Sunday, March 24, 2019

Marillion - 1986-01-08 - Hammersmith Odeon, London, UK

Hammersmith Odeon, London, England

Soundboard Recording, very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and Mp3 (320 kbps) versions

Moving on to some of the progressive bands that were not part of the original progressive era in the '70's but came later and kept the progressive flame burning through later years. In the 1980's, new bands such as Marillion, Saga, IQ, and Pendragon continued on in the progressive tradition, as several other bands, such as Dream Theater, Fates Warning, and Porcupine Tree, moved into a heavier, more progressive metal sound. Here is Marillion, a British band that became popular in the mid-Eighties, with obvious influences and inspiration from Genesis, but who forged their own way forward, delivering a 1980's version of classic progressive rock. Their commercial breakthrough came with their third album, Misplaced Childhood (1985), which went to #1 in the UK, with multiple hit singles. Now exposed to a much wider audience, their next album, Clutching at Straws (1987), was also a big hit, receiving popular and critical acclaim. However, an excessive touring schedule and constant pressure from the band's management led to the departure of their charismatic lead singer, frontman, and lyricist, Fish, in 1988. The band continued with the addition of Steve Hogarth, who had a very different style from Fish, and thus the style and sound of the band also changed (somewhat more pop-oriented) from that point on. Although their next couple albums struggled to regain their previous success, they bounced back with their seminal concept album, Brave (1994), and through the subsequent years, although not as commercially successful, they have maintained a strong fanbase that has kept them going strong, right up to the present. They have released 18 studio albums (most recent, F.E.A.R. - 2016) and countless live albums. Here is a great-sounding show from the old days with Fish, on their Misplaced Childhood tour in 1986.This recording did not include all songs played, however, (other songs played included the Intro piece 'The Thieving Magpie', 'Punch and Judy', and 'Market Square Hero' as a closer), so I have added 'Market Square Hero' from another show that year at the end to recreate the natural end of the show.

Track List:
01 - Emerald Lies (intro)         
02 - Script For A Jester's Tear          
03 - Incubus
04 - Jigsaw
05 - The Web         
Misplaced Childhood (Full album)
  06 - Pseudo Silk Kimono         
  07 - Kayleigh          
  08 - Lavender
  09 - Bitter Suite
  10 - Heart Of Lothian
  11 - Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  12 - Lords Of The Backstage
  13 - Blind Curve
  14 - Childhood's End
  15 - White Feather
16 - Fugazi
17 - Market Square Hero - medley (From 1986-06-21 - Mannheim, Germany, FM)

The Band:
Fish: Vocals
Steve Rothery: Guitars
Mark Kelly: Keyboards
Pete Trewavas: Bass
Ian Mosley: Drums

FLAC - Marillion_1986-01-01_Hammersmith Odeon-London-UK_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Marillion_1986-01-01_Hammersmith Odeon-London-UK_mp3.rar

Friday, March 15, 2019

Steve Hackett - 2018-12-09 - Acoustic Concert - Trading Boundaries, East Sussex, UK

Steve Hackett (and guests)
Acoustic Concert
Trading Boundaries, Sheffield Green, East Sussex, UK

Audience Recording (EBR), very good quality
Available in both Lossless (FLAC) and mp3 (320 kbps) versions

OK, to finish up this look at the career of guitarist Steve Hackett, and to bring things right up to present day, here is a unique intimate  show from last December (2018), where Steve and basically a chamber ensemble of Rob Townsend, Roger King, and John Hackett play an entire acoustic show at Trading Boundaries, the UK venue that is a restaurant, antiques showroom, and has in recent years become a haven for intimate concerts of progressive music.  This was such an interesting and unique show that I just had to include it here. But first, to catch us up on Steve, He continued to tour through most of 2018, through the U.S., South America, and Europe, Then in October played a series of shows in the UK with full Orchestra backing, and ending with a couple acoustic shows at Trading Boundaries in December. Somehow amidst all that touring, he also managed to record a new album, At The Edge of Light, which was released in January 2019.  The rest of 2019 looks to be just as eventful as well, starting with a couple of Cruise shows (see below for more info) in February, and the beginning of his 2019 tour, which will feature playing the entire Selling England By The Pound  album and celebration of 40th Anniversary of Spectral Mornings, and span through Europe, Scandinavia, USA, Canada, and the UK throughout the year. But the show presented here is very unique, not only in the intimate, informal coffeehouse atmosphere, but also in the style and setlist of the songs played. A wonderful experience and great recording of this unique event.

1.  Event Intro
2.  Intro
3.  Unknown classical piece
4.  Intro
5.  ?->Tales Of the Riverbank
6.  Intro
7.  Skye Boat Song
8.  ?->Horizons
9.  Intro
10. Jacuzzi
11. Supper's Ready->After the Ordeal->Hairless Heart->Dm Inprov
12. Introduction of Nick Magnus
13. Hammer In the Sand
14. Intro
15. Jazz On A Summer's Night

1.  Intro
2.  House Of The Faun
3.  Intro
4.  Second Chance
5.  Rainbows
6.  Intro
7.  Poulanc->Whole Tone Improv->Red Flower->Priestess
8.  Introduction of Amanda Lehmann
9.  Memory Lane
10. Intro
11. Happy When It Rains
12. Intro
13. Ace Of Wands
14. Crowd
15. The Journey
16. Intro
17. Bacchus inc. Firth Of Fifth
18. Outro

Steve Hackett - Guitars, Harmonica, Vocals
Rob Townsend - Sax, woodwinds
Roger King - Keyboards
John Hackett - Flute
With Special Guests
Nick Magnus - keyboards
Amanda Lehmann - Guitar/vocals

FLAC - Steve Hackett_2018-12-09_Trading Boundaries(Acoustic)UK_FLAC.rar

mp3 - Steve Hackett_2018-12-09_Trading Boundaries(Acoustic)UK_mp3.rar

Cruise to the Edge: Another unique experience that Steve Hackett has participated in in recent years is the Cruise to the Edge, an actual voyage on a Cruse ship that features nearly round the clock live shows from a plethora of Progressive rock artists and acts, from classic bands such as Yes, Soft Machine, Brand X, PFM, and Steve Hackett, to newer and lesser-known bands carrying on the tradition of Progressive rock today. These Cruises have been conducted each year in February over the past several years, leaving from Tampa FL, traveling to Key West and Cozumel, and back, with a packed schedule of concerts every day. Billed as "The Greatest Prog Rock Vacation on Earth" (here is the Cruise Fortunately, for all of us intrigued by this but who can't actually go on these Cruises, many audience recordings shows from the most recent Cruises (including 2014, 2017, 2018, and just out, 2019, thanks primarily to Lostbrook 2.0!). I don't have time or space to post them here, but they are available to download at the G101 Lossless Forum (just search for Lostbrook or Cruise to the Edge). Once again this year, Steve was part of the show, along with many great old and new bands worth checking out. Just shows how Progressive music is staying alive and vital right through today.