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Songs From the Lions Cage Import

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  • Audio CD (September 13, 2004)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Inside Out Germany
  • ASIN: B000024GPY
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #216,014 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on January 8, 1999
Format: Audio CD
This fantastic album is much like the kind of music as performed by early Marillion (with Fish). If you like(d) old Marillion, you'll love this, too. No wonder, as Arena is founded by Mick Pointer, well known as Drummer of early Marillion! I can also highly recommend the 2nd album of arena, "Pride".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marcelo A. Soto Quiroga on December 7, 2001
Format: Audio CD
By reading the reviews right here you can notice two things:
1- This is a superb early-90s prog rock band, or
2- This is a shamelessly clone of an average copy from a prog rock sacred idol.
In my humble opinion Arena's not one thing nor the other.
Arena is a well balanced modern prog rock assemble with a strong influence from early bands. By no means they're bad musicians or performers. Their compositions are well above average for a newly formed band (by the time they released this album).
The ¨Crying for help¨ series conform a good concept set. ¨Jericho¨ and ¨Solomon¨ are two very thoroughly assembled compositions both in music and poetry.
Of course, if you're that kind of radical Genesis fan(atic) that do not accept by any means listening to another similar bell, I guarantee you'll hate it.
Otherwise, just give it a chance. Listen to it, and judge for yourself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Manny Hernandez HALL OF FAME on December 29, 2003
Format: Audio CD
Quite clearly there are striking similarities between the voice of Arena's lead singer and that of Fish (from early Marillion). And so are there resemblances in some of their harmonies with Rush's music. But the bottom line is that Arena hasn't stopped at that, in the same way as IQ didn't. Their work has only evolved (as Marillion's did from their VERY Geneis-like early days!) to get better and better, putting them among the greatest of (art) prog rock of these days, alongside Flower Kings and the like. Though this might not be their best album, it is far from deserving a solitary one star like another reviewer gave them. I see 'Songs From the Lions Cage' as a solid four stars.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By William A. Barker on May 14, 2009
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I discovered Arena's music in 2006 when I stumbled upon the amazing "Peppers Ghost" released in 2005. Unfortunately I worked my way backwards having only heard their FIRST album "Songs From the Lions Cage" around 2007 mostly due to a lack of availability (I still was forced to buy it used seeing as local music sellers DO NOT have Arena's music and even amazon was asking an outrageous import price for a new copy!

4/5 stars overall, the Crying For Help tracks are skipable leaving only 5 core tracks on the album--sure two of them are over 10 mins--but still. The album sounds somewhat dated and isn't as timeless as say: Contagion or the Visitor IMHO. I've heard this album called a "Fish Era-Marillion Clone" and I can't say I completely disagree however some of the distinct Arena sounds that would be prominent on later albums are present even on this album. You know what they say, "The better the artist the harder they bite" I believe you have to draw inspiration from somewhere and that will always reflect in your earliest works as you perfect your craft. We have Arena and a handful of others for continuing PROG into the mid to late 90's and sort of resurrecting it.

John Carsons vocals are excellent although Rob Sowland (their new singer) has far more range/depth to his voice IMHO. Clive Nolan and Mick Pointer are SOLID as always and Keith More's guitars are epic taking you on wonderful sonic journeys--John Mitchell would eventually take over as guitarist for the band and continue these kinds of guitars taking them to even greater heights.

In my rating below I left out the Crying For Help songs as they are more interludes than anything even though part IV has become a staple in Arena's live show...
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on November 7, 1998
Format: Audio CD
This is a wonderful concept album. The music is very simliar to early Genesis and Marillion. The music is very melodic and the vocals are very emotional.
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