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Mostly Autumn


Prog Folk

2.84 | 19 ratings

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2 stars The story goes on...with this MA live album...

This album starts with two songs from their "Lord Of The Rings" inspired (?) album. I had quite mixed feeling about that one, but I have to say that these are the most interesting songs of the album, because almost all the other ones were already featured on previous live releases. So, what's the use of this live album ?

I might have found interesting to get the full of "LOTR" being played live. At least some least interesting numbers would have sound catchier while played live, since this band is rather more effective on stage than in a studio.

"Dark Before The Dawn", "Spirit Of (Autumn) Past", "Evergreen", "Never The Rainbow", "Shrinking Violet" and "Heroes Never Die" are all featured on their extraordinary first live album "The Story So Far". Versions were better and more powerful than on this one (especially "Spirit"). "The Last Climb" was available on "Live At The Canterbury Fayre".

So only two new live versions to be discovered from their ealier repertoire : "Shindig" from their second album "The Spirit" and one of the weakest : a frankly useless celtic gigue. It it almost double in lenght here, which does not improve it by any means. The violin seems to been replaced by the flute and after the original song (three minutes), MA will add another pure folkish traditional song. To be avoided.

"Noise From My Head" was an unreleased track on their fantastic compilation work "Catch The Spirit". It is a good (but short) song.

All this is a bit of a disillusion for the fan. I confirm that "The Story So Far" remains their best live ... so far. This effort is not even selling for cheap... For die-hard fans. Two stars.

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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