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Frogg Cafe


Jazz Rock/Fusion

3.71 | 19 ratings

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Mellotron Storm
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4 stars FROGG CAFE have a reputation for putting on a killer live show so this first live double album from them is welcomed indeed. Andy Sussman the bass player had this to say about it. "This is a true representation of the energy of our music, which on a studio album is very hard to achieve.This release represents the best of hundreds of hours of live shows and live in the studio jams.This really is a road trip musical diary of all our great memories and crazy moments on stage and off". It was cool for me to hear some of the songs from their first two albums which I don't own as well. A six piece band with violin, trumpet, trombone, flugelhorn and the usual Rock instruments, these guys still recall Zappa at times which shouldn't be surprising since they started out as a Zappa cover band called LUMPY GRAVY.These are world-class musicians who aren't afraid to change a song completely or to improvise along the way.

So we get some in studio jams as well as live tracks from Nearfest, the NJ Proghouse, Nectar's, Orion Studios and many other locations between 2004 and 2006.

All of these songs are excellent but my favourite two are "Fat Guys In Shorts" which sounds incredible. I like how dark it gets too later on. A powerful tune. I like "Cut And Run" a lot too for it's intensity, and you keep expecting them to explode but they never do.

Easily 4 stars.

Mellotron Storm | 4/5 |


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