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3.21 | 62 ratings | 4 reviews | 13% 5 stars

Good, but non-essential

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Live, released in 1986

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Victims Of Life (2:37)
2. Higher Circles (3:29)
3. Circus (6:57)
4. Leviathan (6:22)
5. Red Shoes (3:03)
6. Alaska (8:41)
7. The Black Knight (10:05)
8. Please (4:48) (bonus studio track)
Extra tracks:
9. Dark Summer's Day (5:31)
10. Excalibur (6:30)

Total Time: 60:23

Line-up / Musicians

- Fudge Smith / drums
- Clive Nolan / keyboards
- Peter Gee / bass guitar
- Nick Barrett / vocals / guitars

Releases information

CD Released in 1986 Toff Records PEND3CD

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PENDRAGON 9:15 Live ratings distribution

(62 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(13%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (35%)
Collectors/fans only (19%)
Poor. Only for completionists (3%)

PENDRAGON 9:15 Live reviews

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Review by Tarcisio Moura
3 stars First Pendragon album featuring the now classic line up of Barret - Nolan - Gee - Smith. And it shows. This early live album is a proof of how good they were from the start and promises a lot (which, after a little while, was fullfilled). At the time a live album seemed to be a little too soon, since the band had only a LP out, The Jewel. But now I treasure this CD as a good look at their first years and it's really interesting to hear how Pendragons's classic line up gels from the very beginning, and the songs are actually better sounding here then on The Jewel. 9:15 (the title refers to the time the show started) has a good production for its time and shows the band playing in front of a fanatical crowd. Those were the times! The addtional studio tracks (one in the orignal LP and two on the CD version) are ok, but they'd be much better if they were live versions of the same, since those songs appear on various best of CDs and early albums re-releases.
Review by ZowieZiggy
3 stars Pendragon has only released one studio album and here they go for a live one. For having seen them live in 2006, I have to say that they are a rather good live band. Their melodic and melancholic mood is very well rendered on stage as well.

It was maybe to allow Clive to get more into the band that they decided to release this live effort. It was recorded at the mythical "Marquee Club" in London (July 1986).

There will be one unrealeased song at the time of the original release : "Red Shoes" which will be published on their first compilation "The R(B)est Of" as well as a single.

If we except "Victims Of Life" which will be much shorter than the original number and which serves more as an warm-up track, the remaining songs are pretty much similar to the originals. A bit harder maybe (like "Leviathan" for example).

Lots of people on this site critized Pendragon an awful lot. I just want to say that the music Pendragon plays is beautiful yet simple. If you are looking for complexity, you won't find it here. I like intricate music but from time to time, I really feel great to get other moods. More accessible and very pleasant. And this is exactly what Pendragon is all about. Nice melodies, emotional guitar breaks and very good keys (hold by Clive from this album onwards).

I guess there is nothing wrong with this. On top of that I appreciate Nick's vocals as well as his inspired guitar play. It is always a pleasure for my ears to listen to such beautiful tracks as "Alaska". It always provide me a lot of emotion. I can't help. "The Black Knight" is a great track as well.

Of course, since they only have produced one album, it might seem a bit irrelevant to have recorded a live album so early in their career. Actually there are just over forty minutes of live music here.

Three studio bonus tracks will be featured of which "Please" which is a nice instrumental track featuring a great guitar solo from Nick. Just as beautiful as Pendragon can be.

"Dark Summer's Day" and "Excalibur" were already released on their first EP "Fly High Fall Far". Actually I find quite strange that this track (a very poppy and catchy one) is not featured on this live album.

This is of course not an essential album. Still, it will the only live effort to feature "Alaska" and "The Black Knight". Three stars.

Review by Warthur
3 stars Recorded at one of the band's regular appearances at the Marquee, the main London home of the neo-prog revival in the 1980s, 9:15 Live captures Pendragon in smashing form, presenting the best songs from their debut album, The Jewel, as well as the instrumental Please and Red Shoes from the Kowtow album.

The Jewel was a decent album, but it had a problem - most of its songs had a heavy emphasis on the keyboards, with Nick Barrett's guitar work taking centre stage less frequently than in their later albums (with the exception of the album's final song, The Black Knight). Unfortunately, Rik Carter's keyboard playing, to my ears, simply wasn't quite interesting enough to carry the songs - at least not in the studio context.

The addition of Clive Nolan to the lineup appears to have helped enormously. Clive's lively interpretations of Rik's original keyboard contributions and exciting improvisations lend these songs a spark that they lacked in The Jewel. The album also shows how Nick Barrett is an excellent frontman; the audience can't help but be caught up in his enthusiasm and good cheer, and neither can I. The mixture of radio-friendly, melodic pop and more progressive songs works better here than it did on The Jewel, perhaps because the catchy pop tunes carry more energy live, and the album concludes with an absolutely incredible rendition of The Black Knight, a song which I don't think Pendragon ever managed to top in the first decade or so of their existence.

Aside from Red Shoes, which is an appealing enough song which unfortunately outstays its welcome, this is a brilliant live effort, and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the early days of neo-prog.

EDIT: OK, after some thought I've decided to trim a star off this review. I maintain that Clive's presence adds something to the Jewel songs, but on balance I don't think the improvement is worth a full star. And the fact is that at this point in their career the band didn't have enough four-to-five star songs to make a four-star live album viable.

Latest members reviews

4 stars Pendragon got into the live album business pretty early - after a few EPs and a single LP. This might seem a bit premature, and perhaps it was. That doesn't prevent this from being a highly enjoyable album. In fact, basically every track is an improvement over their studio counterparts. I tend ... (read more)

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