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3 stars This is a special album for EDGON HEATH fans as it is a double live recording of their very last concert before they called it a day. And the fact this concert was held in their home town only adds to the appeal. I haven't heard any of the studio albums from this band so i'm not sure how this compares, although I was told by a fan that if your going to get one recording from this band get "Live At Last".

"Peace Of The Brave" builds as the synths swirl. A beat takes over after 2 1/2 minutes and the vocals join in. It settles with spoken words before 6 minutes then it kicks back in. "Gringo" opens with vocals and a laid back sound that does build fairly quickly but contrasts will continue. "No Second Faust" features prominant drums and guitar early.Vocals before 2 minutes and it picks up at 3 minutes. Synths galore after 6 minutes. "Secret Fence" is experimental sounding as drums then synths join in.Vocals follow. "Slightly In Despair" opens with reserved vocals and a laid back sound.The vocals do get passionate at times. Some great sounding guitar later on. "1000 Stories" opens with vocals only before synths then a full sound kicks in.The tempo keeps shifting. A calm after 4 minutes.

Disc two begins with "Head In The Sand" which has a catchy and laid back intro then here we go ! Vocals 1 1/2 minutes in. We get some sax in this one that will trade off with the guitar for a while. "Hail To Your Heart" opens with synths and some heaviness then the vocals come in just before a minute. It settles before 4 minutes. Heavy again 6 minutes in then we get vocal melodies followed by synths before 7 minutes. "On A Beach" opens with piano as reserved vocals join in.The guitar starts to cry out before 2 minutes. It starts to pick up a minute later.Sax and guitar lead 5 minutes in. "Run For Life" settles before a minute and the vocals are reserved. It's fuller after 2 minutes as contrasts continue. It's an okay song. "The Killing Silence" kicks in after a minute briefly as outburts continue. A fuller sound around 2 minutes and vocals follow.Tasteful guitar before 5 minutes. It settles again as this song twists it's way for over 18 minutes.The band members are introduced by the singer at 13 1/2 minutes then it kicks back in late and we get a powerful ending. What a way to end the night.

3.5 stars and one that Neo-Prog fans should definitely check out.

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