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Cygnus X-2
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4 stars Following the release of the successful Script for a Jester's Tear, Marillion toured relentlessly in 1983. They released a video in 1984 of their concert at the Hammersmith Odeon, in front of a packed crowd. Magnificent reproductions of the songs from Script and the Market Square Heroes are shown here. Fish's voice is spot on, and he certainly has a commanding stage presence. The band plays flawlessly throughout the songs, and the extended jam sessions are nothing short of breathtaking. Rothery combines his fascinating cleans with his Gilmour-Esque leads, Pointer plays precise and flawless drum beats and combines seamlessly with Pete Trewavas. Mark Kelly combines his keyboard talents with finesse and skill as he plays the complicated keys with precision and ease.

With an entire of performance consisting the of the entire Script for a Jester's Tear album plus two songs from Market Square Heroes, who could ask for more? The only problem is less than magnificent video quality, and that the camera focuses mainly on Fish even during the instrumental sections. But these flaws are covered up with incredible musicianship and craft. The entire set is superb from the emotional opener of Script for a Jester's Tear, to the closing of Grendel.

Overall, any fan of the first Marillion album should definately pick this up, it is something not worth missing. It is so close to perfection, although minor flaws mar the perfect 5. I give it a 4.5/5.

Cygnus X-2 | 4/5 |


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