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Thieving Magpie [Original recording remastered, Import]

MarillionAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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listen  1. La Gazza Ladra (Live) 2:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Slainte Mhath (Live) 4:49$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. He Knows You Know (Live) 5:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  5. Freaks (Live In Germany) 4:14$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  7. Punch And Judy (Live) 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Sugar Mice (Live) 6:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Fugazi (Live) 8:39$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. Script For A Jester's Tear (Live) 8:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Incommunicado (Live) 5:23$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. White Russian (Live) 6:14$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  7. Lords Of The Backstage (Live) 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
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listen  9. Childhood's End? (Live In London) 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 7, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Original recording remastered, Import
  • Label: Emd Int'l
  • ASIN: B0026J8LCC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #141,507 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Out of print in the U.S.! Originally released in 1988, The Thieving Magpie is a live set from the British Prog Rock band released roughly the same time as original vocalist Fish left the band. Taking in tracks from their excellent albums starting with 1983's Script For A Jester's Tear and ending with 1987's Clutching At Straws, The Thieving Magpie is the perfect end to this phase of Marillion's career with Fish as their frontman. Disc One contains live versions of hits and fan favorites while Disc Two features their masterpiece, Misplaced Childhood, performed live in it's entirety. 32 tracks. EMI.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
As a farewell present for fans, the double CD live collection of The Thieving Magpie is perhaps the closest to a Fish-era Marillion concert you'll ever be. This is the band during their heyday (at least in their peak album selling years) just as Fish was about to leave (or be dismissed, depending on who you ask). Here's a band known for its proximity to fans back when they performed to packed arenas. It is, without a doubt, a testament to a great band who, after releasing this album, went in two different directions with two very different results.
The two CDs are divided into a full live version of Misplaced Childhood (the band's greates achievement) and a collection of tracks from their three other albums. The results can also be divided into two groups: awesome and lacking.
Being able to enjoy Misplaced Childhood in its enterity is a true gift that the lads gave to us fans. This is one of those classic albums that transcends time and taste, and that should be around forever. It is also proof of the band's musical talents, both as composers and as performers. This is a 42+ minute track if you think about it!
The first disc starts off with an intro of Rossini's 'La Gazza Ladra' that segues into one of the bands best loved tracks, Slainte Mhath and then visits a varied collection of hits that are taken from different concerts. This disc could have been somewhat better, not because of the quality of the tracks presented, but because of the tracks missing from it. Granted, the band had already released Real to Reel and Brief Encounter, so a few of the better known pieces of Marillion's music was already out in live versions, but still, a better way to say goodbye and thanks to the fans would have been to include Forgotten sons, Assassing, Garden Party and/or Market Square Heroes.
Still, this is an album that should be owned not only by Marillion fans, but also by every and anyone who loves great music.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Energizing live performance! February 8, 2002
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I have always admired Marillion's live albums because of their intensity, and among them The Thieving Magpie is probably the best. It shows how a band can transform studio music into a true expression of the human soul. It shows that it is possible to enhance perfection.
All of the bands member perform at their best, seamlessly adding strength and warmth to the music. Their level of energy and coordination is untypical of live performances. I particularly enjoy Ian Mosley's faster and unrestrained drumming, as well as Fish's voice which adds tremendous sensuality to the music. I have to admit that because the album is a compilation of several performances there are some discrepancies in the sound quality. However I don't think this is reason enough not to give this masterpiece a five star rating.
The selection of songs in the first disc contains some of Marillion's best. My personal favorites are Slainte Mhath, Fugazi and Script for a Jester's Tear. If you are already familiar with the studio songs you will undoubtedly be blown away by their emotional live versions. The second disc contains an equally intense and complete live performance of Misplaced Childhood that sounds even more natural than the original album.
The Thieving Magpie was Fish's last performance with the band. They were never the same after that and probably never will. It's a farewell to one of music's finest bands and as such is hard to listen to it and not feel that they have left and empty space that may never be filled again.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for live Misplaced Childhood, but.... August 12, 2001
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Considering this could have been the ultimate live experience (Marillion being one of my favorite bands), I think I may have set standards too high for The Thieving Magpie. La Gazza Ladra is a two-disc set featuring many fabulous songs from Fish-era Marillion, and a second disc sporting a complete, uninterrupted performance of the entire album, Misplaced Childhood.
My complaints fall squarely on the first disc. Since it was assembled from a number of different shows, there are major inconsistencies in sound quality, ambience, and musical energy from the band. Without the feel of Fish's onstage charisma and the tense chemistry between the band members, many of the songs feel like flat recitals of the studio versions. Live albums must do their best to try and preserve the experience of being at the show, but for much of disc 1 that experience is lost. However, _some_ of the songs here slay the studio originals. "Script for a Jester's Tear," which is one of my favorites, is tremendously more intense here, as is "Incommunicado," the big single from Clutching At Straws. "Chelsea Monday" feels a bit slower so the band can better explore the elaborate emotional textures of the song, and it's better as a result. "White Russian" also gains a great deal of power in the live delivery. Parts of "Fugazi" are likewise more intense, especially the ending.
Why a Marillion fan should really want to own this is to have disc 2, where Misplaced Childhood is performed. What is already an intensely emotional work of music is in some ways more so thanks to the added vivacity of the live setting. They capture the feeling of the studio version, support it with topnotch technical precision, and slightly increased power on Fish's behalf. Rothery's solos are sometimes embellished, which is good. More of Rothery's guitar playing can only be a good thing.
A good live release, but it's no replacement for the real thing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a find!
I like many different kinds of music and just happened across this album on line. I liked it so much I not only bought a copy of the CD for myself, but a copy for my youngest... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Dr.L.
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe Best Double Live Rock Album Ever- My Favorite Anyway
Move over" Queen "Live Killers", Genesis "Seconds Out", Rush "Exit stage Left," Nugent "Double Live Gonzo", Zep "Song Remains the Same" Rust Never Sleeps I could go on for a bit... Read more
Published 20 months ago by cudaguy
5.0 out of 5 stars "Misplaced Masterpiece"?
I just started organizing my vinyl collection this XMAS 2012 after compiling "wish lists"and discovered this LP. Read more
Published 22 months ago by straight frank
5.0 out of 5 stars Exellent live recording
One of the best selection of songs in this live performance set of 2 CD, the second of it dedicated entirely to Misplaced Childhood album. Sound quality near excellence. Read more
Published on July 30, 2010 by Claudio Magro
I thought that no Live Prog Rock album could ever equal Genesis' "Seconds Out" until Marillion produced this amazing piece of work. Read more
Published on February 8, 2008 by Andre Colomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply masterpiece
If you grew up in 80s listening Pimk Floyd , Genesis, Dire Straights, and many others this is cd for you Fish and Marrillion is simply marvelous, here I just want to say that... Read more
Published on November 13, 2007 by Olgierd Szczeklik
5.0 out of 5 stars A great gift for the first hour fans
I remember those days very well, no one could hypnotised an audience as Fish. Amazing energy was cleary felt at a Marillion concert. Read more
Published on July 4, 2007 by Guy Campeau
4.0 out of 5 stars Marillion worthy
Ok, the cover art is silly, but the live double album is a must have. The lilting introduction of La Gaza Ladra transports you into the concert hall and takes you on a journey... Read more
Published on December 28, 2005 by Van Gogh
5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Buy
I been mulling over buying this live double cd for a long time. It is a little on the expensive side and even though I love Misplaced Childhood and the Fish Era of Marillion, I... Read more
Published on November 11, 2005 by D. Carvajal
5.0 out of 5 stars Marillion at their BEST!
If you could only have 1 Marillion CD, this is the one. The songs on the CD are their best and are performed with more intensity and better sound quality than they are on the... Read more
Published on August 4, 2004 by Jonny-O
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