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    Marillion - Christmas In The Chapel

    Year of Release: 2003
    Label: Racket Records
    Catalog Number: Racket 95D
    Format: CD
    Total Time: 133:51:00

    Recorded live at the Union Chapel, Islington, London on Saturday 7th December 2002, this DVD most certainly brings the festive season into your living room, backed by an outstanding soundtrack. Although the combination of a rock concert and a chapel seems a little unusual, the end result is the kind of DVD one would expect. Performing a lot of new material (at the time) as well as some live favourites, this gig was attended by most of the European fan clubs and we all know how enthusiastic those can be. On top of that we can honestly say that the Marillion fans probably are the most loyal on the planet, hence the fact that the band's very own Racket Records label has now also started to issue fanclub DVDs.

    With well over two hours of live material, the band had to come back no less than three times before the crowd were happy enough to return home. Throughout this concert it once again strikes me what a powerful voice Steve Hogarth has even if he accompanies himself on a ? cricket bat, such as during "Season's End." Stroboscopic lights and enthusiastic audience participation makes Marillion look like a young indie band, as we can witness during "Between You And Me." A fan club DVD obviously means you have to cut down on certain elements, so don't expect a fullblown huge production, but an honest "in house" recording of that special night in Islington. So at certain times the lighting isn't perfect. Also due to the set-up of the band (Mosley and Kelly look at each other) and the size of the venue, it's impossible to get close to the stage with the cameras. Especially when they zoom in or out, the quality is a little amateur.

    The band's choice of arrangements, such as with "This Is The 21st Century" very much gives the band a very contemporary approach far removed from the clich? prog label. I would have loved to see Pete Trewavas' input up close here (a multi-angle feature would have been perfect, but once again we're talking money here!). The DVD clearly illustrates with what ease the band plays. In "The Great Escape" you can hear the crowd sing along but sadly you can't see them. Personally I would have loved to see close ups of the audience interspersed throughout this DVD, which sadly does not happen. The normal set has ended and one of the cameras captures Mark Kelly's keyboard tech who makes sure all of the necessary sounds are ready for "Mad," the band's first encore. With a grand rendition of "Afraid Of Sunlight," the band once again leaves the stage only to resurface a while later for a second batch of encores. Surprise for everyone as Steve Hogarth delivers the X-mas classic "Gabriel's Message," backed by subtle keyboards courtesy of Mark Kelly before the rest of the band joins in a little later. The lengthy "This Strange Engine" is greeted with loud cheers and is indeed a weird collection of various atmospheres and elements. Marillion greets the audience and exits the stage to find peace and quiet in their dressing rooms, but the fans keep on asking them back. For a third consecutive time the band gets on stage with Hogarth thanking all the fan clubs present who in turn thank the band by singing the words to "Easter" as loud as they can. Once again, pity we don't see those happy faces in the crowd here. A wonderful evening comes to a close with "Cover My Eyes," which has always been a crowd favourite. Christmas came a little early that night in London (December 7th) and with this DVD no doubt a perfect Christmas present has been made for the Marillion fan who can treasure it for many years to come! Only available through the band's website, a snip at only ?14.99!

    Seasons End / Between You And Me / Quartz / Beautiful / Map Of The World / This Is The 21st Century / Man Of A Thousand Faces / Uninvited Guest / This Town / The Rakes Progress / 100 Nights / The Great Escape / Mad / Afraid Of Sunlight / Gabriel's Message / This Strange Engine / Easter / Cover My Eyes

    Steve Hogarth - vocals
    Steve Rothery - guitars
    Mark Kelly - keyboards
    Ian Mosley - drums
    Pete Trewavas - bass

    Script For A Jester's Tear (1983)
    Fugazi (1984)
    Reel To Real (1984)
    Misplaced Childhood (1985)
    Brief Encounter (ep) (1985)
    Clutching At Straws (1987/1999)
    The Thieving Magpie (1988)
    B-Sides Themselves (1988)
    Season's End (1989)
    Holidays In Eden (1991)
    A Singles Collection 1982-1992 (1992)
    Live At The Borderline (1992)*
    Live In Caracas (1993)*
    Live In Glasgow (1993)*
    Brave (1994)
    The Making Of Brave (1995)*
    Afraid Of Sunlight (1995)
    Made Again (1996)
    Kayleigh (1996) (Dutch comp)
    Essential Collection (1996) (UK comp; same as above)
    Real To Reel/Brief Encounter (1997)
    Best Of Both Worlds (1997)
    This Strange Engine (1997)
    Rochester (1998)*
    Piston Broke (1998)*
    Tales From The Engine Room (1998)
    Radiation (1998)
    Christmas 1998: The Web Christmas (1998)**
    Kayliegh: The Essential Collection (1998) (UK comp.; diff. from above)
    Unplugged At The Walls (1999)*
    Marillion.com (1999)
    Zodiac (1999)*
    Christmas 1999: marillion.christmas (1999)**
    marillion.co.uk (or bonus disk) (Ver 1-2000)
    The Singles: '82 - '88 (box set) (2000/2009)
    Christmas 2000: A Piss-Up In A Brewery**
    Crash Course (Sampler) (2000)
    ReFracted! (2001)*
    Anoraknophobia (2001)
    Another DAT At The Office (2001)*
    Christmas 2001: A Verry Barry Christmas (2001)**
    Fallout (2002)*
    Anorak In The UK Live (2002)*
    marillion.co.uk (or bonus disk) (Ver 2-2002)
    Brave Live 2002 (2002)*
    Caught In The Net (2002)*
    Crash Course (Sampler) (2002)*
    The Singles: '89 -'95 (2002)
    Brave Live (2002)*
    AWOL (2002)**
    Christmas 2002: Santa And Elvis (2002)**
    The Best of Marillion (2003)
    View From The Balcony (2003)**
    Christmas 2003: Say Cheese! Christmas With Marillion (2003)**
    Curtain Call (2004) (3CD Box)*
    Crash Course (2004)*
    Marbles (2004)
    Remixomatosis (2004)*
    Christmas 2004: Baubles (2004)**
    Popular Music (CD oop, avail. as download only) (2005)**
    marillion.co.uk (or bonus disk) (Ver 3-2005)
    View From The Balcony (Sampler) (Ver 2-2005)
    Marbles By The Sea (2005)*
    Marbles Live (2005)*
    Handful Of Marbles (Sampler) (2005)*
    Christmas 2005: Merry Xmas To Our Flock (2005)**
    Unzipped (The Making Of 'Anoraknophobia') (2005)*
    Crash Course (Ver 4 - 2006)
    Smoke (2006)*
    Mirrors (2006)*
    Marbles Vinyl Edition (2006)
    Christmas 2006: Jingle Book (2006)**
    Somewhere Else (2007)
    Crash Course (Ver 5 - 2007)*
    Christmas 2007: Somewhere Elf (2007)**
    Family (2007)*
    Friends (2007)*
    Crash Course (Ver 6 - 2008)*
    Happiness Is The Road - Volume 1: Essence (2008)
    Happiness Is The Road - Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder (2008)
    Early Stages - The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987 (6CD Box) (2008)
    Christmas 2008: Pudding On The Ritz (2008)**
    Happiness Is Cologne (2009)*
    Live From Loreley (2009)
    Recital Of The Script (2009)
    Less Is More (2009)
    Size Matters (2010)*
    Tumbling Down The Years (2010)*
    The Official Bootleg Box Set, Vol. 2 (2010)
    Live From Cadogan Hall (2010)*
    Live In Montreal / Saturday (2010)*
    Live In Montreal / Sunday (2010)*
    Keep The Noise Down (sampler) (2010)
    marillion.com Deluxe Digipack (2011)
    Somewhere Else (2LP) (2011)
    Marbles Deluxe Digipack (2011)
    Marbles (2LP) (2011)
    Live In Montreal / Friday (2011)*
    Season's End Live 2009 (2011)*
    This Strange Engine Live 2007 (2011)*
    Afraid Of Sunlight Live 2003 (2011)*

    Recital Of The Script (VHS/DVD) (1983/2003)
    Grendel/The Web (VHS EP) (1984)
    1983-86 The Videos (VHS [oop]) (1986)
    Live From Loreley (VHS/DVD) (1987/2004)
    From Stoke Row To Ipanema (VHS/DVD) (1990/2003)
    A Singles Collection 1982-1992 (DVD) (1992)
    Brave, The Film (VHS/DVD) (1995/2004)
    Shot In The Dark (VHS/DVD [oop]) (2000/2002)
    The EMI Singles Collection (DVD [PAL only])(2002)
    A Piss-up In A Brewery (DVD) (2002/2010)
    Brave Live 2002 (DVD) (2002)
    Christmas In The Chapel (DVD) (2003)
    Before First Light (DVD) (2003)
    Wish You Were Here (DVD box, oop) (2005)
    Colours And Sound (DVD) (2006)*
    Marbles On The Road (DVD) (2005)
    Bootlet Butlins (DVD) (2007)*
    Somewhere In London (DVD) (2007)
    This Strange Convention (DVD) (2009)
    Snow De Cologne (DVD) (2009)**
    Out Of Season (box set) (DVD) (2010)
    Ding Dong Loreley On High (live) (DVD) (2010)
    In-Tube DVD Sampler (DVD) (2010)
    Out Of Season (DVD boxset) (2010)
    Live In Montreal (3DVD) (2011)

    * Racket Records releases; ** Fan Club only

    Genre: Progressive Rock

    Origin UK

    Added: March 22nd 2004
    Reviewer: John "Bobo" Bollenberg

    Artist website: www.marillion.com
    Hits: 1558
    Language: english

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