- Audio CD (24 Feb. 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Cyclops
- ASIN: B000024Q6A
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Vinyl | MP3 Download
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 208,769 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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This is a recording of final concerts with Geoff Mann as the lead singer over two nights at the Marque club (I was there both nights).
Originally released in the early 80's as a double album, this CD has three extra tracks. The songs are their best and the sound quality is great, (though the mixing of the bonus tracks leaves a lot to be desired.)
Everything's there! The short 'pop' songs, the long 'concept' tracks, the brilliant guitar work, the bizarre introductions and most of all the charisma of the much missed Geoff Mann.
You can feel the emotion. It brings a lump in my throat.
The pure beauty of the songs coupled with the raw emotion of the crowd (of which I was one) witnessing the late great "Rocking Rev" (Geoff Mann) performing is second to none. The gigs at which this album was recorded were absolute classics. The album is the same.
The songs were performed beautifully, the intros (particularly to We are sane fantastic)
A brilliant album that every prog fan should regard as an essential buy.
A classic prog album that doesn't sound dated even after twenty years, and a must for all those that like intelligent thoughtful lyrics.
It features the full set of TNs Marquee gigs of 4-5 November 1983, which were vocalist Geoff Mann's swan song. The set has been reconstructed from various sound sources (including 6 from the original vinyl release) so the sound quality is uneven, but it's the best record of a major moment in TN history that we're going to get.
Twelfth Night's music of this period is summed up in the strengths and weaknesses of Geoff himself. He was enormously engaging, creative, enthusiastic , energetic and a genuinely nice guy. His lyrics were intelligent with occasional really inspired lines ("If every time we tell a lie a little fairy dies/They must be building death camps in the garden"). He was, however at best a moderately talented singer and as time went on his religious views came increasingly to intrude into his lyrics (eg on the Ceiling Speaks and the Collector) so much so that there was a real danger of the band becoming a Christian rock outfit, and I can't imagine a worse fate than that.
Much of the music is excellent. The Ceiling Speaks is a classy rocky opener, We Are Sane is a classic prog protest at abuse of power,the encore East of Eden is the best rendition of that piece I have heard and the finale (Love Song) is powerful and moving. For fans of the original instrumental TN we have the beautiful electric/classical guitar duet the End of the Endless Majority, the Camelesque the Poet Sniffs a Flower and the old classic Afghan Red.
If you appreciate intelligent progressive rock with fine musicianship you should enjoy this.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Twelfth Night is great band of progressive rock! This is double cd very very nice!Published 11 months ago by Roger1959
A great album. I used to have it on vinyl and it is great to own it again. It sounds as good as it ever did - with bonus tracks too!Published on 13 Feb. 2014 by Mark
I was lucky enough to be present at these recorded gigs, and have a vinyl copy of the original version. Read morePublished on 16 Mar. 2013 by Dom
This 2CD version is a complete record of the original gig. The new recordings have been slotted into the original. Read morePublished on 14 Mar. 2013 by Erikbloodaxe
Great Band, Great Music. Please file under proper music....suberb muscianship, great lyrics. A concert I wish I was in audience....Published on 7 Dec. 2012 by D. S. Hulmston
How can anyone justify asking £30 for a nine track album? I thought it was good when it first came out, but it will never be worth that ammount..Published on 23 Feb. 2008 by Christopher James