…the juxtaposition of painful imagery and supple delivery in “Soldier’s Vision” hits the hardest, and “Contended Man” is the most elegant, its acoustic flow, though taut, makes a nice contrast to the tension of “Go For It” with its guitar bellicosity smoothed by a flute swirl.
But “Crawling Into Work” comes on hectic, a working class rock ‘n’ roll with a reggae bit reeking of Strummerville, while “Second Coming” and “Magpie” from “Sting In The Tale” gets flattened and rather less impressive than on the album, the latter’s vocal pack notwithstanding.
Still, when another unreleased song, “Cool To Be Crazy”, is unfurled to round off the show the madness receives its method, and the titular action begs for a repetition indeed. ***2/3
DME Music Site
Action Replay is an excellent introduction to the reasonably unique prog infested, politically angry and folk tinged music of this band.
Fireworks magazine (Sep-Oct 2012)
Action Replay is a live set recorded at the beginning of 1992 and so called as the late 1991 show planned yielded an unusable recording. The recording here is good but edited strangely – the tracks seem jump or fade one to another with little crowd or banter between. Still, the music is solid and tight, the prog mixing folk prog (Jethro Tull) through Crimson, Hawkwind and Genesis to Marillion. The delivery is hard and punchy, with some changes of influence, it’s a decent set that captures the live sound and catalogue well. And the tin whistles and guest keyboards add an extra dimension. The lead guitar is, at times, blistering too.
Joe Geesin – Get Ready to ROCK!