The latest in a (very) occasional series of Archive private releases, sold exclusively by the band at their gigs and through their website – Review by Tim Darbyshire
Recorded in late September 2015 on the band’s almost annual visit to The Met in Bury, England ‘Live On The Road Of Bones’ finds IQ in top form, riding on the success of 2014’s ‘The Road Of Bones’ album which topped many ‘Best of 2014’ polls.
IQ spearheaded (along with Marillion, Pendragon, Pallas, Solstice and Twelfth Night) the second wave of British progressive rock in the early 1980s. Since then and 2014’s eleventh studio album proper, the band have built up a strong catalogue of prog classics ensuring this double cd contains two hours of IQ at their best.
The whole of ‘The Road Of Bones’ is included – spread over the two cds – interspersed with classics dating back to 1985’s ‘The Wake’ (Headlong, Outer Limits, The Wake), 1993’s ‘Ever’ (Out Of Nowhere), 2000’s ‘The Seventh House’ (Guiding Light), 2004’s ‘Dark Matter’ (Sacred Sound, Born Brilliant), and 2009’s ‘Frequency’ (Ryker Skies).
The sound is professional as expected, exciting, atmospheric, uplifting and intricate – everything we’ve grown to love about the IQ sound over the years. The humour is still there, with the band breaking into a mellotron washed rendition of Abba’s ‘Mamma Mia’ in the middle of the encore ‘Out Of Nowhere’.
IQ are currently Peter Nicholls (vocals), Mike Holmes (guitar), Tim Esau (bass), Paul Cook (drums) and ‘new’ boy Neil Durant (keyboards). Although have survived multiple line up changes through the years, they are now back to four-fifths of the seminal early 1980s line-up.
Housed in a 6-panel digipack sleeve, this is a welcome addition to any IQ collection, and as with the other Archive releases will sell out, so grab this one soon!