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Modern Masquerades (Dlx) (Mlps) Limited Edition, Import


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Fruupp was the brainchild of Vincent McCusker, guitarist extraordinaire, songwriter and vocals, and a native of Maghera, Northern Ireland. Vince had been a member of The Blues by Five - an R&B group who performed mostly on the famous Irish-Showband, ballroom circuit. There weren't really a lot of other places to play in Ireland at that point so Vince's idea was to form a ... Read more in Amazon's Fruupp Store

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  • Audio CD (15 Jun. 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Limited Edition, Import
  • Label: Si-Wan
  • ASIN: B00027J7OG
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,590,457 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Neil James Houlton on 12 Feb. 2006
Format: Audio CD
This is the last album by this Irish prog band and the only one not to feature Stephen Houston on keyboards. With a new member, John Mason, their sound moved away from the pastoral to the epic and the culmination of this change in direction was the song "Gormenghast".This number just grows and grows with power until like the hero himself the song rides into the coming dawn. Fruupp always had a passion in their songwriting and playing that sometimes was lacking in other prog bands of the this period. I admit they were never going to be at the top with Yes, Genesis and King Crimson but Modern Masquerades is a fine way to pass 40 minutes of any proggers time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Paul Millington on 9 Jan. 2010
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I had heard of Fruupp, but until this year I hadn't heard anything by them. I always relish lifting up a 'prog' rock and discovering something rewarding underneath. This band play highly melodic and well-structured music and when I listen to them I hear bits of Crimson, Camel, Genesis and even Supertramp. There is plenty in there to keep you coming back and back for more. Although I had been aware of the mixed reviews for Modern Masquerades, I would say this album suits my particular taste more than their earlier work. The keys of John Mason really add something to their sound here. All tracks are good but 'Masquerading with dawn', 'Sheba's Song' and the terrific 'Gormenghast' stand out for me. What a great shame this was to be their final album - Criminally undervalued. OK they are arent a Floyd or Genesis but they are long overdue re-discovery. (This Esoteric CD also has one of the best booklets I've seen with lots of informative history and photo's)
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By Zozimo O. Fernandes on 12 Mar. 2015
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Just beautiful. Prog rock at his best
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Quite The Finale! 2 Feb. 2014
By Carmen Jon Bernardo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This was actually the last orginal studio album by this group, but it was quite a record. Fruupp's earlier material was more folk-oriented in style, where this one took a leap into jazz-fusion territory. And it was actually a step forward for them! Sadly, recent personnel changes and the wear and tear of the road had taken their toll, and the group split up shortly afterwards, before pulling together a follow-up effort.

I have two favorites from this album, both quite lengthy and more geared towards serious prog-heads than the standard pop fans: "Masquerading With Dawn" and "Sheba's Song". In fact, I'd recommend the latter, with its ringing electric piano riff, bouncy rythms, and dazzling guitar solos. It floored me when I first heard it.
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the best of British progress rock 3 Jan. 2007
By Francisco C. de Lara - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
fruupp - it's one rareness....unique...to the sound of "God's nektar".
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Very good, but not better these previous titles 3 Jan. 2007
By Jorge Lopes Alegrio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Very good, more theses others titles are betters
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