert

Best known for his role in Hawkwind, the mercurial Robert Newton Calvert also recorded a pair of solo albums in the mid 70s with producer Brian Eno. Upon his departure in 1979 and up until his death in 1988, his work comprised mainly on stage plays and poetry, but his moody, electronic work was certainly of its time.

Camel
Caravan

Along with Soft Machine, one of the original British rock bands from Canterbury.

Circus

Originally the Stormsville Shakers, the band morphed into Circus when leader Phillip Goodhand-Tait left the band in 1969. They earned their stripes with a residency at the Marquee Club in Soho and providing a start for Mel Collins, undoubtedly the one of the star instrumentalists of the progressive era.

Clouds

Formed in 1966 and known as 1-2-3, the members of Clouds were one of the first proponents of organ-driven rock and their residency at the Marquee Club influenced many would-be prog rockers. Their set included a cover of Paul Simon's "America", the arrangement Yes nicked for their version. Bassist Ian Ellis, keyboardist Billy Ritchie and drummer Harry Hughes changed their name to Clouds when they signed to Island Records in 1967.

Colosseum

Led by Jon Hiseman, one of Britian's first jazz-rock bands. The core lineup came together in John Mayall's Bluesbreakers #89, for the Bare Wires album.

Colosseum II

Latter-day outfit from Jon Hiseman, known for good musicians and unspectacular music.

Comus

While the music is folk, the atmostphere couldn't be more weirder on this classic Dawn band's debut album. Death without the Metal? Prog before Prog?

Cousins, Dave

Guitarist, singer and composer of Strawbs.

Crazy World Of Arthur Brown, The

Combining Arthur Brown's soulful voice and stage theatrics, with Vincent Crane's masterful organ tone and Drachen Theaker's drumming, the Crazy World lit London's Underground on fire. However the flame was brief; after several diasterous tours, the band imploded, and Brown, unable to regroup, moved on.

Cressida

Atypical Vertigo label signing, Cressida produced two proto-prog albums in the early 70s, the latter released posthumously.

Curved Air

One of the few progressive bands to feature female vocals, Curved Air featured the talents of Sonja Kristina, Darryl Way and Francis Monkman.