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Songs / Tracks Listing

Disc 1
Dreamy Street
This Train Is My Life
Nothing Fills The Hole
Woke Up
The Other Half
Fantastic Place
The Man From The Planet Marzipan
Out Of This World
The Great Escape

Disc 2
Afraid Of Sunlight
Asylum Satelite #1
The Invisible Man
Whatever Is Wrong With You
Three Minute Boy
Happiness Is The Road

Line-up / Musicians

- Steve Rothery / guitars
- Ian Mosley / drums
- Pete Trewavas / bass
- Steve Hogarth / vocals, keyboards, guitars, percussion
- Mark Kelly / synthesizers, samples & effects

Releases information

A 2CD live album from the band's 26 November 2008 performance at the E-Werk in Cologne.

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MARILLION Happiness Is Cologne ratings distribution

(35 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(43%)
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Review by Warthur
4 stars For the Happiness Is the Road tour (and their subsequent tours) Marillion took the bold step of recording each and every gig and putting downloads of them on their website. A clever way to counteract bootlegging, to be sure, and if they do the same for the London gig I'm seeing them at this year I'll be sure to buy the download because it will be a fantastic souvenir of the evening. But what if you aren't a big enough Marillion fan to download all the Happiness shows (and believe me, you need to be a much bigger Marillion fan than I am to even contemplate that), but you still want some sort of record of the Happiness tour? How do you pick out one of the shows if you didn't go to one yourself?

Happiness is Cologne seems to be the band's solution to this - picking out one of the shows, giving it nice shiny new artwork and making it available for download or as a physical CD, with this release they're basically picking out the Cologne E-Werk show from the tour and offering it as a particularly fine recording from the series. Effectively, they're saying "If you only listen to one show from the Happiness tour, listen to this one", and whilst I haven't heard all the others and probably won't bother I have to say it's a pretty set, with plenty of interaction with the crowd, a wonderful atmosphere, and great performances.

Inevitably, a sizable portion of the setlist consists of selections from Happiness Is the Road itself, and this may be one of the most Happiness-heavy Marillion releases you can expect to come across, unless they decide to do the entire album live for one of the Marillion weekends or something. This is the main weakness of the album which makes it merely good, only great. It's not that the Happiness Is the Road material is bad, per se, it's just that the recording captures the group when they are still in the process of getting to grips with the material in a live context, and because Happiness was such a vast, sprawling album, showcasing it in a concert ends up throwing the balance of the setlist because there's so much of the new stuff from there here that it overwhelms the rest of the material. Still, having warmed to Happiness itself, I'm feeling better-inclined towards this live showcasing of it.

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