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Fruupp-Seven Secrets-'74 UK Prog Rock-NEW LP

Fruupp ‎– Seven Secrets
Long Hair ‎– LHC – 253
Vinyl, LP, Album, Partially Mixed, Reissue
Rock, Folk, World, & Country
Folk Rock, Art Rock, Prog Rock


This is the first 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. Album was originally released in 1974 on PYE records progressive imprint Dawn. Fruup 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. Seven Secrets was their 2nd album and it`s more Genesis-like than their first album Future Legends. It sounds positive, very happy and upbeat, like the folk medieval side of GENESIS with symphonic progressive classic approach and a bit Camel-esque! Album opener Faced With Shekinah is the best track on the album. It's certainly the most symphonic and exciting, with frequently changing time signatures and themes. This is an adrenaline fuelled start to a wonderful album. Second track Wise as Wisdom, another highlight of the album, starts in a very laid-back way. However, this is an ever-evolving song, in the style of Camel ( the guitar solo at 5:11 brings Andy Latimer to mind). White Eyes is yet another solid track. After a 1½ minute quiet introduction, there are a couple of verses that are very reminiscent of the classic Pink Floyd singing style. After a few more fantasy-tinged verses the song begins to wind down in a lovely mellow way. The riff heard between 4:34 and 6:06 is simply divine. Side B starts with the over 9 min., Garden Lady, the longest track on the album. A brief lyrical section followed by a mammoth instrumental (here lasting over 6½ minutes!) and topped off with another lyrical section mirroring the first.This instrumental includes more Camel-esque guitar work from the incredibly talented Vincent McCusker. Towards the end of the instrumental, the music begins to pick up pace, in order to catch up with the lyrical section, and one can't help but feel that the band's use of dynamics and tempo changes are genius. A truly rewarding song. Three Spires is an acoustic folky affair. This track is relatively light in terms of prog, but full of emotion. The song will be best remembered for the beautiful outro, which lasts nearly half the track's length and consists of the chorus being repeated over and over. Despite the repetition, the beauty carries the listener through right to the end. The band once again show their classical influences on the final proper track, Elizabeth. The classical feel continues throughout the song via the sound of string instruments. This song is certainly symphonic progressive rock! The final track (1:30), titled The Seventh Secret, is nothing more than a poem recited in a peculiar accent over an acoustic guitar.

Album comes with 4 sided coversize insert with full bandstory by formerly manager and author Paul Charles, rare photos etcpp. Great stuff. Don`t miss it!



A1     Faced With Shekinah

    Words By, Music By – Stephen Houston

A2     Wise As Wisdom

    Music By – Vincent McCuskerWords By – Paul Charles

A3     White Eyes

    Music By – Vincent McCuskerWords By – Paul Charles

B1     Garden Lady

    Words By, Music By – Vincent McCusker

B2     Three Spires

    Music By – Vincent McCuskerWords By – Paul Charles

B3     Elizabeth

    Words By, Music By – Stephen Houston

B4     The Seventh Secret     

    Arranged By – Fruupp
    Bass Guitar, Lead Vocals – Peter Farrelly
    Conductor [Strings] – Michael Rennie
    Design [Cover] – Peter Farrelly
    Design, Photography By – Ian Stokes (2), Ruby Mazur
    Drums, Percussion – Martin Foye
    Engineer – Tony Taverner
    Guitar, Vocals – Vincent McCusker
    Keyboards, Oboe, Vocals – Stephen Houston
    Piano – David Lewis (5) (tracks: B2)
    Producer – David Lewis (5)

Progressive Rock band, which originated in Northern Ireland, but developed a fan base in Britain. They released four albums: Future Legends (1973), Seven Secrets (1974), The Prince of Heaven's Eyes (1974) and Modern Masquerades (1975). They were relatively popular, particularly on the student scene, and as a support group (they supported Genesis and Queen on their UK tour in 1974).

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