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SPV (2006)

Double Live (SPV/Yellow SPV97672) was Marino's second live concert album, 10 years after Mahogany Rush Live. This reissue gets the whole album on 1 disc with room for a bonus number.

Encompassing some of the later material, the virtuoso guitar work comes through, it's a classic hard rock set with occasional prog or jazz nods, but largely just classic hard rock. Think Ruch meets Triumph. 'You Got Livin'' is a punchy number, while 'Poppy' is an extravagant and self indulgent 10 minute work out with a fusion angle.

Many will recognise and enjoy the 11 minute 'Roadhouse Blues'. A classic hard rock set. ***½

From The Hip (SPV/Yellow SPV304272) was Marino's 11th studio album and with more melodic vocals and a bluesy feel, if in a hard and modern way.

Some great tunes but it's not Marino's strongest set. While 'I'm Ready' features some great riffs and solos, there's something I can't quite put my finger on that make it not as catchy as it should be.

Either way, it's a good album, and the 16 minute bonus number 'Hingston Nights' is a jazzy number. ***½

Both album are remastered and sound good, but the packaging is minimal.

Will please fans though.

Review by Joe Geesin

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