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3 stars After having listened to "Live at the Borderline" (a semi-boot available for review on PA), I was expecting the worse when I saw the setlist.

"Script For A Jester's Tear" performed by Hogarth ! Well, actually he is doing relatively well during this particuarly difficult excercise. Of course he doesn't have the same powerful yet subtle tone of voice as Fish has. The band also seems a bit hesitant (there has been quite a time they didn't play it live).

We'll get the traditional trilogy from "Misplaced" already available on the dreadful "Borderline". Here again these versions are quite superior (which is not too difficult of course). But I will always believe that "Kayleigh" is so personal to Fish that is too much of a chalenge (for Hogarth or anybody else actually) to bring the sufficient level of emotion required while interpreting this beautiful song.

No less than eight genuine Marillion songs on this live release, although that Mark II has already produced two studio albums after the dramatic departure of their frontman. I guess that five years after the clash, the audience was still keen on listening to the previous repertoire (which is easily understandable while you know what came next).

Mark II songs sound a bit better while played live; gaining a bit of energy when compared with their almost uniform tone on their studio counterpart. Whatever the number.

So, this is not a bad live album, actually. Nothing brilliant of course. Just above the status of being for collectors. I rate this work with three stars.

ZowieZiggy | 3/5 |


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