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4.32 | 18 ratings | 2 reviews | 33% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2003

Songs / Tracks Listing

CD 1: 54:51
1. Evil one (5:11)
2. Real (5:47)
3. Here and now (5:36)
4. Between the two (5:57)
5. Brave new world (3:28)
6. The judgment (10:00)
7. Overture - When - Someday (12:17)
8. Awake (6:26)

CD 2: 54:40
1. Golden crosses (4:56)
2. Aceldama (5:24)
3. Listen to me (8:44)
4. January (5:46)
5. To the hill (4:59)
6. Trigger (6:23)
7. Invisible (11:18)
8. Waiting for the wonderfulness (6:51)

Total Time: 109:31

Line-up / Musicians

- Michael Dearing / guitar, backing vocals
- Carl Groves / keyboards, guitar, lead vocals
- Patrick Henry / bass
- Kevin T / drums, lead vocals

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Cyclops CYCL126

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SALEM HILL Puppet Show ratings distribution

(18 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(33%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(33%)
Good, but non-essential (28%)
Collectors/fans only (6%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by progpositivity
4 stars This is the perfect vehicle with which to explore the Salem Hill back-catalog. Indeed, the live performances of songs from their first two albums are imbued with a sense of immediacy and vitality - a certain "fullness" of sound - that the engineering and production of the original studio recordings failed to convey.

It helps to enjoy the virtuosic violin of David Ragsdale on "Brave New World". But does anyone doubt that this was they way the band heard the songs in their "collective mind" when they set out to record it the first time?

The challenge of reproducing tight vocal harmony in the live setting has bewildered some of the greatest rock bands of history. Not so with Salem Hill. They have the vocal manpower and the discipline to pull it off with flying colors. The bass is punchy. The mix is fantastic. From "Golden Crosses" and "Aceldama" all the way back to "Here and Now" and "Listen to Me", these performances surpass the studio versions in almost every respect.

If someone could manage to convince the band to record live performances of the entire first and second albums, surely they would quickly become the definitive versions.

Although the actual CD is out of print, the songs are available via digital download.

Review by kev rowland
5 stars Salem Hill is definitely one of my favourite American prog rock outfits, and since first hearing it 'The Robbery Of Murder' has been a frequent visitor to my CD player. So it was with some sense of anticipation that I looked forward to hearing this double live CD. Performances have been taken from a variety of shows over quite a long period of time, but it has been put together in a manner that means that this isn't audibly noticeable. For the most part the band has a four man line-up, with Carl Groves and Michael Dearing sharing lead/harmony vocals and both of them providing guitar. But there are times when one or both of them play keyboards, so it is possible to go from a guitar-oriented outfit to one containing no guitars at all. While Carl provides most of the songs, bassist Pat Henry also is no mean slouch in the song writing stakes. The line-up is completed by drummer Kevin Thomas.

This is extremely melodic rock, that often reminds me of the mighty Kansas, and indeed ex- Kansas violinist David Ragsdale guests on "Brave New World", and the fact that it is an outstanding number by all concerned is incredible given that they were unable to rehearse together! The album starts with "Evil One" which has a delicate guitar/keyboards introduction, but the song has a harsh edge which played upon with Michael screaming the verse out through gritted teeth while Carl provides the more sympathetic vocals on the chorus. It is extremely hard to pick out a favourite as the album is just so strong throughout. I suppose the five numbers taken from 'TROM' are hard to distinguish between just because I love that particular album so much, but they have picked songs from throughout their career and the result is an album that every prog or melodic rock fan should hasten out to purchase immediately, if not sooner.

Originally appeared in Feedback #73, Jun 03

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