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erik neuteboom
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5 stars The DVD release is superior to the original video, not only due to the better quality but also the very interesting bonus footage. We can witness why Marillion is considered as the most pivotal neo-progressive rock band, what an outstanding music and what a mindblowing visuals! On stage Fish knew how to play with his mesmerized audience, both lingering for attention. I have seen them many times between the Fugazi and Clutching At Straws albums and for sure in those days Marillion was my #1 band and Fish was my hero: he translated all my ardent adolescent emotions into his emotional singing, lyrics and especially stage antics. We can witness some absolute highlights in progrock history: ripping a plant into pieces in the emotional The Web, wearing militairy clothes, shooting with his mike standard and acting suicide with a pistol in his mouth in the compelling anti-war song Forgotten Sons, wearing a knight helmet and beating up a typical young Marillion Freak in the epic Grendel and sweeping up the crowd in the stage favorite Market Square Heroes, what a warm and enthousiastic interaction between Fish and his audience, unforgettable! But Marillion was not only Fish, this DVD prooves that early Marillion was build upon tight and dedicated musicans although drummer Mike 'ET' Pointer is a bit controversial. But especially Steve Rothery (playing on the Yamaha SG guitar, the same as his hero Carlos Santana) lifts every song to an extra dimension with his sensitive, powerful and very melodic guitar work, loaded with wonderful and moving soli. Also keyboard player Mark Kelly delivers a great job with his quick synthesizers runs and his tasteful layers of several keyboards. While watching this DVD, as a Marillion freak from the very first hour, I got quickly into the distinctive 'Marillion euphoria', caused by a harmless virus! What a wonderful time, Marillion gave us back our beloved progrock that was almost extinguished because of the minimalistic punk and commercial pop music. The DVD contains not only the original video images but also the epic Grendel plus 20 minutes from a Marquee 1982 concert: nice to see the huge Fish with his head almost touching the roof in He Knows You Know along a short backstage impression, an excerpt from Market Square Heroes and a Fish interview from an enthousiastic giant with his face almost into the camera eye!


erik neuteboom | 5/5 |


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