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After Crying Struggle for Life album cover
4.09 | 51 ratings | 4 reviews | 47% 5 stars

Excellent addition to any
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Live, released in 2000

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1 (73:56)
1. Viaduct (5:15)
2. Stalker (12:32)
3. Sleepin' Chaplin (3:17)
4. Little Train (2:23)
5. Suburban Night (3:36)
6. To Black Excerpt I (1:35)
7. Intermezzo (2:33)
8. Pilgrim's March (5:09)
9. Sonata for Violincello and Piano (3:47)
10. Burlesque (3:07)
11. To Black Excerpt II (5:05)
12. Goblin Dance (5:16)
13. Hommage À Frank Zappa (8:46)
14. Starless (feat. John Wetton) (11:35)

CD 2 (64:20)
1. Fun Fair Land Opening (1:25)
2. Judas (9:16)
3. Windblown Waltz (3:13)
4. Struggle for Life (8:23)
5. Fun Fair Finale (2:06)
6. Crash and Cry (5:30)
7. Stonehenge (4:35)
- Conclusion (29:52) :
8. Conclusion (10:32)
9. Arrival of Manticore II/1 (5:20)
10. Confess Your Beauty Cello-Guitar Duet (2:24)
11. Piano Solo (1:33)
12. Drum Solo (3:46)
13. Trumpet Solo (1:19)
14. Arrival of Manticore II/2 (1:50)
15. Conclusion-Finale (3:08)

Total Time 138:16

Note: CD 2 also boasts a data track of 19.3 MB including pictures, lyrics, memories, reviews and three MP3 tracks:
- Don't Betray Me (3:01)
- Radio Rarotonga (4:36)
- Shadow Song (5:52)

Line-up / Musicians

- Egervari Gabor / flute, narration
- Lengyel Zoltan / piano, synths
- Légradi Gabor / vocals
- Madai Zsolt / drums & percussion, synthesizer
- Pejtsik Péter / cello, bass, violin, vocals
- Torma Ferenc / guitar, keyboards, vocals
- Winkler Balazs / trumpets, piano, synthesizer, bird

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Stereo KFT #BG CD 054-055 (2CD) (blue)

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AFTER CRYING Struggle for Life ratings distribution

(51 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(47%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (20%)
Collectors/fans only (4%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by erik neuteboom
4 stars In the mid-Nineties I discovered the incredible progrock from the Hungarian formation After Crying. This 2-CD set is a very comprehensive musical compilation of their best work and their stunning skills on a wide range of instruments. You can compare After Crying with Gentle Giant concerning the complexity of the music and versatility of every musician. The sound of their music has elements from ELP (bombastic keyboards) and King Crimson (Fripperian guitar) but in general it's a unique blend of classical, jazz, rock, symphonic and avant-garde: a combination of Keith Emerson keyboards, trumpet, fiery electric guitar in "Viadukt", soaring keyboards, repetetive guitarplay and powerful drumbeats in "Stalker", howling electric guitar, a wailing cello and powerful trumpet in "Suburban night", piano, cello and contrabas in the Gentle Giant sounding "Goblin dance", sensitive Fripperian guitar (like Edhels) in "Pilgrim's march" and a superb rendition of King Crimson's classic piece "Starless", goose bumps! After Crying doesn't make very accesible progrock because the combination of classical instruments (please, take a look at the track listing) and modern electric equipment and the variety of styles begs for an adventurous taste and most progheads are very conservative. An example: a few years ago I attended a gig in Holland during their world tour, I was one of the 40 visitors....! But this didn't bother the band, they played very inspired and enjoyed the hugh response from the 40 fans. EXCELLENT AND UNIQUE PROG!!
Review by kev rowland
4 stars Available as both an 'essential' single CD or as a full length double (which also contains 3 mp3 songs as well as plenty of other stuff to download), this captures Hungary's top progressive band on the road. And this really is progressive rock at its' very best. While in some ways similar to King Crimson (the one cover is of "Starless" which features guest John Wetton on bass and vocals), they are much more diverse than that. Songs veer from the very short to the very long, from the simple to the incredibly intricate. During the opener "Viaduct" there is a breathtaking trumpet run (yes, trumpet) competing with the electric guitar for dominance.

It is not an album to be played in the background, but rather one that demands total attention and if the listener is prepared to give the time then they will be much rewarded. Hungary has a lot to offer in the way of music, and After Crying have already performed at Baja Prog in Mexico. This is their eighth (and ninth) album on Periferic, and all that I have heard of theirs I have most definitely enjoyed. If you like 'proper' prog, and not 'neo-prog' then search these guys out.

Feedback #57, March 2000

Latest members reviews

3 stars This is a tough album to review. My intro to the band is the excellent Show, their last studio album, which came out in 2003. Instead of going into their back catalog, I decided to go with this double live album, figuring I would get the highlights from their earlier work. I also liked the ide ... (read more)

Report this review (#169589) | Posted by johnobvious | Friday, May 2, 2008 | Review Permanlink

5 stars Eriks said all essential things in his review. I can only concur in it. Only thing that I want to add is the joy for life, it gives, to find this kind of new and wonderfull music! This is extremely skillfull and complex music, strong and grandeur but there is air for the music to mature. Beaut ... (read more)

Report this review (#86293) | Posted by pirkka | Wednesday, August 9, 2006 | Review Permanlink

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