Curtain Call

Chocolate Frog Records\Marillion Front Row Club, released April 5th 2004

Volume A: Rundsporthalle, Baunatal, Germany 1 October 1983

CD 1
01. He Knows You Know [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
02. Garden Party [Dick/Jelliman/Kelly/Minnett/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
03. Script for a Jester's Tear [Dick/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
04. Three Boats Down from the Candy [Dick/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
05. Assassing [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley/Mover/Pointer/Minnett]

CD 2
01. Chelsea Monday [Dick/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
02. Forgotten Sons [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
03. Market Square Heroes [Dick/Kelly/Minnett/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
04. Charting the Single [Dick/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]

Volume B: Hammersmith Odeon, London, England 3 February 1986

CD 1
Intro (Emerald Lies)
01. Script for a Jester's Tear [Dick/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
02. Incubus [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
03. Jigsaw [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas]
04. The Web [Dick/Jelliman/Kelly/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]
05. Pseudo Silk Kimono [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
06. Kayleigh [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
07. Lavender [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley]
08. Bitter Suite [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
09. Heart of Lothian [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]

CD 2
01. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
02. Lords of the Backstage [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
03. Blind Curve [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
04. Childhoods End? [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
05. White Feather [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
06. Fugazi [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
07. Punch And Judy [Dick/Kelly/Mover/Rothery/Trewavas]
08. Market Square Heroes [Dick/Kelly/Minnett/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]

Volume C: Palatrussardi, Milan, Italy 26 January 1988

CD 1
01. Slainte Mhath [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
02. Assassing [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley/Mover/Pointer/Minnett]
03. White Russian [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
04. Sugar Mice [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
05. Fugazi [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
06. Hotel Hobbies [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
07. Warm Wet Circles [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
08. That Time of the Night [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]

CD 2
01. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
02. Lords of the Backstage [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
03. Blind Curve [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
04. Childhoods End? [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
05. White Feather [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
06. Kayleigh [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
07. Lavender [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley]
08. Heart of Lothian [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
09. Incommunicado [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
10. Garden Party [Dick/Jelliman/Kelly/Minnett/Pointer/Rothery/Trewavas]

©2004 Marillion Front Row Club, Chocolate Frog Records
All tracks Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley
Curtain Call painting and original album artwork by Mark Wilkinson.
"This recording was originally made as a reference for ourselves while touring, and as an archive of our live performance. We have cleaned up the original master recordings, however they have not otherwise been re-touched or over-dubbed in any way."

I had a chance to go through all 6 CDs from the 3 concerts and here is my opinion on the music:
CD 1 & 2: Germany
As everyone said, (at least then) Jonathan Mover ain't the greatest drummer. On the other hand he didn't have too much time to learn the drum part. Obviously nothing out of the ordinary as the first album is done in it's entirety plus 3 Boats, Charting and Garden. Sound is a bit rough. The concert actually could of fit on 1 CD as it fits just under 80 minutes (but obviously Marillion & Fish wanted 2 CDs per concert - an alternative could have been to throw in 2-3 other "rare" tracks from that era).

CD 3 & 4: London
Another version of Misplaced Child (and chopped into two). True, but it's still a good version. I noticed in a few spots throughout both CDs where the sound was uneven (dipping in volume mostly) but the sound quality is quite good conmsidering it's almost 18.5 years old! Removing MC and you're left with another 70 minutes almost evenly split between the first 2 albums (and lengthy tracks at that for the most part). Fish's comments about what make American women better than women elsewhere is amusing.

Cd 5 & 6: Milan
The best audio quality of the three. The opening is familiar. No real glitches. Aside from doing about 80% of MC (Kayleigh, Lavender & Heart of Lothian as an encore), the majority of the remaining tracks are from Clutching Aa Straws. The concert was actually shorter than concert #2, clocking in at about 97 minutes. Fish (as usual) includes a few political comments that are interesting. Also Fish comments at someone throwing him an apple.

Considering the age of the tapes, overall the sound is very good. None of the tracks appear on La Gazza Ladra (which is good - and I don't think Marillion & Fish would have wanted that anyway). A nice representation of the early years (considering that aside from Recital of the Script there is no full concert that has been officially released).
As for the casing, the jewel cases and CDs are the standard FRC format but with images taken from the case used on the covers. The inside picture used art from that concert's era. The outside case (spread from front to back) is one big image by Mark Wilkinson consisting of a collage of all the characters, themes and images from the four albums plus a few extras (such as the plant that was removed). When I spoke to Mark he said it took him roughly 5 months to work on that piece of artwork including a few revisions (approval from Fish & Marillion of course). Too bad a mini poster wasn't included!
Ed Braiter, 27 May 2004

Site content ©1981-2012 Derek W. Dick/Fish. Artwork ©1983-2012 Mark Wilkinson.
Text, images, sound clips and code may not be copied without permission. All rights reserved. Terms and conditions apply
Chocolate Frog Record Company Ltd. registered office: 6th Floor, New Baltic House, 65 Fenchurch St., London EC3M 4BE. Company No. 04007392