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Fruupp - Future Legends / Seven Secrets CD (album) cover




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Easy Livin
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3 stars

This compilation combines Fruup's first and second albums on a single CD. The band offered pretty good value in LP terms, so in order to avoid the need for a second CD, one track from each had to be omitted. The sleeve notes reassuring state that "We are sure this will not detract from your listening enjoyment".

The first album "Future legends" is generally regarded as the band's best. Each of the tracks is a carefully crafted mini-suite. While the band are to be commended for their sense of adventure, their song writing skills sometimes fail to match their ambitions. The rather uninspired arrangements and production also leave some of the tracks sounding weak. That said, "Future legends" remains an album which captures many of the essences of prog, and is certainly worthy of a listen.

"Seven secrets" is a bit of step backwards, the album lacking the initial impact of the band's debut, while feeling generally weak. There's still plenty of diversity and switching of tempo, but there's an underlying dullness and lack of inspiration.

There are conflicting opinions as to whether the missing tracks are essential but given that this single CD offers a cost effective way of obtaining a couple of rare albums, beggars cannot be choosers.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |


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