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Tarcisio Moura
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3 stars I bought this album thinking it might be recorded after Magenta had released their Metamorphosis CD. However, I found a little late Live At The Point to be captured during the time they had just put out their The Singles collection. If Magenta´s first double live CD seemed a little ´too-soon´ affair, the same feeling applies here. Even more so if you think in the meantime they had not actually add much to their studio discography. Besides their Home CD was not their best and the singles compilation had little new material.

Having said that I must also say I like this CD a lot. Magenta has proved to be a great band live, as their The Gathering DVD clearly showed the ones who were not able to attend their live concerts. Rob Reed (keyboards) is a fantasitic and prolific songwriter and Christina Booth is surely one of prog´s best female singers to appear in the new millenium. As for the setlist itself, the majority of the first CD is dedicated to then new Home album. Although the live renditions of that repertoire are quite good and sometimes even superior to their studio counterparts, the highlights are the single´s Speechless and the two songs from their Seven masterpiece: both Anger and Envy tourned out to be absolute great!

CD 2 is almost totally devoted to their debut, Revolutions. The only exception is another track from Seven, a wonderful version of Sloth, quite superior to the original one. In fact, I think this CD have a stronger overall tracklist and the band is on top form too. Production is excellent and Christina is singing better than ever.

Conclusion: it would be great if the band waited a little before releasing another double live album. However, the high quality of the musicians, the tasteful arrangements and the strong deliver of most tracks are quite charming. If you´re fan of the band, go for it, even if there is nothing really new here. If you´re not this is a good way to know this very great prog outfit from England. Not really essential, but excellent anyway. 3,5 stars.

Tarcisio Moura | 3/5 |


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