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5 stars As well as providing more or less everything that the previous 2CD remaster of Clutching At Straws offered, plus a Blu- Ray of extras, this lavish boxed set also includes a real treat: a two-disc recording (complete bar for the end of the closing Market Square Heroes medley) of the band's 19th December 1987 gig at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Extracts from this visit to Fish's native Scotland on the Clutching At Straws tour had appeared on The Thieving Magpie, but here the concert gets a new mix and you get all the songs in their original context, complete with Fish's between-songs banter.

Perhaps it's just that Christmas is coming up and they're feeling cheerful, but the band are performing well here, with no signs of the behind-the-scenes tensions which would eventually put an end to the Fish-era lineup by the time the Clutching At Straws tour wrapped. Marillion fans are well-served for live releases from the Clutching At Straws era - what with it also being represented by Live At Loreley and a show each from the Early Stages and Curtain Call boxed sets - but honestly, when the band sounded so good and when their set was so loaded with classics, that's no surprise, and it's lovely to have another gig from that era in the collection.

Warthur | 5/5 |


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