Marillion are still very active when it comes to concerts and live recordings. Two new double CDs are available in her house company.
Holidays In Eden Live 2011 (7/10) is one of the series for which the British original Neoproggers are bringing complete studio albums live. However, this work is not necessarily one of the highlights in Marillion's back catalogue and one day suffered from a too smooth ironed production. The great, epic "Splintering Heart", however, was splendidly celebrated by the fans. "Cover My Eyes" has always been predestined to be a live hit and other titles are also upgraded, e.g. "The Party" with a formidable Rothery guitar solo. Other songs on the album, on the other hand, can't ignite so well.
Best Live (8/10) should perhaps be bought by those who don't want to buy all eleven live records of the Brit Progger. Highlights include the vibrant version of "You're Gone", the powerful interpretation of "King", the nostalgic anthem "Warm Wet Circles", the rousing epic-hypnotic "Neverland" and the shiny acoustic instruments of "Man Of A Thousand Faces" (also on "Holidays In Eden Live 2011").
Top track: Splintering Heart (Holidays In Eden 2011); This Strange Engine (Best Live)