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A.R. & Machines

Originally in the Rattles, Achim Reichel ventured into progressive territories with his trademark echo-guitar.

Agitation Free

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 musicians. Their legacy however is some of the most listenable music of the era.

Amon Düül

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 held in 1968.

Amon Düül II

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 psychedelic sons.

Ash Ra Tempel

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...

Ashra

Led by guitarist Manuel Göttsching, who previously led Ash Ra Tempel.

Baumann, Peter

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 Foundation, a San Francisco-based think-tank on the human condition

Birth Control
Can

Dubbed "the world's most original rock band" by the British music press, Can are simply without peer.

Doldinger's Motherhood

Motherhood pre-dates Klaus Doldinger's work in Passport, and features Lothar Meid.

Eloy
Embryo

Led by drummer Christian Burchard, Embryo was part of the fertile fusion of new music coming from Munich in the late 60s. The band's roots were in jazz, first supporting Mal Waldron, while the 70s saw Charlie Mariano join up for several albums. The band then traveled east, absorbing Middle-Eastern, Arab and Indian music into their unique brand of fusion, releasing albums to this day. Other key members were Edgar Hoffmann and Roman Bunka.

Eroc

aka Joachim Ehrig. Drummer of Grobschnitt and much later, remaster engineer for many Repertoire and SPV reissues.

Faust

German for "fist", Faust were pioneers in the studio. After two albums for Polydor, they signed with the fledgling Virgin label. Priced as a single, The Faust Tapes album sold a staggering 50,000 + copies - amazing since it is one amazingly weird pastiche. Their live appearances were explosive (literally), as the pinball machines and jack-hammer legends detail. The band carried on for nearly two years after IV, however that album, recorded outside the Wumme studio, was their last.

Froese, Edgar

Edgar Froese, guitarist and founder of Tangerine Dream.

Führs & Fröhling

Gerd Führs and Heinz Fröhling post-SFF work.

Genrich, Ax

Monster guitarist for Guru Guru. Also was founding member of Agitation Free.

Göttsching, Manuel

One of the true pioneers of what would eventually be called techno, house, electronic etc. His work as a solo artist represents some of the most seminal works from the progressive era.

Grobschnitt
Großkopf, Harald

Best known for his metronomic drumming with Klaus Schulze, Wallenstein, and Ashra, Harald Großkopf is also an accomplished synthesist and world musician.

Guru Guru

If Cream or Jimi Hendrix invented the "power trio", Germany's Guru Guru defined it on acid, offering the purest psychedlic freakouts on their early albums. Later albums, ever under the direction of Mani Neumeier, traversed all sorts of diverse music.

Hattler, Hellmut

Bassist for Kraan, one of the world's finest.

Hoelderlin

One of the most under-rated groups of the progressive era, Hoelderlin's albums rival the best from the United Kingdom. The core of Hoelderlin's albums were released on CD by EMI in 2007.

Hoenig, Michael

Michael Hoenig was a founding member of Agitation Free. He also filled in for Peter Baumann in Tangerine Dream in 1975.

Kraan

Happiest band from Germany. When will the "jam band" audience find them?