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4.00 | 20 ratings | 3 reviews | 25% 5 stars

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Live, released in 2004

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Dead Silence (4:44)
2. Lycanthrope (8:29)
3. Maelstrom (4:42)
4. Love (6:59)
5. The Aesthete (4:57)
6. Excerpt from Moonsongs (3:52)
7. Hamster Dance (4:22)
8. Piano Solo (4:43)
9. Kingdom Come (13:27)
10. Malaise (4:40)
11. Behold the Man (4:26)
12. Warheads (6:45)

Total Time: 72:11

Line-up / Musicians

- Mike Johnson / guitars
- David Kerman / drums, ustensils, whistle, duct tape, Barbie dolls
- Mark Harris / saxophones, reeds
- Deborah Perry / vocals
- Matt Mitchell / piano, keyboards
- Dave Willey / bass, accordions

Releases information

CD NEARfest Records (NFR0004) USA 2004

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THINKING PLAGUE Upon Both Your Houses ratings distribution

(20 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(60%)
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Review by Warthur
4 stars This is a live set from Nearfest in June 2000, where Thinking Plague played an intimate set for an appreciative audience. Due to the complexity of their material these live renditions naturally end up sounding a bit different from their studio versions - but different enough to be worth a listen in their own way. Naturally, the band's then-latest studio release In Extremis is heavily represented, and there's also three songs from In This Life and two songs (well, one song and some extracts) from Moonsongs, so a reasonable spread of the group's career is represented; plus you have some on-the-spot improvisations in the form of Hamster Dance and a piano solo.

The setlist is carefully chosen and delivered in such a way to provide a varied experience which flows quite well, with even songs from very different stages of the group's development fitting together naturally. The recording quality is also excellent, making this a worthwhile pick for any RIO fan.

Review by Mellotron Storm
4 stars It was a ton of fun listening to this album a lot last week. Not sure what people thought who were parked beside me at traffic lights(haha). Yes Deborah Perry has a unique delivery doesn't she. She is in perfect form here on this live recording from Nearfest in the year 2000. This wasn't released until 2004 though. So the most current album from this band before this concert was "In Extremis" and five of the ten tracks on here from albums are from that one. Three from "In This Life" and two from "Moonsongs" although one of those is called "Exerpt From Moonsongs".

Highlight for me by far is the epic "Kingdom Come" from "In Extremis" clocking in at 13 1/2 minutes where they get dark and heavy at times. I mean this is all over the place with Deborah's outstanding vocals, Willey's deep, in your face bass lines, kerman's incredibe drum work and Johnson's sublime guitar expressions. This track has it all, and I had this one cranked! Lots of highlights though but I've reviewed all these songs before pretty much. We have two non album songs in "Piano Solo" and "Hamster Dance'' the latter I could have done without.

A must for Plague-heads out there but then you probably already have this. It was just great to have them in my play list everyday for over a week. Amazing band!

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4 stars "Upon both your houses" based on a live performance, from Nearfest festival 2001, in front of a quite small audience (1000 sits). It contain TP songs mainly from "In this life" and "In extremis" albums. When referenced to a live album, comes the question if this effort from time and money point of v ... (read more)

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