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4 stars Marillion - Real To Reel

Review by ProgKidJoel

Marillion's REAL TO REEL is the band's first ever live album, and although recorded at seperate shows, the audience's applause is carried between tracks in a manner in which it makes the album sound like one full recording. This was recorded during the FUGAZI tour, and as such, only contains tracks from their first two records, SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TEAR and FUGAZI.

This great live set contains some of the band's best ever, including the definitive version of FORGOTTEN SONS, and an incredibly energizing live version of the B-Side, CINDERELLA SEARCH.

The sonic quality on this recording isn't the best (I have a copy of the original 1984 CD release) although I can't speak for the Vinyl/Remastered CD copies. The recording is good, and the band is really rocking hard on each show, which is evident in the massive enthusiasm and energy with which this five-piece from the UK approach each track.

The obvious standout is FORGOTTEN SONS, although GARDEN PARTY is also played with a much higher tempo than the original recording, giving it much more life, aswell as some nice vocal improvisation to mix things up a little. The only dissapointment of a live performance is INCUBUS, only as doesn't differ much from the studio version on FUGAZI.

An unnesential release, however, this is great fun for a Marillion fan.



progkidjoel | 4/5 |


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