Further adjustments and additions: (I'm still not editing the original post yet if ever though -- hurts my brain to contemplate)
Phideaux (Doomsday Afternoon and Chupacabras current favorites) - I love this band and will soon have the complete collection. It's a bit soon to say, but I could almost see putting them in the absolute faves category.
Transatlantic - all three studio albums excellent - don't have the live stuff
Steve Hackett - (got two excellent live CDs of his and need to vinylly replace some studio stuff) He probably deserved solo mention to begin with, but these live albums cemented it.
IQ - Not removing them from my list certainly, but with all the new prog I've heard lately, they've faded a bit back to the pack (not as likely to be an all-time fave after all). After several listens, I'm a bit disappointed with the new album too. I actually prefer the solo Orford. Then again, maybe I just need a rest from them since I've played them quite a lot.
Candidates that I like but need more exposure to:
Anathema - I have A Natural Disaster
and like it a lot. Need more examples. Recommendations for a second album, anyone?
Satellite - Similar to the above: I just have A Street Between Sunrise and Sunset
Spock's Beard - Recently acquired Snow
: good stuff, but I need to hear more
Magenta - I have two (Metamophosis, Another Time... Another Place...) Jury's still out on this band. I like them. Question is, do I like them enough to make them what Nicky calls a "pantheon" band? Need more plays and maybe another example.
It Bites - I have The Tall Ships
and think it's excellent prog pop. I need to check out some from the original line-up to see if it's just the John Mitchell effect that I like.
Don't think they quite made it, but I like them somewhat and could be convinced by some further strong material:
Abigail's Ghost - I have both albums to date. I like Selling Insincerity
and find d_letion
Blind Ego - I only have Mirror
. A few of the songs I like a lot. Some of the rest strikes me as just OK. Maybe Numb
would convince me -- as I recall, it's supposed to be heavier, and I tend to like the heavy parts of Mirror
Bruford - I just have One of a Kind
, and while it's certainly well done and has some nice passages, it's basically jazz and doesn't really do it for me. Nevertheless, he obviously still deserves respect for being part of several excellent other projects.
There's a notable omission, which I will not bother to mention by name. Suffice it to say that it's a work in progress.