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LIVE FROM LORELEY

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

4.45 | 137 ratings

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memowakeman
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4 stars Give me my Marillion back!

Having watched this DVD a couple of times this week, and being follower of the Fish-era, it is clear to me that this was the Marillion I loved, the H-era is not bad but of course is something totally different that does not really satisfies me, I have also watched some H-era DVD's which are not my cup of tea so those videos have bored me, on the other hand, this Fish-era video has everything I could ask from Marillion, their musical direction at the moment, the voice of course and they, as a band, left me happy after watching it, this is the Marillion I loved, I wish I could have seen them live, but well, I was a little child back then.

This DVD released by EMI in 2004 is a concert that took place in Loreley, Germany in 1987 and featured probably the best Marillion line-up ever, with Fish of course, Rothery, Mosley, Trewavas and Kelly, and I am sure the people who attended to that show will never forget it, the concert lasts more than 80 minutes of their best repertoire, performed at the band's best, so any follower of the band has to be more than pleased with it.

During the first minutes of the video, we can watch a kind of introduction of the band before going on stage, walking, chatting, taking pictures etc, and then the concert begins with "Slainte Mtaht", followed by the powerful and great "Assassing", since this couple of songs I really wanted to go back to that time and enjoy the concert, it is full of energy that make you want to scream and move your body while the music is playing. I could see Fish solo in concert some years ago, and I loved the way he dominates the stage, and also dominates the audience, now I can see he has done the same all his life, I mean, it is really impressing how he sings and his relation with the stage and audience, believe it or not, that counts a lot for a good show.

Then, one of Marillionīs best songs ever, "Script for a Jesterīs Tear" which is simply amazing, you can tell by looking at the people singing louder and feeling like if that was the concert of their lives, superb performance! Then we have songs like "Incubus", "Sugar Mice", "Hotel Hobbies" and "Warm Wet Circles", which are also classics in their repertoire, those songs complete the first half of the concert, you can see the audience is happy with what they are looking and listening to, and also the band looks great, they are truly enjoying what they are doing, they are really connected to each other and of course that makes the music sounds even better.

Then we have the "Misplaced Childhood" time, opening with the last 15 seconds of Pseudo Silk Kimono just in order to introduce "Kayleigh", of course followed by "Lavender", both may be some of their poppiest and catchiest moments, but anyway we love it, then we have "Bitter Suite" and "Hearth of Lothian" which on the other hand may be some of the most elaborate songs off Misplaced Childhood, so that is simply lovely, and they really performed it good.

After that, the band leaves the stage but just in order to return, you know the classic encore, this time they did that twice, two one-song encores, the first one being "The Last Straw" which is another great song, and finishing the concert with "Incommunicado" which is another song full of energy, what a great way of ending a show, which in my opinion was excellent and has no really cons, so after that, and after having been amazed by the DVD, I think I should give 5 stars to it, but wait a minute, talking about DVD concerts, I just give 5 stars to those who are musically and visually superb, this is musically almost superb but visually is not the best I've seen, so I think it would be more accurate if I give it 4 strong and well deserved stars, I highly recommend it to any prog fan, and of course this is a must for Marillion lovers.

Enjoy it!

memowakeman | 4/5 |

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