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Rare Bird
United Kingdom

Years: Oct, 1969 - 1975
Styles: Art Rock, Progressive Rock, Psychedelic Rock


Graham Field - Keyboards, Organ (in band: 1969 - 1972)
Steve Gould - Acoustic guitar , Bass Guitar, Guitar, Percussion, Rhythm guitar, Vocals (in band: 1969-1975)
Dave Kaffinetti - Clavinet, Drums, Electric piano, Farfisa organ, Hammond organ, Harmony, Keyboards, Piano, Vocals (in band: 1969-1975)


Paul Karas - Bass Guitar, Percussion, Shaker, Vocals
Nic Potter - Bass Guitar
Mark Ashton - Backing vocals, Drums, Timpani (in band: 1969 - 1972)
Fred Kelly - Congas, Drums, Harmony, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Andy Curtis - Acoustic guitar , Guitar, Percussion, Vocals (in band: 1972 - 1975)
Andy Rae - Fender Bass (in band: 1974 - 1975)


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      Rare Bird was a progressive rock band founded in October 1969 in London. They were formed in England, but had more success in other European countries than they did at home.

    They had an album out within two months of their formation!

    Rare Bird's original line-up produced two fine albums, the 1969 self-titled debut and the the progressive rock classic "As Your Mind Flies By". The line-up of Steve Gould, Dave Kaffinetti, Graham Field, and Mark Ashton had a sound dominated by Hammond organ and electric piano. Gould's powerful vocals worked over the top to produce the signature sound of Rare Bird.

     In 1970, Billboard Magazine listed Rare Bird as one of the top ten best new bands. Rare Bird's third release, "Epic Forest", saw the departure of Graham Field and Mark Ashton. Fred Kelly took over on drums and Andy Curtis on guitar. Paul Karas now rounded out the band.

   The band's fourth release, "Somebody's Watching", saw a continuance of the Gould/Kaffinetti songwriting work and was highlighted by the 8 1/2 minute progressive tune "Dollars". Rare Bird's fifth and final release, "Born Again", was another fine album featuring the signature Rare Bird sound.

     Group disbanded in 1975.


Rare Bird (Nov, 1969)
As Your Mind Flies By (1970)
Epic Forest (1972)
Somebody's Watching (1973)
Born Again (1974)

Singles & EPs

Sympathy / Devil's High Concern (Feb, 1970)
What You Want To Know / Hammerhead (Nov, 1970)
Roadside Welcome / Four Grey Walls / You're Lost (1972)
Virginia / Lonely Street (Sep 21, 1973)
Body And Soul / Redman (May 10, 1973)
Don't Be Afraid/ Passin' Through (May 30, 1975)

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