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Initial post: Sep 18, 2012 1:37:44 AM PDT
Arseface says:
Pretty simple, name one or several artists or albums that others may be interested in and give a brief description of them.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 1:46:03 AM PDT
Arseface says:
I'll start with one of my current favorites:
Mermaid Kiss - A fantasy-themed folk/prog band with some symphonic influence. Great female singer. Their most recent album, Etarlis, is very relaxing to listen to when you want to clear your mind of real life's BS. :)

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 9:19:04 AM PDT
P. Quijada says:
Guitarist Gordon Giltrap put out 2 all-instrumental prog albums in the late 70s: "Visionary" and "Perilous Journey." Full-blown symphonic prog too and quite good. Visionary features a string orchestra and some discreet horns. Perilous Journey has no orchestra and is less intense and slightly jazz-influenced. Recently he teamed up with Rick Wakeman and the two of them put out an intimate album of piano and acoustic guitar pieces.

Posted on Sep 20, 2012 2:38:28 PM PDT
Fischman says:
Lord Only
Complex music but with cool riffs,crazy shifting time signatures, and a bassist who would make Geddy and Jaco proud--expanded to 7 and 8 string fretless!

http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/lordonly

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 3:27:54 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 23, 2012 3:31:26 AM PDT
Arseface says:
Lord Only- Sounds very familiar to me for some reason. I'll have to look that up. (EDIT: Oh yes, I've heard their song "Fear" before, which like you said, has some amazing bass work. Somehow, the bass is almost the "spotlight" sound in the song, which is very uncommon [and quite a treat].)

I don't know how well-known they are, but the Swedish prog-metal band Andromeda managed to blow me away. They play very technically proficient progressive, slightly-power metal with sci-fi and mythology themed songs. Their keyboard player in particular is quite the show-off, in a good way. :)

Offerings by Odin Dragonfly, a side project of Heather Findlay and Angela Gordon. I haven't listened to it yet since the lowest asking price is insane (might just settle for the MP3 this time... sigh) but it's an acoustic folk album that has similarities with Mostly Autumn, but without the Pink Floyd influence. By the samples, it sounds very touching, emotional and still has a variety of instruments to keep the album fresh from start to finish.

Posted on Sep 23, 2012 4:31:54 AM PDT
Yodathedog says:
Thanks for the rec on Odin Dragonfly. I'm a Heather fan and should probably check it out.

Posted on Sep 24, 2012 12:34:21 AM PDT
naldo says:
Love Heather, too, but I don't play that cd much (or ever). Seems bland to me, and Mostly Autumn is a top 5 band to me.
Greg's got it for $18, tho, if you gotta have it

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 25, 2012 1:06:34 AM PDT
Jersey Joker says:
Wow, that piques my interest. And I'm sure Percy Jones would also be impressed, as well, eh?

Posted on Sep 25, 2012 5:25:52 PM PDT
M.R. says:
Exclusive Raja- only two albums made I think, but they sound really Crimso at times!

Posted on Oct 24, 2012 7:46:34 AM PDT
Rare Goat says:
Franco Battiato -- famous Italian pop singer from the 80s through to today. He made a string of extremely experimental albums in the 1970s, the first four of which ("Fetus", "Pollution", "Sulle Cordi di Aries", and "Clic!") are my most prized discoveries this year. It's not conventional prog, but it's an intriguing mix of psychedelia, folk, electronic, and avant garde. After those four, he went further into avant garde minimalism (and of less interest to prog fans) before doing a 180-degree turn in 1979 with a move to vocal pop music, where he had a lot of success in Italy. I have one of the pop albums, and it's quite good too, for what it is.

Posted on Nov 3, 2012 3:44:08 PM PDT
Polish prog band Albion's 2007 album "Broken Hopes"! Excellent excellent album.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 2:14:06 AM PST
H. Blackburn says:
Hey Yoda, in 2008 Classic Rock magazine included a free CD of new prog. Odin Dragonfly song "Web" is on it and it's very good. It also has the first BBT song I heard, "Summer's Lease" which is beautiful... also Panic Room, No-Man, Touchstone and Mostly Autumn. The latter play "Tearing at the Faerytale" and I find I can get a bit teary with this one... very nostalgic and yearning for a time of innocence and simplicity that most of us will still fondly recall. Love it.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 2:37:33 AM PST
Yodathedog says:
H., thanks for the reminder. I may have that issue...if I can remember where I put them...about a week ago.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 2:42:45 AM PST
H. Blackburn says:
Okay, I'm going out on a limb with this suggestion: The Poozies and the first CD I heard "Chantoozies" from 1993. It's Scottish/Irish folk music and this is a genre I have never really liked with the exception of some of The Chieftains music. The group is made up of four females who play dual harps, fiddle/violin, piano accordion and guitar. It sounds pretty standard fair but this is classy stuff to my ears.

If I recommend a couple of songs they would be the opening song, "We Built Fires", Crazy Raven and "Foggy Mountain Top".

Also check out the follow-up CD "Dansoozies" - more great listening... I'd be interested in your thoughts should anyone go and have listen.

Go here and listen to "Love on a Farmboy's Wages":

http://www.poozies.co.uk/audio-2.html

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 2:44:07 AM PST
H. Blackburn says:
The CD went under the title of "Prog Spawn" just in case you've got them classified alphabetically!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 2:45:49 AM PST
Yodathedog says:
I'm not sure I can get past the names. )

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2012 2:50:55 AM PST
H. Blackburn says:
aOops, just realised you asked for rare/unknown prog gems and The Poozies are unlikely to be considered prog. Sorry. Jon Anderson plays harp, though, so maybe?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 9:51:56 AM PST
Yodathedog says:
Stretchin' those boundaries again, huh H?

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 4:22:29 PM PST
Group 87.

Mark Isham, Patrick O'Hearn, Terry Bozzio, Peter Maunu (one serious guitar player).

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 7, 2012 7:52:04 PM PST
Yodathedog says:
Just found their first one on vinyl.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 6:51:48 AM PST
Jersey Joker says:
Great 1st album.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 7:29:28 AM PST
B-Jak says:
Rare goat - thanks for the Franco Battiato suggestion. I just checked out a couple of his things and ended up buying them. His career track somewhat reminds me of Osamu Kitajima, who started out more avant-garde then went more towards easy-listening. His first album, "Benzeitan", is a great cross of prog-rock and traditional Japanese melodies, with some truly amazing wah-wah guitar. Unfortunately everything else I've heard of his is, unlike Battiato, new-age drivel.

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 9:25:12 AM PST
L. Crosby says:
I saw a group in Austin that probably would fit this category called Megafauna--check 'em out - they have are an 'experimental rock' band; three piece with a female guitar player named Dani Neff. They have stuff available on Amazon....

Posted on Nov 8, 2012 1:08:36 PM PST
T.Corpino,,Group 87 is a really nice little album,,Jersey turned me onto it a few years agooo.Bozzio is so good.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2012 4:58:37 PM PST
The Group 87 LP, along with Ray Gomez's "Volume", were
released as part of Columbia's Developing Artist series back
in the early 80's. Retailed for about $3.99-

Outta Brooklyn in the mid 70's we had American Tears -
bass, drum, keyboard trio. Cool, atmospheric music on
their "Tear Gas" LP. Costs an arm and a leg now on
import CD only.
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