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Marillion

From Stoke Row To Ipanema DVD

Review by Greg Olma

This 2 DVD package is set in the time when Steve Hogarth took over the vocals from Fish. The first disk is kind of the bonus disk as it features items usually found at the end of a DVD or as the extra disk. It consists of interviews along with videos of "Hooks In You,""Uninvited Guest" and "Easter".  There is also some bootleg looking footage from Brazil 1990.  It's pro-shot but the quality is not that great and as an extra, it's definitely worth having but it wouldn't work as the main feature.  One of the cool parts of this bonus disc is the rehearsal segment where they run through "This Town" from the yet unreleased Holidays In Eden album.

The main concert here is a 1990 show from Leicester, England.  It's the first tour with Steve Hogarth and change was definitely in the air.  Marillion took a similar path as Genesis when they replaced their frontman.  Both bands took their prog elements and cut them into bite sized (and accessible) pieces.  They took their sound and made it into a more commercial vehicle, leaving some hardcore fans disappointed.  What came after was a new and improved version of the band and in some ways, a band that could reach a much wider audience.  Since this was Hogarth's first tour with the band, they made sure to feature the new album Seasons End in it's entirety.  In between bits from the new record (at the time), they played a healthy amount of Fish-era material.  Although Hogarth is no Fish, he does bring a new element to the band along with doing an admirable job with the older tunes.  I'm sure at the time, the guys weren't too sure if this was going to work in the long run but Hogarth has proven his worth. 

This DVD concert is 18 years old now but it still feels fresh.  The filming is top notch as would be expected from Marillion.  They really haven't put out anything that wasn't of the highest quality.  Like them or not, they always give their fans great product and hit set is no different.

This review is available in book format (hardcover and paperback) in Music Street Journal: 2008  Volume 5 at lulu.com/strangesound.

 

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