on May 25, 2002
A new live album in the shops! Marillion are a band that like to entertain and with this album they do that. From the opening sample of "Separated Out" to the closing note of "Easter" Marillion are giving us a great show. Included are a nice collection of songs from the last studio album. Some of these songs, I now prefer over their studio incarnation. The energy trasferred by the audience augments the vibe, particularly on "Quartz."
Sorry to dissappoint anybody expecting "Kayleigh," "Lavendar," or any songs of the Fish era. This collection is all h. And h gives his all, IMO.
I have this retail version as well as the double disc version available only from Marillion themselves. For the causual listener, this collection will serve you well. For the true die-hard, you should already have your double disc version on the way.
Recommmended listening strategy for this I'm gonna swipe from the "Brave" liner notes. Play it LOUD with the lights off.
on May 16, 2003
This is Marillion's third live album, and second with h on vocals ('The thieving magpie' and 'Made again'). I have a feeling it was recorded in concerts that had fewer fans than the previous two albums, but you wouldn't know it from the crowd's intensity and the band's performances (it's recorded from more than one concert).
This, however, is the single CD version...you need to go to marillion.com and get the DOUBLE CD version (get them while they last, folks!). It's much better, including an intro and 8 more tracks, and set in a different order (Rich, Man of a thousand faces, Go!, Afraid of sunlight, Mad, Answering machine, King, This is the 21st century, When I meet God). However, 'Easter' is only included in this version...
A great live performance, a great recording, great music, great fans...this is one of those records you JUST HAVE TO HAVE...
Read no more, head on to marillion.com and get it...
on June 17, 2002
After listening to the studio versions of these songs it was a must to hear them live. I have the double cd from marillion.com and it is fantastic. Hearing When I Meet God and This is the 21st
Century live is a such a treat. This is candy for the ears. Turn the lights down and the volume up and get ready to enjoy. This is so good that I am going to go back and purchase the other live cd's that can only be had at their sight. And who knows, maybe one day we will again get the pleasure of seeing Marillion live in the USA.
on January 5, 2003
Anoraknophobia is truly and already, a masterpiece. Its live counterpart doesn't go any differently. Great playlist apart, there's something different about the sound itself! Turn up the volume and voilá...YOU ARE AT THE GIG. Never a live record sounded so live and so good at the same time! Mark at the liner notes tells how they did it (but is that all? :)). Some songs get better than in studio (a lot when Quartz is concerned, improvement is also clear in "if my heart...", "separated out", "go", "king" and the afraid of sunlight sequence). The rest is at least as good as. The Steves are superb, H in great throat shape doesn't miss a note!!! R guitar exploring gets bolder to the extreme! Mosley and Pete set the engine in heavy motion, no one can stop! Mark colours it all gracefully contrasting with the edgy others! ONE OF THE BEST LIVE ALBUMS EVER, technically, musically and emotionally! Long Live Marillion!!!