FRUUPP - FUTURE LEGENDS

FRUUPP - FUTURE LEGENDS

LP (12"/10" Album)

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Label: LONGHAIR

Release date: 20/09/2021

Barcode: 4035177002706

Catalog no.: LHC0000270

Item ID: 511167

This is an official re-release on vinyl under licensed courtesy of BMG Rights Management, UK, remastered from an original master copy out of the vaults of BMG. The album was originally released in 1973 on PYE Records' progressive imprint Dawn. Fruupp were a 1970 progressive rock band, which originated in Belfast, Northern Ireland, but developed a fan base in Great Britain. They were relatively popular, particularly on the student scene and as a supporting act for such bands as Genesis, King Crimson and Queen. 'Future Legends' was their debut album and is one of those records that any fan of symphonic prog should have! 'Future Legends' opens with the title track, a short classical piece of music which acts as a prelude to 'Decision', a lively and rumbunctious number that gallups along nicely with a pounding rhythm and builds up to an impressively rousing finale. An awesome opening to the album. 'As Day Breaks With Dawn' follows next, with a melodic classically-inspired opening, which breaks out into a powerful thrumming Genesis-like number with the singer sounding remarkably like Peter Gabriel. Yes, we're definitely in Genesis territory here, with a somewhat heavier sound, and very good it is too. Track 4 'Graveyard Epistle' is a song which begins as a melodic ballad before breaking out into some very proggy, heavy and intense riffing. In true prog fashion, there are constant changes of tempo, staccato breaks and a few key changes thrown in too, to keep the listener entertained and enthralled. Side Two opens with 'Lord Of The Incubus'. It's a grand-sounding title and the music is impressively grand too, Again, it sounds like a song Genesis could have recorded in their classic prog years. There's a thumping rhythm section and the guitarist is really in his element here as he demonstrates his virtuosity with some masterly soloing. 'Olde Tyme Future' has a more sedate pace, with some beautifully melodic keyboard motifs. The cryptic lyrics are shrouded in mystery but with music this good, who cares about the lyrics anyway!? 'Song For A Thought' is a seven and a half minute long magnum opus which opens in fine rollicking style and then transposes into a laid-back mellow and melodic groove in the middle section, before the resounding and reverberant grand finale, which might just blow your socks off. It's melodic, it's dramatic, and it'll leave you feeling euphoric. The final song is a brief and gentle vocal reprise of the classical title track which opened the album. It's a perfect ending to a magical album full of proggy tales of mystery and imagination. Bonus track 'On A Clear Day' has a sensational rhythmic verse, the song ends with a tribute to Gustav Holst by playing a segment from 'Jupiter' on the guitar. The band would use classical influences regularly in songs to come. This is a very impressive debut album from this Northern Irish band that's likely to appeal to fans of the classic Peter Gabriel years of Genesis. If you love Genesis' 'Trespass' and 'Nursery Cryme', we think you'll enjoy this one. It's hard to pick out a highlight of the album, because 'Future Legends' is full to the brim with great songs. If you're looking for a band with the musical talent and melodic finesse of Genesis with a somewhat heavier edge, then you'll be in prog heaven with this superb album. This prog masterpiece is such a delight to listen to that you may be inspired to give Fruupp's following three albums a spin too. A must-have album for any discerning collector of classic British prog. The album comes with original artwork and a 4-sided cover-sized insert with bandstory by ex-manager Paul Charles. A must have!!

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