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Malibran - 10 Anni In Concerto-1988-1998* CD (album) cover

10 ANNI IN CONCERTO-1988-1998*

Malibran

 

Rock Progressivo Italiano

3.15 | 6 ratings

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geezer
3 stars This DVD was originally released in 1999 on VHS format. This review is done based on the VHS that I have had for some years. The track list is exactly the same and there are likely not any new additions to the DVD.

What we find here are live performances, both in concert and in Italian television, and some short interviews (which at least in the VHS are not textured in English). Some of the concert materials are the highlights. In these there are some crazy stage antics particularly courtesy of the flautist/saxophonist Giancarlo Cutuli. He is clearly the showman in the group. It is also these moments that the guitarist Jerry Litrico shines and particularly in tracks like "Prelude" and "On the Lightwaves". People who have heard the studio versions of these tracks know what I'm talking about here. The material is divided between the three studio albums, The Wood of Tales, Le Porte del Silenzio and La Citta Sul Lago, that the band had released before -99 and in addition to these there is one early track called "Mistery" that was not released in the studio albums. So, the music is good but I have to say that it can't be said about the actual film quality. This is about as close to amateur as it can get. It is good as long as you don't expect high quality hi-fi production.

Lastly, I have to say that I disagree with the previous reviewer Erik who mentions that Malibran's music resembles the music that of Marillion. I find this weird because Malibran's music is symphonic prog in its finest form. Not for a moment does the name Marillion come to my mind. In addition, Marillion represents the kind of progressive I dislike whereas in the case of Malibran it is just the opposite. In my opinion you don't have to be worried about this metaphor and can ignore it.

Conclusion: An interesting cross-section of the group's history.

geezer | 3/5 |

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