Live And Let Live – The Definitive Edition

Line up: Andy Revell, Brian Devoil, Clive Mitten,
Rick Battersby, Geoff Mann

Recorded: 1983

Disc 1

  1. The Ceiling Speaks (8:17)lyrics
  2. Human Being (7:54)lyrics
  3. The End of the Endless Majority (3:18)
  4. We Are Sane (12:01)lyrics
  5. Deep in the Heartland (4:28)lyrics
  6. Fact and Fiction (5:26)lyrics
  7. The Poet Sniffs a Flower (4:09)
  8. The Collector (19:42)lyrics

Disc 2

  1. Afghan Red (11:00)
  2. Sequences (17:16)lyrics
  3. Creepshow (12:27)lyrics
  4. Art and Illusion (4:03)lyrics
  5. East of Eden (5:21)lyrics
  6. Aspidentropy (9:51)lyrics
  7. Love Song (8:37)lyrics

Recorded over 2 nights memorable nights at the world-famous Marquee Club in London back in November 1983, this double CD set includes a number of unreleased, remixed and remastered performances, reconstructing the entire set from the best available sources. Everything has been tweaked and balanced by Karl Groom (house producer at Thin Ice studios, and all-round good guy) – and it sounds really great..! Well we would say that, wouldn’t we..?

We are delighted to be able to present the album with every track we played both nights in the right order… some of the sources are better than others, but we’re sure you will not be disappointed.

Marquee 1983

Photo: Nick Powell

Disc 1, tracks 1, 2 & 4 recorded 4th November 1983. Tracks 3, 5, 6 & 7 recorded 5th November 1983. Track 8 recorded 27th October 1983
Disc 1, tracks 1, 4, 6 & 7 first released on the original Live and Let Live vinyl album in 1984
Disc 1, tracks 2, 3, 5 & 8 previously unreleased. (Track 3 is an previously unreleased remix)

Disc 2, track 1 recorded 4th November 1983. Tracks 2-7 recorded 5th November 1983
Disc 2, track 1 previously unreleased
Disc 2, track 2 first released on the original Live and Let Live vinyl album in 1984
Disc 2 tracks 3, 5 & 7 first released on the CD reissue of Live and Let Live in 1996
Disc 2, tracks 4 & 6 first released on Geoff Mann’s Recorded Delivery CD in 2003.

LalL Sequences spread

Photo: Nick Powell

There is also a 24-page full-colour booklet with the lyrics from all the songs (illustrated with many previously unseen photos), new sleevenotes from Brian Devoil and Andrew Wild, all lovingly put together by the master designer Paul Tippett. It’s the most lavish booklet we have done to date – and Dave Robinson from Festival Music says he thinks it’s the best one yet!

LalL Love Song spread

Photo: Nick Powell

We are really proud of this definitive edition –as in many ways Live and Let Live was our most successful album – and we really feel we have finally done it justice with this release.

Brian Devoil – September 2012.

This is what Steven Wilson (Porcupine Tree) said about the original album…

“I remember buying Live and Let Live when it came out and it’s still their perfect album for me. As a live album it doesn’t suffer the over-production of some of their later material, and has a fuller sound than their self-produced early albums. It also has a perfect balance between the classic progressive sound and a new wave edge than other bands just didn’t have. In my view, Live and Let Live hasn’t dated at all.”

Rick Battersby: “Geoff’s farewell gigs were incredibly emotional. Restraining a tear during Geoff’s last performance of Love Song was impossible.”

Andy Revell: “I remember those gigs so vividly. They were among my favourites of our career; certainly the most emotional. The crowd were just unbelievable. We played our hearts out. For Geoff.”

LalL Art & Illusion spread

Photo: Nick Powell