Sunrise

Sunrise were an American art-rock/pop band that released a self-titled album on Buddah in 1977. The album was produced by Beach Boy Bruce Johnston and engineered by Ralph Moss, whose other credits from the era include albums by Gladys Knight & The Pips, Glass Harp, Lou Reed, Mother Goose, Norman Connors, Ruth Copeland (Take Me […]

Happy the Man

Happy the Man are an American symphonic-rock band that released two albums on Arista in 1977 and 1978. Known for its lavish and intricate sound, the band largely focused on instrumental works. Members: Stan Whitaker (guitar, lead vocals), Rick Kennell (bass), Frank Wyatt (keyboards, saxophone, woodwinds), Kit Watkins (keyboards, flute, 1972-79), Mike Beck (percussion, drums, […]

Zoldar & Clark

Zoldar & Clark were an American symphonic-rock band that released a self-titled album on Dellwood in 1977. The band was led by former Jasper Wrath/future Arc Angel frontman Jeff Cannata. Members: Jeff Cannata [aka Cannata] (drums, guitar, woodwinds, lead vocals), Jeff Batter (piano, synthesizer, vocals), Michael Soldan (Mellotron, synthesizer, lead vocals), James Christian (lead vocals, […]

Zebra

Zebra were an American symphonic/hard-rock band from New Orleans that released three albums on Atlantic between 1983 and 1986. Members: Randy Jackson (lead vocals, guitar, piano, Mellotron, synthesizer, percussion), Felix Hanemann (bass, keyboards, strings, synthesizer, vocals), Guy Gelso (drums, percussion, vocals) Discography: Zebra (1983) No Tellin’ Lies (1984) 3.V (1986)

Zazu

Zazu were an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released a self-titled album on Wooden Nickel in 1975. Members: Randy Curlee (bass, vocals), Mickey Lehockey (drums), John Melnick (keyboards, vocals), Paul Ripurero (guitar, vocals) Discography: Zazu (1975)

Yezda Urfa

Yezda Urfa were an American symphonic/art-rock band that self-pressed the demo album Boris in 1975. In 1976, the band recorded an album that was ultimately released by Syn-Phonic as Sacred Baboon in 1989. Members: Brad Christoff (drums, tubular bells, metallophone, percussion), Phil Kimbrough (keyboards, accordion, mandolin, flute, recorder, vocals), Marc Miller (bass, cello, marimba, vibraphone, […]

Utopia

Utopia were an American maximalist-rock band that released six studio albums and a live disc on Bearsville between 1974 and 1982, followed by three further albums on Network and Passport. The band was formed by musician/producer Todd Rundgren and initially featured a six man lineup, as heard on Todd Rundgren’s Utopia (1974). By the time […]

Trillion

Trillion were an American symphonic/hard-rock band that released two albums on Epic/Sony between 1978 and 1980. Members: Fergie Frederiksen (vocals, 1978-79), Thom Griffin (vocals, guitar), Frank Barbalace (guitar), Ron Anaman (bass), Patrick Leonard (keyboards), Bill Wilkins (drums) Discography: Trillion (1979) Clear Approach (1980)