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The Enid: Something Wicked This Way Comes: Live At Claret Hall Farm & Stonehenge

Live shows repackaged, but sadly not re-recorded.

The Enid Something Wicked This Way Comes – Live At Claret Hall Farm & Stonehenge 1984 album cover

Rock bands’ flirtations with classical music haven’t always been entirely convincing over the years. But The Enid’s composer-in-chief Robert Godfrey was always the real deal, and his band’s blend of classical soundscapes and rock operatics earned them a fiercely loyal cult following, particularly in prog circles.

Many of those ‘Enidi’ were out in force for a tireless run of 1984 shows the band played to promote their first vocal-accompanied album, Something Wicked This Way Comes.

This CD is the soundtrack to a concert film long available on VHS and DVD, featuring two live sets. And it has its moments: the stuttering theatricality of Raindown is as engaging as ever, but can’t overcome the poor audio quality that dogged the original recordings. The same problem also dampens the quiet-loud dynamics of Jessica, while a clearly pretty stirring reading of the sublime Under The Summer Stars sounds like said constellation has been covered by a thick cloud formation.

Meanwhile, Godfrey’s Goons-style inter-song chatter hasn’t aged well either, none of which helps remove the feeling that, well, you kind of had to be there.

Johnny is a regular contributor to Prog and Classic Rock magazines, both online and in print. Johnny is a highly experienced and versatile music writer whose tastes range from prog and hard rock to R’n’B, funk, folk and blues. He has written about music professionally for 30 years, surviving the Britpop wars at the NME in the 90s (under the hard-to-shake teenage nickname Johnny Cigarettes) before branching out to newspapers such as The Guardian and The Independent and magazines such as Uncut, Record Collector and, of course, Prog and Classic Rock