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Moraz Bruford

Collaboration between two one-time Yes members.


Featuring the musical talents of Morgan Fischer, many of the members were previously in the British pop band Love Affair, who had a #1 hit in 1968 with "Everlasting Love". Switching gears to the progressive in the early 70s the English prog rock band that happened to be signed to RCA Italy. Their second album was recorded in 1973, but saw release years later. Singer Tim Staffell was in Smile, a precursor to Queen.

Mother Gong

Gilli Smyth, aka Shakti Yoni of Gong, launched Mother Gong to release her post-Daevid work. The mother of all things Gong, her collaborator in Mother Gong was Harry Williamson.

Move, The

Hailing from Birmingham, The Move scored many hit singles during the psychedelic era, but unfortunately their albums, split between the rock-n-roll of Roy Wood and the classical inspirations of Jeff Lynne didn't chart. Drummer Bev Bevan was also an original member, along with vocalist Carl Wayne, bassist Ace Kefford, guitarist Trevor Burton and Wood.

National Health

Dave Stewart, Phi Miller and Pip Pyle's post-Hatfield band.


Expatriate Brits forged a career for a decade based in Germany.

Neutrons, The

Side project of Man, featuring Will Youatt and Phil Ryan, as well as Stuart Gordon and John Weathers.

Nice, The

The Nice were originally the backing band for P.P. Arnold, however they gained renown quickly with Emerson's keyboard antics. The Nice were one of the first bands to incorporate classical motifs in a rock context. O'List left after the first album, along with most their psychedelic charm. The remaining trio, increasingly dominated by Emerson's virtuosity, released another pair of albums before splitting. Both Five Bridges and Elegy were mop-up posthumous releases.


Arguably one of the first "fusion" bands, Ian Carr's Nucleus were Britian's parallel to Miles Davis' electric bands of the early '70s. Trumpeter Carr came to prominence in the 60s with saxophonist Don Rendell. A veritible "who's who" of British jazz, Nucleus catalog stretches into the 1980s.

Oldfield, Mike

Multi-Instrumentalist, Mike.


Featuring namesake Mike Patto on vocals and Ollie Halsall on guitar along with the rhythm section of Clive Griffiths and John Halsey, Patto began when the members of Deram-signed Timebox signed with Vertigo Records. Their debut album was produced by Muff Winwood, but despite the pedigree, success would remain elusive for this blistering live act. Halsall and Patto would later form Boxer with Tony Newman and Keith Ellis, while Halsey and Halsall would become Rutles.

Phillips, Anthony

Founding member and early guitarist of Genesis, Anthony Phillips began a solo career in the mid-70s. Latter work concentrated on library music and soundtracks.

Pink Fairies, The

Combining the talents of former Deviants Paul Rudolph, Duncan Sanderson and Russell Hunter, with John "Twink" Alder (ex Pretty Things, Tomorrow), the Pink Fairies were an underground band from London's Ladbroke Grove area. The embryonic group is associated with Twink's Think Pink album, Mick Farren's Mona The Carnivorous Circus, and Steve Peregrin Took's Shagrat. Second album featured the core of Rudolph, Sanderson and Hunter, and exemplifies their mix of boogie-rock and psychedelia. Twink left after their first album, while Larry Wallis, later in Motorhead, spearheaded their third and final record.

Pink Floyd

Perhaps Britian's finest psychedelic son, Pink Floyd became one of the world's premier rock bands by the end of the Seventies. Originally founded by acid casualty Syd Barrett, the Floyd rose to the top of the British Underground scene before guitarist Gilmour replaced an unpredictable Barret. However their extended instrumental jams, garnered further success, best trademarked by Gilmour's guitar and Water's songwriting. After the monumental "Dark Side Of The Moon" in 1973, the band released two more classics before the Water's-dominated "The Wall" in 1979, and eventual decay in the Eighties.


Carl Palmer's post-ELP group released one eponymous album to little acclaim.

Pretty Things, The

One of the 60s most underrated bands. From their badder than bad, raucous R&B early in their career, the band shifted gears in the underground, first with freakbeat then psychedelia. Their tenure at Abby Road, recording with Norman Smith, ranks as some of the greatest music created in Britain in the 60s. Yes, it really is that good.

Procol Harum

Procol Harum's formative years were in an R&B based band called the Paramounts. Named after producer Gary Steven's cat, Harum released their first single and to instant world-wide success. Immediately afterward, they reshuffled their line-up back to the formative one, and perservered through four more albums of sophisticated pop. After a series of personnel changes, the band continued into the late seventies with a degree of success in the US, though the UK proved more elusive

Quiet Sun
Rare Bird

Charisma label band that scored a hit with "Sympathy". In 1972, Mark Ashton and Graham Field left, and the band ditched the dual-keyboard format, recording three infinitely listenable albums for Polydor. Dave Kaffinetti is best known for his part in Spinal Tap.


Prog trio featuring ex-Nice members and Patrick Moraz


Mark II, this version of Renaissance starts with Michael Dunford, and features the vocals of Annie Haslam.

Renaissance (Yardbirds)

Jim McCarty and Keith Relf's post-Yardbirds project was one of the early experiments fusing classical and rock music.

Roxy Music

Though definitely a glam band at heart, Roxy Music served as a training ground and employer of many "progressive" musicians.