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CHRISTMAS 2000: A PISS-UP IN A BREWERY

Marillion

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5 stars I only watched the DVD video of that marvellous, intimate night where Marillion showed their extensive musical abilities not only for magnificient and thunderous prog rock but also displaying their craftmanship to develop persisting melodies and lyrics full of content.

Don't lose this one if you simply love music, where prog or not.

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Posted Wednesday, February 11, 2004 | Review Permalink
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3 stars One of a number of rare acoustic gigs Marillion have performed over the years, A Piss-Up In a Brewery compares well to Unplugged At the Walls or Live From Cadogan Hall. Acoustic Marillion really needs the intimacy of a live setting to shine, and this piss-up certainly delivers, with the band in a relaxed and playful mood. Note that whilst the original Christmas CD release for Marillion's fanclub contains a truncated version of the concert, the Marillion website now offers for purchase a download of the full audio of the concert as featured on the associated DVD, which I think provides a more cohesive experience than the edited highlights on the original CD release. That said, the delivery here is a little bland and muzak-y at points.
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Posted Tuesday, November 26, 2013 | Review Permalink
4 stars This was a give away disc to the loyal Marillion fan base back in 2001 and as such I wasn't expecting much. Instead I get music off a recorded hour long live concert they did in the intimate setting I suppose of the Brewery with a few loyal fans there to watch them. They perform songs mostly off Seasons End and Holidays In Eden and do such a good job most of the songs here are as good, if not better than the recorded versions on these albums.

They begin with Go off Marillion.com which has a slow build before it bursts into the main theme. I really can't remember the song being this good from the original album. They then do the pretty little number, After Me (Seasons End) which switches from acoustic guitar to electric piano. Lap Of Luxury, off Brave, is next, which quotes a verse off Afraid Of Sunlight before the band goes back in time to perform Cinderella Search. The main electric piano theme in Cinderella Search then morphs into a stripped down version of The Space in which you get some interesting bass playing from Pete Trewavas.

We now go into music off Holidays In Eden which are mainly acoustic guitar pieces. After they perform Collection, Steve Hogarth introduces Stephanie Sobey-Jones to the stage, who plays Cello on Sympathy and Number One. Cello adds a new dimension to the music and leads you into the right mood to enjoy what I find is the highlight of the disc, a rendition of Dry Land which is totally unlike the version on the Holidays In Eden album. The percussive Gazpacho follows and then they play the Neil Finn number, How Will You Go, from the Crowded House album, Woodface. The concert concludes with Cannibal Surf Babe.

I really wasn't expecting a CD to be this good. The fans attending the Brewery setting would have enjoyed a sparkling concert. The band enjoys a good rapport with the audience. I wish I had been there to enjoy it. This concert should have deserved a more widespread release.

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Posted Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Review Permalink

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