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Creedence Clearwater Revival: An American band from California that pretended to be from Alabama, but despite the fiction was arguably one of the best roots rock bands out of the USA. The group had John Fogerty as its central figure – main songwriter, guitarist and singer; the other chaps, guitarist Tom Fogerty, bassist Stu Cook, and drummer Doug Clifford, were competent, reliable players but had little or no songwriting skills to speak of.

Emerson, Lake and Palmer: A British Progressive Rock group, active from 1970 until recent times, but their activities petered off around the year 2000. They are a trio formed by guitarist Greg Lake, keyboardist Keith Emerson and drummer Carl Palmer. Their sound is keyboard heavy and greatly influenced by classic music. They’re considered pompous by many, usually by those with pompous, overdeveloped ideas on the relevance of their own tastes.

King Crimson: A British Progressive Rock group; in fact, they invented the genre pretty much single handedly. Active from the late Sixties and present, in various lineup, until the present day, with guitarist Robert Fripp their most important member (but he denies it – yeah, sure). Music for musicians, according to many, but there still are many interesting albums to be appreciated by the rest of us.

Love: An American Pop Group, active from the late Sixties for a few years, then collapsing and reforming a few times, until the sad passing of their leader Arthur Lee.

McDonald and Giles: A duo of escapees from King Crimson, they only recorded one album together before moving on to other ventures. They’re important as an appendix of the history of King Crimson, but man, their only album is worthy a listen.

The Police: A power trio, as they call them, with a guitar, a bass and drums, played respectively by Andy Summers, Sting and Stewart Copeland. They played rock infused with reggae influences – an expression that you’re going to read very, very often in the reviews of their albums.

Yes: Together with King Crimson and Emerson, Lake and Palmer they form the Holy Trinity of Progressive Rock. Led by helium voiced, talented singer Jon Anderson, they play an extremely interesting style of prog rock where guitars, keyboards and vocals have more or less equal importance, and where positive and optimistic themes predominate, contrary to the prog stereotype. Formation? No point in going through all the changes here; bassist Chris Squire is the only constant member, and even Anderson missed some albums. Of the other members, guitarist Steve Howe and keyboardist Rick Wakeman played in the best albums.



1. BalladMusician - 21 June 2007

Excellent review for a group band musicians. The guitaris Greg Lake, the keybordist Keith Emerson and the drummer Carl Palmer. These three major musicians can create a very great and popular music for a rock, jazz, hip hop and evern ballad music. I love this review for many people it also. But I dont have an idea for a Bristish Progressive Rock Group which is the King Crimson. Looks and good and helpful.

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