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4.38 | 18 ratings | 2 reviews | 39% 5 stars

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DVD/Video, released in 2010

Songs / Tracks Listing

DVD 1:

1. The Ceiling Speaks / Kings & Queens (11:44)
2. We Are Sane (10:50)
3. Last Song (4:00)
4. Fur Helene I (4:29)
5. First New Day (9:14)
6. The Craft (5:07)
7. Take A Look (10:46)

DVD 2:

8. Creepshow (12:09)
9. This City / World Without End (5:24)
10. Blondon Fair (5:41)
11. Fact & Fiction / CRAB / This Poet Sniffs a Flower (9:37)
12. The Collector (18:22)
13. Love Song (6:29)
14. Theatre (3:41)

Total time (concert) 1.57:33

Extra's include
Animated Slideshows
Backstage Footage
Radio Interviews

Line-up / Musicians

- Dean Baker / keyboards
- Brian Devoil / drums, percussion
- Roy Keyworth / guitar, backing vocals
- Clive Mitten / guitars, basses, bass pedals, keyboards, voice
- Andy Sears / lead vocals, percussion, keyboards, piano
- Mark Spencer / guitars, basses, keyboards, vocals

Releases information

Twelfth Night Live, Recorded Live May 2010, 2 DVD

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and to SouthSideoftheSky for the last updates
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TWELFTH NIGHT MMX (DVD) ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(39%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(50%)
Good, but non-essential (0%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (6%)


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Review by kev rowland
5 stars Twelfth Night were a band that I only discovered after they had broken up, and although I was lucky enough to interview Brian Devoil a few times it was always a source of frustration to me that I hadn't known about them in their heyday ? especially as I was living in London at the time. I moved to New Zealand from the UK at about the same time that Clive Mitten returned from Australia to the UK, at which time rumours immediately started regarding reforming the band. Rick Battersby couldn't make it, although he gave his blessing and best wishes, and multi-instrumentalist Mark Spencer took his place. The shows were incredibly well-received and it became obvious that another tour would be worth undertaking so in 2010 the band again hit the road. However, guitarist Andy Revell couldn't commit this time so instead TN drafted into two members of Galahad in guitarist Roy Keyworth and keyboard player Dean Baker. This meant that the band were a six piece for the first time, and contained a few multi-instrumentalists so they were able to perform songs that previously they hadn't been able to give full justice to.

When I played this the first time I made the deliberate decision not to look at the track listing, so that I could enjoy the double DVD as if I was actually there. As expected, they kick off with "The Ceiling Speaks" ? one of my favourite songs, and here much more powerful than I have ever heard before. The new members fitted in seamlessly and it is hard to imagine that this band has been dormant for so long. Their last full album was in 1986, and the last new recording they had completed together was their appearance on the Geoff Mann tribute 'Mannerisms' in 1994. But, if you listen to "We Are Sane" it sounds as if they have been playing it every night for years ? it is incredibly tight.

The first surprise for me "Fur Helene I" which goes all the way back to their very first demo, 'Skan', in 1979. Clive has lost none of his touch over the years, his bass playing is still something to behold ? absolutely incredible. I seriously could rave over every one of the 18 songs on this set, the way that the band are so tight, Andy's vocals, or the backing vocals from the enthusiastic crowd, but instead of doing that, let's just consider track 5. 'A First New Day' has always been a TN highlight, but here it is just Andy accompanying himself on electric piano and the passion that comes through is just incredible. This set is worth purchasing for this one song alone, let alone the rest of the concert where the band gel and interplay. But I do also have to mention "The Collector" ? when this started my jaw hit the floor. One of Twelfth Night's longest songs at more than 18 minutes, this was never recorded during the actual career of the band although it was performed live. It was finally recorded for the 'Collector's Item' compilation in 1991 ? one of Geoff's final sessions. All of the power, the angst, the solemnity, the delicacy is there in spades.

Twelfth Night were sadly absent from the UK prog scene for way too long, and to my mind is the most overlooked band in the genre ? if ever a band should have been major stars and weren't then this is them. They have influenced so many bands that we all know and love today, and although I love their contemporaries Pallas and Marillion dearly ? they aren't in the same league. So now there is only question left to answer isn't there ? are we going to see a new studio album? Until (hopefully) then this will be a constant visitor to my player. Progheads ? this is essential!

Review by SouthSideoftheSky
4 stars Welcome to the creepshow!

This double live concert DVD was my introduction to Twelfth Night. Well, a song or two by them might have entered my ears before without having left any lasting impressions, but I still decided to check this DVD out and I am very glad that I did! I have since listened to a couple of the band's studio albums and I must say that the live versions found on this DVD are markedly better. It is a very well recorded and filmed show containing what I suppose to be Twelfth Night's very best material, all performed with more energy and punch than on the studio records. The sound and picture quality is high and so is the quality of the performance itself.

The set list includes as many as seven out of the eight songs from the classic Fact And Fiction album originally released in 1982, and a further four songs from the self-titled 1986 album. All of these songs are, to my ears, improved on this live DVD as compared to the original studio versions. The origins of the rest of the songs in the set list is still unknown to me, but most of them are very good. Fans of IQ and Arena will enjoy this for sure!

There are six people on stage (including Roy Keyworth and Dean Baker from fellow Neo-proggers Galahad) creating a rich and powerful sound. Every instrument is played with skill and passion, including the emotional vocals.

This DVD is just an excellent introduction to Twelfth Night and an excellent addition to any Neo-Prog collection. Highly recommended!

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