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4 stars I first heard of Marillion in the late 90's after being outside the prog music scene for about 15 years. Fish-era Marillion was often favourably compared to Gabriel Genesis in what was the Paperlate Genesis mailing list. The recommendations were sufficient to go and explore. This double live CD was one of my first Marillion purchases which I have recently enjoyed again.

Side 1 is long (73+ minutes) and takes in most of the best early Marillion songs. There are many highlights. I usually play albums sequentially from the first track and very rarely skip or replay a title. However, the version of Fugazi (8:38) is so powerful that it deserved not just 1 or 2 replays but 3. This track captures the essence of early Marillion with changes in timing, dynamics, instrumental passages, and interesting lyrics. Starting softly and then building to a crescendo. Great stuff.

Side 2 is a complete live version of their 3rd studio effort "Misplaced Childhood" that has been faithfully reproduced live.

This is an excellent addition to any prog rock collection. Highly Recommended.

4 Stars

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