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"B" Bands

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Badger 1971 Ex Yes members featured in the first incarnation of the band. Their debut album, recorded live while supporting Yes, has a slight christian slant to the lyrics. Second album saw the arrival of Jackie Lomax. Recorded in... United Kingdom
Balletto di Bronzo, Il 1966 Led by Gianni Leone, the band's second album stands as one of the finest and darkest prog rock albums from Italy. Italy
Banco Del Mutuo Soccorso 1971 One of the great (and original) Italian prog bands, propelled by the keyboards of brothers Noncenzi and the tenor voice of Di Giacomo. Italy
Banks, Peter 1947 Original guitarist for Yes United Kingdom
Banks, Tony 1950 Genesis keyboardist and composer United Kingdom
Barclay James Harvest 1967 Musically, not far off the map from the Moody Blues, Barclay James Harvest led a very long and prolific career releasing mildly progressive music. United Kingdom
Barrett, Syd 1946 Roger Keith Barrett, founding member and primary songwriter of the early Pink Floyd, was a pioneer in the London Underground and perhaps the ultimate psychedelic hipster. Following his release from Pink Floyd in 1968,... United Kingdom
Battiato, Franco 1945 One of the few "solo" artists from Italy, Sicilian Battiato has a long career, featuring his original and idiosyncratic music. His first two albums should appeal most to progressive music fans, however Sulle Corde di... Italy
Baumann, Peter 1953 Member of Tangerine Dream's classic lineup, Peter Baumann emigrated to the US, where he went on to become a great producer and label-head of Private Music. He is currently the founder and director of The Baumann... Germany
Beatles, The 1960 The most influential band ever? The very essence of "progress" in rock music is charted with The Beatles musical journey. In early 1966, the Fab Four left Beatlemania and three minute pop songs for the inner space of... United Kingdom
Bedford, David 1937 Classical music composer best known for his work with Kevin Ayers and Mike Oldfield. United Kingdom
Beggars Opera 1969 United Kingdom
Biglietto per l'Inferno 1972 Another classic of Italian Prog, Biglietto per L'Inferno (Ticket to Hell) recorded two albums, however only the first was released. Giuseppe Banfi would later record as Baffo Banfi for Klaus Schulze's IC label. Italy
Birth Control 1968 Germany
Blake, Tim 1952 Aka Hi T. Moonweed, Tim Blake is best known as Gong's synthesizer player. His post-Gong work saw him working with light-artist Patrice Warrener, and later with French musician Jean-Philippe Rykiel. Tim was part of the... United Kingdom
Blossom Toes 1967 British psychedelia band featured Brian Godding, Kevin Westlake, Brian Belshaw, and Jim Cregan. Poli Palmer was also a member. United Kingdom
Brainbox 1969 Jan Akkerman's group prior to joining Focus. There only album is rather dated mix of blues and psychedelia. Of note is the sixteen minute "Sea Of Delight", however, as it would blueprint many of Focus' longer... Netherlands
Brainticket 1968 Extremely obscure psychedelic outfit out of Switzerland released the trippy sound-collage Cottonwoodhill album in 1971. Further albums were guided by keyboardist Joel Vandroogenbroeck, including two late in the decade. Switzerland
Brand X 1975 While notorious for having Phil Collins in its ranks, Brand X rates as one of England's premiere jazz-fusion groups, hosting some of the countries' finest musicians in its ranks. United Kingdom
Brock, Dave 1941 Captian of the good ship Hawkwind. United Kingdom
Brown, Arthur 1942 Arthur Brown is best known for his 1967 world-wide number one single, "Fire" and its classic soundbite, "I am the god of hellfire". Having spent 1966 in Paris perfecting his stage craft, he returned to London to... United Kingdom
Bruford 1976 Led by its namesake, Bill Bruford of course, the band was his post-U.K. fusion outfit. United Kingdom