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    Obscure 70's American Prog Albums

    In a recent thread someone was saying after checking out the 70's output from Kansas & Starcastle they were writing off all 70's American prog bands as being poor imitations of their Brit counterparts. Got me thinking of all the great US 70's prog albums I love that many may not be familiar with, so it's time for a list!

    Ethos - Ardour 1976, Open Up 1977
    Yezda Urfa - Sacred Baboon 1976
    Netherworld - In the Following Half Light 1978
    Mirthrandir - For You the Old Women 1976
    Fireballet - Night on Bald Mountain 1975
    Pentwater - Out of the Abyss 1976
    Cathedral - Stained Glass Stories 1978
    Babylon - s/t 1978

    Others?
    I'm using the chicken to measure it...

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    TONS of others!

    Linn County - Proud Flesh Soothseer (1968)
    Seatrain - Seatrain (1969)
    Touch - Touch (1969)
    It's a Beautiful Day - It's a Beautiful Day (1969)
    Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat (1970)
    Brimstone - Paper Winged Dreams (1971)
    Jasper Wrath - Jasper Wrath (1971)
    Glass - No Stranger to the Skies (1972-77)
    Guns & Butter - Guns & Butter (1972)
    Mu - Mu (1972)
    Polyphony - Without Introduction (1972)
    Providence - Ever Sense the Dawn (1972)
    Froggie Beaver - From the Pond (1973)
    Pre - Pre (1973)
    Lift - Caverns of Your Brain (1974)
    Maelstrom - Maelstrom (1974)
    Ram - Where? In Conclusion (1973)
    Arabesque - Tales of Power (1974-79)
    Atlantis Phlharmonic - Atlantis Philharmonic (1974)
    Leviathan - Leviathan (1974)
    Albatross - Albatross (1975)
    Angel - Angel (1975)
    Axcraft - Dancing Madly Backwards (1975)
    Chango - Chango (1975)
    Grits - As the World Grits (1975) and Birds (rec. 1976)
    Glenn Phillips - Lost at Sea (1975)
    The Load - Load Have Mercy 1975) and Praise the Load (1977)
    The Third Estate - Years Before the Wine (1975)
    Zazu - Zazu (1975)
    Hands - (collected 1976-80)
    Intra - (collected 1976-90)
    Earthrise - Earthrise (1977)
    Emperor - Emperor (1977)
    Quill - Sursum Corda (1977)
    Zoldar & Clark - The Ghost of Way (1977)
    Aviary - Aviary (1978) and Ambition (1979)
    Easter Island - Easter Island/Now and Then (1978)
    Pocket Orchestra - Knebnagauje (1979)
    Carnegie - Rock & Roll Symphony (1979)
    Chakra - Chakra (1979)
    Harlequin Mass - Harlequin Mass (1979)
    Infinity - (unreleased in 1979, issued later)
    October - After the Fall (1980)
    Cartoon - Cartoon (1981)
    Holding Pattern - Majestic/Holding Pattern (1981)

    Good hunting...
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    Victor Peraino's Kingdom Come - No Man's Land(1975)

    that's the entire list AFAIC

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    Grits - "As the World Grits" // "Rare Birds"
    Little Hans - "Wunderkind"
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    I like Scrot's list- Vaguely familiar names without knowing their sound. Progbear gave some good descriptions of some of these in the AmeriProg thread.

    It would be nice to sort some of these out by loose category: Psych, proto-prog and bands that emulated classic 70's prog. I like all three genres, just trying to get clarity...

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    Quote Originally Posted by WytchCrypt View Post
    In a recent thread someone was saying after checking out the 70's output from Kansas & Starcastle they were writing off all 70's American prog bands as being poor imitations of their Brit counterparts. Got me thinking of all the great US 70's prog albums I love that many may not be familiar with, so it's time for a list!
    I suppose you mean United Statian prog... coz if you're looking for American prog, you've got two continents to look into... I suggest you start with the most legit American prog band of them all: Los Jaivas
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    I suppose you mean United Statian prog... coz if you're looking for American prog, you've got two continents to look into... I suggest you start with the most legit American prog band of them all: Los Jaivas
    A world atlas is on it's way to you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Calabasas_Trafalgar View Post
    A world atlas is on it's way to you!
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trane View Post
    United Statian
    Brilliant! Can one use it in conversation free of charge?

    WytchCrypt: Are you looking for "obscure" as in...good luck finding a vinyl pressing in a record store's curio cabinet? As a gauge there is Crack the Sky, not well known beyond Baltimore and the I-76 corridor. But if that's not out of scope, there is deeper to go. Digging for a link if you're interested...meanwhile...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt3NrMyjTyk

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    Quote Originally Posted by augdimsus View Post
    Brilliant! Can one use it in conversation free of charge?
    Be my guest... The idea is to spread this world-wide ...

    Many in Europe and Latin America are starting to use it, and plenty are not even surprised to hear it pop up in conversation...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    TONS of others!
    Touch - Touch (1969)
    It's a Beautiful Day - It's a Beautiful Day (1969)
    Mu - Mu (1972)
    Lift - Caverns of Your Brain (1974)
    Leviathan - Leviathan (1974)
    Angel - Angel (1975)
    Chango - Chango (1975)

    Good hunting...
    Awesome list... I only know of these above... and heard, naturally
    my music collection increased tenfolds when I switched from drug-addicts to complete nutcases.

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    Quote Originally Posted by augdimsus View Post
    Brilliant! Can one use it in conversation free of charge?

    WytchCrypt: Are you looking for "obscure" as in...good luck finding a vinyl pressing in a record store's curio cabinet? As a gauge there is Crack the Sky, not well known beyond Baltimore and the I-76 corridor. But if that's not out of scope, there is deeper to go. Digging for a link if you're interested...meanwhile...

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qt3NrMyjTyk
    Actually, my request was after seeing another member post that he tried out Kansas & Starcastle and didn't like them so all US 70's prog must suck. I wanted to show that there was some outstanding 70's US prog that the average bear has never heard of...because of that, I'm looking for those bands that actually created an album that can be purchased on CD or that has been uploaded to youtube!
    I'm using the chicken to measure it...

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    Touch, for sure. It's a good one.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scrotum Scissor View Post
    Hampton Grease Band - Music to Eat (1970)
    I haven't been able to make it through that.

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    GoodThunder - 72
    Shawn Phillips - Rumplestiltskin's Resolve - 75
    David Sancious - Forest of Feelings - 75

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    Facedancers / Face Dancer (pre lp)
    Good God
    Proto-Kaw era Kansas
    However
    Atticus Finch, Klangfarb, Neige (3 bands, one song each on a compilation)
    Ballons For The Dog (great band, only 1 45 released that did not display all they did)
    Hampton Grease Band (as mentioned)
    Clone (no recordings)

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    A few not mentioned that I enjoy:

    Fred - Notes on a Picnic (1974)



    Bloodrock - s/t (1970)



    Coalition - Mindsweepers (1975)





    Deleted the OT posts, btw. :P
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    A few more:

    Fraction - Moonblood 1971 (think Doors + guitar)



    Granicus (1973)



    Oho - Okinawa (1974)

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    ow.... I hate threads where there are YT samples of ultra-rare stuff to check out!!

    Will do ASAP!!
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    Not symph but excellent nontheleass;



    Btw, I dig the Mindsweepers, Fred and Oho
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve F. View Post
    Facedancers / Face Dancer (pre lp)
    Steve, what is this? I saw the band play several times before they lost their prog roots and always enjoyed them. I also have a song recorded off WGTB, but am unaware of other early recordings.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Blah_Blah_Woof_Woof View Post
    I like Scrot's list- Vaguely familiar names without knowing their sound. Progbear gave some good descriptions of some of these in the AmeriProg thread.

    It would be nice to sort some of these out by loose category: Psych, proto-prog and bands that emulated classic 70's prog. I like all three genres, just trying to get clarity...
    yeah, some names in the list aren't prog rock in the epitome sense. Chango is what used to be called 'latin rock', It's A Beautiful Day is pure psycho..
    Besides , there are no such pure prog bands like Hands, Pentwater..

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    I did a writeup/list on RYM regarding progressive rock within the Midwest region of America (and Ontario, Canada). It's limited to the geography, so it's not all of America by any means, but I think there's still a few albums in there that haven't been mentioned yet (be sure to check the last entry where I have dozens of outliers) - and there's some descriptions too:

    https://rateyourmusic.com/list/ashra...0s_early_80s_/

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