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"A" Bands

Name Foundedsort icon Country
Atoll French symphonic band, well-regarded albums. France
Allen, Daevid 1938 aka Dingo Virgin, El Alien, Bert Camembert, Zero, etc... Daevid Allen is one of the most longstanding, colorful and prolific artists of the progressive era. Leaving his native Australia in the early 1960s, Allen had... Australia
Anderson, Jon 1944 Following his departure from Yes in 1979, Jon Anderson enjoyed a degree of success in the UK with a string of solo releases and a good touring band, "The New Life Orchestra". His concurrent work with Greek keyboardist... United Kingdom
Ayers, Kevin 1944 The Original Mr. Cool. An original on the Canterbury Scene, Kevin Ayers spent the 60s with Wilde Flowers and Soft Machine before retiring to the comforts of Deià, Mallorca. Coaxed away by Peter Jenner, Ayers recorded a... United Kingdom
Argent, Rod 1945 Keyboardist and composer of the Zombies and Argent. United Kingdom
Akkerman, Jan 1946 Focus guitarist, won many accolades in Britain during the early 70s. Netherlands
Anderson, Ian 1947 Oddly enough, Ian Anderson's lone solo album highlights early 80s keyboard technology. United Kingdom
Albrighton, Roye 1949 Nektar guitarist and vocalist has released just one solo record. United Kingdom
Amon Düül 1967 The original "Wohngemeinschaft" from Munich, Amon Düül's mixture of politics and music were born straight out of the 60s. Musically, however, it's unessential listening. All releases were culled from recording sessions... Germany
Agitation Free 1967 One of Germany's first experimental rock groups, Agitation Free was a part of the scene in Berlin in the late 60s. Members included Michael Hoenig and Chris Franke, Axel Genrich, Lutz Ulbrich and many other notable... Germany
Amon Düül II 1968 Led by Chris Karrer, the musical half of the Munich commune hippie band of the same name; a little to rough around the edges for prog standards, but most certainly not to be overlooked; Amon Düül II are Germany's finest... Germany
Aphrodite's Child 1968 Led by Demis Roussos, Aphrodite's Child found success throughout Europe with pop singles, eventually residing in Paris, France. Their legacy however is the posthumously released psychedelic masterpiece, 666, and its... Greece
Argent 1968 Rod Argent and Russ Ballard's 70s rock outfit. United Kingdom
Andromeda 1968 John Du Cann's band prior to his joining Atomic Rooster. Also of note are the one-off Five Day Week Straw People and The Attack. United Kingdom
Atomic Rooster 1969 Always driven by Vincent Crane's keyboards, Atomic Rooster road a firm line between the hard and progressive. Crane and drummer Carl Palmer, first together in Arthur Brown's band, made one album before Palmer was off to... United Kingdom
Ange 1970 Le plus grand groupe de rock francais, and we'll pretty much agree. Ange's completely original and unique take on the "progressif" is most definitely and definitively French. Led by vocalist Christian Decamps. France
Ash Ra Tempel 1970 One of the earliest krautrock groups, featuring guitarist Manuel Göttsching, Klaus Schulze on drums and bassist Hartmut Enke. Think album side-long psychedelic jams of the highest order... Germany
A.R. & Machines 1971 Originally in the Rattles, Achim Reichel ventured into progressive territories with his trademark echo-guitar. Germany
Acqua Fragile 1971 Hailing from Parma, Acqua Fragile were a British-inspired progressive rock band, complete with English-language lyrics. Aided by PFM's management, the band opened for many UK groups touring Italy. Their second album saw... Italy
Area 1972 Self proclaimed "International POPular Group", Area were Italy's finest fusion band, featuring the unique vocals talents of Demetrio Stratos. Italy
Alphataurus 1973 Relatively unknown Italian band released one eponymous album of excellent quality before dissolving. Second release is incomplete (no vocals). Italy
Arti & Mestieri 1974 Led by drummer Furio Chirico (formerly of The Trip), keyboardist Beppe Crovella, and composer Gigi Venegoni, Arti e Mestieri were one of Italy's finest progressive rock bands. Their debut album Tilt is an undisputed... Italy
Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson 1976 Phillips and Williamson teamed up in 1976 to score the soundtrack to Tarka the Otter, a novel written by Henry Williamson, Harry's father. United Kingdom
Ashra 1977 Led by guitarist Manuel Göttsching, who previously led Ash Ra Tempel. Germany
Art Bears 1978 Post-Henry Cow project from Fred Frith and Chris Cutler, featuring the insufferable vocals of Dagmar Krause. United Kingdom
Arthur Brown Arthur & Vincent Crane 1979 Believe it or not, but Klaus Schulze is responsible for this! United Kingdom
Amon Düül (UK) 1981 Led by John Weinzerl and Dave Anderson, the band's name was of some dubious origin. United Kingdom
Änglagård 1991 Almost single-handedly, Anglagard reinvigorated the prog rock genre with their 1992 debut Hybris. Sweden
Agents of Mercy 2009 Led by Roine Stolt and Nad Sylvan, Agents of Mercy music also feature Jonas Reingold and Lalle Larsson from Karmakanic. Sweden