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Almost Pure Instrumental

a Compilation/Boxed-Set release
by
After Crying

Release Year: 1998

Date Label Catalog # Comments
Compilation Cd with four new recodings
Added To Proggnosis Database on: 9/13/2001 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 11/13/2011 3:56:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Overture 2:29
  2. Aqua 1:58
  3. Big Evil fun fair Final 5:32
  4. Windblown Waltz 3:09
  5. Pilgrim's March 5:11
  6. Sonata for Violoncello and Piano 3:35
  7. Sleepin' Chaplin 2:38
  8. Suburban Night 3:32
  9. Insulted and injured 11:40
  10. Rondo 3:43
  11. SOS (save our souls) 2:35
  12. Struggle for life 9:12
  13. In the End 2:29
  14. Shinin'(To the powers of Fairyland) 11:48
Ottó Rácz
Oboe
Csaba Vedres
kyboards
Péter Pejtsik
Cello, Vocals
Kristóf Fogolyán
Flute
Zsolt Maroevich
Viola
Judit Andrejszki
Vocals
Pál Makovecz
Trombone
Aladár Tüske
Bassoon
Balázs Winkler
Trumpet
Madai Zsolt
drums, percussions
Légrádi Gábor
lead vocal
Lengyel Zoltán
piano, keyboards
Winkler Balázs
keyboards, trumpet, background vocal, composer
Torma Ferenc
guitar, synthesizer, background vocal, composer
Egervári Gábor
flute, lyrics, words and ideas, concert engineer

Reviewed by MJBrady on 15 Oct 2002


Is it chamber orchestra? Or is it progressive rock? Perhaps it is both, deeper listens have proven that After Crying is both, especially so on this recording, what an amazing feat it must be to have written such challenging music for a small orchestra. Yet that remains the attraction to this bands music.

Almost Pure Instrumental leaves me with the impression that After Crying could quite easily be composing scores and soundtracks, this music is so ambitiously written, I am left with a feeling of awe, the 'band' is essentially a small orchestra, and the conventional progrock band, fit together as an ensemble, the music is highly dramatic, symphonic, and as I mentioned before, very ambitiously and meticulously composed. There is such a huge sound to this music, it goes far and beyond any conventional prog, or symphony musics.

Very few artists in progressive music would attempt composing music on such a grand scale, as every instrument is used to compliment the others, the writing becomes the focus here, not anyone performer, so credit must be given to the minds that conceived such a feat in progressive music.

This is music created by serious musicians, and serious listeners should lend an ear to what they are able to create, surpassing any typecasts of the more popular styles of prog, one should understand that the use of traditionally classical instruments plays a large role in the overall sound of After Crying, so an affinity for true classical music should be a prerequisite before one experiences the music of this band. To put it in simpler terms, this music does not always rock! But that doesn't mean it cannot attract fans of the most symphonic, and complexly arranged classically inspired prog, if you have enjoyed some of the better efforts of artists like: Isildurs Bane, Zappa(Orchestral), Miriodir(After Crying is without the RIO influence). My use of these bands as a reference are only for their affiliations with orchestra, not so much for style of compositions, in that regard Isildur's Bane comes the closest.