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    Which prog album had the most artists?

    Inspired by another thread, which prog album had the most named artists? An artist can be a regular member or guest. A guest ensemble or orchestra only counts as "one" artist, unless each and every member of the ensemble/orchestra is credited by name.

    Let's start with Billy Sherwood, "The Prog Collective" -- 18 artists.

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    Centipede - "Septober Energy" = 55 artists
    • Wendy Treacher
    • John Trussler
    • Roddy Skeping
    • Wilf Gibson
    • Carol Slater
    • Louise Jopling
    • Garth Morton
    • Channa Salononson
    • Steve Rowlandson
    • Mica Gomberti
    • Colin Kitching
    • Philip Saudek
    • Esther Burgi
    • Michael Hurwitz
    • Timothy Kramer
    • Suki Towb
    • John Rees-Jones
    • Katherine Thulborn
    • Catherine Finnis
    • Peter Parkes
    • Mick Collins
    • Ian Carr
    • Mongesi Fesa
    • Mark Charig
    • Elton Dean
    • Ian Steel
    • Ian MacDonald
    • Dudu Pukwana
    • Larry Stabbins
    • Gary Windo
    • Brian Smith
    • Alan Skidmore
    • Dave White
    • Karl Jenkins
    • John Williams
    • Nick Evans
    • Dave Amis
    • Dave Perrottet
    • Paul Rutherford
    • John Marshall
    • Tony Fennell
    • Robert Wyatt
    • Brian Godding
    • Brian Belshaw
    • Maggie Nicholls
    • Julie Tippetts
    • Mike Patto
    • Zoot Money
    • Boz Burrell
    • Roy Babbington
    • Jill Lyons
    • Harry Miller
    • Jeff Clyne
    • Dave Markee
    • Keith Tippett
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    Jon Anderson, "1000 Hands" (31 artists)

    Jon Anderson – various instruments, vocals
    Larry Coryell – guitar
    Steve Howe – guitar
    Chris Squire – bass guitar
    Brian Chatton - keyboards, backing vocals
    Tim Franklin – bass guitar, ukulele, backing vocals
    Rick Derringer - guitar
    Stuart Hamm – bass guitar
    Matt Brown – drums, backing vocals
    Alan White – drums
    Billy Cobham – drums
    Michael Franklin – keyboards, ukulele, backing vocals
    Chick Corea – keyboards
    Jonathan Cain - keyboards
    Jerry Goodman – violin
    Jean-Luc Ponty – violin
    Robby Steinhardt – violin
    Charlie Bisharat – violin
    Olga Kopakova – violin
    Dariusz Grabowski – accordion
    Brian Snapp – saxophone, flute
    Charlie DeChant – saxophone, flute
    Ian Anderson – flute
    Tower of Power – horn section
    Zap Mama – backing vocals
    Bobby Kimball – backing vocals
    Solar Choir
    Voices of Lindahl
    Crossover
    Vioelectric
    Orlando Symphony Orchestra
    Chad

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    H'mmm. Since (not counting orchestras) several of those "artists" (Tower of Power horn section, Solar Choir, Zap Mama) are multiple persons, that might beat Centipede...
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    We Are The World, if one considers the other meaning of the word "progressive."
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    "Intergalctic Touring Band". Roughly 75 players and an orchestra.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    H'mmm. Since (not counting orchestras) several of those "artists" (Tower of Power horn section, Solar Choir, Zap Mama) are multiple persons, that might beat Centipede...
    Quote Originally Posted by wiz_d_kidd
    A guest ensemble or orchestra only counts as "one" artist, unless each and every member of the ensemble/orchestra is credited by name.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiz_d_kidd View Post
    A guest ensemble or orchestra only counts as "one" artist, unless each and every member of the ensemble/orchestra is credited by name.
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer In Concert lists all of the orchestra and choir members, for a total of 69 performers including E, L & P.
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    The Recommended Records Sampler is the first one that came to mind for me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bRETT View Post
    "Intergalctic Touring Band". Roughly 75 players and an orchestra.
    From the Discogs entry, I count only 38 people (including an orchestra, not including arrangers and conductors)...

    Annie Haslam
    Anthony Phillips
    Arthur Brown
    Ben E. King
    Bill Guerra
    Brian Cuomo
    Bruce Springsteen
    Clarence Clemons
    Dave Cousins
    David Scance
    Francis Rossi
    Frank D'Agostino
    Frank Prescod
    Irene Conrad
    Janis Pendarvis
    Jeffrey Leynor
    Jim Cuomo
    Joe Intile
    Joel Krantz
    John Tropea
    John Zangrando
    Larry Fast
    Marge Raymond
    Marty Scott
    Meat Loaf
    Members Of The London Symphony Orchestra
    Mr. Snips
    Paul Marchetti
    Pepe Marchello
    Percy Jones
    Pete Sobel
    Rick Parfitt
    Rod Argent
    Ryche Chlanda
    Shelly Thompson
    Steve Barth
    The Passport Munchkins
    Wil Malone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mister Triscuits View Post
    Emerson, Lake & Palmer In Concert lists all of the orchestra and choir members, for a total of 69 performers including E, L & P.
    Are all these folks listed on the album cover or liner notes, because Discogs, PA, and Wiki don't list the orchestra performers. Just curious as I don't have the album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiz_d_kidd View Post
    Are all these folks listed on the album cover or liner notes, because Discogs, PA, and Wiki don't list the orchestra performers. Just curious as I don't have the album.
    They're introduced, by name, by Keith before the concert starts. It takes up side one of the LP.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    They're introduced, by name, by Keith before the concert starts. It takes up side one of the LP.
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    Quote Originally Posted by wiz_d_kidd View Post
    Are all these folks listed on the album cover or liner notes, because Discogs, PA, and Wiki don't list the orchestra performers. Just curious as I don't have the album.
    They are listed on the inner sleeve of the original In Concert LP and in the booklet of the Works Live CD.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bRETT View Post
    "Intergalctic Touring Band". Roughly 75 players and an orchestra.
    If we’re going to use that loose a definition of “prog,” we may as well include the smelly Exiled album (37 players, including narrator Robert Powell). I’d throw in the nostalgic favorite [WHY?] War of the Worlds, but I only counted a paltry 18 players, not counting the orchestra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Progbear View Post
    I’d throw in the nostalgic favorite War of the Worlds, but I only counted a paltry 18 players, not counting the orchestra.
    Beside the paltry players, were there any GOOD ones?

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    How about Sevie Wonder - Songs in the key of life?
    I count 119 performers on that album

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rarebird View Post
    How about Sevie Wonder - Songs in the key of life?
    I count 119 performers on that album
    Are you reading the "Thank yous" listed inside? They include folks like Junior Walker and War and Frank Zappa, whom Stevie admires -- not people who performed on his record.

    Actual musicians on the album, Stevie was the sole performer on most of the songs. There are some guests listed on others:
    • Eddie "Bongo" Brown
    • Mike Sembello
    • Raymond Pounds
    • Nathan Watts
    • Ben Bridges
    • Gregory Phillingames
    • Michael Gray
    • Josie James
    • Shirley Brewer
    • Artece May
    • Hank Redd
    • Raymond Maldonado
    • Trevor Lawrence
    • Steve Madaio
    • Renee Hardaway
    • Bobbye Hall
    • West Los Angeles Church of God Choir (12 members)
    • Hare Krishna (12 members)
    • Ronnie Foster
    • Nastee Latimer
    • Minnie Ripperton
    • Mary Lee Whitney
    • Syreeta Wright
    • Jerry Hendricks
    • Sundray Tucker
    • Charity McCrary
    • Linda McCrary
    • Madelaine "Gypsie" Jones
    • Peter "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow

    That's a lot of people but it's not 119.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rcarlberg View Post
    Are you reading the "Thank yous" listed inside? They include folks like Junior Walker and War and Frank Zappa, whom Stevie admires -- not people who performed on his record.

    Actual musicians on the album, Stevie was the sole performer on most of the songs. There are some guests listed on others:
    • Eddie "Bongo" Brown
    • Mike Sembello
    • Raymond Pounds
    • Nathan Watts
    • Ben Bridges
    • Gregory Phillingames
    • Michael Gray
    • Josie James
    • Shirley Brewer
    • Artece May
    • Hank Redd
    • Raymond Maldonado
    • Trevor Lawrence
    • Steve Madaio
    • Renee Hardaway
    • Bobbye Hall
    • West Los Angeles Church of God Choir (12 members)
    • Hare Krishna (12 members)
    • Ronnie Foster
    • Nastee Latimer
    • Minnie Ripperton
    • Mary Lee Whitney
    • Syreeta Wright
    • Jerry Hendricks
    • Sundray Tucker
    • Charity McCrary
    • Linda McCrary
    • Madelaine "Gypsie" Jones
    • Peter "Sneaky Pete" Kleinow

    That's a lot of people but it's not 119.
    No, it wasn't the thank you's, but all the people who worked on the seperate songs, including verbal replies on Black Man, background percussion, background handclaps and background vocals, which includes some choirs with all members mentioned.

    It was a hell of a job to type all the names for my administration.

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    You want the complete list of musicians:
    Stevie Wonder: Lead and background vocals, keyboards, harmonica, drums, background handclaps
    Mike Sembello: Lead guitar, rhythm guitar
    W. G. 'Snuffy' Walden: Lead guitar
    Dean Parks: Guitar
    George Benson: Guitar, background vocals
    Raymond Pounds: Drums
    Greg Brown: Drums
    Nathan Watts: Bass, background percussion, background handclaps
    Ben Bridges Rhythm guitar
    Peter 'Sneaky Pete' Kleinow: steel guitar
    Gregory Phillinganes: Keyboard
    Herbie Hancock: Keyboards, background handclaps
    Ronnie Foster: Organ
    Hank Redd: Alto and tenor saxophone
    Raymond Maldonado: Trumpet, percussion
    Trevor Lawrence: Tenor saxophone
    Jim Horn: Saxophone
    Steve Madaio: Trumpet
    George Bohanon: Trombone
    Glen Ferris: Trombone
    Dorothy Ashby: Harp
    Bobbi Humphrey: Flute
    Eddie 'Bongo' Brown: Collinga
    Carmello Hungria Garcia: Timbales
    Bobye Hall: Percussion
    Nasee Latimer: Percussion
    Nathan Afford Jr.: Percussion
    Charles Brewer: Background percussion
    Marietta Waters: Background percussion
    John Fischbach: Background percussion
    Amale Mathews: Background percussion
    Minnie Riperton: Background vocals
    Mary Lee Whitney: Background vocals
    Deniece Williams: Background vocals
    Syreeta Wright: Background vocals
    Michael Gray: Background vocals
    Josie James: Background vocals
    Shirley Brewer: Background vocals, background handclaps, background percussion
    Artece May: Background vocals, background handclaps
    Addie Cox: Background vocals
    Ethel Enoex: Background vocals
    Jacqueline F. Englisch: Background vocals
    Carolyn Johnson: Background vocals
    Philip Kimble: Background vocals
    James Lambert: Background vocals
    Lonnie Morgan: Background vocals
    Dennis Swindell: Background vocals
    Rosona Starks: Background vocals
    Sheryl Walker: Background vocals
    Michael Wycoff: Background vocals
    Linda Lawrence: Background vocals
    Terry Hendricks: Background vocals
    Sundray Tucker: Background vocals
    Charity McCrary: Background vocals
    Linda McCrary: Background vocals
    Madelaine 'Gypsie' Jones: Background vocals
    Susaye Green: Background vocals
    Carolyn Dennis: Background vocals
    Baradras: Background vocals
    Agnideva Dása: Background vocals
    Duryodhana Guru Dása: Background vocals
    Jitamrtyu Dása: Background vocals
    Cinmayi Dasi: Background vocals
    Yogamaya Dasi: Background vocals
    Bhakta Eddie: Background vocals
    Bhakta Kevin: Background vocals
    Rukmini: Background vocals
    Sudana Bobatoon: Verbal replies
    Berry Bridges: Verbal replies
    Gary Byrd: Verbal replies
    Al Fann: Verbal replies
    Barbara Fann: Verbal replies
    Shelley Fann: Verbal replies
    Mildred Givens: Verbal replies
    Mi Mi Green: Verbal replies
    Adrian James: Verbal replies
    Pat Johnson: Verbal replies
    Willie Moore: Verbal replies
    Larri Nuckens: Verbal replies
    Gary Veney: Verbal replies
    Tan Adams: Verbal replies
    Henry America: Verbal replies
    Linda America: Verbal replies
    Starshemah Bobatoon: Verbal replies
    Khalif Bobatoon: Verbal replies
    Jean Brown: Verbal replies
    Rodney Brown: Verbal replies
    Doé Rain Edwards: Verbal replies
    Al Jocko Fann: Verbal replies
    Melani Fann: Verbal replies
    Tracy Fann: Verbal replies
    Susie Fuzzell: Verbal replies
    Audrey Givens: Verbal replies
    Antonio Givens: Verbal replies
    Anthony Givens: Verbal replies
    Derrick Givens: Verbal replies
    Jeania Harris: Verbal replies
    Troy Harris: Verbal replies
    Calvin Johnson: Verbal replies
    Irma Leslie: Verbal replies
    Carl Lockhart: Verbal replies
    Gail Lockhart: Verbal replies
    Kim Lewis: Verbal replies
    Carolyn Massenburg: Verbal replies
    Kim Nixon: Verbal replies
    Lisa Nixon: Verbal replies
    Gwen Perry: Verbal replies
    Gregory Rudd: Verbal replies
    Keith Slaughter: Verbal replies
    Brenda Barrett: Background handclaps
    Colleen Carleton: Background handclaps
    Carole Cole: Background handclaps
    Nelson Hayes: Background handclaps, background percussion
    Dave Henson: Background handclaps
    Edna Orso: Background handclaps
    Tucker: Background handclaps
    Josette Valentino: Background handclaps, background percussion
    Yolanda Simmons: Background handclaps
    Renee Hardaway: Background, background percussion

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    ^Kind of a moot point, because Stevie Wonder isn't Prog.

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    If you think Songs in the Key of Life isn't progressive, you need to get out more often.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sturgeon's Lawyer View Post
    If you think Songs in the Key of Life isn't progressive, you need to get out more often.
    And if you can show a mid 70s music publication that calls it a Progressive Rock album, I'll buy you a new car.
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    If you have a limited vision on prog, how about Jon Lord - Genimi suite?
    100 musicians mentioned by name, including the conductor.

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    Did anyone mention Glass Hammer Live at Belmont? 2 or 3 of the school's choirs joined the band.
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