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Yoohaa ..!! What an excellent show man .! Well, this live double CD was released in a sad nuance when I was in Singapore and reading the news that the band would be disbanded. What a sad news, really. I had been the band's die-hard fan since its inception in the wake of new wave era music, 1983. And couple of years later I heard this bad news. But, what can I say? I'm just a listener of great prog music. I cannot control the band and its members, obviously. For me personally, this album is like Genesis' "Seconds Out" live album that basically featured the farewell of Mr Steve Hackett the guitarist. While for Marillion, I was at first not sure what was going to happen with the band after this live set. This album also reminds me to the band's live video "Live from Lorelei" (that would later be released in DVD format. You must have this DVD!).

Disc One contains all live performance of tracks taken from "Script For A Jester's Tear", "Fugazi" and "Clutching At Straws" albums plus one single "Freaks". All are performed excellently. I especially like the version of "He Knows You Know" in this live album than the original studio version. This version is much more dynamic and lively, especially on the drums dynamics.

Disc Two contains the whole "Misplaced Childhood" album in its entirety. This was the first time the band performed this album as a whole. It has a powerful energy and excellent deliveries by the band members. Fish has done some singing improvisation especially during the part where he sings like reading poets.

Overall, it's an excellent performance. This live set comes with an A3 size poster that depicts the band members stage act in graphical illustration / painting not in the form of photograph. It's very nice. I have framed this and put it on the wall. The sonic quality and production of this album are excellent. If you love early Marillion music, this is a MUST for you. Highly recommended. I also recommend you to purchase "Curtain Call" live set that contains three live performance, 6 CD, of Fish era. All the best freaks are here .!!! Keep on proggin' ..!! Progressively yours, GW.

Gatot | 4/5 |


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