Marillion The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra) 1984 to 1987

The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra) is a live album compilation by prog rock group Marillion.

It pulls together recordings from 1984 to 1987 and the two CD version includes a live performance of Misplaced Childhood from the Hammersmith Odeon in London on the 9th and 10th January 1986.

Marillion The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra)

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Songs On Marillion The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra)

CD 1

La Gazza Ladra – 2:45
Slainte Mhath – 4:49
He Knows You Know – 5:12
Chelsea Monday – 8:00
Freaks – 4:14
Jigsaw – 6:24
Punch And Judy – 3:23
Sugar Mice – 6:03
Fugazi – 8:39
Script For A Jester’s Tear – 8:45
Incommunicado – 5:23
White Russian – 6:14

CD 2

Pseudo Silk Kimono – 2:19
Kayleigh – 4:09
Lavender – 2:27
Bitter Suite – 7:38
Heart Of Lothian – 5:12
Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) – 2:16
Lords Of The Backstage – 6:07
Blind Curve – 5:34
Childhood’s End? – 2:51
White Feather – 4:20

For many years, and especially in the mid 1980s when these recordings were made, I dismissed Marillion as Peter Gabriel era Genesis imitators. Instead of appreciating them, |I jided the band as unworthy copycats.

Thirty years later, I’m much more open to the idea of the band and appreciate their efforts to re-energise prog rock and I can’t blame them for wanting to follow in the footsteps of one of the greats. They may not have reached the heights of Foxtrot or Selling England By The Pound but, in the Fish era, they produced some very good songs.

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