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Marillion biography
Formed in 1979 in Aylesbury, England under the name Silmarillion, named after the Tolkien novel.

Pioneers of the second wave of progressive rock

The Early Years

After some early line-up changes, the first recognisable incarnation of the band was complete by 1982, with FISH (real name Derek William Dick), a charismatic Scottish frontman vocalist, Steve ROTHERY on guitars, Peter Trewavas on bass, Mark Kelly on keyboards, and Mick Pointer on drums.

The band built their reputation the old-fashioned way by gigging extensively, but their profile was also raised by some clever manipulation of the music press, especially journals such as Sounds, in which Fish often interviewed his proposition that the band were "prog with attitude", a new force for the post-punk era.

This profile landed them a record deal with EMI records, and, in 1982, they released an EP Market Square Heroes, which, it is fair to say, had more than a passing resemblance to the Genesis classic, The Knife. Also appearing was a monster prog track called Grendel.

However, it was the release in 1983 of their debut long player, Script For A Jester's Tear, which brought them to the wider attention of the rock world. The album spawned hit singles in Garden Party and He Knows You Know, was critically well received, and reached number 7 in the UK album charts.

The band's progress and workload were relentless after this point. They proved themselves to be somewhat merciless in the pursuit of musical and commercial success by ditching Pointer, who was felt to be sub-standard, and replacing him eventually with, after what the band described as their "Spinal Tap" period for drumming, Ian Mosley, formerly of The Steve Hackett Band. Pointer went on to jointly form Arena, a classic neo outfit who still record today, and still tours his Script era version of Marillion. The difference Mosley made, though, both live and in the studio, was palpable.

The line-up released three more albums; Fugazi, Misplaced Childhood, and, finally Clutching At Straws.

Misplaced Childhood was a massive hit, reaching number 1 in the UK charts in 1985, and responsible for huge hit singles in Kayleigh, Lavender, and Heart of Lothian. By this time, Fish had ditched his trademark face paint, - the music and his sheer personality were a tour de force in themselve...
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MARILLION discography


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MARILLION top albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

4.22 | 1873 ratings
Script For A Jester's Tear
1983
3.97 | 1252 ratings
Fugazi
1984
4.23 | 1981 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
1985
4.14 | 1231 ratings
Clutching At Straws
1987
3.76 | 817 ratings
Seasons End
1989
3.11 | 613 ratings
Holidays In Eden
1991
3.97 | 969 ratings
Brave
1994
3.78 | 656 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight
1995
3.41 | 532 ratings
This Strange Engine
1997
2.68 | 482 ratings
Radiation
1998
3.11 | 450 ratings
Marillion.com
1999
3.35 | 516 ratings
Anoraknophobia
2001
4.08 | 1017 ratings
Marbles
2004
3.03 | 498 ratings
Somewhere Else
2007
3.33 | 538 ratings
Happiness Is The Road
2008
2.77 | 332 ratings
Less Is More
2009
3.57 | 577 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made
2012
3.70 | 284 ratings
F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
2016

MARILLION Live Albums (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.84 | 298 ratings
Real to Reel
1984
3.84 | 300 ratings
The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra
1988
2.36 | 26 ratings
Live at the Borderline
1992
3.35 | 28 ratings
Live in Glasgow
1993
3.57 | 46 ratings
Live in Caracas
1993
4.09 | 90 ratings
Live From Loreley
1995
3.43 | 138 ratings
Made Again
1996
3.56 | 58 ratings
Live At The Walls
1998
3.70 | 36 ratings
Piston Broke
1998
3.27 | 24 ratings
Marillionrochester
1998
3.18 | 32 ratings
Zodiac
1999
3.70 | 73 ratings
Anorak in the UK Live
2002
4.08 | 44 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2003
3.50 | 13 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.51 | 46 ratings
Curtain Call - A Live Archive 1983 - 1988
2004
4.16 | 96 ratings
Marbles Live
2005
3.97 | 49 ratings
Marbles By The Sea
2005
3.50 | 35 ratings
Popular Music
2005
3.48 | 12 ratings
Bootleg Bingo
2005
3.60 | 29 ratings
Smoke
2006
3.81 | 35 ratings
Mirrors
2006
4.00 | 49 ratings
Family
2007
3.64 | 37 ratings
Friends
2007
3.83 | 27 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.46 | 94 ratings
Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987
2008
4.41 | 100 ratings
Recital of the Script
2009
4.27 | 96 ratings
Live From Loreley
2009
3.71 | 23 ratings
Happiness Is Cologne
2009
3.65 | 24 ratings
High Voltage
2010
3.79 | 43 ratings
The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2
2010
3.68 | 43 ratings
Tumbling Down The Years
2010
4.07 | 41 ratings
size matters
2010
3.86 | 24 ratings
Live In Montréal // Saturday
2010
3.86 | 24 ratings
Live In Montréal // Sunday
2010
3.76 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Friday
2011
3.74 | 24 ratings
holidays in eden live
2011
3.89 | 45 ratings
Live From Cadogan Hall
2011
3.82 | 19 ratings
Afraid of Sunlight Live
2011
3.58 | 17 ratings
This Strange Engine Live
2011
3.74 | 20 ratings
Seasons End Live
2011
3.76 | 22 ratings
A-Z Live 2011
2012
3.91 | 38 ratings
Sounds Live
2012
3.77 | 20 ratings
The Glow Must Go On
2012
3.66 | 25 ratings
Clocks Already Ticking
2013
3.92 | 29 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.44 | 9 ratings
Live At The Forum
2014
4.55 | 20 ratings
Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
3.80 | 5 ratings
A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas
2015
4.54 | 13 ratings
Waves and Numb3rs
2016
4.36 | 16 ratings
Marbles In The Park
2016
4.54 | 13 ratings
Singles Night
2016
4.50 | 2 ratings
The Gold - Best of Convention 2017
2017

MARILLION Videos (DVD, Blu-ray, VHS etc)

4.36 | 162 ratings
Recital Of The Script
1983
3.37 | 30 ratings
Video
1984
2.57 | 27 ratings
1982-86 The Videos
1986
3.70 | 30 ratings
A Singles Collection
1992
4.76 | 54 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2002
2.81 | 14 ratings
Shot In The Dark
2002
4.75 | 12 ratings
A Piss-up in a Brewery
2002
3.17 | 42 ratings
The EMI Singles Collection
2002
3.70 | 55 ratings
From Stoke Row To Ipanema - A Year In The Life (DVD)
2003
3.95 | 20 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.20 | 16 ratings
Before First Light (Afraid of Sunlight Live 2003)
2003
4.45 | 138 ratings
Live from Loreley
2004
3.81 | 66 ratings
Marbles On The Road
2004
2.75 | 46 ratings
Brave - The Film
2004
4.13 | 25 ratings
Wish You Were Here
2005
4.29 | 7 ratings
Colours And Sound
2006
4.20 | 54 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.29 | 19 ratings
Bootleg Butlins
2007
3.78 | 9 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
3.58 | 14 ratings
Something Else
2007
4.45 | 11 ratings
This Strange Convention
2009
4.60 | 5 ratings
M Tube: An Introduction To Marillion On DVD
2010
4.49 | 54 ratings
Out Of Season
2010
4.13 | 46 ratings
Live At Cadogan Hall
2011
4.65 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal
2011
4.44 | 22 ratings
Holidays In Zelande
2012
3.97 | 24 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
5.00 | 1 ratings
A Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
4.27 | 15 ratings
Breaking Records
2015
4.17 | 11 ratings
Out Of The Box
2016
4.75 | 8 ratings
Marbles in the Park
2016
5.00 | 3 ratings
All One Tonight
2018

MARILLION Boxset & Compilations (CD, LP, MC, SACD, DVD-A, Digital Media Download)

3.44 | 190 ratings
B'Sides Themselves
1988
2.92 | 67 ratings
A Singles Collection - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
1992
1.60 | 10 ratings
Marillion Music Collection
1993
4.19 | 13 ratings
The Originals
1995
2.99 | 39 ratings
Kayleigh
1996
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Best of Marillion
1996
3.31 | 45 ratings
The Best of Both Worlds (2 cd boxset)
1997
4.07 | 77 ratings
Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
1997
3.14 | 9 ratings
Kayleigh - The Essential Collection
1998
2.20 | 60 ratings
Marillion and the Positive Light - Tales from the Engine Room
1998
4.46 | 43 ratings
The singles '82 - 88'
2000
3.29 | 8 ratings
Refracted! - From dusk 'till dot, Volume 1
2001
3.71 | 7 ratings
Another DAT at the Office
2001
3.33 | 9 ratings
Fall Out
2002
3.22 | 17 ratings
marillion.co.uk
2002
3.15 | 8 ratings
AWOL: A Marillion Solo Projects Sampler
2002
3.49 | 27 ratings
The singles '89- 95'
2002
3.83 | 6 ratings
The Best Of Marillion (EMI Compilation)
2003
4.20 | 5 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
2003
3.27 | 11 ratings
marillion.co.uk (2005 Version)
2005
4.33 | 3 ratings
Classics
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Keep The Noise Down
2010
4.86 | 7 ratings
Misplaced Childhood / Script For A Jester's Tear
2011
4.60 | 5 ratings
4 Albums
2011
4.00 | 4 ratings
Greatest Hits On CD & DVD
2012
4.31 | 16 ratings
Marillion.Best.Live
2012
4.13 | 8 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made Special Edition
2013
4.08 | 4 ratings
Early Stages : The Highlights
2013
2.38 | 7 ratings
Best Sounds
2014
4.33 | 24 ratings
A Sunday Night Above the Rain
2014
3.10 | 10 ratings
A Collection Of Recycled Gifts
2014
4.33 | 17 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
2017
4.50 | 2 ratings
Brave (Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition)
2018

MARILLION Official Singles, EPs, Fan Club & Promo (CD, EP/LP, MC, Digital Media Download)

3.90 | 111 ratings
Market Square Heroes
1982
3.93 | 43 ratings
Garden Party
1983
4.17 | 41 ratings
He Knows You Know
1983
3.85 | 39 ratings
Punch and Judy
1984
3.62 | 55 ratings
Assassing
1984
3.31 | 53 ratings
Kayleigh
1985
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Story So Far...
1985
3.60 | 52 ratings
Lavender
1985
3.54 | 52 ratings
Heart of Lothian
1985
2.59 | 64 ratings
Brief Encounter
1986
4.11 | 10 ratings
Garden Party Live
1986
4.08 | 25 ratings
Lady Nina
1986
4.02 | 35 ratings
Sugar Mice
1987
3.72 | 32 ratings
Incommunicado
1987
3.97 | 33 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
1987
2.98 | 21 ratings
Incommunicado & Sugar Mice - Video
1987
4.09 | 23 ratings
Freaks
1988
3.74 | 19 ratings
Uninvited Guest
1989
4.20 | 25 ratings
Easter
1989
3.55 | 20 ratings
hooks in you
1989
3.24 | 18 ratings
No One Can
1991
3.20 | 10 ratings
Cover My Eyes (Pain And Heaven)
1991
3.11 | 9 ratings
Dry Land
1991
3.67 | 3 ratings
No One Can
1992
3.58 | 19 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.45 | 21 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.91 | 11 ratings
No One Can
1992
4.67 | 3 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.40 | 5 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.20 | 5 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
4.25 | 4 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.67 | 18 ratings
Beautiful
1995
2.78 | 17 ratings
Beautiful
1995
4.14 | 20 ratings
The Making of Brave
1995
4.04 | 15 ratings
Man of a Thousand Faces
1997
3.85 | 13 ratings
Eighty Days
1997
2.96 | 18 ratings
These Chains (Single)
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Marillion & the Web Christmas 1998
1998
3.33 | 9 ratings
Marillion.Christmas
1999
2.77 | 14 ratings
Marillion.co.uk
2000
3.75 | 8 ratings
Crash Course - An Introduction to Marillion
2001
2.72 | 15 ratings
A Verry Barry Christmas
2001
4.23 | 13 ratings
Between You And Me / Map Of The World
2001
3.84 | 16 ratings
Christmas 2000: A Piss-Up In A Brewery
2001
3.22 | 4 ratings
Front Row Club Issue 7
2002
4.13 | 6 ratings
Le Spectrum, Montréal, Canada, 6 September 1997 (Front Row Club 008)
2002
3.75 | 4 ratings
Christmas 2002: Santa And His Elvis
2002
4.06 | 9 ratings
Say Cheese, Christmas With Marillion
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
View From The Balcony (A Front Row Club Sampler)
2003
3.04 | 8 ratings
Christmas 2004: Baubles
2004
2.16 | 11 ratings
Remixomatosis
2004
2.10 | 11 ratings
A Handful Of Marbles
2005
4.25 | 4 ratings
Christmas 2005 : Merry Xmas To Our Flock
2005
4.00 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2006: The Jingle Book
2006
3.67 | 3 ratings
Unzipped - The Making Of Anoraknophobia
2006
4.00 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2007: Somewhere Elf
2007
2.73 | 13 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are
2007
3.15 | 11 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
4.00 | 6 ratings
ABC, Glasgow, Scotland. 9 November 2008
2008
3.75 | 4 ratings
The Basement, Newcastle, UK. 10 November 2008
2008
4.20 | 5 ratings
Colston Hall, Bristol, UK. 11 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
LMUSU, Leeds, UK. 13 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
Academy, Manchester, UK. 14 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 4 ratings
Opera House, Bournemouth, UK. 15 November 2008
2008
4.00 | 10 ratings
The Forum, London, UK. 19 November 2008
2008
4.50 | 2 ratings
JBs, Dudley, UK. 17 November 2008
2008
4.33 | 3 ratings
Rock City, Nottingham, UK. 18 November 2008
2008
2.42 | 3 ratings
De Waerdse Temple, Heerhugowaard, Netherlands. 21 November
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
013, Tilburg, Netherlands. 23 November 2008
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Vereeniging, Nijmegen, Netherlands. 24 November 2008
2008
4.27 | 6 ratings
E-Werk, Cologne, Germany. 26 November 2008
2008
5.00 | 2 ratings
Le Splendid, Lille, France. 27 November 2008
2008
3.50 | 8 ratings
Christmas 2008: Pudding On The Ritz
2008
4.04 | 5 ratings
Happiness on the Road - Concorde 2 Brighton - 28 January 2009
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2009: Snow De Cologne
2009
3.09 | 4 ratings
Crash Course
2009
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2010: Ding, Dong Loreley On High...
2010
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2011: Live At The German Space Day 2004
2011
3.33 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2012: Sleighed Again
2012
4.60 | 5 ratings
North American Tour 2012: Irwing Plaza, New York City, USA - 12 June 2012
2012
4.40 | 5 ratings
North American Tour 2012: Irwing Plaza, New York City, USA - 13 June 2012
2012
4.00 | 4 ratings
Crash Course
2013
4.10 | 10 ratings
The Carol Of The Bells
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2013: Proggin' Around The Christmas Tree
2013
4.00 | 4 ratings
Christmas 2014: Chile For The Time Of Year
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 Kayleigh by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1985
3.31 | 53 ratings

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Kayleigh
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars "Neo-prog 'guilty pleasure'?"

1. Kayleigh (03:33)

Between the albums Fugazi (1984) and Misplaced Childhood (1985) EMI and Marillion negociated about the music: the band wanted to make a concept album, EMI was OK but on the condition that Marillion delivered a commercial song, for a hit single. Well, we know the result, that commercial song became Kayleigh: it reached the #2 position in the UK (in The Netherlands #12, in Germany #7 and in the USA #74) and it remained 14 weeks in the charts, then Marillion got the headline spot on the Milton Keynes festival and all concerts at the Wembley Arena were sold out, incredible for a progressive rock rooted band!

About the title Fish said: "I'd wanted to write a song about a girlfriend I'd split up with, whose name was Kay (in 2012 she passed away). Which of course we couldn't do. So we added her middle name, Lee, and it became Kayleigh instead. "But it wasn't just about Kay, it was inspired by three or four different people in my life."

The song starts with a fragile guitar riff that carry you away to a climate that alternates between romantic and melancholic, perfectly blended with Fish his tender vocals. The refrain features a soft outburst in which Fish sounds more powerful, to emphazise his deep feelings about the broken relationships. Halfway Rothery delivers a splendid guitar solo, very moving and powerful, as a long and desperate cry how it all went wrong. In the final phrase "Maybe it will prove that we were right. Or ever prove that I was wrong" Fish strongly sings the word "wrong" and the music fades away.

This timeless composition made many fans happy and lots of daughters were named Kayleigh. But listening to Kayleigh I still have strong mixed feelings after all those years, is this a brilliant ballad or a tedious tearjerker? Well, from now on it's my 'guilty pleasure'.

2. Lady Nina (03:41)

Fish said: "I was going through a very Bohemian element, you know. I remember hanging about this place called 'Rasputins', which was one of the famous German brothels, and I used to go along and just write there at night with the girls, and talk to the girls, sitting in the red light of the bar. Lady Nina was written there."

Typical early Marillion neo-prog song featuring strong guitarwork, propulsive drum beats, an important role for the vocals and lyrics from Fish ("I know you'll never act with me, I know that you're in love with me. So how do I compare to the sailors of the ships of the night? Was I all right? Did you come tonight, lady Nina?" and in the final part pleasant synthesizer flights.

 Punch and Judy by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.85 | 39 ratings

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Punch and Judy
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars 1. Punch and Judy (3:18) :

Punch And Judy was the first song I ever witnessed live from Marillion, on the annual Dutch Pinkpop festival, in 1984 (60.000 visitors). With a few hundred Marillion freaks we had gathered in front of the stage and when Marillion arrived , they were welcomed as 'neo-prog heroes'. Soon after the band had started the concert with Punch And Judy, I was in the middle of a jumping, yelling, roaring, swinging, singing and clapping crowd. And everybody joined Fish his animated gestures ('Punch, Punch, Punch'), wow, welcome to the realm of Neo-Prog. This song-oriented and melodic new genre appealed to many young people, and for the first time in my life I noticed a lot of women between the audience! On one hand they wanted to swing, sing and clap with Neo Prog, on the other hand they wanted to be mesmerized by an Old School Progrock frontman, with a painted face.

A strong point in Punch And Judy are the lyrics: a cynical lookback at a marriage that started romantic ('Whatever happened to lover's lane. Whatever happened to passion games. Sunday walks in the pouring rain.') but gradually the husband got bored ('Now I vegetate with a colour TV') and finally wanted to get rid of his wife (World war three, suburbanshee. Just slip her these pills and I'll be free. No more Judy, Judy, Judy no more. Goodbye Judy.'). Briljant cynical lines, in my opinion inspired by his own difficulties with relationships (part of his borderline personality-like behaviour).

Musically this is a strong, typically neo-prog composition, the subtle slowdown and accellaration moments are fuelled by a dynamic rhythm-section (inluding the outstanding new drummer Ian Mosley) and the colouring by guitar and keyboards is tasteful, but also functional to the vocals and lyrics.

The cover art is also great, showing the marriage in its final state, hilarious but with a dark Roald Dahl-like undertone.

2. Market Square Heroes (4:48) : A splendid rock song with powerful vocals and pleasant work on guitar and keyboards, a perfect crowd pleaser!

3. Three Boats Down From The Candy (4:02) : Another very good rock song featuring Fish his distinctive vocals.

My rating: 3,5 star

 Assassing by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1984
3.62 | 55 ratings

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Assassing
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Side 1 :

Assassing - full version (7:01) :

On my 12" version of the Assassing single by Marillion everything matches: the intricate Mark Wilkinson cover, the dynamic neo-prog, the passionate vocals, the venemous lyrics and, last but not least, the outstanding drums by new member Ian Mosley.

About the sultry intro Steve Rothery told: "The germ of the idea came while we were writing at Mountain studios in Wales in the summer of '83. I'd just got my Roland guitar synthesizer and was experimenting with it and Fish had been driving us all mad by playing Islamic records he'd got from Peter Hammill, at great volume all the time".

Then a catchy beat and dynamic music, focussing on Fish his vocals and lyrics, pretty emotional and personal. I read that Fish his sarcastic lines point at his former friend and ex-Marillion drummer Mike Pointer, Fish was very disappointed about him and felt bitterly hurt. This generated wonderful poetical words with a bitter undertone: "I am the assassin, with tongue forged in eloquence. I am the assassin, providing your nemesis." To emphasize his anger he repeated the words "My friend" several times, spoken with a lot of venom!

We can also enjoy a powerful guitar solo, Mark Kelly his distinctive synthesizer flights and Ian Mosley his fluent drumwork. But Fish shines with his vocals and creative lyrics, loaded with references, like: "The scarf with the fugi knot" (Fugi is a corruption of Thuggee, worshipers of Kali who would strangle their victims in the name of religion. The method of strangulation was by a yellow scarf into which a one rupee had been knotted.) and "Non-com observer" (this refers to non-combatant, not non-commissioned, in this case. It was a term used especially in Vietnam and Korea meaning film crews, journalists, photographers and the like who were involved in the documenting of events, and were not required to take part in any military action."). The dynamic and melodic atmosphere on Assassing (typical neo-prog) appealed to the fans,. And it became a popular composition during the concerts, also due to Fish his mesmerizing stage antics.

Side 2 :

Cinderella Search - full version (5:24) : Originally this is a not a Fugazi album track. The atmosphere is mellow featuring the sentimental side of Fish ( wonderful poetry with a strong Freudian undertone, about sex, addictions and fear for rejection) and sensitive electric guitar runs. Halfway a short break, then a compelling accelaration with powerful drums, melancholical vocals and fiery electric guitarplay, slowly fading away. Simply beautiful.

Assassing - edited version = not on UK version (3.38)

The single reached the #22 position in the UK charts in May 1984, supported by a smooth video featuring Fish like a kind of New Wave singer. But on stage Fish was way more captivating, with a new outfit for Assassing during the Real To Reel tour (late 1984), see my avatar.

My rating: 3,5 star.

 Garden Party by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1983
3.93 | 43 ratings

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Garden Party
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

3 stars Between 1980 and 1982 Marillion had worked on a strong live reputation, and earned a large and fanatic cult following. In the end it was EMI that recognized their huge potential, culminating in the debut album Script For A Jester's Tear (1983) and a serie of singles since Market Square Heroes (1982). The collaboration with Mark Wilkinson and his mindblowing artwork contributed to the magic of early Marillion. I was lucky to find my first regular job in 1982 so I could purchase all those (pretty expensive) early Marillion singles and t-shirts, embellished with the highly imaginative Mark Wilkinson artwork.

One of my favourite Marillion singles is Garden Party. In an interview on the Internet Fish explains the content: "Garden Party is a cynical outlook, the microcosm of Cambridge where the upper class is used to uphold a plastic facade rather than a reality and it becomes and act that rather a lot of people feel the need to maintain at Cambridge (where Fish lived with his girldfriend, EN). I objected especially to a guy who told me all about the troubles in Palestine when he'd never ever been there because Palestine was a very hip thing to discuss at wine and cheese parties, you know? I reacted very, very aggressively to that situation." And about the subtitle The Great Cucumber Massacre: "Two of the most common delicacies at garden parties are cucumber sandwiches and egg sandwiches. In Britain the construction of a sandwich is much simpler than here in the US - it is: slice of bread, butter, filling, butter, slice of bread. At the `best' garden parties such sandwiches will have had the crusts removed and be cut into little triangles. Many hundreds of these will be consumed hence 'The Great Cucumber Massacre' sub-title."

I own the 12" Version (and the t-shirt, it still fits after 35 years, haha!).

Side A :

Garden Party - full version (7:11) This song became a stage favourite, in fact Garden Party is more rock than prog. But Marillion their fresh new progressive rock (labelled as neo-prog) appealed to many young people and also many women, they loved the melodic and welcoming approach in the music and on stage. Here on Garden Party 'it's neo-prog party time', and no huge and clinical distance, like between the Seventies progrock dinosaurs and their audience. So enjoy the catchy beat, the cheerful synthesizer flights, the rocky guitar and, last but not least, Fish his strong and distinctive venomous vocals and sarcastic lyrics. One part of the lyrics was very popular during the concerts: 'I'm punting, I'm beagling, I'm wining, reclining, I'm rucking, I'm f xxx ing'! This final word (on PA I had to censore it) was loudly screamed by the fans, they felt one with their neo-prog messiah Fish! And the Scottish giant loved these provocative language, I presume inspired by Jim Morrison.

Charting the Single - live version, London Hammersmith Odeon 18 April 1983 (6:30).

Pleasant neo-prog featuring a very inspired Fish and a tasteful colouring by powerful guitar and varied keyboards, a typical song that comes more to live on stage, as you can hear.

Side B :

Margaret - live version, Edinburgh Playhouse, 7 April 1983 (12:17).

A homegame for Fish in this excellent live track entitled Margaret (an old van?) that starts with a Scottish folk tune, featuring Fish and Steve Rothery, then a keyboard that sounds like a Scottish bagpipe, what a great live atmosphere! The song turns into a catchy beat with powerful vocals and strong work on guitar and keyboards, fuelled by a dynamic rhythm-section. To emphasize that great live atmosphere, Fish introduces all band members who play a short solo on their instruments, there is even some Peer Gynt Suite from Grieg (the bridge between classical and neo-prog) and finally a huge crowd participation, and lots of clapping and yelling, the fans loved it!

My rating: 3,5 star

 Early Stages : The Highlights by MARILLION album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2013
4.08 | 4 ratings

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Early Stages : The Highlights
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

4 stars My first 'Marillion early stage experience' was June 1984, at the annual Dutch Pinkpop festival concert during the Fugazi tour, and it turned out to be my most magical one! We arrived the evening before the concert, slept in our car, the next morning we joined the hundreds of Marillion fans (with Marillion t-shirts, banners and some dressed like a jester), and in an euphoric mood we all gathered in front of the stage. The Pinkpop Marillion gig was an unforgettable experience: an inspired band and the charismatic frontman Fish delivering his funny song introductions and theatrical stage antics. From that moment I wanted to experience 'the early stage Marillion' everyday and bought one bootleg after another. I have always cherished these bootlegs, also because I was very disappointed about The Thieving Magpie live double album. Because that was not the great live atmosphere I knew from the exciting Marillion gigs. In 2013 EMI released Early Stages : The Highlights (a compilation of the 6-CD collector's box' Early Stages : The Official Bootlegs 1982-1988) featuring most of the bootleg recordings I was so exited about, and as a bonus the previously unreleased Fife Aid 1988 version of Market Square Heroes.

Disc 1: Early Marillion was an exciting live band: from their first gig in 1980 and they build an excellent live reputation, earning a huge cult-following. There was always a very pleasant interaction between the band and the fans, and we could enjoy 'the Fish talks' (with that Scottish accent). And often more powerful and slighty extended versions than the studio tracks. Songs also developped, just listen to She Chameleon: an other keyboard sound (more subdued) and a more rocky guitar, a pretty embryonal sound. The Mayfair and Marquee concerts also deliver a cosy 'pub-atmosphere', the advantage of a small venue. Musically I notice that Mark Kelly often uses a Farfisa organ in the very early days, on She Chameleon, Chelsea Monday and Forgotten Sons. And I am not pleased with Mick Pointer his frequent and irritating hi-hat hitting. The drums skills are way better on the other tracks after 1982, with Andy Ward and later Ian Mosley. A nice surprise is the Mellotron violin sound in the intro of Script For A Jester's Tear (yes, Marillion had a Mellotron M400 on stage!), it's not on the later album version. Another nice surprise is the synthesizer improvisation halfway Forgotten Sons (also not on the later album version). These are the extra's you are waiting for on releases like this!

The Reading Rock festival in 1983 was a kind of home game for Marillion, all those many Marillion fans generated an euphoric atmosphere. I love the Grendel version with a very strong grand finale, featuring howling electric guitar and majestic Mellotron choirs, neo-prog goose bumps! In Charting the single you can hear a freaky intro with the Minimoog synthesizer, also not on the studio version.

Disc 2 : The Hammersmith Odeon gig in 1984 was the Fugazi tour, the album that showcased Marillion their own musical formula (no more a pastiche of Gabriel-era Genesis), the band was an experienced and tight unit. We can enjoy a very good atmosphere and sound, this is early Marillion at its creative peak: excellent versions of Assasing (Ian Mosley was such an asset), Punch And Judy (huge crowd participation) and the absolute highlight Fugazi (great spirit and Fish singing "the world is totally Fugazi", wearing that Vietnam outfit, how compelling). Halfway the concert Fish told the crowd about Marillion and "the new direction", as a prelude to the new songs, from the forthcoming new album Misplaced Childhood. You can hear the difference with the Fugazi tracks, Fish became more dominant with his vocals and lyrics and there is less chemistry,in my opinion. But the crowd loved it, especially the sentimental Kayleigh.

In 1987 Marillion had become a 'biggie': the smash hit Kayleigh became #2 in the UK with 200.000 sold copies, and Misplaced Childhood even reached the #1 ranking in the UK with 300.000 sold copies (both in 1985). So in 1987 Marillion had earned the status to play in the huge Wembley Arena, during the Clutching At Straws tour. Again the atmosphere and sound are very good, Fish does his funny song introductions and the crowd participation is fine . But personally I found the tracks close to boring, Fish had taken total control, and it was no surprise that this was the final album from Marillion with Fish.

Fife Aid, St. Andrews 1988 : A two day festival that also featured Rick Wakeman, Jack Bruce, Phil Manzanera, and Osibisa! It was Fish his final performance with Marillion, so Fish singing "I found smog at the end of my rainbow, I found my thoughts shift slowly into phase. Declared the constitution of the walkway, I realise it's time to plan the day" was pretty ironical! I like this version of Market Square Heroes (the previously unreleased bonus track), with strong drumming and a surprising break featuring parts of My Generation (The Who) and Let's Twist Again (Chubby Checker) with an inspired Fish, "you are the heroes" he tells the public in the end, goodbey.

This is another obvious attempt from EMI to plunder the wealthy wallets of the longing progheads! But on the other hand it's also a very good introduction to the magical early Marillion live, if you don't own that 6-CD box, like me.

 Script For A Jester's Tear by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1983
4.22 | 1873 ratings

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Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TenYearsAfter

5 stars Prologue: Those were disappointing progrock years for me, between 1978 and 1983, with And Then There Were Three by Genesis, Tormato by Yes, Love Beach by ELP and The Final Cut by Pink Floyd and even my beloved Rush flirted with reggae and new wave, on Signals in 1982. In March 1983 I stumbled upon an album that had caught my eye, due to the mindblowing artwork: Script For A Jester's Tear by Marillion. A year ago I had listened to their maxi single Market Square Heroes/Grendel but I was not really convinced of their potential. However, I took a look at the awesome vintage instruments (like Strat ' and Yamaha guitar, Rickenbacker ' and Fender fretless bass, Minimoog synthesizer and Mellotron) and the fascinating, poetrical lyrics. Then I decided to give Marillion a second chance, the rest is history.

1. Script For A Jester's Tears (8:39) : What an incredible and legendary first part with only Fish his almost spoken words and tender Grand piano, then the music becomes more lush and finally a bombastic eruption featuring howling guitar runs and emotional vocals ('Yet another emotional suicide, overdosed on sentiment and pride'). Next the composition alternates between catchy, dreamy and compelling, in perfect balance to support the wonderful Fish vocals and the poetrical lyrics. All topped by Mark Kelly his distinctive sparkling synthesizer flights. The outstanding final part delivers dramatic vocals and moving work on guitar, with the use of sustain (Steve Rothery is a huge fan of Carlos Santana).

2. He Knows You Know (5:22) : This is more melodic rock, wonderfully coloured by guitar and keyboards, with the focus on Fish his powerful vocals and his cynical lyrics.

3. The Web (8:48) : Another great start, now with a telephone call and then a climate that shifts between bombastic outbursts and catchy beats. We can enjoy those sparking Mark Kelly synthesizer flights, strong Fish vocals and a long and moving guitar solo, emphasizing Rothery his important role on this album.

4. Garden Party (7:15) : Cheerful melodic rock with a strong tension between the mellow and up-tempo atmospheres and tasteful work on keyboards and guitar. Fish sings in the vein of the provocative Jim Morrison: 'I'm rocking I'm f xxx ing !

5. Chelsea Monday (8:16) : A sultry atmosphere featuring subtle guitarwork (with slide and sustain), a buzzing bass and dramatic vocals ('Catalogue princess, apprentice seductress, buried in her cellophane world in glitter town, of Chelsea Monday)', culminating in a sumptuous outburst with fiery and howling guitar runs, goose bumps! The dramatic shifting moods match perfectly with the contrasts of the life of the young woman in this song, topped by awesome, very compelling guitarwork (sustain, volume pedal). The final part changes from bombastic to a slowly fading, dreamy atmosphere, with wonderful words about a sad situation. What a superb composition, legendary (neo) progrock!

6. Forgotten Sons (8:21) : Another very captivating and compelling composition about a victim of society, this time those who are unemployed and choose to go into the army. Fish shines with his venemous vocals and lyrics, the atmosphere fits perfectly with Fish his anger. Halfway another highlight in (neo) progrock, a breathtaking instrumental part with biting electric guitar runs, accompanied by propulsive drum beats, culminating in a very compelling final section with moving electric guitar and dramatic vocals ('On the news a nation mourns you unknown soldier count the cost, for a second you'll be famous but labelled posthumous'). In order to top this sumptuous neo prog grand finale, Marillion got the brilliant idea to use the unsurpassed Mellotron (choir section) in the EMI studio, again goose bumps!

The bonus disc: This is an interesting extra feature with often a more or less different colouring of the instruments, especially in Grendel (string-ensemble, halfway a jam session by guitar and keyboards and finally a guitar solo with wah-wah), Chelsea Monday (acoustic guitar, powerful Moog Taurus bass pedal sound and a remarkable presence of Mellotron violins in the final part) and He Knows You Know (softer climate, with Mellotron and organ sound).

Epilogue: I was 22 years old when I bought the vinyl in 1983, now I am 57 and listening to this album I am still carried away by Marillion their wonderful first album, timeless music! And it paved the way for the socalled neo- progressive movement, as a bridge between the Seventies and the Eighties. Because early Marillion is rooted in the classic progressive rock sound, but less self-indulgent and less complex. And it features that typical Eighties attitude: more song oriented, more melodic and more 'down to earth' lyrics. Marillion remained superior, and IQ second best.

 Misplaced Childhood by MARILLION album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2017
4.33 | 17 ratings

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Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars This fancypants 2017 reissue of Misplaced Childhood combines an inessential new remaster of the album with some demos and B-Sides you may well already have (especially if you got the 2CD version of the previous remaster) and a rather inessential Steven Wilson mix of the album. (Seriously, can we get over this weird urge to have Steven Wilson mix every prog album ever? Misplaced Childhood's original mix is perfectly fine.)

Still, there's one major draw here which I found made the package worth my while, even if the new remaster won't oust my existing edition of the album - it's an absolutely dynamite live show from Utrecht, including a full runthrough of the album.

It's notable for coming from 1985, substantially earlier in the tour than the other officially-released live performances of the full album - both those from The Thieving Magpie and the rare Curtain Call boxed set hail from the 1986 leg of the tour, when the band were beginning to feel the burnout which would characterise the deliciously bleak Clutching At Straws.

On top of that, on The Thieving Magpie you don't get a full concert (you get the Misplaced Childhood performance on one disc and on the other disc a range of live odds and sods from different gigs), and the Curtain Call recording quality is not what it could be; conversely, here the recording quality is crystal-clear, the energy of the band is superb, and you get the full gig including encores and Fish's stage patter. It may well be the definitive live recording from the Misplaced Childhood era, and as a result is an extremely apt inclusion to this boxed set.

 Marbles In The Park by MARILLION album cover Live, 2016
4.36 | 16 ratings

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Marbles In The Park
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by SteveG

4 stars Marbles seems to be the Marillion album that's liked by people who don't really care for the band. I think that's because of two reasons. First off, the band have been trying to find a "independent" rock sound somewhat akin to bands like Radiohead, and two, because they actually succeeded in developing a very organic and sincere musical formula that showcases itself in Marbles.

I suppose the attraction of a live album from a band like Marillion is the thrill of listening to them perform " without a net". The net being the comfort of the studio where any mistakes or flubs can be fixed. What is immediately striking is how well Hogarth's vocals warm up, after the first few songs, to allow him to go into near dog whistle highs, while Steve Rothery effortlessly reproduces his manifold guitar leads, his playing often a duet with Hogath's vocals on songs like "Drilling Holes" and the epic closer "Neverland".

What's also interesting is the Dutch audience's familiarity with the Marbles' material. What's more interesting is the crowd clapping in 4/4 time to the opening stanzas of the song "Genie" before the band shift gears and go into a slower time signature for the song's remaining verses and chorus, as the hard to follow beat causes the mass clapping to immediately cease, showing that Marillion's music, fortunately, still can't be danced to.

The band never misses a beat on this double CD live offering of Marbles (the previous live Marble album concerts being truncated single CD editions), and the sound, as usual for Marillion live albums, is stellar. I can only see this album appealing to diehard fans of the studio album, but for those who view that album as a 5 star masterpiece, Marbles In The Park is essential.

 Misplaced Childhood by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.23 | 1981 ratings

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Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by martindavey87

3 stars 1985's 'Misplaced Childhood', which served as my introduction to the band, is a concept album that is often regarded as Maillion's best studio release, and the creative peak of their Fish-fronted early years.

Continuing with the "neo prog" sound that Marillion were notable for, which kept progressive music alive in an 80's music scene that wasn't all too interested in the self-indulgent pomposity the genre was known for, 'Misplaced Childhood' features some of the most melodic songs the band have ever written, and this, along with hit singles 'Kayleigh' and 'Lavender' helped them appeal to a mainstream audience.

Seeing as it's a concept album, the songs all flow together smoothly and effortlessly, requiring multiple listens until individual tracks really start to stand out. It's not all bad though, I mean, don't we prog fans expect that? In fact, the only major detriment to the record is that a lot of the songs are fairly slow-paced. While they're nice to listen to, I feel Marillion's music really comes alive in their more energetic, high-tempo tracks. Not a massive complaint though, mostly me nitpicking.

With some of the most beautiful pieces of music you'll ever hear, including 'Blind Curve', 'Childhoods End', 'White Feather' and the classic 'Kayleigh', as well as more rockier songs such as 'Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)' and 'Lords of the Backstage', it's easy to see why 'Misplaced Childhood' is considered an essential addition to any prog collection.

 Fugazi by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.97 | 1252 ratings

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Fugazi
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by martindavey87

3 stars After a rather disappointing debut, 'Fugazi' really sees Marillion start to become the band we all know and love. Not that I hated 'Script for a Jester's Tear' mind you, but I mostly found it to be a rather dull album, with all but one song failing to keep my attention throughout its duration.

But this... this is more like it!

Everything here is a step up from its predecessor. The songs are a lot more energetic and infectious, with excellent production giving the music a nice, clean sound, a thumping bass track and great interplay between guitarist Steve Rothery and keyboardist Mark Kelly. And charismatic vocalist Fish gives the band a flamboyant majesty, reminiscent of old Genesis.

'Fugazi' isn't without its faults though. Besides occasionally smelling of 80's cheese, a couple of the songs do lag from time to time, though it's not really a detriment to the overall album, and the stronger tracks more than make up for it. With plenty of nice keyboard leads and catchy duel harmonies, there's a lot of enthusiastic performances that make 'Fugazi' an easy record to listen to from start to finish.

'Assassing', 'Punch and Judy', 'Incubus' and the incredible title track are all highlights that make this release a worthy addition to the collection, and goes to show why Marillion's early albums are held in such high regard by fans.

Thanks to ProgLucky for the artist addition. and to Lazland (w/ Quinino help) for the last updates

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