Aphrodite's Child was a Greek singles group that had some success in the UK, but more importantly spawned two of Greece's greatest musical exports, singer Demis Roussos and composer/performer Vangelis. By the time their seminal 666 was released, the beat era and any pop legacy were all behind them. Based on the Apocalypse of St. John, 13/18, the double-album was recorded in Paris over the prior two years. Musically it's all over the map; what Vangelis offers here is something far more psychedelic and progressive, and as wholly conceived a concept as any other record of the era.
Nektar was a group of British ex-patriots that like many during the mid-'60s made a living by working and touring in Europe. Bassist Derek "Mo" Moore, drummer Ron Howden and keyboardist Allan "Taff" Freeman were in a band called Prophesy. By 1969, guitarist and vocalist Roye Albrighton had joined up and the name Nektar was adopted. They made Hamburg, Germany their base and signed to Peter Hauke's Bacillus label.
By the time Kingdom Come had gotten around to recording their second album, the band had slimmed down to guitarist Andy Dalby, organist Mike "Goodge" Harris and drummer Slim Steer, all retained from the first album. Bassist Phil Shutt however was new. Arthur Brown hadn't changed, and while the tracks approach a more linear presentation, the resulting self-titled album contains the same bizarre cut-up weirdness as their debut.
Not all of progressive rock dealt with sci-fi fantasy, silver capes and airbrushed art; Family was proof positive of that. Their music lacked the overt virtuosity (and accompanying pretentiousness) of most prog rock music, but still contained sophistication greater than most bands of the day. The prior year was one of transition for the band. The only new release was the compilation Old Songs New Songs, which contained remixes (a first?) of songs from their prior albums (the band was unhappy with the originals). A new single “In My Own Time” b/w “Seasons” reached the UK No.