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This double CD was Magenta's first live release, followed only a year later with a live DVD (called The Gathering) featuring live performances of many of the same songs. However, unlike the DVD, this live album does not feature a single complete show, but instead was recorded in various places, over a longer period of time (hence the title: Another Time... Another Place). This fact alone favours The Gathering DVD over this live album.

But also the respective set lists, though very similar to each other, favours the DVD. Comparing the set lists, we see that there are only two songs featured here that were not also on the DVD; Lust and Anger. These are also my least favourite songs here. Lust, in particular, is somewhat dull and meandering in comparison with the rest. The DVD, on the other hand, holds a few more songs that are not on this album, all of which are among the band's best.

Like the live versions featured on the DVD, the versions found on the present album are much improved over their studio counterparts. Magenta's live sound has a slightly harder edge, it is slightly heavier, and also more energetic compared to their studio sound. As I found the studio versions of these songs somewhat too timid and lacking in power, I am very happy with these live versions. Children Of The Sun is a brilliant piece of music, and the version on this live album might be the best version of it.

Overall an excellent live album, that outshines the studio albums by the band by a wide margin. But if you manage to find The Gathering live DVD, you don't really need this as well unless you are a collector of all things Magenta.

SouthSideoftheSky | 4/5 |


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