Our Top 5 Live Albums of 2016


Just a few personal favourites from 2016…..

1. STEVE HACKETT – The Total Experience Live In Liverpool


2. BIG BIG TRAIN – A Stone’s Throw From The Line


3. IQ – Live On The Road Of Bones

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4. KING CRIMSON – Radical Action (To Unseat The Hold Of Monkey Mind)


5. STICK MEN – Midori




IQ – Live On The Road Of Bones

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!

Buy it here : IQ-Store.co.uk





IQ Live On The Road Of Bones

IQ announce the release of the latest CD in their occasional limited edition self produced ‘Archive Collection’ series.

Available exclusively at live shows and the IQ website, ‘Live On The Road Of Bones’ is a two hour  double CD recorded at a recent gig at The Met Arts Centre in Bury, UK.

The CDs come in a 6 panel digipack format and features live versions of all the material on disc 1 of 2014’s excellent ‘The Road Of Bones’, along with a selection of live favourites stretching back some 30 years.

Catch the band live in 2016:

Jan 29    Colos-Saal    Aschaffenburg, Germany
Jan 30    Zeche    Bochum, Germany
Apr 01    Neuberinhaus    Reichenbach, Germany
Apr 08    John Dee    Oslo, Norway
Apr 09    Slaghuset    Malmo, Sweden

Don’t delay on this one, all previous IQ Archive Collection editions are sold out and will not be reissued.

Full track listing is as follows:

Disc 1:
Sacred Sound
Outer Limits
From The Outside In
Born Brilliant
The Road Of Bones
Without Walls

Disc 2:
Ryker Skies
Guiding Light
Until The End
Out Of Nowhere
The Wake