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4 stars This double cassette (later double CD...... the medium I base this review on) was one of my first forays into progressive rock and I bought it pretty close on it's release date. I loved it then and I still very much like this live album.

Marillion was riding on the top of the wave with sold out arenas under the Fish era. This live album is pretty much the last sounds to come from the Fish era. Well, that until some recently released live albums from that era (I believe). It is also a very worthy document from that era.

The Fish version of Marillion was a grande orchestra with big sound and as I later learned; a symphonic prog sound. An updated one minus things like moog and mellotron, that is. This has later been labelled Neo Prog. And prog it is. The first disc is a compilation from gigs in Edinburgh and other places of some of their best material from Script, Fugazi and Clutching albums. Great tracks, they are. For some strange reason, Freaks was released as a single from this album and that is the weakest track here by far. The rest is great.

Disc 2, or cassette 2 when I bought it back in 1988, includes most of the massive selling Misplaced Childhood. An album with more than one references to Genesis, I later learned. Disc 2 is simply great and a symphonic prog fan's wet dream..... to a large degree.

In the process of reviewing this album again, I gave it some listening sessions. I have to admit nothing has changed between 1988 and today in my estimation of this album. This is a truly great live album and a great reason to love Marillion's Fish era.

4 stars

toroddfuglesteg | 4/5 |


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