If you're going to listen to UFO make sure you listen to the live album, I think it's called Strangers in the Night.
Great quality live album, one of the best ever.
A while back, I went to a club concert at the Whisky in Hollywood. Saw Schenker's "Temple of Rock" band. They played lots of UFO, MSG, and some Scorpions too (The drummer and bassist in ToR were in the Scorpions way back in their prime and Michael Schenker played on the Scorpions album Lovedrive along his brother and rhythm guitarist Rudolf.) including Rock Bottom. It was a ton of fun and Michael can still shred that V.
I'm reading Fear of Music right now, and listening to each album Mulholland recommends and it's amazing. There hype surrounding classic rock has really overshadowed the next era(s) of music even though everything sounded just as good.
I'm sure some of what I said may sound condescending if you know it already, but I've gotten used to talking about them to people who have never heard of them. Apologies if I came off that way!
I'm a big fan of Pink Floyd 70's era with songs like Echo and Shine on my crazy diamond and so I thought that I would share some of the other bands that have this vide. I heavily recommend Yes. I personally cannot get enough of their album Relayer. Relayer, Fragile, and Close to the Edge are all albums you should check out.
- Porcupine Tree: in particular the earlier albums
- Alan Parsons: he was instrumental in the DSOTM sound, though some of his stuff veers more into pop territory than PF does
- Tangerine Dream: especially more traditional group albums like Green Desert
- Airbag: bit on the heavy side but definite Floydian songs/moments
- Ozric Tentacles
- Shima Koto
- Paper Monkeys
- Space Out
- Alan Parsons Project
- Sunrise Jam
- Aura Borealis
- Cat DNA
- Eternal Wheel
The Machine, they first started as a Pink Floyd tribute band, but their own sound is actually incredibly good.
Here are some of mine in no particular order.
- Steven Wilson: I am putting this under one entry because listing all of his projects and why they all should be considered would put me past the character limit. From Porcupine Tree's evolution of a one-man psych-rock project to prog metal masters are a large reason for the progressive resurgence. His side projects with Aviv Geffen (Blackfield), to No-Man, to his solo material, and even the krautrock influenced project "Storm Corrosion" with Opeth's Mikael Akerfeldt serves to show how diverse and how wide prog-rock can be. His two most recent solo efforts (2011's "Grace for Drowning" and this year's "The Raven that Refused to Sing") are records that could and should be held up with the 70's masterpieces from Yes or Genesis..
- Opeth: What do you get when you combine intense death and black metal with well written and preformed progressive grace? You get Opeth.. In under a minute you can transition from heavy double bass blasts to mellotron laced beauty. Most people who click this thread are probably familiar with this band...
- Astra: If you were to put on an album by this band you would swear it was recorded in the 70s, with the essence of Yes and King Crimson influence in their music, but in reality their two albums "The Weirding" and "The Black Chord" were released in 2009, and 2012 respectively.
- Mostly Autumn: it's hard to get records by this band in the US and they don't have a US label, but the import cost is worth it. A mix of psychedelic/prog/ and Celtic Folk give this band a very beautiful edge. Very Pink Floyd influenced guitarist Bryan Josh channels David Gilmour at times accompanied by his vocals as well as with those by Heather Findlay, and later Olivia Spearman. It is a crime that this band is all but unknown outside of the U.K
- Anglagard had a pretty great album in the early 90s and they've got a new one out this year, though I haven't yet listened to it. As far as instrumental prog goes, they're quite good.
- Comus, the world's weirdest folk/prog band had a comeback album last year after like forty years of silence. Their singer's voice changed quite a bit, but they still sound like pagan rituals and I'm not sure if their violin melodies and weird background female vocals disturb me or make me want to dance. It's not quite First Utterance but either way I love it. Such a twisted and strange band.
- Dream Theater: The Obvious choice, though they began in the late 80s, it was in the Mid-90s with the "Images and Words" album that could be cited as not only the reason for their popularity, and subsequent success over their 25 years of recording, but the band's success is partly responsible for the revival of progressive rock in the first place....
- Transatlantic: A modern day ELP is a good moniker for this band, as that band in truth was THE progressive supergroup of the 70s, Transatlantic is that for modern prog. Ex-Dream Theater's Mike Portnoy, Ex-Spock's Beard's Neal Morse, Marrilions Pete Trewavas, and Flower King's Roine Stolt eximplfy everything about Prog excess... Their last tour consisted of a 7-8 song setlist that lasted 3 hours... If that gives you any idea.
Those are the few I wanted to detail, but there are many, many more bands to love out there: Anathema, Beardfish, Between the Buried and Me, Flower Kings, Maudlin Of The Well, Legend, Mastodon, Pain of Salvation, Spock's Beard, Structures, Twelve Foot Ninja, Riverside, Karnivool, 3, Coheed and Cambria, Pineapple Thief, The Tangent.
The Strokes are often said to have an 80's rock sound but this is incorrect. The Strokes lean more toward a 70's sound than 80's sound. Television is the closest band you'll get to the Strokes.
Not all are new bands, but I avoided 60's/70's/80's stuff:
- Alabama Shakes
- Arctic Monkeys
- Big Wreck
- BlackBerry Smoke
- Black Crowes
- Black Keys
- The Dead Weather
- Eric Tessmer
- The Flaming Lips
- Gary Clark Jr.
- J Roddy Walston & the Business
- JJ Grey and Mofro
- My Morning Jacket
- Queens of the Stone Age
- Rival Sons
- Royal Blood
- Ryan Adams
- Shakey Graves
- Tedeschi Trucks Band
- Them Crooked Vultures
- Ty Segall
I love BlackBerry Smoke. Some friends turned me onto them a few years ago. Its like they stepped into the 2000's straight from the 70s southern rock scene. A modern throwback to classic rock if ever there was one.
Some might not be very obscure but you’ll get my gest. You can get away with a greatest hits album but deep cuts still rock!
- Asia – first album is great.
- Billy Squire – owned the early 80’s rock.
- Black Oak Arkansas – Southern Fried Rock.
- Chase – What a Horn section “Get it On!!!”.
- The Cult – Just hard rock.
- David Lee Roth – had a few great rock songs when he was out on his own.
- Deep Purple – “Burn” baby.
- Dixie Dregs – southern rock with no singing.
- Drivin’ n Cryin’ – Entering in the Georgia Music HOF this year.
- ELP – prog rock at it’s best. Grand Funk – “Walk like a man” and other deep cuts – just wow.
- The Guess Who – Best thing to come out of Canada before Rush.
- Head East – “Raise a little hell” hits album is a good start.
- Humble Pie – THIS IS A MUST for any classic rock collection.
- Kansas – the earlier albums are some of their best.
- Kenny Wayne Shepard – bluesy southern music.
- Kinks – I enjoyed their late 70’s work along with the 60’s stuff.
- Little Feat – more southern rock.
- Loverboy – a little popish rock of the MTV early 80’s.
- MC5 – Garage rock at it’s best.
- Molly Hatchet – More southern rock.
- Montrose – Sammy Hagar’s 1st band - HARD ASS ROCK.
- Mother’s Finest – Soul Rock.
- Mountain – More than “Mississippi Queen”.
- The Alarm – once were as hot as U2.
- The Amboy Dukes – Ted Nugent’s first band.
- The Animals – unsung British invasion band.
- The Cars – had to have had 20 hits in the 70’s and 80’s.
- The Nails - 80’s Atl Rock.
- Nazareth – punch you in the chest rock.
- New York Dolls – Glam rock.
- Night Ranger – Popish 80’s rock.
- Pat Travers – very under appreciated 70’s rock.
- Paul Revere and the Raiders – had a good run in the 60’s.
- Public Image LTD. – post Sex Pistols Johnny Rotten.
- Rare Earth – late 60’s and early 70’s easy side rock. Sammy Hagar – on his own love “Red”.
- Santana – late 60’s early 70’s rock – “Soul Sacrifice” kills.
- The Smithereens – Sung about breakups the whole 80’s.
- Spinal Tap – OK, it was a “movie”, but it does rock.
- Stray Cats – brought back rockabilly by themselves in the 80’s.
- Styx – early the better.
- Ted Nugent – Rock the 70’s.
- Ten Years After – Help start classic rock in the 60’s.
- Traffic – another starter of classic rock.
- Triumph – Another great Canada export that doesn’t get their due in the states.
- UFO – album rock at its best.
- Uriah Heep – ditto.
- Van Halen – I know should not be on this list but you should own the first five albums.
- The Who – same here, but you should own Quadrophenia.
- The Yardbirds - First Super group (FYI – Led Zep was going to be The New Yardbirds).
- Yes – Close to the Edge is almost a perfect album.
- ZZ top – Blues rock at its best in the 70’s – own the 6 pack.
- 38 special – later refined southern rock.