Albums worth hearing at least once number 2

Fruupp were an Irish band who recorded four albums in the early seventies. I remember this album being played on Radio Caroline, a pirate radio station broadcasting from the North Sea on AM. It inspired me to go out and buy the album. This was the third. They released one more, Modern Masquerades, before splitting, never to reform. I was lucky to see them in concert in 1975. This is the first track on The PrinceOf Heavens Eyes.

Annie Austere is the last track on side one and has a great Irish feel to it.

The Perfect Wish closes the album bringing the story to an end. Other tracks from the album can be found on you tube but these three are my favourites.

Fruupp were a band that many passed by as too whimsical but I think they play an important role in the development of Seventies prog and deserve a listen.

Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day


This Morning I had the bright idea of posting some albums that I thought fellow Progarchy readers might never had heard of or had forgotten about. I was going to do it over a period of time. Say once a week. The first one I was going to do was by a group called Man. A Band from Wales in the UK that has been lead on and off for many years by a guy named Deke Leonard. The album is called Be Good To Yourself At Least Once A Day and was released in 1972. It is one of my all time favourite albums. All well and good so far.

With this idea in mind I went out to run a few errands. When we got back home my wife calls out to me that another musician has died. Have I heard of Deke Leonard.

Man were the first band I ever saw live.

R.I.P Deke. Thanks for the music and memories

Play the album. It’s worth a listen.

Next up will be Fruupp.

New Cosmograf Album

imageThe Unreasonable Silence

Cosmograf release a new album on 13th of June. It is available to pre order as a digital download now from Bandcamp

Cosmograf’s fifth studio album release is an existential concept album with an alien theme, based on the essay ‘The Myth of Sisyphus’ by the French philosopher Albert Camus.

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The Enid on DVD


Last night I finally found time to watch my Enid DVD that I got for Christmas. I knew it was going to be good but with this show The Enid have taken it to a totally new level. The sound is crystal clear, the playing is wonderful as ever and the visuals and camera work are spectacular without being flashy or over complicated. Joe Payne won the Prog Magazine Award for best vocalist last year and if you haven’t heard him yet I suggest you head to this you tube link without further ado. Enid You Tube  His range is out of this world. This song features his upper register but he is equally comfortable using his lower range. It is also great to see Robert John Godfrey enjoying his playing even though he is in the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease.

If you have never heard this band before, they are worth checking out. From their beginnings in 1976 with two classic all instrumental albums: Aerie Fairie Nonsense and In The Region Of The Summer Stars   which would appeal to fans of Genesis and the like to the modern day Enid with this line up. Journeys End and Evicta are the two most recent albums.

They have a new album out in April called Dust and I for one can’t wait



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Tiger Moth Tales
Tiger Moth Tales

Although I have been absent from this site for a while in writing terms, I have still read every article written and agree with Brad that this is the most intelligent and well written music site on the interweb. I have been creating a new life for myself in a new country and slowly the pieces are falling together. In the meanwhile, can I point you all in the direction of The Storytellers album by Tiger Moth Tales. It is a great prog album that lends a style to Genesis circa Trick and Wind and Wuthering but because of the nature of the songs ranging from sleeping beauty to pied piper of Hamlin to Billy’s goats gruff it is a great way to get kids and in my case grand kids interested in the music. It is a fine album although I have yet to hear anything getting close to The Tangent release earlier this year ( not including the BBT ep coz it’s not an album)