UK progressive rock heavyweights deliver an absolutely stunning 2 CD live set called Another Time..Another Place..,which was recorded throughout Europe between 2002-2004. Over the course of almost 2 hrs the band delivers more than half of the tracks from their magnificent 2004 release Lust as well as selections from the bands debut release Revolutions from 2001, and they do so with such apparent ease and technical skill that it almost seems effortless.
What stands out and is immediately apparent upon listening to this disc is just how much of a different approach the band brings to these live versions. The last few years had seen the band's lineup stabilize a bit, so it appears that they had time to really familiarize themselves with the material and as a result they nail every track perfectly. The dual guitar tandem of Chris Fry and Martin Rosser evokes visions of Hackett and Howe in their classically sounding melodic leads. Principal songwriter, keyboardist Rob Reed tears off solo after searing solo while bassist Matthew Cohen and drummer Allan Mason lock in and keep perfect time throughout. Saving the best for last, one cannot forget the absolutely magical vocals of Christina. Her voice is and always will be the ideal accompaniment for Magenta's complex musical arrangements. Whether it's on epic numbers such as "The White Witch", "Children of The Sun" or older numbers like the pre-Magenta track "Call Me", her voice never fails to impress, she's always soaring just slightly above the music beautifully, full of passion and grace every single time. Magenta are masters at what they do and this live CD is proof of that. You never get the feeling listening to them that there is one particular player who stands out more then the others, they're all extremely talented musicians who work together like a well oiled machine and there is definitely a special kind of magic that exists between them and you hear that magic on this release. What's special about Another Time…Another Place… is that you could hear it for the first time or be a lifelong Magenta fan and you'd still find yourself in awe at just how good they are.
1) Opus 3
5) Children of The Sun
6) Call Me
1) The White Witch