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3.75 | 37 ratings

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3 stars I believe that "Magenta" should have waited a bit before releasing a double live album.

So far, the band has released one (short) double studio work, a (long) single album and one EP. Needless to say that most of these are featured on this live set. It makes this one a good entry point to the bands for the ones who are willing to discover their "Renaissance-Yes-Genesis" music.

I can't really say that the band sounds better on stage since songs are pretty close to their studio versions. What's for sure is that Christina Murphy, their female lead vocalist sounds as pleasant while singing live. The tracklist is perfect in terms of their first effort. The whole of CD one is played (if you except the short transition track "Opus I"). These were the two best songs from it . Their most personal ones. The version of "The White Witch" is my fave in this live offering.

They will also play an edited (and good) version of another one of their epic from "Revolutions" which featured four tracks clocking at twenty minutes. "Yes" is omni-present during "Genetesis".

From their second effort called "Seven" in reference to the seven sins, "Gluttony" was my preffered one. Not only because of its title but due to great vocals from Christina again. I also liked very much "Greed" from this album. But unfortunately it won't be featured on "Another Time, Another Place". On the contrary, the weakest song IMO "Anger" could have been avoided. But this is a personal choice.

From their average EP, we'll get the best of it ("Broken") as well as the worse ("Opus III"). The later being used as an intro a la "Firebird" from who you know.

All in all, it is a good live album and an interesting way to discover the first part of their work. Three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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