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MARILLION / MARBLES LIVE

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Audio CD (24 Oct. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Absolute Marketing
  • ASIN: B000BCE800
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,378 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. The Invisible Man
  2. Marbles I
  3. You’re Gone
  4. Angelina
  5. Marbles II
  6. Don’t Hurt Yourself
  7. Fantastic Place
  8. Marbles III
  9. The Damage
  10. Marbles IV
  11. Neverland
  12. Estonia

Product Description

MARILLION Marbles Live (2005 UK 12-track CD featuring metaerial recorded live over the 11th & 12th July 2004 at the London Astoria including the singles Youre Gone & Don't Hurt Yourself; picture sleeve with back inlay)

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Format: Audio CD
This is more or less the soundtrack to the the Marbles On The Road DVD recorded at London's Astoria Club in 2004, where they performed the entire 1 disc version of the Marbles album with the excellent track Estonia thrown in for good measure. The performance from H and co. is as always excellent but it would have been so much better if we had a double cd which included the rest of the show (including the between song banter which has been edited out here!), as people who were there would know this is only about half of it. But listening to this still reminds me of a cold, windy night in Newport queing to see my favourite band for the first time! Marbles is one of Marillion's all time great albums and is right up there with Afraid of Sunlight, Brave and Anoraknophobia in its genius. I don't really know who this release is aimed at, anyone who has the 1 disc version of Marbles would be more or less buying the same album again, the avid Marillion fan would already have the dvd. Perhaps its for the the type of Marillion fan who just buys anything with their name on the front cover. (ie me!!). Don't be put off though - this is a band at the top of their game performing one of their best albums live.
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The Marbles album came out in 2004, followed by a tour which spawned this CD and the Marbles On The Road DVD. Recorded at the Astoria Theatre this album captures the band perfectly cohesive and firing on all cylinders. Much of the earlier 'edgy' sound has gone on this album, to be replaced by a more user friendly, and dare I say it, commercial (ouch!) songwriting structure reminiscent of Keane or Travis.

The songs The Invisible Man and Neverland do hark back to earlier Marillion in the sense that they are lengthy, and comprise of much twisting and turning, tempo changes and sensitive keyboard and guitar passages. More like prog rock concertos than songs but they are brilliant.

Marbles I, II III and IV are OK although I don't really 'get' them.

The Damage is a song that is lost on me and I don't like it.

This brings me to the album's highlights. 'You're Gone' is a brilliant pop/rock song that was released as a single. It is tuneful, catchy and features great guitar work from Steve Rothery. 'Angelina' is a slower, more bluesy compostion about a phone sex girl and again Steve Rothery steals the show sounding like Dave Gilmour at times. 'Don't Hurt Yourself' is my personal favourite, (also released as a single) pacy and lively with excellent slide guitar and drums. 'Fantastic Place' is a rare attempt at a ballad but it works on every level.

Finally, 'Estonia' (not on Marbles studio album) which was inspired by the ferry disaster of the same name, and the verses allude to this event specifically. But the chorus concentrates more on Marillions' interpretation of what happens to us when we die. Far from being wrist-openingly depressing it is poignant and sensitive and features a terrific Mark Kelly keyboard solo.

Marillion have become increasingly 'progressive' and ever more accessible and I urge you to give this CD or the Marbles studio album a try.
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Great product
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I love Marillion, and though I'm more into Fish than Hogarth I think he was a worthy replacement and made some pretty good tracks...
Unfortunatly not one of them is on this album. It's absolutely terrible.
I can't even remember any of the songs and I've listened to them quite a few times.
They're not memorable, sound the same, and send you to sleep.
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Amazon.com: 4.0 out of 5 stars 4 reviews
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars AWESOME. 28 Feb. 2007
By PABLO TORO BALA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Marillion is an underrated band. They deserve credit for taking their chances and experiment with every single recording to find new ways all the time. Sometimes they are more successful -artistic wise speaking- than others, but this shows their integrity and make them deserve respect.

During many years I was the typical old-fashioned Marillion fan that missed Fish in the band. However, I must now say that Marbles is their best job ever after Clutching at Straws. Their live performing at this CD is superb: full of energy, delicacy, artistry and feeling. This is fresh, interesting, inspiring music.

This is the kind of record -as much of prog music- that will demand much of your attention in order for you to capture its real soul. Once to achieve this, you won't let go...
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars marvelous 2 Jan. 2006
By stateless - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
marbles one of the best albums of all time. the band is capture live on their marillion weekend, and its play entirely the whole album including ocean cloud and the only unforgiveable thing. a true gem
0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding !! 5 Nov. 2009
By Christopher Rendine - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
For Marillion fans, this is an absolutely pristine performance of their album "Marbles" the only differences being the song "Damage" being substituted for "Drilling Holes" as well as the addition of the finale "Estonia". Otherwise, an exact replica of the studio lp. Excellent sound quality. Highly recommeded.
3 of 17 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Do I Even Own This Album? 26 May 2006
By Jordan Smith - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The title of this review just about sums it up. It's not that the songs are rubbish it's simply the fact you don't remember them. You put the CD in and begin listening and soon you're doing something else at the same time... on the computer, doing house work, you know something like that. And then the album ends. And you can't remember a thing about it! The songs just simply aren't memorable enough. I'd give you a song to song breakdown but I just honestly can't remember them and I've listened to them quite a lot too.

Now try doing house work or using the computer while listening to Def Leppard's Hysteria or Van Halen's 1984 or even Marillion's own Misplaced Childhood and you'll find yourself picking up lyrics or melodies and thinking "That was a good song". This lacks that.

If you want a good Marillion live album you will enjoy pick up Real To Reel. Baring in mind that's the previous singer Fish you could always opt for the Hogarth era DVD From Stoke Row To Ipanemia. Excellent.
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