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Marillion biography
Pioneers of the second wave of progressive rock


The Early Years

Marillion were formed in 1979 in Aylesbury, England under the name Silmarillion, named after the Tolkien novel.

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...
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MARILLION discography


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

4.22 | 1844 ratings
Script For A Jester's Tear
1983
3.97 | 1235 ratings
Fugazi
1984
4.23 | 1944 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
1985
4.14 | 1210 ratings
Clutching At Straws
1987
3.76 | 802 ratings
Seasons End
1989
3.11 | 603 ratings
Holidays In Eden
1991
3.97 | 953 ratings
Brave
1994
3.78 | 648 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight
1995
3.41 | 524 ratings
This Strange Engine
1997
2.67 | 475 ratings
Radiation
1998
3.11 | 443 ratings
Marillion.com
1999
3.36 | 511 ratings
Anoraknophobia
2001
4.09 | 1002 ratings
Marbles
2004
3.04 | 490 ratings
Somewhere Else
2007
3.34 | 532 ratings
Happiness Is The Road
2008
2.78 | 326 ratings
Less Is More
2009
3.57 | 567 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made
2012
3.71 | 269 ratings
F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
2016

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

3.84 | 294 ratings
Real to Reel
1984
3.85 | 296 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
4.12 | 87 ratings
Live From Loreley
1995
3.43 | 138 ratings
Made Again
1996
3.56 | 57 ratings
Live At The Walls
1998
3.70 | 35 ratings
Piston Broke
1998
3.28 | 23 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
4.17 | 95 ratings
Marbles Live
2005
3.97 | 47 ratings
Marbles By The Sea
2005
3.50 | 34 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 | 36 ratings
Friends
2007
3.82 | 26 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.49 | 92 ratings
Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987
2008
4.46 | 97 ratings
Recital of the Script
2009
4.27 | 94 ratings
Live From Loreley
2009
3.71 | 22 ratings
Happiness Is Cologne
2009
3.65 | 24 ratings
High Voltage
2010
3.79 | 43 ratings
The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2
2010
3.67 | 41 ratings
Tumbling Down The Years
2010
4.04 | 39 ratings
size matters
2010
3.88 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Saturday
2010
3.88 | 23 ratings
Live In Montréal // Sunday
2010
3.78 | 22 ratings
Live In Montréal // Friday
2011
3.74 | 23 ratings
holidays in eden live
2011
3.89 | 45 ratings
Live From Cadogan Hall
2011
3.81 | 18 ratings
Afraid of Sunlight Live
2011
3.60 | 16 ratings
This Strange Engine Live
2011
3.71 | 19 ratings
Seasons End Live
2011
3.76 | 22 ratings
A-Z Live 2011
2012
3.91 | 36 ratings
Sounds Live
2012
3.77 | 20 ratings
The Glow Must Go On
2012
3.62 | 23 ratings
Clocks Already Ticking
2013
3.91 | 27 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.50 | 8 ratings
Live At The Forum
2014
4.55 | 20 ratings
Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
3.75 | 4 ratings
A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas
2015
4.55 | 11 ratings
Waves and Numb3rs
2016
4.30 | 14 ratings
Marbles In The Park
2016
4.42 | 12 ratings
Singles Night
2016
5.00 | 1 ratings
The Gold - Best of Convention 2017
2017

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

4.36 | 160 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 | 137 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
4.75 | 4 ratings
M Tube: An Introduction To Marillion On DVD
2010
4.49 | 53 ratings
Out Of Season
2010
4.15 | 45 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
4.29 | 14 ratings
Breaking Records
2015
4.14 | 10 ratings
Out Of The Box
2016
4.83 | 6 ratings
Marbles in the Park
2016

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

3.45 | 188 ratings
B'Sides Themselves
1988
2.93 | 66 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 | 44 ratings
The Best of Both Worlds (2 cd boxset)
1997
4.06 | 76 ratings
Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
1997
3.14 | 9 ratings
Kayleigh - The Essential Collection
1998
2.20 | 59 ratings
Marillion and the Positive Light - Tales from the Engine Room
1998
4.46 | 42 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
3.48 | 26 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
4.83 | 6 ratings
Misplaced Childhood / Script For A Jester's Tear
2011
4.50 | 4 ratings
4 Albums
2011
4.00 | 3 ratings
Greatest Hits On CD & DVD
2012
4.31 | 16 ratings
Marillion.Best.Live
2012
3.83 | 6 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made Special Edition
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
4.75 | 12 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
2017

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

3.90 | 107 ratings
Market Square Heroes
1982
4.10 | 41 ratings
Garden Party
1983
4.19 | 40 ratings
He Knows You Know
1983
4.02 | 36 ratings
Punch and Judy
1984
3.70 | 51 ratings
Assassing
1984
3.36 | 51 ratings
Kayleigh
1985
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Story So Far...
1985
3.60 | 52 ratings
Lavender
1985
3.54 | 51 ratings
Heart of Lothian
1985
2.59 | 64 ratings
Brief Encounter
1986
4.11 | 10 ratings
Garden Party Live
1986
4.13 | 24 ratings
Lady Nina
1986
4.02 | 34 ratings
Sugar Mice
1987
3.77 | 31 ratings
Incommunicado
1987
4.00 | 32 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
1987
2.98 | 21 ratings
Incommunicado & Sugar Mice - Video
1987
4.19 | 21 ratings
Freaks
1988
3.72 | 18 ratings
Uninvited Guest
1989
4.25 | 24 ratings
Easter
1989
3.53 | 19 ratings
hooks in you
1989
3.22 | 17 ratings
No One Can
1991
3.22 | 9 ratings
Cover My Eyes (Pain And Heaven)
1991
3.11 | 9 ratings
Dry Land
1991
4.00 | 2 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
4.50 | 4 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.25 | 4 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
4.25 | 4 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.71 | 17 ratings
Beautiful
1995
2.77 | 16 ratings
Beautiful
1995
4.18 | 19 ratings
The Making of Brave
1995
4.00 | 14 ratings
Man of a Thousand Faces
1997
3.83 | 12 ratings
Eighty Days
1997
2.93 | 17 ratings
These Chains (Single)
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Marillion & the Web Christmas 1998
1998
3.25 | 8 ratings
Marillion.Christmas
1999
2.77 | 14 ratings
Marillion.co.uk
2000
3.75 | 8 ratings
Crash Course - An Introduction to Marillion
2001
2.71 | 14 ratings
A Verry Barry Christmas
2001
4.25 | 12 ratings
Between You And Me / Map Of The World
2001
3.84 | 15 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
3.67 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2002: Santa And His Elvis
2002
4.06 | 8 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
2.08 | 10 ratings
A Handful Of Marbles
2005
4.33 | 3 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
4.11 | 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 | 3 ratings
Christmas 2014: Chile For The Time Of Year
2014
3.40 | 5 ratings
Living In F E A R
2017

MARILLION Reviews


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 Marbles In The Park by MARILLION album cover Live, 2016
4.30 | 14 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 | 1944 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 | 1235 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.

 Script For A Jester's Tear by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1983
4.22 | 1844 ratings

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Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by martindavey87

2 stars I tried so hard to let this album grow on me, I really did. I'm a big Marillion fan and their early work is so exciting and fun to listen to. But not so much with the bands debut, 'Script for a Jester's Tear'. I struggled over this album for ages and ages, trying to think of what to say. The thing is, every song has it's high and low points. For example; 'Forgotten Sons'. The first half of this song features some of my favourite Marillion melodies. It's vibrant, energetic, and catchy. But when the song reaches the four-minute mark, it just stops dead. I feel like it's lost all its momentum, and the remainder of the song fails to catch my interest.

This is pretty much how I feel about every song on the album.

With the only exception being 'He Knows You Know', which is the only song I like all the way through, it just feels like there aren't any songs that I like from start to finish.

It's my only legit complaint, because otherwise, this would be a fantastic debut album. The passionate guitar playing, the beautiful keyboard melodies, the witty lyrics, it all comes together nicely to give Marillion a fresh and refined sound, that helped revitalize the prog scene in the 1980's.

'Script' isn't a bad album, but I really can't justify giving it more than two stars.

 Fugazi by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1984
3.97 | 1235 ratings

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Fugazi
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Review Nº 129

'Fugazi' is the second studio album of Marillion and was released in 1984. In relation to their debut studio album 'Script For A Jester's Tear', 'Fugazi' shows some musical differences. Marillion streamlined the intricacies of group's progressive rock leanings for a more straight ahead rock identity. Still, it remains clearly a Marillion's album. We even can say that, in a certain way, 'Fugazi' remarks Marillion's consistency on its musical direction solidifying the group.

The line up on the album is Derek Dick 'Fish' (vocals), Steve Rothery (guitars), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass) and Ian Mosley (drums). The album has also the participation of Linda Pyke (backing vocals). This was the first album with the presence of Mosley after the departure of their drummer Mick Pointer to form Arena. The album was produced under difficult circumstances, with the group employing and ejecting several drummers in quick sessions.

'Fugazi' has seven tracks. All songs were written by Fish, Rothery, Trewavas and Kelly, except 'Punch And Judy' that was also written by Jonathan Mover and 'Emerald Lies' and 'Fugazi' which were also written by Mosley. The first track 'Assassing' is a very good song to open the album and became one of the classic songs of the group. This is a very interesting song because it sounds at the same time quite different and yet familiar compared to the songs of their debut studio album 'Script For A Jester's Tear'. It's a very energetic song with a touch of Islamic music, with a beautiful interlude, a good bass line and a very dynamic drumming. This is, in my humble opinion, one of the highlights of the album. The second track 'Punch And Judy' was the song chosen to be released as the first single of this album. The lyrics of the song are a very amusing subject on a married life and are about a marriage that gone bad. It's the shortest track on the album but is for me a very good song. This is a wonderful song although not very typical of their music until now. However, it features everything that's great in Marillion's songs, catchy riffs and melodies and their typical sound so characteristic of Fish's era. The third track 'Jigsaw' it's a bit slow rock song, very nice and I particularly like of it very much. This is probably a song partially obscured by the two previous songs. It's a song about everything in Marillion, their music, their audience and the accusation of being a Genesis' clone, what really bothered them. This is a very sensual song with beautiful lyrics that we want to sing as we take our morning shower and leaves us well prepared to begin our day's work. Definitely, I love this song. The fourth track 'Emerald Lies' is, in my humble opinion, a good song but it's also at the same time weaker than the previous songs. It doesn't represent a truly progression on their music and it even sounds a little bit na've in comparison with the other songs composed by them until now. However, it has a good bass line, great guitar melody, the vocal dynamics are very good and the lyrics are particularly simple and clever. So, it remains a good song. The fifth track 'She Chameleon' is the other weaker song on the album. It's a very simple song with depressing lyrics and with a very simple organ work, a tasteful guitar melody and some bombastic drums. This is still a very decent song but isn't as great as the others are and, in my humble opinion, this song and 'Emerald Lies' brought this album a little bit down. The sixth track 'Incubus' is fortunately the return of the band to the great songs. This is with 'Fugazi' one of the two epic tracks on the album. The theme of the song is about nightmares and has very good lyrics. It's a song with a very strong musical structure with a very melodic musical composition and different tempo. Its music moves dynamically all over the song with smooth musical transitions from one melody to another. This is really a brilliant song. The seventh and last track is the title track 'Fugazi'. This is another brilliant epic track. As with the previous debut studio album 'Script For A Jester's Tear' where the last track 'Forgotten Sons' is considered by many, the best song on the album and one of the best musical compositions made by Marillion too, with this song is the same thing. I completely agree with those who saying that this is a great song. It's a fantastic song with great mood and a melody that changes all over the song. This is, in reality, the ending of a great musical journey made by the group and an incredible way to closing this magnificent album.

Conclusion: Perhaps 'Fugazi' is the weakest album of Marillion in Fish's era. But saying this, it seems like a sacrilege. In reality, Marillion has no weak albums in that period of time, and so, 'Fugazi' is still a great piece of music. As I wrote before and, in my humble opinion, the album has two songs with musical quality below of the others, 'Emerald Lies' and 'She Chameleon'. So, for that motif, 'Fugazi' can't be considered a masterpiece, as happened with their preceding album 'Script For A Jester's Tear' and their following album 'Misplaced Childhood'. But, 'Fugazi' remains without any doubt a great album. 'Fugazi' is an excellent album that can be recommended to all progressive rock fans. Just simply don't compare it too much to the previous one, because there's music here for every progressive rock fan to love.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Sounds That Can't Be Made by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2012
3.57 | 567 ratings

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Sounds That Can't Be Made
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by The Crow
Prog Reviewer

3 stars After the massively underrated Happiness is the Road, Marillion managed to release another solid album.

In terms of production, the band never sounded better because all instruments are clear and pristine. Maybe the Trewavas's bass could have had a bit more protagonism, but it's ok nevertheless. And It's incredible to check that after 25 years in Marillion, Steve Hogarth's voice is still in top form!

It's a pity that this guy has so an affected and studied pose on stage, because he has one of the best prog-rock voices in my humble opinion. But let's talk about the songs in Sounds That Can't be Made.

Gaza starts the album in an incredible way, achieving of the band's highlights. An impressive song with strong lyrics, heavy guitars and great progression. Together with acts like The Invisible Man and This Strange Engine, Gaza is without a doubt one of the best songs of Hogarth's era. Just a must hearing track for every prog lover.

Sadly Sounds taht Can't be Made can't maintain this quality level with its silly text and boring melodies. Just too repetitive and dull, except for the great guitars towards the end. Pour My Love is a song in the style of the worst tracks in Radiation and Marillion.com. Just forgettable and the lowest moment in the whole album. This trip-hop influences... Just lame.

Luckily the rythmic Power raises our souls with its beautiful keyboards and good Trewavas work, while Montreal is another highlight of the album despite its mundane lyrics. A gift for the fans showing the most variable and prog side of the band. Invisible Ink is a beautiful little song in the vein of the most intimate compositions of Happiness is the Road. Lovely despite (or thank to) it's simplicity.

Lucky Man is solid, but a bit repetitive for my taste despite the powerful Hogarth's singing. The Sky above the rain closes the album brilliantly, with its beautiful lyrics and increasing intensity. It's a song perfect and effective to be played live, but with a too much Hogarth's protagonism. Another little classic from this album!

Conclusion: Sounds that Can't be Made is clearly not one a peak in the band's history, but it's still a very solid release from a veteran band which refuses to live from the past and it's always exploring new paths to expand their music. This album is not so good and surpising like the previous Happiness is the Road, but easily surpases other Marillion's efforths. It has three wonderful songs (maybe four), and the rest is also pretty enjoyable if not memorable with the exception of the forgettable Pour My Love.

Good work, guys!

Best Tracks: Gaza, Montreal, The Sky above the Rain.

My rating: ***1/2, rounded down to three stars.

 Script For A Jester's Tear by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1983
4.22 | 1844 ratings

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Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by VianaProghead
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Review Nº 128

"Script For A Jester's Tear" is the debut studio album of Marillion and was released in 1983. The album was released after their fantastic EP "Market Square Heroes" with also "Three Boats From The Candy" and on the B side with their great epic "Grendel". The line up on the album is Derek Dick "Fish" (vocals), Steve Rothery (guitars), Mark Kelly (keyboards), Pete Trewavas (bass) and Mick Pointer (drums). Beyond "Market Square Heroes", this is the only album to feature Pointer in the group. He left Marillion to found Arena where he is still their current drummer.

"Script For A Jester's Tear" has six tracks. All songs were written by Fish, Rothery, Trewavas, Pointer and Kelly, except "The Web" which was also written by Brian Jellyman and "He Knows You Know", "Garden Party" and "Forgotten Sons" which were also written by Jellyman and Diz Minnett. The first track is the title track "Script For A Jester's Tear". This is a fantastic song, is a brilliant opener and is also without any doubt a memorable musical moment on the album. It's clearly progressive rock music with a strong melody and sung wonderfully by the magnificent voice of Fish. It's a song that reminds us perfectly, the good old times of the progressive rock music, especially the masterpieces of Genesis in the vein of Gabriel's era. The second track "He Knows You Know" was the song chosen to be Marillion's second single and is a song that tells us about the abuse of drugs, and alludes particularly to intravenous drug use. This is the shortest song on the album but it's still a great track and represents also another great musical moment on the album. It's a very powerful song with powerful lyrics too. The song begins with the guitar followed by Fish's voice and soon the keyboards appear also and then, the song reaches its great musical climax when the drum section enters on the scene. The third track "The Web" is another great song with a beautiful composition and powerful lyrics and is very enjoyable to listen to. Probably it isn't as appealing as the other two previous songs, but it's without any doubt a song that fixes us firmly into the territory of the progressive rock music. This is a very melodic song and it has also a magnificent harmonic musical progression, making of it a truly progressive track. It has also magnificent individual musical performances, especially the fantastic guitar work of Rothery and the magnificent and bombastic keyboard work of Kelly. The fourth track "Garden Party" was another song chosen to be released as a single and it was their third single. This time, the song is a parody of social elitism and snobbery in our society and this is probably the least depressing song on the album. The lyrics are absolutely fantastic, very satiric, and it represents perhaps Fish's best lyrical performance on the entire album. This song reminds me strongly the very personal and unique style of Gabriel in the good old Genesis' times. This is also, in my humble opinion, another great track. The fifth track "Chelsea Monday" is another great song and represents another highest moment on the album. This is one of the simplest tracks on the album but it's still a very powerful song. It became one of the classic songs of the band and it remains, even today, as fresh as it was in those days. This always was one of my favourite songs of the group, very mellow with a very reach musical ambience and with also very deep lyrics that almost make us cry. The musical arrangement of this song is, for my taste, absolutely fantastic. The sixth and last track "Forgotten Sons" represents another highlight of the album and is without any doubt a perfect way to close this incredible musical work. This track represents for many of us the best musical moment on the album. The opening of this song is very powerful and reminds us a group of soldiers marching into their destination, the battlefield. It's also a song with very powerful lyrics and a clear political message. This is, in my humble opinion, one of their greatest pieces of music with absolutely fantastic individual musical performances, culminating with a great guitar solo. This is really a very powerful and overwhelming song, a great close for the album.

Conclusion: It's commonly accepted that "Script For A Jester's Tear" is with "Misplaced Childhood" probably the two best studio albums released by the group in the music era of Fish. It's also true that the opinion of which of these albums is the best, is divided. Both have their supporters. However, and in my humble opinion, "Misplaced Childhood" is a better album because is a more cohesive and well balanced musical work. Still, nobody can't deny the fundamental importance of "Script For A Jester's Tear", in those times, for progressive rock. In a certain way "Script For A Jester's Tear" was as important as "In The Court Of The Crimson King" of King Crimson was for the progressive rock music in the 70's. In the summer of 1982 the punk explosion was gone but remained some echoes, a parade of a new romantic musical movement. So, when the music world seemed to be at the mercy of the new romantics, "Script For A Jester's Tear" represents a landmark and a breath of fresh air that progressive rock music, so needed at the time. We can even say that since "Script For A Jester's Tear" the world of progressive rock has raised again and no longer was the same.

Prog is my Ferrari. Jem Godfrey (Frost*)

 Seasons End by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1989
3.76 | 802 ratings

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Seasons End
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Orpheus-keys

4 stars Cast thy weary minds back to the depths of 1989. Tensions were rising, a new decade was blossoming and the glamorous aura of the 1980s was meeting its inevitable decline. In the world of alternative British music, - Madchester had reached its peak with major-selling groups like the Stone Roses and Inspiral Carpets whereas groups like New Order and the Smiths had already become remnants of yesterday. A little further South, in the progressive rock world, was a group called Marillion, - a quintet whose reign amongst the sheltered bedrooms of rock fanatics had reached their ten-year anniversary. With albums such as 'Script for a Jester's Tear' and 'Misplaced Childhood', they had become household names in Britain by now, - largely due to original frontman Fish who marked his territory on the grounds of rock with his blending of fantastical lyricism, despondent imagery and stage theatricality. In 1988 Fish left the group and was soon replaced by Steve Hogarth. Short on press support but high on ambition and confidence, the group set out to record their fifth album with their new vocalist.

The album starts with the eight-minute opus 'King of Sunset Town' which is a sprawling and diverse piece of music and lyricism. Thematically similar to earlier works like 'The Web' with high connotations of dejection and moodiness is balanced nicely with segments of fantastical elevation. Keyboardist Mark Kelly is consistent as usual but is now taking full advantage of more modernized keyboard sounds, particularly during the intro section. Guitarist Steve Rothery also shines with usual displays of melodic nuances throughout the track. Indubitably a strong opener and the proggiest track on the album. 'Easter' is an electric- acoustic pop song which was released as a single after its release. The song begins as a gentle acoustic ballad before gradually building up tension into a climactic chorus, which is followed by an extended heartfelt guitar solo which is simulataneously passionate and sedative. The song closes with an upbeat reprise of the main theme with accompanying scat- singing. 'The Uninvited Guest' is another catchy pop song with hard rock elements similar to that of 'Incommunicado' from their previous album Clutching at Straws. 'Seasons End' is the representative track of the album; another eight-minute opus which is very slow throughout. First half of the song is very emotional and dramatic which is chock-full of crashing cymbals, guitar chords and cascading synth pads. The second half takes on a more quirky vibe with Mark Kelly taking centre-stage with polyrhythmic marimba-sounding swirls before the track gradually fades out and closes Side One.

Side Two opens with 'Holloway Girl' which is a fairly slow yet upbeat and catchy song which is led by a pervasive delayed guitar riff. 'Berlin' is the third-longest song on the album which retains true to the album's dramatic and ambient quality, - but not quite as breathtaking as Easter nor nowhere near as progressive and diverse as King of Sunset Town or Seasons End. 'After You' is a gorgeous ballad which is definitely one of my personal favourite for it showcases a sublime vocal performance by Hogarth and the lyrics are very sincere and sweet without sounding too saccharine or sappy. 'Hooks in You' was the leading single from the album and definitely the sole AOR-styled rocker on the album, - although in reflection it doesn't age too well in comparison with the rest of the album. 'The Space...' closes the album with a punch as it enriches the listener with its somber, reflective yet life-affirming quality. Rich in orchestral textures and layering, the six-minute slow epic ends with the universal lyric "Everybody lives and loves and laughs and cries and eats and sleeps and grows and dies.." giving the whole album a very earthy quality.

Overall; - a splendid release at a very difficult time for the group. Inevitably hesitant to stray too far away from their roots yet they clearly had an adamant desire to progress and evolve beyond the sprawling progressive-rock epics of the early 80s into a more balanced and streamlined group with ambient textures. A very solid record, a key release and an essential listen for even the most ardent Fish-era Marillion fanatic.

 Misplaced Childhood by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.23 | 1944 ratings

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Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Misplaced Childhood represents a significant moment in my music listening history. At the age of 14-15 I was listening to the vinyls of my elder sister and brother, Dire Straits being my first favourite band. There were a bunch of prog oriented early 80's albums too, by e.g. Asia, Saga, Rush, Yes and Jon Anderson that I found interesting. At the time I didn't yet buy vinyls myself, I used to tape music on cassettes. And then I saw this band on TV, it was some New Year's night concert featuring many artists - I don't remember who the others were. I do remember the line "do you remember" repeated several times, and the singer had some red paint on his face. I purchased Fugazi as my first vinyl and persuaded my friend to get Misplaced Childhood. So begun my most dedicated fandom period of my life, lasting for a couple of years.

Since it feels awkward for me to write a review for such heavily reviewed album, I first thought to write one for the 'Kayleigh' single. I'm getting tired of reviewing singles so much, so here's my very subjective view on this famous Neo Prog milestone. I bought it on CD several years later at the early 90's, but it isn't my favourite of the Fish era, that honour goes to Clutching at Straws. And up to this day my reception of Misplaced Childhood is somewhat ambivalent. Like many other prog listeners, I find it a bit cheesy as a whole, with the super-clean production, sugared synth carpets and sentimental guitar solos.

'Pseudo Silk Kimono' is irritatingly all cheesy synths, but it functions as a conceptual mood-setter, followed seamlessly by the radio-friendly song for lost love, 'Kayleigh' (which I have as a ringtone on my phone nowadays!), which is seamlessly followed by another radio-friendly love song, naively romantic 'Lavender'. What is this? A potpourri of pop songs? Luckily, 'Bitter Suite' and 'Heart of Lothian' are multi-part compositions with various moods. I love the quietest, more mystified parts ("A spider wanders aimlessly...", and later, "It's getting late for scribbling and scratching on the paper...") whereas 'Blue Angel' and 'Wide Boy' sections are really cheesy, especially for the guitar solos. On the next album there's a lot more diversity in guitar and keyboard sounds. Is Misplaced Childhood perhaps over-produced in a way, emphasizing the sentimental concept?

The album is practically two side-long, pauseless entities, and that's definitley one of its strengths. The second part (side of the vinyl) contains the ultimate highlight, but there are also songs that feel like fillers to me. 'Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)', terribly boring. 'Lords of the Backstage' is refreshingly bold and bright. 'Blind Curve' is a magnificent journey into deep, sore emotions, and finally there's new blood on guitar parts too. The melody in 'Mylo' is spellbinding, and the creepily quiet section 'Perimeter Walk' gives goose bimples. Unfortunately the 'Threshold' section returns to the cheesiness and the similarily wailing guitar solo by numbers heard on the first side. 'Childhoods End?' is a fine, sunny and powerful catharsis after all the dark emotions the concept album has gone through. The synth solo at its end sounds very Genesis-like. But for me 'White Feather' is a boring anti-climax.

This is definitely an important album, but the certain weaknesses and the overall cheesiness make me round my 3½ stars downwards. This is not to say I wouldn't understand five-star ratings perfectly well!

 F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.71 | 269 ratings

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F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by RedKnot

4 stars I find this album took ages to reveal it's secrets; but then Brave did something similar - having been a fan of early Marillion, I just wasn't sure. It ended up as a favourite and whilst FEAR doesn't quite get there yet, I feel it might yet.

The oddest aspect of the record is that it seems to be light on the big, anthemic hooks; and tends to be reflective. Not that it's not dynamic; and there are moments when it all kicks in that it has rather a lot of impact, but for a record with such an aggressive title and concept - that I wholeheartedly approve of - it's more brooding than outright angry and that's unexpected. Marillion can still turn up the heat (Gaza proving it), so it seems surprising to see the Rothery going for a more textural role than an in-your-face one. Mark Kelly is terrific throughout and manages to sound very fresh.

I think a bit more repetition might have made this an easier swallow - there's no choruses, in fact, there are lots of sections. Think the Misplaced Childhood structure without the chordal repetition between parts of side 1 and 2. It's perhaps fairer to think of FEAR as a politically charged Tales from Topographic Oceans. Its a meandering, long-form work created of many sections that work to a common end. The opening, El Dorado is very strong, with a Tull-like intro, segueing through a STCBM style part - The Gold - which culminates in a classic Rothery solo that could have come off of Marbles or Afraid of Sunlight. The rest of the track feels reminiscent of Ocean Cloud, with shorter vignettes making up the rest of the song. Notable is the lovely lyric at the end of Grandchildren of Apes; which is beautiful and optimistic.

White Paper and Living in FEAR are shorter tracks that carry the atmosphere between the three epic tracks. The Leavers has some lovely atmosphere but I tend to lose concentration a little during the song. It meanders a little too much. Some lovely keyboards. In the wake of the whole Brexit thing, it's somewhat switched lyrically - the 'leavers' being seeming more progressive people and the 'remainers' being those who wish to remain as they traditionally did. Nothing to do with Marillion, obviously, but heard post July 2016, it seems a bit skewed!

The New Kings does tend to be the saving grace; with the greater sense of urgency. After the whole 'We are the leavers/remainers' lyrics, one kind of wishes for something other than 'we are the new kings' - that said, it is a hook, I suppose. Small gripe, and not worth too much thought.

The piece has a lot of atmosphere and drama, with the greatest dynamic variation provided in a single epic on this record.

I had hoped for a true classic; and it might win me yet. I think a single LP with El Dorado on one side and The New Kings on the other may have been the album I hoped for. Less might have been more after all. Still, on what is presented here, it's good to see Marillion holding their long-form card aloft again and making purposeful music.

Not the best political LP this winter - that crown goes to Anubis' The Second Hand - but it's a very good record in its own right.

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

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