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Live and Let Live

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  • 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)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Ceiling Speaks
  2. The End Of The Endless Majority
  3. We Are Sane
  4. Fact And Fiction
  5. The Poet Sniffs A Flower
  6. Sequences
  7. Creepshow
  8. East Of Eden
  9. Love Song

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Format: Audio CD
The 'prog rock' group Twelfth Night never made it as big as they should have been, personel changes being one of the problems, along with the fact that they were better live than in the studio. This CD shows you just how good they were live.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
Probably one of the best live acts I've ever seen, caught live at the Marquee Club.
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.
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Format: Audio CD
A near flawless album that really puts over what the world lost when Geoff Mann met his untimely demise. The quality of the music is astounding, and the thought provoking lyrics are second to none. The power of some tracks such as 'freakshow' are beyond my mere words. There is a great contrast of material on this album from very strong tracks like 'sequences' (A comment on the hell experienced by the poor bloody infantry of WW1), to beautiful instrumentals such as 'the poet sniffs a flower'.
A classic prog album that doesn't sound dated even after twenty years, and a must for all those that like intelligent thoughtful lyrics.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
From the opening chords of "The Ceiling Speaks" to the final notes of the brilliant "Love Song" this Definitive Edition is the one all Twelfth Night fans must have. The full and unexpurgated final concerts featuring Geoff Mann on vocals took me back to the days when all I had was the vinyl LP. This, however, is so much more. There are no words to describe how brilliant this 2 CD set is. Yes, you could probably get it cheaper if you look around but getting it from Brian Devoil and Twelfth Night themselves gives a bit back to the band, and that means there are no losers!!! Buy it now, you won't be disappointed!
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By A Customer on 21 Nov. 2000
Format: Audio CD
Wasn't there, wish I was, absolutely brilliant. Prog rock at its very best.
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Format: Audio CD
This is a review of the 2012 2CD Definitive Edition release on the F2 label.
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.
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Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Got this on an original vinyl LP in mint condition so i know what to expect musically and love it. I only hope now that when i do get it it's not going to be a shoddy homemade type CD. watch this space !UPDATE...Received my CD today ( 3/7/2013 )a lot earlier than expected and absolutely chuffed. Did not expect 2 CD's one containing unreleased tracks. also the booklet with photos and lyrics to all songs.If you are a Twelfth Night fan and have not already got this,get it. :)
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Format: MP3 Download
Given that I saw this band about 120 times (no exaggeration) and was at both of the nights that feature on this recording it is safe to say this CD is indispensable for anyone who loves rock music, not just prog rock. They were a wonderful band live. Some bad luck, some iffy decisions... Try out XII as well. You will not be disappointed.
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