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Strawbs

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One of Britain's original folk-rock groups

Founded: 1967

Location: London, England

Website: StrawbsWeb - The Strawbs Official Home Page

Syn, The

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With Pete Banks, Chris Squire as a core, The Syn were the pre-cursor to Maybel Greer's Toyshop (and Yes), releasing a handful of singles in the late 60s. The latter-day reformation was primarily a vanity project for Steve Nardelli, though the albums are of some particular note, as well as the controversy.

Founded: 1965

Location: London, England

Website: The SYN

Tangerine Dream

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From their "free-rock" beginnings in the Berlin underground to the eventual triple-keyboard standard that signed to Virgin Records, Tangerine Dream earns significant credit in introducing synthesizer/sequenced electronic music to the world. During the mid to late 70s - their spacey, pulsating music earned them a cult following worldwide. The 80s saw the band releasing lucrative soundtrack work, before settling into the new age bins by mid-decade. The band continues to this day.

Founded: 1967

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: Tangerine Dream | www.tangerinedream-music.com

Tomorrow

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In the beginning there was psychedelia - inspired by the liberation of drug culture, supported by the new "Underground" and musically, and bringing novel invention to music. Tomorrow were one of London's darlings during their short existence, but commercial success never quite came their way.

Founded: 1966

Location: London, England

Tony Williams Lifetime, The

Tony Williams, John McLaughlin and Larry Young. The birth of fusion.

Founded: 1969

Location: New York City, New York

Traffic

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Steve Winwood was already well known as the voice behind Spencer Davis Group before he started Traffic. The band always kept its R&B roots as it moved from the psychedelic pop of the first two studio albums into more progressive, jazzy territory that focused on the writing ability of Winwood and the musicianship of Jim Capaldi, Chris Wood and others.

Founded: 1967

Location: Birmingham, England

Trip, The

Originally called Maiocchi and the Trip, The Trip were an Anglo-Italian band based out of Italy. Early member included Ritchie Blackmore (later of Deep Purple fame). After their first album, later albums featured more ELP-inspired music, and the keyboards of Joe Vescovi.

Founded: 1966

Location: London, England

Uriah Heep

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Masters of heavy organ rock, Uriah Heep

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: The Official Website of Uriah Heep

Uriel (Arzachel)

Precursor to Egg, Uriel also included Steve Hillage on guitar. The band changed their name to Arzachel for their only album.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Egg Archive

Van Der Graaf Generator

Led by the indefatigable Peter Hammill, perhaps the most original and significant group of the era; even "without the capes". Hammill is a complicated character, and so then is Van Der Graaf Generator: one moment placid and sympathetic, the next fierce and chaotic. His lyrics border the depth of literature, while his music, epic in nature, benefited from the band's original arrangements.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Van Der Graaf Generator

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