Pomp & Circumstance!,
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This review is from: Live from Birmingham (Audio CD)
Many years ago, I purchased Kingdom Of Madness on the recommendation of a mate and was certainly taken by the prog.pomp served up by the band upon that (vinyl) disc. Resultant, I went off and purchased Magnum II, but that was nowhere near as bright and clear with the result that that was the last album of the band that I purchased!
However, among my recommendations recently was LIVE FROM BIRMINGHAM a show recorded from back in '92 at the Town Hall and included was Kingdom Of Madness, so for the sake of a fiver, I thought I might as well give it a listen and went ahead with the purchase.....and regretting it? Not on your life.......this is one helluva rocking album showing the band off at the height of their powers making the most of the 78 plus minutes of running time including All England's Eyes, Vigilante, Kingdom Of Madness (but not quite the version I remember), the beautiful Les Morts Dansant and the epic 10 minutes (almost) of How Far Jerusalem - Catley and Clarkin are having a veritable ball!
As I keep saying, I love live music, and albums such as this are the next best thing - well recorded and just alive with energy, power and a band at home (in more ways than one) with it's music and audience.
Well worth the outlay if you like gutsy prog rock with a melodic touch.