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Organ Dominated Albums

8 overlooked/underrated albums that feature effective and prominent use of the Hammond organ.
1Procol Harum
Procol Harum


Procol Harum's debut was extremely influential in the development of the progressive rock genre and one of it's best features is Matthew Fisher's excellent organ playing.
2Atomic Rooster
Atomic Rooster


Atomic Rooster's debut is notable for feautring the drumming of future ELP drummer Carl Palmer but equally impressive was Vincent Crane's use of the Hammond organ, which more than makes up for the album's lack of guitar playing.
3The Nice
Five Bridges


Kieth Emerson is without a doubt one of the most famous keyboard/organ players in progressive rock but the work of his pre-ELP band The Nice is often overlooked. Five Bridges is prehaps the band's most important release as it saw Emerson's incredible playing fused together with classical music for the first time.
4Cressida
Cressida


Cressida are regarded by some as pioneers of symphonic prog and their distinctive sound is largely down to Peter Jenning's excellent use of the Hammond organ, an instrument that remained prominent throughout their two studio albums despite the inclusion of orchestral arrangements.
5Fuzzy Duck
Fuzzy Duck


Fuzzy Duck were a shortlived progressive/psycedelic rock band formed in the early 70's. The band's first and only album is a hidden gem within the progressive rock genre and a lot of it's charm is down to Roy Sharland's organ.
6Argent
All Together Now


All Together Now is an interesting mix of simple, straight forward rock and more technical progressive sections. The albums more progressive moments are largely down to the organ playing of band leader Rod Argent.
7Peter Bardens
The Answer


This interesting solo album by the Camel keyboard player features some of Bardens best organ playing. The album is also notable for featuring former Fleetwood Mac guitarist Peter Green.
8Uriah Heep
Look at Yourself


Often overlooked in favour of the band's debut or their highly acclaimed Demons and Wizards album, Look At Yourself features some of Heep's finest moments, some of which come as a result of Ken Hensley's excellent use of the Hammond organ, an instrument that has become an important part of Uriah Heep's sound.
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