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Christmas 2000: A Piss-up In A Brewery

a FanClub release

Release Year: 2000

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This is a limited-edition FREE CD. Members of any Web Official Information Service receive a free CD/ DVD every year as a gift from the band.


Official Web Fan Club world-wide, and are not for sale separately.
Recorded 17 November 2000 at the Bass Museum, Burton-on-Trent, England

Added To Proggnosis Database on: 10/15/2002 12:00:00 AM
Entry Last Updated on: 12/17/2012 7:05:00 AM by: DBSilver
  1. Go!
  2. After Me
  3. Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury
  4. Cinderella Search
  5. The Space
  6. A Collection
  7. Beautiful
  8. Afraid of Sunrise
  9. Sympathy
  10. Number One
  11. Dry Land
  12. Sugar Mice
  13. Gazpacho
  14. 80 Days
  15. Answering Machine
  16. How Will You Go
  17. Cannibal Surf Babe
  18. Way Over Yonder
  19. Let it Be
Stephanie Sobey-Jones
Steve Hogarth
Vocals, Vocals (bckgr)
Mark Kelly
Ian Mosley
Percussion, Drums
Steve Rothery
Pete Trewavas
Bass, Vocals(bckgr)

Reviewed by Nuno on 23 Oct 2002

After the hauntingly beautiful acoustic Unplugged at the Walls, Marillion's fans were sure that the non-electrical versions of this band's port-folio can sound as good or even better than the original "full power" versions. That makes evident that another semi-acoustic live set with a few different songs would always be a success as well.

Christmas 2000 - A piss-up at a Brewery is the logical step and a very wonderful gesture from Marillion. This is a recording only available (free of charge) for the official Fan Club of this historic band.
Even if having in its track list some songs that were already recorded in the aforementioned unplugged album, the truth is that some versions have a completely new face (ex: (Alone again in the) Lap of Luxury). And then there are tracks that undoubtedly sound better when played acoustic (just remember Cannibal Surf Babe for one).

The music is Marillion, only with different clothes in different colours. It is beautiful, introspective and dreamlike. The quiet aura that surrounds it is able to hold captive the listener in its meadows and proportionate real shivering moments (ex: the outmost incredible The Space).
Marillion is accompanied in this record by Cello player Stephanie Sobey-Jones , which playing adds even more depth to the already fantastic songs. These are the cases of Sympathy and Number One.
Overall, the resulting musicality is candid and relaxing, completely ear-candy and sure to please all the fans.

This appraisable initiative by Marillion makes sense to the idea that "Christmas is when a man wants" least for The Web Fan Club Members.
If you have the chance to get it, don't even blink!

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