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Anyone's Daughter - Requested Document Live 1980 - 1983 CD (album) cover

REQUESTED DOCUMENT LIVE 1980 - 1983

Anyone's Daughter

 

Symphonic Prog

3.61 | 21 ratings

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kenethlevine
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4 stars Let's face it. For many progressive rock bands live albums are the exclusive province of fans. Groups that tend to perfectionism and production values in the studio tend to come off as sloppy on concert disks, which can be ok but does not serve as a satisfactory introduction to their sound. The marriage of studio level competency and live immediacy is a rare ceremony indeed, hence you are invited to celebrate this relatively recent archive recording of Anyone's Daughter.

Carved into two equal parts, one an English prime rib and the other a German sauerbrauten, "Requested Document Live" is an eclectic mix of concert recordings from the early 80s version of this Stuttgart based band that toured constantly during their 5 year existence and sold some 120,000 disks in the process. Not a big name, but not your typical 80s prog band either! The high points of the studio catalogue are summarized gloriously here, in versions that often match or exceed those achieved with multiple "takes".

Disk 1 showcases the earlier material such as the entire "Adonis" suite, the glorious harmonics of "Superman", "Between the Rooms", "Moria" and "Anyone's Daughter". There is no star or show stealer in this group. They all play together and take their turn to shine, and they are a remarkably tight ensemble even when subject to the unpredictable environment of the concert hall.

Disk 2 includes the later German language songs, with crunching versions of "Sonnenzeichen-Feuerzeichen" and "Nichts für mich", but also delicate acoustic songs like "Sonne" and "Für ein kleines Mädchen". It's all good, or better. "Tanz und Tod I-III" show how versatile the band could be as an ensemble and in more solo format. The overriding quality is the symphonic sound, with subtle jazzy undercurrents. The influences of Genesis, King Crimson, Camel and Eloy are all apparent but enhanced and incorporated into a greater whole.

Of course, if I could do without anything on the entire double CD it would be the extended drum solo. Some of the versions on the "Live" album are a bit better but if you can afford a double CD this one contains a lot more material and hence better represents the band. Or just get them both. Pre-Marillion 1980s prog bands don't come along every day, or any better.

kenethlevine | 4/5 |

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