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Considered by many to be one of the more overlooked progressive rock groups, Finch were a Dutch instrumental band that recorded three albums in the 1970s. The group consisted of guitarist Joop Van Nimwegen, keyboardist Paul Vink, Peter Vink (bass), and Beer Klaasse (drums). Combining symphonic progressive edge with a jazzy rhythm section, Finch debuted with Colossus, Pt. 2 in 1975. The much lauded Glory of the Inner Force (1975) followed. Paul Vink then left the group to be replaced by Cleem Determeijer. The band's third record, Beyond Expression (1976), consisted of three extended pieces. At around the same time, Klaasse left the group to be replaced by Hans Bosboom briefly and then by Fred van Vloten while Determeijer was replaced by Ad Wammes. While containing some less developed shorter material, Galleons of Passion (1977) found the band continuing to record exciting progressive fusion and experimenting with a spacier side. — Geoff Orens.


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