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Proto-Prog

Andromeda

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.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Argent

Rod Argent and Russ Ballard's 70s rock outfit.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Website: Rod Argent.com home page

Argent, Rod

Keyboardist and composer of the Zombies and Argent.

Founded: 1945

Location: St. Albans, Hertfordshire, England

Website: Rod Argent.com home page

Cressida

Atypical Vertigo label signing, produced two proto-prog albums in the early 70s.

Founded: 1968

Location: London, England

Egg

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Egg Archive

Gods, The

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Formed by Ken Hensley of Uriah Heep, Brian and John Glascock (latter would join Jethro Tull) and Joe Konas, The Gods were the successors of The Rolling Stones at the Marquee Club in London in 1965. The band released two albums amoungst numerous personnel changes, including Greg Lake, Mick Taylor and Lee Kerslake, and eventually morphed into the band Toe Fat, while Hensley and Paul Newton would form Spice/Uriah Heep.

Founded: 1965

Location: Hatfield, England

Gracious

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Founded: 1968

Location: Esher, England

Hansson & Karlsson

Organ/drum duo from Sweden, Hansson & Karlsson were early jazz-rock pioneers. Despite having Jimi Hendrix as fan and jam partner, recordings were near-impossible to find outside their native country. Hansson would later achieve international success as a solo artist.

Founded: 1966

Location: Stockholm, Sweden

High Tide

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From the onset, High Tide garnered attention; the band had a publishing deal with Apple Corps and was managed by Doug Smith's Clearmountain Productions. Their two albums on Liberty/United Artists are undisputed classic proto-prog albums. Simon House would later join Hawkwind, while Peter Pavli was a member of Rustic Hinge.

Founded: 1969

Location: London, England

Website: Tony Hill's Fiction

Moody Blues, The

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The Moody Blues had rather humble R&B beginnings before discovering the Mellotron and making the switch to art rock. Although they became the first widely accepted progressive band, only their lyrics transcended their pop origins. Massively successful, after releasing seven albums in five years, the Blues took a needed break, only to return to even greater success in the early 80s.

Founded: 1966

Location: Birmingham, England

Website: THE MOODY BLUES