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Fortunate Observer of Time

Frogg CafeAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (October 25, 2006)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: CD Baby
  • ASIN: B000KEGF6O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,436,920 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Eternal Optimist
2. Fortunate Observer Of Time
3. Reluctant Observer
4. No Regrets
5. Resign
6. You're Still Sleeping
7. Abyss Of Dissension
8. Release

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freakin' killer December 6, 2007
By WillieB
Format:Audio CD
I have been listening to this disc on a daily basis for months and I can't stop - it's addictive. One of my Amazon friends suggested Frogg Café to me and I bought "Creatures" which is great but this release is incredible. The music is all over the place and I hear influences of Zappa, Kansas, Jean-Luc Ponty, with a lot of jazzy breaks and plenty of room for solos (guitar, violin, and trumpet). Very melodic tunes executed by killer musicians and the vocals are strong and have a unique charm. The final cut, a classical chamber number, is completely different from the rest of the album and shows the versatility and talent of this band. I can't praise this enough, and if you like any of the influences listed above, chances are you will enjoy this.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Unfortunate Observer August 18, 2008
Format:Audio CD
Thank goodness Amazon is putting in 30 second samples. Its just too bad for me that they didnt do it soon enough. Considering that all there was to go on was one review, at the time I made my purchase, all I can say is how utterly disappointed I am with the highly touted, albiet vertually unknown, Fortunate Observer of Time, by Frogg Cafe.
Frogg Cafe started out as a Zappa cover band, so obviously, they are skilled musicians. However, vocals dominate this album. The singing starts on the first beat of the opening bar, and as far as I'm concerned, its the worst beginning Ive ever heard; not even an introductory note.
When the band finally gets around to developing the arrangement, its usually pretty good. Although, lets not get too carried away...Any previous reviews using comparisons such as Miles Davis is completely absurd.
The overall production, sound, and instrumentation is pretty good, and could garner 4 stars, if it wasnt for all the vocals getting in the way. As Frank once said "Shut up and play your guitar".
I own so many better pieces of instrumental fusion, prog rock, and psychedelic rock, that this disk is just an unfortunate observer of time, collecting dust.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Frogg Cafe - Jump In The Pond September 19, 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Frogg Café are an incredibly eclectic band whose music can fit in with the progressive rock, and jam band worlds about equally. "Observer" is another album from the band that is all over the place musically. The band switch from progressive rock to jazz, to avant, to jam, even including a 4 minute chamber piece at the end. These guys have always been influence by Zappa, but can pull off just about anything. The highlight of the album for me is the 14 minute plus "Abyss Of Dissension" which will probably get mixed reviews depending on one's personal taste. I am not sure that I like this album quite as much as their previous one "Creatures" but this is another fine album from the band.
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5.0 out of 5 stars simply a masterpiece August 18, 2005
Format:Audio CD
Frogg Café is really shaping their sound closer to excellence with their third album. Their previous effort "Creatures" was also very good but this one simply is a masterpiece.

While the band is mostly compared to The Flower Kings, I think there's more to it in their music. Fusion parts which can be heard very often, the Zappa-esque psychedelic approach, the atonal and sometimes dark melodies not unlike King Crimson and Van Der Graaf Generator, some folky tunes in the best Jethro Tull tradition, and some Yes, Gentle Giant, and Genesis influences and all these combined with great skill are some of the elements what make this album a feast for all retro-proggers. With this album, I'm sure they won't need to hide behind the scene's famous bands anymore, because I think that they are already one of them.

Wait! I'm not finished. The band cleverly incorporates violin, flute, and trumpet into their sound. And these contributions are not like a guest spot. They can be heard throughout the album very often. One thing that caught my ear was that when the violin comes to the front, the music gets some tendencies to master Jean Luc Ponty. But IMHO the trumpet steals the show and is one of the reasons what make this band so fascinating. Does the name "Miles Davis" tell you people something?

This is not pure prog! I'd rather call it as prog/fusion but it's more than that while preserving the prog roots. If you love prog, and have some tendency for fusion and jazz, then this is your album. Highly recommended for any prog rocker!!!
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