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4.13 | 102 ratings | 3 reviews | 50% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Slainte Mhath (5:24)
2. Assassing (6:38)
3. Script For A Jester's Tear (9:39)
4. Sugar Mice (5:55)
5. Hotel Hobbies (3:54)
6. Warm Wet Circles (5:57)
7. That Time Of The Night (4:31)
8. Kayleigh (4:30)
9. Lavender (8:14)
10. Heart Of Lothian (6:28)
11. The Last Straw (6:31)
12. Incommunicado (6:59)

Total Time: 74:48

Line-up / Musicians

- Fish / lead vocals
- Steve Rothery / guitars
- Mark Kelly / keyboards
- Pete Trewavas / bass, backing vocals
- Ian Mosley / drums

Additional Musician:
- Cori Josias / backing vocals

Releases information

EMI 7243 8 31696 2 7
This Live-CD is only available exclusively in a Video & CD Double Pack

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MARILLION Live From Loreley ratings distribution

(102 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(50%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(41%)
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Review by E-Dub
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4 stars By the time this show was recorded on the Clutching At Straws tour, this formula of Marillion was nearing it's ultimate conclusion. Separation between Fish and the rest of the band was causing turmoil, and Marillion was pretty much divided. Nonetheless, Marillion's Live At Loreley is still a valuable addition in anyone's collection.

Despite looking weathered and a bit sickley, Fish manages to captivate the crowd like he always seems to do. The older material is a collective fan favorite, with "Script For A Jester's Tear" being the obvious highlight.

Still, one can't help but notice the differences between Steve Rothery's dimeanor from this show and that of the Stoke Row DVD, which is the first recorded show with Steve Hogarth. On Stoke Row, Rothery is visibly happier and upbeat; however, on Loreley he hardly cracks a smile, and is content to remaining in the background. A very telling and poignant moment is during the Misplaced Childhood suite when Fish approaches Rothery, puts his arms around him and sings, "It's getting late, for scribbling and scratching on the paper. Something's gonna give under this pressure. And the cracks are already beginning to show." It's almost as if he's sending Rothery a message during this part of the song. Still, the tenderness of "Kayleigh" on through the triumphant "Heart Of Lothian" is a great moment during this performance.

Another highlight is the painful "Sugar Mice", and one of Rothery's more powerful solos. Much like "Afraid Of Sunlight" several years later, this song is wrought with pain that it makes the listener ache. That solo just never gets old.

One night I'm going to make it a point to watch Loreley and Stoke Row back to back. The disease that was ripping this band apart towards the end of 80's is obvious. There's hardly any interaction between Fish and the others, and they pretty much ceased to be a band. That being said, it's still crucial to have amongst your Marillion collection to witness the closing of one era, and the beginning of another.

Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Eight years have passed since the original recording of this great concert. Why did the record company release it that late ?

To please genuine Marillion fans ? To try and attract old fans and turned them into Marillion Mark II ones ? Who knows.

I just can tell you that this concert was a bery good one. You'll be able to SEE it on the great DVD "Live At Lorely" released in ...2004. You will experience one of the latest Fish concert with the band.

I can only recommend you to grab the DVD instead of this audio only document. You'll be able to SEE how great an entertainer Fish was as well as getting a bit more of Marillion genuine music. You'll still be able to convert the DVD into audio format if you want to do do.

Don't expect too much of this live set though. We are heading the big clash in the band and the tracklist take very little "old" songs into consideration. There have been better genuine Marillion live albums for sure, but again it is still valuable as a testimonial.

Most of the songs belong to their prog / pop repertoire (except "Script" of course); but they have popularized this genre, so...

Three stars.

Review by Warthur
4 stars NOTE: This review is of the 2CD reissue of Live at Loreley which for the first time includes the entire show.

The Loreley concert took place barely a month after the release of Clutching at Straws, and the complete concert recording includes excellent picks from that, the three prior albums with Fish, and tosses in the title track from the Market Square Heroes EP to boot. That being the case, it's a great live overview of the best of the Fish era of Marillion, and the inclusion of female backing singers - an embellishment of Marillion's sound originating in the Clutching At Straws albums - actually works really well, the band skilfully finding ways for them to enhance the older material whilst at the same time showing enough restraint to know when the backing singers need to be quiet. A great purchase all round.

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