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THE THIEVING MAGPIE - LA GAZZA LADRA

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.80 | 231 ratings

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UMUR
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5 stars The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra is a live album release by UK progressive rock act Marillion. The album released as double vinyl, double CD and cassette. The CD and cassette versions include the additional track Freaks and the full performance of Misplaced Childhood (1985). The vinyl version only include 5 out of the 10 tracks from that album. Iīll be reviewing the double CD version.

As far as song selection goes The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra is simply all you could wish for as a fan of Fish-era Marillion. The full Misplaced Childhood album takes up the space on disc 2 while disc 1, which starts with the overture to Rossini's opera La gazza ladra as an intro, contains a good mix of songs from Script For A Jester's Tear (1983), Fugazi (1984) and Clutching at Straws (1987). The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra does not only serve as an excellent live presentation of Fish-era Marillion but also a an excellent compilation from that period. Besides songs from the studio albums we also get a great live version of the single track Freaks. There are no song overlabs with the previous live album release Real to Reel (1984) which makes The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra even more attractive IMO. The Misplaced Childhood songs on disc 2 are recorded at the same show while the songs on disc 1 are recorded at various shows and with breaks between the songs. Itīs not something that destroys the flow if you ask me but some might find it a minor problem. The song selection can always be discussed but personally Iīm not complaining. To hear songs like Slāinte Mhath, He knows you know, Punch and Judy, Sugar Mice, White Russian and Fugazi played live is simply a treat. The performance is impeccable and while the instrumental side of the music more or less sounds like the studio versions ( no improvised pieces as far as I can hear) Fish vocal performance does make the songs different from the studio versions. If you donīt enjoy polished and "close to the original studio versions" live albums, The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra probably isnīt for you. Check out Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987 (2008) instead if you want a more raw version of how Fish-era Marillion sounded in a live environment.

The sound quality is excellent but Iīm sure this is one of those live albums with massive overdubs. If not this is quite a perfect performance by Marillion and an even better one by their producer.

The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra is an excellent live album by Marillion. For newcommers to Fish-era Marillion this album could well serve as a great introduction to the band. I find the album to be an essential part of any progressive rock collection. A 5 star rating is well deserved.

UMUR | 5/5 |

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