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Fruupp - The Prince of Heaven's Eyes / Modern Masquerades CD (album) cover




Symphonic Prog

3.73 | 17 ratings

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4 stars Finally i have the chance to review some Fruupp music, now, my CD has 2 albums gathered on 1 CD. I was very pleased to have in my collection this CD, the late 2 albums by this band named Fruupp. This two albums are in my opinion the best Fruupp ever done. First, before i beggin the review, something to mention is that one piece from each album was omitted to facilitate a single CD, i'm talking about Gormeghast from Moder masquerade from the 1975 (the last album of them) and Seward sunset from The prince of heaven's eyes from 1974 the album prior to Masquerade and second, Fruupp is one of the most underrated bands from PA, no doubt, with excellent symphonic aproch to prog music. Now about the music: They play symphonic prog not very far from what Genesis done in that same period, very fine and smooth arrangements, excelent is the keyboard player Stephen Houston (who is also the main composer), the rest of the musicians are also super. First album from this compilation is The prince of heaven's eyes from 1974, this one i considered to be their best and thier peak of the career. Excellent album, overlooked by many. Some piece from here are stunning , at least for me, Jaunting car and Annie Austere, simply great music and choruses. The rest of the pieces are also good. The character of this album is Mud Flanigan, a man who traveles the length and breadh of his native country Ireland in search of the rainbow, quite smooth story who melt very well with the music - 4 stars for this album, super to me. The second album from here is the last one they ever made Modern masquerade from 1975. While keeping the symphonic music like on predecesor, this one sometimes is more mellow, but with a good doze of prog elements. Not being a bad album, not by far, is less excellent than the previous one, but has it's good moments like Mysthery might and Janet planet, the rest are ok. While Fruupp move few more steps on progressive ladder, in 1975 the band split up soon and never came again on stage and with another studio album. Again 4 stars fort his one - so both albums get 4 stars, very underrated band and albums, worth investigate by prog lovers, recommended for Genesis (Gabriel era) fans, and at some point Wallenstein. Altough Fruupp is long gone, they should never be forgotten.
b_olariu | 4/5 |


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