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4 stars First let me start by saying how refreshing it was to see a group's fans warmly accepting a new singer replacing an iconic frontman.

O.K., as a Marillion fan still just getting into the H era masterpieces (Marbles, Brave, along with a best of burnt by a friend), I don't get excited watching the interviews & conversations. This is a big minus against the 1st DVD. They all seem nice people, but unless you're a big fan, you aren't missing anything that you wouldn't find more interesting to read on any Marillion bio. It would also take less time. Things do start picking up once the Uninvited Guest video shows up. For someone who's not heard it yet, I found the song stands up well to Fish era Marillion. There's the section about the gig at the local pub that is most fun given the back story and the reception given the whole group & its' then new singer. Then we get a nice surprise with the live in Brazil material. Even as a new Marillion fan & mostly of the Fish era stuff, it felt good to see the band going over so well. Even with the less than perfect audio & video, I still enjoyed H's singing and the band playing was great. Well worth the fan's time & money. DVD 2 - This can go either way. If you go for the big Scot's showmanship, then this concert might not be to you liking. Hogarth has a more 'rock singer' approach to stage craft, more mainstream if you like.For me, I was delighted to see H handling the Fish era classics well. Unlike some groups where a new singer's voice doesn't quite mesh with the old stuff (I Love Bruce Dickinson, but he can't do justice to D'Ianno era songs), it wasn't hard to make believe that these were Hogarth's from the beginning. The set list includes many classics from the first period that one should expect from a Marillion concert of the time, with an excellent mix of newer tunes. And yes, songs such as Easter and tunes from Seasons End do fit in very well with the older stuff. I've been playing Brave constantly as of late, and am saving up to buy Seasons End and possibly the Brave live DVD and /or even Holidays in Eden. So the good bits are very good, the boring bits too long, but, hey, you can put your DVD remote to good use, eh. Oh, btw, am I the only one who feels that Hogarth shares some vocal similarities with solo period Tim Finn ?

debrewguy | 4/5 |


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