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Return to Childhood: 20th Anniversary Tour of Misplaced Childhood

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Big Wedge
    2. Moving Targets
    3. Brother 52
    4. Goldfish And Clowns
    5. Raingods Dancing
    6. Wake Up Call (Make It Happen)
    7. Innocent Party
    8. Long Cold Day
    9. Credo
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
    2. Kayleigh
    3. Lavender
    4. Bitter Suite
    5. Heart Of Lothian
    6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
    7. Lords Of The Backstage
    8. Blind Curve
    9. Childhoods End?
    10. White Feather
    11. Incommunicado
    12. Market Square Heroes
    13. Fugazi
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): CFVP202CD

  • Credits
    EngineerChris Archer; Steve Rispin

    Personnel: Fish (vocals); Andy Trill, Frank Usher (guitar); Tony Turrell (keyboards); Steve Vantsis (bass instrument); John Tonks (drums); Deborah Ffrench (background vocals).
    The live album Return to Childhood was recorded on Fish's 2005 tour of the same name, because after a first set featuring the Scottish prog rocker's best solo material, the second set (or disc, here) is a 20th anniversary live re-creation of Marillion's 1985 album Misplaced Childhood. Somewhat surprisingly, the new version works quite well, with all of the technical mastery of the familiar album but adding a bracing immediacy that dated mid-'80s production values can't touch. The highlight, as on the original album, is the unexpectedly poppy ballad "Kayleigh," the closest Marillion ever came to a standard love song and by far their biggest single; in this version, the lower register that is Fish's normal range these days allows for a somewhat bitter, rueful edge to creep into the "I never meant to break your heart" refrain. The addition of an encore of three older Marillion favorites including an epic closing version of "Fugazi" makes the second disc a must for fans. As for the first disc, for all of the striking similarities, vocally speaking, between Fish and Peter Gabriel, the former did not manage to make the artistic leap from group to solo artist as gracefully, with even the best songs here sounding like pale imitations of Marillion. Even hardcore Fish-heads will turn to the second disc more often. ~ Stewart Mason

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