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REAL TO REEL

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

3.84 | 311 ratings

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Rune2000
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2 stars Real to Reel must have been a big deal back in the day since it showed the pre-Misplaced Childhood era Marillion in action and gave the audience their first real live recording of the band.

By today's standards this album might not be the ultimate must-have Marillion live release that I expected it to be since it lacks in the track-list department. Where are Fugazi, She Chameleon or how about big live favorites like Punch And Judy or Jigsaw? The future live releases, most notably Curtain Call - A Live Archive 1983-1988, would be a whole lot better in that department making this recording feel very outdated and unnecessary for anyone but the fan base and collectors.

I'm very confused about this set-list that, in my opinion, only has Forgotten Sons as an essential part for any Marillion performance but even this number lacks when compared to an even earlier performance on Recital Of The Script. I realize that there are quite a few fans to whom this album is dear but even they would hopefully realize that it has more to do with nostalgia and sentimentality than anything particularly memorable about this performance.

If you're interested in the essential Marillion live material the I suggest looking elsewhere. Why not try the 1988 release The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra or even Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987 which might not have been recorded in high quality but will ultimately give a much more accurate representation of the band and their live performances.

**** star songs: Emerald Lies (5:26) Forgotten Sons (10:36) Market Square Heroes (7:31)

*** star songs: Assassing (7:28) Incubus (8:45) Cinderella Search (5:46) Garden Party (6:32)

Rune2000 | 2/5 |

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