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    Posted: February 08 2006 at 20:06
  fruupp underated?  certainly as far as i'm concerned.i have some on vinyl but i picked up their anthology recently. although some of their earlier albums are a little raw and rough around the edges ,the compositions snd musicianship is generally a1. now heres the thing.i prefer the later line up with the excellent john mason on keys. not surprisingly then 'modern masquerade' is my favourite.'sheba's song' and 'gormenghast' are masterpieces in my view-despite being so mellow.ian macdonalds work on the album is telling and just the icing onthe cake of agreat release . yes, imo an overlooked and underrated group ++++
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 07:31
I have all their albums. A great Irish progressive rock band whose sound is comparable to "Trespass"-era GENESIS, with Irish-folk influences of course.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 11:24

I have only Seven Secrets, and i think Fruupp is the only irish prog band i know... , but i dont know if is underrated or not, i like the album a lot, is folk -symphonic-prog....

 


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 11:28

Hi Andrew.

I have a compilation CD entitled Songs For A Thought, it contains most of the best tracks from their four albums and the previously unreleased song On A Clear Day. Fruupp makes dynamic and tastefully arranged progrock, their sound is very distinctive with great keyboards, guitar and vocals.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 11:31
Sorry, this thread is from MRGD so I have to say: Hi MRGD  .. (I am a bit conditioned because Andrew creates so many threads!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 11:32

Originally posted by erik neuteboom erik neuteboom wrote:

Sorry, this thread is from MRGD so I have to say: Hi MRGD  .. (I am a bit conditioned because Andrew creates so many threads!

No problem Erik!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 12:04
i discovered this band recently. I have heard "seven secrets" so far. And i must say, its great ! 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 12:09
I have their 'It's All Up Now' anthology with pretty much everything they recorded. I must say I never really saw the Genesis influence as many people did; certainly they aren't a blatant copy. Fruupp are a band that were never going to be viewed as a 'first division' act but as far as I'm concerned, they are in the higher regions of the 'second division' as they made four high quality albums without any duff moments.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 13:40
I've got all of the four albums. It is good music, but not particular original.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 15:00
I love some of thier stuff, but they are not amazing.  They are probably underrated...i mean, Three Spires is a masterpeice, and Future Legends (the song) both part 1 and 2 are amazing!!!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 16:06
I'd say their third album 'Prince Of Heaven's Eyes' was their best listening back to it. I really love 'It's All Up Now'; it's a lesser known favourite of mine.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 09 2006 at 21:32
     yes, i agree-- not amazingly good and not heavy , but melodious and often mellow and showing a sense of humour and good fun in some of their work . imo this all adds to their underrated status. good to hear from some other fans out there!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 11 2006 at 10:51
They're great but yeah underrated "Modern Masquerades" was one of my first prog-experiences ever...I was told that it is "Classic Irish Folk"
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: February 12 2006 at 11:18
I sat through all 4 albums today ... way too early to tell ... but they seem like a band that promise more than they deliver to me ... still a tad disappointed ... we'll see if it picks up with time ...

BTW, was interested to note that all 4 albums came out within an amazing 17 month spell from October 1973 to February 1975 ... that is certainly impressive!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: March 04 2006 at 03:15
After giving Fruupp some serious airtime ... Future Legends is definitely my favourite, but I find that the band loses a little with each album ... 
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