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Lucifer's Friend

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Ostensibly a studio group, Lucifer's Friend debut album is a standard of heavy rock for the 70s, while their second effort is there most progressive. Later albums drifted towards hard rock.

Founded: 1970

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Lucifer's Friend Official

Missus Beastly

Missus Beastly had two distinct eras during their existence; the first early one produced their debut, an album of atypical psychedelic rock for its time, and the second a much more promising fusion sound similar to Embryo.

Founded: 1968

Location: Herford, Germany

Moebius, Dieter

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A student of Joseph Bueys, Dieter Moebius arrived in Berlin just as the Zodiac Free Arts Lab was taking off, joining Kluster and later Cluster, a long-standing relationship he would share with Hans-Joachim Roedelius. Also of note were his collaborations with Conny Plank.

Founded: 1944

Location: St. Gallen, Switzerland

Website: dieter moebius

Neu!

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Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger left Kraftwerk in 1971 to form Neu!, releasing three albums before splitting ways, and giving us one of the most original and recognizable beats in rock music.

Founded: 1971

Location: Duesseldorf, Germany

Website: NEU! 2010

Neuschwanstein

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One-off album from this German band is very much in the Gabriel-era Genesis style. Reissued by Musea in 2002. Other issue is the band's musical interpretation of Lewis Carrol's "Alice In Wonderland".

Founded: 1974

Location: Saarbrucken, Germany

Novalis

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One of Germany's first rock bands to sing exclusively in their native language. Albums were produced by Achim Reichel.

Founded: 1971

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Organisation

Precursor to Kraftwerk, Organisation included Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben, and Basil Hammoudi, later of Ibliss.

Founded: 1967

Location: Germany

Pappert, Johannes

Sax player from Kraan

Founded: 1949

Location: Germany

Website: Johannes Pappert on Myspace

Passport

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Klaus Doldinger's fusion outfit, heralding some of Germany's finest musicians, including drummer Curt Cress.

Founded: 1971

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Klaus Doldinger and Passport

Popol Vuh

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Founded by Florian Fricke, Popol Vuh represents one of the earliest examples of spirituality in music that would later define "new age" music in the 80s. This however, is the real thing. Fricke also composed soundtracks for Werner Herzog's films.

Founded: 1970

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Popol Vuh & Florian Fricke