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5 stars Indeed, Marillion are at their best when they're on-stage in front of a crowd of ravenous fans. Filmed live from London's Forum at the end of the Somewhere Else tour, you would expect a half-hearted performance by a road weary band simply going through the motions. Rubbish! That's not the case here with Marillion's new Somewhere In London DVD.

Disc 1: The Somewhere Else Tour - 2007

This disc is full of new songs from Somewhere Else. Thankfully, I think the new album is brilliant, so I embraced the sounds emitted by my headphones. Prior to any new material, the disc begins with Holiday In Eden's "Splintering Heart", which is welcomed by thunderous cheers. The band reciprocates with an absolutely stellar performance, and without easing up on the pedal, they kick you in the teeth with "The Other Half", which is one of the many highlights.

Aside from the already mentioned first track from Somewhere Else, a good chunk of new material is represented. All are fantastic, but the performance of "Somewhere Else" is especially moving and wrought with raw emotion direct from the private side of Hogarth. To this day I smile whenever I hear (or read) somebody say that h is void of emotion. What we get from the man is real...not contrived. He wears his emotions on his sleeve and you feel his pain through this song. A haunting performance, to say the very least.

There are also a few surprises besides "Splintering Heart". Most notably a B-side from Seasons End entitled "The Release". Maybe h doesn't have the range that he once possessed; however, he still manages to hit the power notes while the band powers along stride for stride.

What separates this DVD from previous performances is you get the feeling that you're there at the gig. Crowd shots are mingled in (and I recognize a couple of guys from the Marbles On The Road DVD), with some views from crowd level. The overall mood is celebratory in nature. Heightened even further with the release of confetti-filled balloons during "Between You And Me" (which Mark Kelly had a blast kicking around). It was funny to hear Mark Kelly get booed for hauling in the final balloon, much to the dismay of the crowd. It was all in good fun, however.

Disc 2: Here's Some We Played Earlier

"Ocean Cloud". 'Nuff said. Absolutely killer!

Stirring performance of "Afraid Of Sunlight", which could be the best I've heard. Period. Plus a request by the crowd for "Sugar Mice", which h allowed the crowd to sing a majority of it. The guitar solo is still one of Rothery's best.

Racket Club Rehearsal

Along with some lucky winners from Marillion's online forum, we're invited into the inner sanctum: The Racket Club. The winners seated on the floor, they're treated to a few select tunes in preparation for their appearance on the Bob Harris Show. A little "peculiar" (as h described it) to be performing in front of people, but not really able to move about. With the band taken up in their usual spots they start off with "The Last Century For Man". Probably my least favorite from Somewhere Else, but it still sounded good. "Neverland" was very fun to watch--especially the close up of Rothery's blistering guitar solos for the song. They end with "Faith" and an acoustic version of "See It Like A Baby".

Overall, this could be Marillion's best and most complete DVD. The setting is spectacular, the light show brilliant, and the band were spot on. Even more so, they really enjoy each other and you see their sense of humor. Most notably when h forgot to turn up the volume on Pete's bass during "Faith" and Trewavas had to come over and turn it up for him. Hogarth sheepishly steps to the mic and says, "It's a conspiracy". They're at home on stage and it shows. I can't recommend it enough.

E-Dub | 5/5 |


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