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simon dart 17th February 2011 05:36 PM

Forgotten Gems
I thought it might be good to dig up and share all those great bands and artists that deserved better and never got the recognition they deserved.

By definition, they are hidden under stones that most people haven't turned over, so lets turn them over.

My first suggestion is "The Rainmakers" a hard charging rock n roll whirlwind from Kansas. Quality and drive that should have pushed them a lot further than they got. Their first eponymous album is a diamond.

Gyuri 17th February 2011 05:45 PM

So we are seeking artists like these, for example:
The Pretty Things - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Samuel Scheidt - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

jordheis 18th February 2011 01:44 AM


Originally Posted by simon dart (
My first suggestion is "The Rainmakers" ...

Fully agree with this choice. Their album Balls is great and they were known as "Steve, Bob and Rich" at that time. My spousal unit used to catch them in KC often and got me hooked.

simon dart 18th February 2011 09:20 AM

Hi Gyuri, thanks. Well there you go. Never heard of The Pretty Things, just sniffed around on the internet and they definitely look worthy of further investigation; had the Rolling Stones not been so successful they could have been right up there in the 60's and 70's.

kevinh 20th February 2011 11:41 PM

Mad Dogs and Englishmen w Joe Cocker and All Star Band headed by Leon Russell.

soundchaser001 21st February 2011 07:56 PM

Toy Matinee (Kevin Gilbert in particular)

simon dart 22nd February 2011 09:01 AM

Thanks soundchaser, good call. Gilberts solo "Thud" and "Shaming of the True" also sound very interesting, shame they are out of print. Looks like there is activity on the official website though, fingers crossed.

Boofers 8th March 2011 03:18 PM

Remy Shand

Gyuri 14th March 2011 06:08 PM

The unfairly forgotten jewels of the English crown:

simon dart 15th March 2011 08:48 AM

I have their first eponymous album Gyuri, which was simply awesome, the others were still good. Once Alan Holdsworth left they lost something. His left field jazz fusion guitar in what was essentially a prog band was just inspired. Great stuff!

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