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A.R. & Machines

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

Founded: 1971

Location: Hamburg, Germany

Website: Achim Reichel

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Acqua Fragile

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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 release in the United States, however with a few personal changes, including the addition of the Trip's Joe Vescovi on keyboards and the departure of vocalist Berndardo Lanzetti to PFM, the band split.

Founded: 1971

Location: Parma, Italy

Website: Acqua Fragile Project - The Official Site

Agitation Free

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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.

Founded: 1967

Location: Berlin, Germany

Website: Agitation Free

Akkerman, Jan

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Focus guitarist, won many accolades in Britain during the early 70s.

Founded: 1946

Location: Amsterdam, Netherlands

Website: Jan Akkerman music site - Dutch guitarist - Nederlandse gitarist

Allen, Daevid

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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 already experienced the beats of Paris before arriving in Canterbury, where as luck would have it, he ended up as a border at Honor Wyatt's home. In between trips to Majorca, Spain, the Soft Machine was eventually born at the very beginning of London's underground era. Allen was left in France, but only to witness the student riots of 1968.

Founded: 1938

Location: Melborne, Australia

Website: DAEVID ALLEN

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Alphataurus

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Relatively unknown Italian band released one eponymous album of excellent quality before dissolving. Second release is incomplete (no vocals).

Founded: 1973

Location: Milan, Italy

Website: Alphataurus - Italian Prog-Band

Amon Düül II

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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.

Founded: 1968

Location: Munich, Germany

Website: Amon Duul II

Ange

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.

Founded: 1970

Location: Belfort, France

Website: ANGEWEB

Anthony Phillips & Harry Williamson

Phillips and Williamson teamed up in 1976 to score the soundtrack to Tarka the Otter, a novel written by Henry Williamson, Harry's father.

Founded: 1976

Location: England

Aphrodite's Child

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 creator, Vangelis.

Founded: 1968

Location: Athens, Greece