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The Thieving Magpie [Double CD, Special Edition]

Marillion Audio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Marillion are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets; purveyors of soulful, powerful, and often deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation for blistering live shows which have earned them an impressive and faithful global fanbase.

Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (original lead-singer, "Fish", having departed in 1988).
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Product details

  • Audio CD (28 Nov 1988)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Double CD, Special Edition
  • Label: EMI Music UK
  • ASIN: B000005RTU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 68,217 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Intro-La Gazza Ladra
2. Slainte Mnath
3. He Knows You Know
4. Chelsea Monday
5. Freaks
6. Jigsaw
7. Punch & Judy
8. Sugar Mice
9. Fugazi
10. Script For Jester's Tear
See all 12 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Pseudo Silk Kimono MISPLACED CHILDHOOD PARTS 1 & 2
6. Waterhole MISPLACED CHILDHOOD PARTS 1 & 2;(Expresso Bongo)
7. Lords Of The Backstage MISPLACED CHILDHOOD PARTS 1 & 2
9. Childhoods End? MISPLACED CHILDHOOD PARTS 1 & 2

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5 stars
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant and Timeless 18 April 2007
By Andy
Format:Audio CD
This double CD Live set provides the uninitiated with a snapshot of the early career (first four albums) of one of the most unique prog rock outfits ever, and shows these five guys in their natural habitat, LIVE. I saw Marillion several times in the eighties, always at Hammersmith Odeon or The Marquee Club and they always did the business. This album is also notable as the last hurrah for the Fish era. The songs on disc 1 are an eclectic mix from the first four albums, although they are not on the disc in chronological order. The Thieving Magpie disc 1, has great renditions of Chelsea Monday, Script, Sugar Mice, Incommunicado, White Russian, and disc 2 recites Misplaced Childhood practically note for note. I bought this CD shortly after it's release in '88 and still love it today. It was as good a way to say goodbye to Fish as any and remains a great album to pull out whenever you hear someone whinge about how appalling the music was in the eighties (which all too often is me).
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Format:Audio CD
This album captivates the essence of marillion with fish. Its full of all the classics performed the only way they should be. Live and with fish. Chelsea Monday sums up the the quality of lirics and talent this band had as live performers, but the whole album is a must for all marillion fans. There are no bad tracks and the quality is excellent for a live recording. A MUST HAVE album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The peak of Marillion's career. 2 Feb 2004
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I miss the Fish era of Marillion. His lyrics and his voice; but also the beautifully crafted songs. This live album has all the greats from that time and I have to say that since their This Strange Engine (Post Fish) album they seem to have become somewhat predictable.
This is live progressive rock at its best. Can't go wrong here.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Was pretty fantastic. 4 Mar 2013
Format:Vinyl|Verified Purchase
I got this for a friend, so I can't write much about it.

Mostly in excellent condition, and the vinyl itself had no serious damage.

Quite a marvellous live collection, even for people who aren't keen on live recorded songs.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Love it 1 Jun 2014
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I love this album... I had it many years back at university, and finally got round to buying it again on CD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good live recording 13 May 2014
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I'm not a huge Marillion fan and my preference is for the early material. This is an excellent rendition of the band at their peak (in my opinion). The full live production of Misplaced Childhood is worth the price alone.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Marillion live 15 Jan 2013
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Without doubt their best work live, also bought " Live from Loreley" which has a few different tracks but no where as good as this recording. I ordered this as I had a disc missing from the one I bought many years ago and still think the into "La Gazza Ladra" which runs into Sainte Mhath the best start to a rock concert I have heard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The original Marillion at their best 22 Oct 2012
By Little Cat Voom TOP 500 REVIEWER
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It`s almost impossible to accept that Steve Hogarth has been Marillion`s frontman for over twenty years, whilst Fish was only the singer between 1981-88!! That isn`t to say anything negative about "H", just that I love Fish. And the first side (particularly the first side) of this album is a seamless, majestic collection of music. I`m reluctant to use careless phrases like prog-rock, as I never felt that pigeon-holing was necessary or appropriate - this is just great music. Marillion were very dramatic with Fish at the helm - the intro of "Slainte Mhath" for example, there`s something of the Pixies - bear with me! - about it. QuietLoudQuiet. And Fish is quite happy to throw in poetry, drama, comedy, peaks of emotional happiness or despair, always beautifully underscored by the flawless Rothery, Trewavas, Kelly and Mosley. I listen to this regularly, and I first bought it on tape in upon release when I was 13...it`s still great music.
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