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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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Brave (Deluxe Edition)(4CD/1Blu-Ray)Brave (Deluxe Edition)(4CD/1Blu-Ray)
Rhino/Parlophone 2018
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$36.13 (used)
Misplaced Childhood (2017 Remaster)Misplaced Childhood (2017 Remaster)
Remastered
Rhino/Parlophone 2017
$11.50
$10.60 (used)
Clutching At Straws (Deluxe Edition)(4CD/1Blu-ray Boxset)Clutching At Straws (Deluxe Edition)(4CD/1Blu-ray Boxset)
Box set · Deluxe Edition
Rhino/Parlophone 2018
$28.99
$29.32 (used)
Clutching At Straws (2LP)Clutching At Straws (2LP)
Rhino/Parlophone 2019
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This Strange EngineThis Strange Engine
MADFISH 2017
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Live In Glasgow (Live)Live In Glasgow (Live)
EARMUSIC 2018
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Happiness Is The Road - Essence ( 2 LP )Happiness Is The Road - Essence ( 2 LP )
MADFISH 2017
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Radiation 2013 (2 LP Gatefold Sleeve)Radiation 2013 (2 LP Gatefold Sleeve)
MADFISH 2017
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Best of Both WorldsBest of Both Worlds
EMI Europe Generic 2007
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Holidays in EdenHolidays in Eden
Extra tracks · Remastered · Special Edition
Emi Europe Generic 1998
$9.32
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MARILLION discography


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

4.23 | 1934 ratings
Script For A Jester's Tear
1983
3.97 | 1289 ratings
Fugazi
1984
4.24 | 2054 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
1985
4.16 | 1274 ratings
Clutching At Straws
1987
3.75 | 839 ratings
Seasons End
1989
3.12 | 632 ratings
Holidays In Eden
1991
3.98 | 1006 ratings
Brave
1994
3.79 | 678 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight
1995
3.41 | 548 ratings
This Strange Engine
1997
2.69 | 494 ratings
Radiation
1998
3.12 | 466 ratings
Marillion.com
1999
3.36 | 530 ratings
Anoraknophobia
2001
4.09 | 1045 ratings
Marbles
2004
3.03 | 515 ratings
Somewhere Else
2007
3.33 | 551 ratings
Happiness Is The Road
2008
2.77 | 343 ratings
Less Is More
2009
3.57 | 593 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made
2012
3.70 | 307 ratings
F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
2016

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

3.84 | 304 ratings
Real to Reel
1984
3.85 | 306 ratings
The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra
1988
2.35 | 29 ratings
Live at the Borderline
1992
3.30 | 32 ratings
Live in Glasgow
1993
3.55 | 48 ratings
Live in Caracas
1993
4.09 | 92 ratings
Live From Loreley
1995
3.43 | 143 ratings
Made Again
1996
3.56 | 62 ratings
Live At The Walls
1998
3.66 | 38 ratings
Piston Broke
1998
3.17 | 26 ratings
Marillionrochester
1998
3.18 | 33 ratings
Zodiac
1999
3.70 | 75 ratings
Anorak in the UK Live
2002
4.08 | 44 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2003
3.48 | 14 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.50 | 48 ratings
Curtain Call - A Live Archive 1983 - 1988
2004
4.17 | 99 ratings
Marbles Live
2005
3.96 | 51 ratings
Marbles By The Sea
2005
3.51 | 38 ratings
Popular Music
2005
3.45 | 14 ratings
Bootleg Bingo
2005
3.61 | 33 ratings
Smoke
2006
3.81 | 39 ratings
Mirrors
2006
4.00 | 51 ratings
Family
2007
3.66 | 39 ratings
Friends
2007
3.82 | 30 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.47 | 96 ratings
Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987
2008
4.41 | 103 ratings
Recital of the Script
2009
4.26 | 98 ratings
Live From Loreley
2009
3.76 | 27 ratings
Happiness Is Cologne
2009
3.69 | 26 ratings
High Voltage
2010
3.81 | 45 ratings
The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2
2010
3.66 | 45 ratings
Tumbling Down The Years
2010
4.06 | 43 ratings
size matters
2010
3.84 | 26 ratings
Live In Montréal // Saturday
2010
3.86 | 25 ratings
Live In Montréal // Sunday
2010
3.79 | 24 ratings
Live In Montréal // Friday
2011
3.74 | 24 ratings
holidays in eden live
2011
3.90 | 46 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 | 31 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.44 | 9 ratings
Live At The Forum
2014
4.64 | 22 ratings
Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
3.67 | 6 ratings
A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas
2015
4.57 | 14 ratings
Waves and Numb3rs
2016
4.41 | 18 ratings
Marbles In The Park
2016
4.53 | 15 ratings
Singles Night
2016
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Gold - Best of Convention 2017
2017
4.50 | 8 ratings
All One Tonight - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
2018

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

4.36 | 164 ratings
Recital Of The Script
1983
3.39 | 31 ratings
Video
1984
2.60 | 28 ratings
1982-86 The Videos
1986
3.72 | 32 ratings
A Singles Collection
1992
4.75 | 56 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2002
2.85 | 15 ratings
Shot In The Dark
2002
4.60 | 15 ratings
A Piss-up in a Brewery
2002
3.17 | 44 ratings
The EMI Singles Collection
2002
3.68 | 57 ratings
From Stoke Row To Ipanema - A Year In The Life (DVD)
2003
3.93 | 21 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.22 | 17 ratings
Before First Light (Afraid of Sunlight Live 2003)
2003
4.45 | 139 ratings
Live from Loreley
2004
3.98 | 71 ratings
Marbles On The Road
2004
2.77 | 48 ratings
Brave - The Film
2004
4.16 | 27 ratings
Wish You Were Here
2005
4.38 | 8 ratings
Colours And Sound
2006
4.22 | 57 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.31 | 20 ratings
Bootleg Butlins
2007
3.79 | 10 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
3.59 | 15 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
4.50 | 55 ratings
Out Of Season
2010
4.13 | 46 ratings
Live At Cadogan Hall
2011
4.67 | 24 ratings
Live In Montréal
2011
4.45 | 23 ratings
Holidays In Zelande
2012
4.00 | 27 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
5.00 | 5 ratings
A Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
4.31 | 16 ratings
Breaking Records
2015
4.16 | 13 ratings
Out Of The Box
2016
4.78 | 9 ratings
Marbles in the Park
2016
4.62 | 13 ratings
All One Tonight
2018

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

3.49 | 194 ratings
B'Sides Themselves
1988
2.92 | 71 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 | 40 ratings
Kayleigh
1996
4.25 | 8 ratings
The Best of Marillion
1996
3.32 | 49 ratings
The Best of Both Worlds (2 cd boxset)
1997
4.07 | 79 ratings
Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
1997
3.14 | 9 ratings
Kayleigh - The Essential Collection
1998
2.20 | 61 ratings
Marillion and the Positive Light - Tales from the Engine Room
1998
4.46 | 47 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
3.21 | 9 ratings
AWOL: A Marillion Solo Projects Sampler
2002
3.53 | 29 ratings
The singles '89- 95'
2002
3.86 | 7 ratings
The Best Of Marillion (EMI Compilation)
2003
4.20 | 5 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
2003
3.29 | 12 ratings
marillion.co.uk (2005 Version)
2005
4.50 | 4 ratings
Classics
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Keep The Noise Down
2010
4.88 | 8 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
4.13 | 7 ratings
Early Stages : The Highlights
2013
2.38 | 7 ratings
Best Sounds
2014
4.32 | 25 ratings
A Sunday Night Above the Rain
2014
2.91 | 11 ratings
A Collection Of Recycled Gifts
2014
4.45 | 23 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
2017
4.50 | 12 ratings
Brave (Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition)
2018
4.85 | 14 ratings
Clutching At Straws
2018

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

3.90 | 114 ratings
Market Square Heroes
1982
3.93 | 45 ratings
Garden Party
1983
4.18 | 43 ratings
He Knows You Know
1983
3.87 | 41 ratings
Punch and Judy
1984
3.64 | 57 ratings
Assassing
1984
3.33 | 55 ratings
Kayleigh
1985
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Story So Far...
1985
3.62 | 53 ratings
Lavender
1985
3.57 | 54 ratings
Heart of Lothian
1985
2.64 | 67 ratings
Brief Encounter
1986
4.15 | 11 ratings
Garden Party Live
1986
4.04 | 27 ratings
Lady Nina
1986
4.00 | 37 ratings
Sugar Mice
1987
3.68 | 34 ratings
Incommunicado
1987
3.91 | 35 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
1987
2.98 | 22 ratings
Incommunicado & Sugar Mice - Video
1987
4.04 | 25 ratings
Freaks
1988
3.70 | 20 ratings
Uninvited Guest
1989
4.19 | 26 ratings
Easter
1989
3.48 | 21 ratings
hooks in you
1989
3.20 | 21 ratings
No One Can
1991
3.08 | 13 ratings
Cover My Eyes (Pain And Heaven)
1991
3.09 | 11 ratings
Dry Land
1991
3.25 | 4 ratings
No One Can
1992
3.62 | 21 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.45 | 23 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.75 | 12 ratings
No One Can
1992
4.25 | 4 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.17 | 6 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.00 | 6 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
4.00 | 5 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.74 | 19 ratings
Beautiful
1995
2.84 | 19 ratings
Beautiful
1995
4.14 | 20 ratings
The Making of Brave
1995
4.04 | 17 ratings
Man of a Thousand Faces
1997
3.71 | 14 ratings
Eighty Days
1997
2.98 | 19 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
2.49 | 12 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
4.05 | 11 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
2014
3.78 | 9 ratings
Living In F E A R
2017

MARILLION Reviews


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 Clutching At Straws by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1987
4.16 | 1274 ratings

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Clutching At Straws
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars As most Marillion fans know, "Clutching at Straws", released in 1987, would be the last to feature Fish as the lead vocalist. After the tour to support this album, he decided to leave the band and have a go at a solo career. Of course, many were sad to hear of his departure, but the band went on and persisted. This album, however, was obviously taking a different direction which was obvious immediately because of the difference in album design.

"Clutching at Straws" nevertheless, is still an emotional and strong album. It is actually tied more to the previous albums than most think in that Torch, the main character from this album, is the 29-year-old descendent of The Jester, who was featured in the album art of previous albums. Torch is an out of luck individual who has been through a failed marriage, he was a bad father and also the singer for an unsuccessful band. He ran away from his problems through drinking and drug use. The concept reflects Fish's own life and has been considered auto-biographical. The songs are quite dark in lyrical context, but the music is still prime-Marillion, the style very close to previous releases by the band.

The album cover is another story all together. Fish wanted a cover showing some of his inspirations. On the front cover, Fish is shown with Robert Burns, Dylan Thomas, Truman Capote and Lenny Bruce. On the back of the album, John Lennon, James Dean and Jack Kerouac are pictured. The artwork is all drawn by Mark Wilkinson, who complained that the artwork didn't come close to depicting what he had pictured in his mind, and a lot of that had to do with the fact that he was rushed to get it turned in by the time the record company demanded it.

Speaking of the record companies, they also rushed this album. Since the band was very popular in the UK and had shown some popularity that was growing in the US, they were in a hurry to make a profit off of a new album. There was also the fact that the US record company Capitol Records wanted to pressure the band into making it more commercial and threatened that if they didn't have a successful record, that the label would drop them. They ended up dropping them a few years later anyway. However, even with the rushed atmosphere, the album itself turned out quite well, producing some of Marillion's best music among other songs that were a bit less interesting. Somehow, the band still pulled off an excellent album, which was pretty close to the high standard that they had set for their music.

The songs on this album are typically a bit shorter than some of their previous material, which is probably a result of not being able to spend so much time on perfecting the music. Yet, all of the key elements are still there. The music is lyric heavy, as is expected from that era of Marillion's music. Fish's vocals are important, and they are definitely not weak by any means. They are full of emotion and dynamic, Fish's ability to make the lyrics clear and defined. The instruments are top-notch as usual, with Rothery's ability to play the guitar parts, flourishes and accompaniment reminiscent of Steve Hackett, keeping it restrained when needed and being quite awesome when required. This is all so well supported by Mark Kelly's keyboard style, always so important to Marillion's music, standing out when needed to give life and variety to the music, but also being restrained when supporting, always providing the best accompaniment in the business especially for a band that relied so much on their story lines and lyrics. It was not very often that a band could work so well together with dynamic and sometimes complex music as this band had, the only band that could come close to being as perfect as Genesis in writing and presenting lyric-heavy progressive music.

This album gets panned way too much. It is a great album and I consider it to be almost as good as the previous 3 for which Marillion is most revered for. Even though all of the songs are great, the best tracks are the last four, "Torch Song" through to "The Last Straw". In these songs, Fish is at his most dynamic and emotional best, the songs being quite memorable and beautiful. Since it is only a slightly lower in brilliance than the previous albums, I tend to rate it with 4 stars, but it is still an album that is worthwhile and I don't understand why it is panned so much by the fans. Honestly, I blame the slight lapse in quality to the record label pushing to get the record out, but I am amazed that it still turned out as good as it did. That, to me, is a huge testament to the band being able to rise above the pressure. It is an excellent album.

 Script For A Jester's Tear by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1983
4.23 | 1934 ratings

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Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by BrownJenkin80

4 stars While the progressive scene seemed to suffer for the destructive force of punk, NWOBHM and disco especially in Italy, in other countries the movement continued to produce with old pals changing some directions (like Camel with nude and single factor) and new entries. Marillion are, in my humble opinion, the starting point and the reference for future bands of the new era. I admit not liking the era very much, yet I consider the Script as an excellent addition. First of all, being a watershed between "old" and "new" you should listen to it to have an idea. Let me say I prefer the live "Recital" when listening to the Script as a whole (so the recital deserves a 5/5). Anyway, the studio version is a really good piece. Go straight to "Garden Party", it's intro is def. an 80ties stuff. I remember listening to the single because I heard Andy Ward was playing on it (despite he just did the video shootage) and being quite skeptical about the song. After some time I listened again, this time to the full album and I was intrigued by the narrative force of Fish. Indeed, Genesis are a strong reference, since Fish draws a lot from Peter Gabriel hat, singing/acting in a very solid way. He adds harder or "more cruel" stuff to his voice and you can really feel the anger of knowing that "the game is over". So the two focal points are Garden Party and the titletrack, with a surrounding of greatly balanced songs (I personally prefer Three boats than He knows you know - the other single hit). Lyrics are the best they ever wrote quite complex compared to Misplaced Childhood ones. Music is fine, with some great solos from Rothery. An excellent add-on to progressive music, you can stop at this piece or go on with the evolution.
 Brave by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.98 | 1006 ratings

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Brave
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by DominicS

5 stars I've only very recently become aware of Marillion's music after listening to Steven Wilson endlessly, but after hearing of Wilson's appreciation of Marillion I decided to delve into 'Brave' - and what a masterpiece of music it is. The album is a glorious attempt at imagining the life of a young woman who was found wandering the Severn bridge, clueless of who she was and why she was there. It is a very dark album, many of the songs being very moody and reflective but that is the beauty of it - Marillion create this emotionally raw narrative that refuses to sugar coat anything. What's more, Hogarth's expressive voice perfectly fits with the mood of this album (Fish's voice is nothing compared to Hogarth's). This has to be the best Marillion album and possibly one of the most powerful gifts ever given to the prog world as I have never been so overwhelmed after a first listen of a piece of music.

'Bridge' is such a powerful start to the album, gifting the listener with these huge chords that are often discordant, reflecting the grand scale of the Severn bridge but also the danger of being up there alone. This then fades into just Hogarth's voice accompanied by a piano - what a perfect way to introduce his gentle but hypnotic voice. 'Living with the Big Lie' begins the story of the young woman being born, carrying on this gentleness which is so suited to the early stages of life. The isolated harmonics on Rothery's guitar are so extremely delicate which is nicely complemented by Hogarth's voice, in which every breath he takes can be clearly heard - it requires the listener's full attention as it could be so easily missed, but it is such an enchanting moment. The song then grows in intensity to symbolise the young woman's growing anger as a teenager; this sort of build similarly happens in 'Runaway Girl', however, to me, this is the darkest song on the album. The main guitar riff is excellent, it's so dark and brooding and suggests that something is about to kick off. My favourite part of this song has got to be Rothery's guitar solo; it is a great example of how a solo should be crafted, with the intention of being able to tug at the listener's heartstrings. I much prefer this sort of soloing rather than the excessive and soulless shredding that some guitarists favour. These first three tracks always greatly impress me but its 'Goodbye to All That'' that I find the most interesting out of all the songs on the album. Firstly, the narrative returns to the scenes on the bridge; this return to the present is mirrored musically by the return of the melody from 'Bridge'. When I first realised this, I was astounded by just how clever this album is, using musical motifs to assist the listener in following the complex narrative - wow! The rest of the song focuses on the young woman's use of drugs which again is intelligently aided by the music. The most intriguing part of the song is 'The Slide' due to how ambiguous it is, there is no structure to it and no main melody - almost quite chaotic. In my opinion, this resembles the effect of drugs on the human body so effectively, it is clear to see just how well organised this album is and how much thought has gone into it.

Songs such as 'Hard as love' and 'Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury' provide light relief from the heavier themes on the album. 'Hard as Love', for example, conveys the struggles of love with the young woman's parents and past boyfriends. It has more of a classic rock feel, is in a major key and is the catchiest on the album which allows a break from the melancholy of the rest of the album. This break, however, is only brief as 'The Hollow Man' takes the listener back into the narrative's darker parts, exploring the emptiness that the young woman feels due to her past experiences. The song itself is bare and empty for the most part, limited to just a piano and heavily reverbed vocals to really emphasise the expansive bareness of the young woman - so simple but also very meaningful. The song 'Brave' is another atmospheric piece that describes the emotional state of the young woman; what touches me most is the drive in Hogarth's voice on the lyrics 'She's Gone' - it's so irrevocably moving. 'The Great Escape', whilst being a great song, is not the strongest on the album in my opinion, contrary to what many may believe. Despite my opinion, this song cleanly wraps up the narrative, revealing the reasons of the young woman's suicidal thoughts. What I do highly admire about this song is the ending, the guitar solo is epic, and the chords make it a highly passionate conclusion. However, it cannot beat 'Made Again', a song that I keep playing over and over again. It works in two parts, the first featuring a quiet fingerpicked guitar and vocals but the second part is where I fall in love. The guitar abruptly begins strumming these harmonically rich chords based on the fingerpicking in the first half and Hogarth sings his heart out in a high range for his voice. These chords stay the same for the rest of the song, but the intensity of the song grows until the end and instils an uplifting feeling into the listener to cheer them up. While it adds nothing new to the narrative, it finishes the album gloriously.

This album truly is a masterpiece in the prog world, it stands out from other concept albums due to how well planned it is and how complex it has been made, both to listen to and understand. Every time I listen to it, I hear something new or I realise something that I had never known before - it is an album that just keeps on giving. I don't think anybody will ever be able to fully comprehend its genius which is why it's so damn good. From the album cover to the music to the narrative - everything about it is awe-inspiring.

 The Carol Of The Bells by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2013
4.05 | 11 ratings

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The Carol Of The Bells
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by patrickq

4 stars This was the first time I'd listened closely to a non-Fish Marillion song. Steve Hogarth, Fish's replacement, is pretty good. I don't know much about this band outside of a few Fish-era classics, but do the other guys sing? The harmony vocals actually sound really good. I assumed it was mainly Hogarth until I heard "That's What Friends are For" - - also from their Christmas album - - and it sounds like the voices of at least two or three different people.

"Carol of the Bells" is a hundred-year-old song, based on an even older melody, and over the past 30 years, when a rock band has recorded a Christmas album, this song had a good chance of appearing. While Robert Berry's 2002 prog-rock version (as the December People) is excellent, the all-time classic version, in my book, is "Sarajevo 12/24," Savatage's 1995 instrumental interpretation which spawned the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Marillion does a good job of avoiding a homage to "Sarajevo 12/24," which would have been fun and easy. Instead they focus on a vocal arrangement for the first two minutes before commencing with the inevitable rock instrumentation. The vocal arrangement continues until a soft orchestral interlude abruptly begins at 3:45. The well-known four-note motif ("ring, silver bells") gives way to the complimentary melody of the James Bond theme, and the band returns to offer a rock take on a few measures of John Barry's spy-film classic. Just after 4:40 guitarist Steve Rothery launches into a Marillion-style solo. In the final minute of the song, the interlude passage returns, and in a nod to the Trans-Siberian Orchestra, the lead line of "God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen" is woven into the old Ukrainian melody of "Carol of the Bells." But wait - - the rock won't stop just yet - - the song ends with a recapitulation of the Bond theme.

Four stars for a very nice take on this well-worn classic.

(P.S. The version I'm reviewing is 6:14. I downloaded it from emusic.com in November 2016. This appears to be the same as the version on bandcamp, but the version posted by marilliononline on YouTube on 12/15/13 has a reprise of about 1:20. "Carol of the Bells" is no longer on emusic, and is apparently only available on bandcamp as part of an album (for £7.99). However, as of March 2019, though, it is available for $0.99 on the US Amazon .mp3 store.)

 A Handful Of Marbles by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2005
2.49 | 12 ratings

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A Handful Of Marbles
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by thwok

4 stars I'm not going to dock this E.P. a lot of points, simply because it is an E.P. or promo item. I was one of those listeners, mentioned in the release info, who wandered away from Marillion after Hogarth came on board. It certainly wasn't because I thought Fish was irreplaceable. Considering how long H has been with the band now, I think Marillion's batting average is as high as it was with their old singer. I thought SEASON'S END was amazing, possibly my favorite. If anything, I was apprehensive that the band wouldn't be able to keep up its winning streak. So if part of the reason for this release is to bring the stray sheep back to the flock, I am the target audience.

A HANDFUL OF MARBLES is primarily great music, from an album that is widely regarded as one of Marillion's best. "The Damage" is not one of the album's best tracks. "Drilling Holes" could gain from being trimmed, instead of cutting the instrumental part from the album version of "You're Gone". Those songs are exceptions. Listening to the rest of this E.P. made me want to check out the MARBLES album. So I did, for the first time in quite a while. I'd also buy the single CD version of MARBLES to have all the best songs; that's just my preference. For the time being, I'm convinced that A HANDFUL OF MARBLES definitely works.

 Misplaced Childhood by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1985
4.24 | 2054 ratings

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Misplaced Childhood
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by jamesbaldwin
Prog Reviewer

5 stars Marillion with this Lp record a prog classic with minimal arrangement effort and maximum commercial feedback. "Misplaced Childhood" is a concept album that develops as a single suite, and Marillion would have liked to be just a suite like "Thick As A Brick", but the record company has imposed them to indicate each song.

The first side opens with "Pseudo Silk Kimono" (2:13, vote 7+): slow, meditative, based on the keyboards. A good preamble to the second song, the most commercial of the album, "Kayleigh" (4:03, vote 7,5/8): strophe, refrain, guitar solo, strophe, refrain. Here are the Marillion: commercial melodic rock, great cleverness, purring sound, with a soft production. The drums have a good, full sound (Ian Mosley); guitar is very fluid, thin, not at all heavy; good bass (Pete Trewavas) and good keyboards; voice like Gabriel's, but more nervous, snappy. No more instruments than the four of the typical rock complex. Production of the album completely homogeneous, arrangements without any real alternative to the guitar solo (Steve Rothery). Yet it works. It works very well!

There is nothing really brilliant, innovative, particularly original, such that I can say: this is a new form of art, they have the gift of pure talent. Marillion are very epigonic of Genesis, Yes, Pink Floyd... But they can processed them obtaining an excellent synthesis. Marillion can get the best with the least amount of effort. Because if it's true that they don't have that quid of the gifted, it is equally true that they don't have the typical defects of progressive. In fact, the sound, considering that we are in the mid-eighties, is good, clean but good: it's not muffled, it doesn't have the usual defects of the eighties. The group has no virtuosos, and they doesn't linger in solos: it's the synergy of the instrumentalists that produces the result. This is true team play. The compositions are synthetic, they go straight to the point, with excellent progressions, without wandering, without getting lost in the cerebral masturbations in which many bands are forwarded when they prolong dramatically a song with endless variations on the theme. Marillion put a lot of meat into the fire, don't digress, and with a purring sound, express emotions through music, voice and lyrics. For example, the transition lines on the piano (Mark Kelly) between "Kayleigh" and "Lavender" (2:27, vote 8,5) by itself is much more inspired than entire records of some symphonic rock groups (I don't name them!). Lavender's progression with its epic melody reaches climax, and represents the highest point on the album. Too bad that Lavender ends after only two and a half minutes: they had to prolong it another minute, as they did with the single disk!

They sacrificed the song for the suite, in fact Lavender fades into the recited suite ("Bitter Suite", 5:53; Vote 7,5/8), which creates a variation at the usual rhythm punctuated by drums, vocals, guitar solos. But here, after the recitative, the rhythm returns and the guitar plays again the Lavender melody. Finally, the rhythm changes, there are some excellent instrumental passages, the voice of Fish is not beautiful but it's very expressive, the singer knows how to do it, puts his heart (and we feel it!), it's not the cool virtuosic song of some prog groups, here we are close to classic rock given the synthetic capacity of the composition, the classic arrangement and the pathos transmitted. And so we approach "Heart of Lothian" (6:02, vote 8+), with a very evocative progression, which then flows back into the epic mood, touching another climax, yes, "I was born with a Heart of Lothian", sings Fish, with an anthem rhythm that would be an exceptional stadium song. And in fading the first side closes. Great. Short, inspired, pimp, catchy, yet without tricks, without overdoing, direct. They know how to do it, they will not be geniuses, but they can compose music of excellent quality, and play it and interpret it with the heart, obtaining great pathos. Vote side A: 9.

The second side is slightly smaller, more homogeneous, more rhythmic and less melodic, based on a long central piece. The first two short pieces (Waterhole -Expresso Bongo- 2:12; Lords Of The Backstage -1:52; vote 7,5) are the same song with a change of rhythm, the drums are always present, sometimes they may be slightly lumpy, but the voice of Fish and the guitar by Rothery act as a counterpoint, and so we get to "Blind Curve" (9:29; vote 8+) that towards half stops the beating on the snare to make room for a guitar phrasing that echoes to create an evocative atmosphere where finally the voice of Fish in one of his dramatic "crescendo" finally arrives at the climax (the only one on the second side), asking, desperate to have his childhood back, childhood that he can not find anymore. Then the rhythm starts again, and Blind Cruve end playing again the epic Lothian melody by guitar; then Rothery intones another rhythm, always very strong, as in all the second side, to propose another classic rock song, "Childhood's End?" (4:32) which has a good crescendo, even if it doesn't reach the climax.

The last piece ("White Feather"; 2:23, vote 7), as indeed the last fading movement of Heart of Lothian, is not particularly significant, it is functional to the text. Vote side B: 8,5.

So this short album closes, which runs away perhaps too quickly but without a weak moment. The fact is that you listen with pleasure, without effort, and never get bored, despite you find always the same arrangements. I bought this record when it came out, in 1985, I was a teenager, and sounded hypnotized by Lavender, Heart of Lothian and Kayleigh: I liked the record right away, that melodic rock punctuated by a pulsating drums, a gritty voice and solos guitar was immediately addictive to me, I really felt the epic of the moment. The second side has no successful singles like the first, it is less varied, but holds well. It is a miracle how they can achieve such high results without doing anything truly original, but the beauty of this music consists precisely in its usability, in the synergy that is created between the melody and the sound of the group. So, what rating to give? It would be more a four and a half stars that a five- stars, because the vote would be more an 8.5 / 9 than a 9 (in my particular ranking the 5 stars start from the vote 9). But I see the representation of Marillion for neo-prog and I see the pleasure I have listening to this album, so

I give vote album 9. Rating: Five Stars.

 Clutching At Straws by MARILLION album cover Boxset/Compilation, 2018
4.85 | 14 ratings

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Clutching At Straws
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

5 stars As well as providing more or less everything that the previous 2CD remaster of Clutching At Straws offered, plus a Blu- Ray of extras, this lavish boxed set also includes a real treat: a two-disc recording (complete bar for the end of the closing Market Square Heroes medley) of the band's 19th December 1987 gig at the Edinburgh Playhouse. Extracts from this visit to Fish's native Scotland on the Clutching At Straws tour had appeared on The Thieving Magpie, but here the concert gets a new mix and you get all the songs in their original context, complete with Fish's between-songs banter.

Perhaps it's just that Christmas is coming up and they're feeling cheerful, but the band are performing well here, with no signs of the behind-the-scenes tensions which would eventually put an end to the Fish-era lineup by the time the Clutching At Straws tour wrapped. Marillion fans are well-served for live releases from the Clutching At Straws era - what with it also being represented by Live At Loreley and a show each from the Early Stages and Curtain Call boxed sets - but honestly, when the band sounded so good and when their set was so loaded with classics, that's no surprise, and it's lovely to have another gig from that era in the collection.

 Happiness Is The Road by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2008
3.33 | 551 ratings

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Happiness Is The Road
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by SteveG

3 stars Happiness Is The Road is an album review that I have sat on for quite a few years as I felt that I could not expound on the music offered up on this double CD album. In order to clean out the files, I have decided to focus on the message that's behind the music and it's author in an effort to shed some light on this somewhat unusual album. Marillion vocalist Steve Hogarth, or just "H" as he's known, is someone that's quite concerned with the mental and spiritual well being of both himself and Marillion's audience. Hogarth finds that a wonderful lyrical topic from time to time and it's these musings that make up the entire first CD that is subtitled "Essence". The music on these vignettes are the type of quiet atmospheric offerings that we have come to know from Marillion up this point. There is absolutely no standard verse, chorus, verse and chorus structures in these songs and they are incredibly draggy. "H" is quite determined to tell us that one's happiness is a state of mind, the glass is half full kind of thinking, which I suppose has merits if one is not in some kind of dire straits like living in a war zone or in a country struck down by famine. The punch line is the lyrics to the album's title track "Happiness Is The Road" where "H" tells us that it's not what's at the end of the road that brings us happiness but traveling on the road itself. The old wisdom tale that the journey is actually the destination, or sentiments to that effect. All nice, I suppose, but far from exciting prog.

CD 2, subtitled " The Hard Shoulder", dispenses with "H"s preaching and serves up a wonderful group of nine Marillion prog rock songs with wonderful keyboard textures, emotional and witty guitar solos and excellent bass playing that makes each song quite a wonderful listen while trying to anticipate what turns the band will take next. Indeed, Hogath's vocals are quite stellar on both of these discs and the music found on disc 2 is certainly a precursor to the excellent Sounds That Can't Be Made album that was shortly to follow. All of the songs on the second disc are entertaining with "Whatever Is Wrong With You" being a missed opportunity at the band having a hit single so late in their career. Very unfortunate.

If the music on this double CD album had been issued separately, I would have no qualms with awarding disc 1 with 2 stars as it's quite forgettable. But disc 2 is worthy of 4 so that puts us at an average of 3 stars for Happiness Is The Road. And that's enough to make one a bit sad, unfortunately.

 Brave by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1994
3.98 | 1006 ratings

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Brave
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by TCat
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Marillion had attempted to reach a wider audience with a more pop-oriented album called "Holidays in Eden" which was released back in 1991. When that failed to accomplish that goal, they returned to their progressive sound with this much better album "Brave", released in 1994. Overall, this was their 7th studio album, but only their 3rd with lead singer Steve Hogarth, and the band was trying to figure out what their overall sound should be without Fish at the lead singer position. The rest of the band consists of Steve Rothery on guitar, Mark Kelly on keys, Pete Trewavas on bass and Ian Mosley on drums.

The original vinyl edition, and all the vinyl reissues contain a double groove throughout side 4, which gives the story in this concept album two possibilities as endings. Even so, there is room for interpretation on the second ending, but it hints at a sad ending. The CD contained the happy ending which is the one that most listeners are familiar with, but it did not have the sad ending. However, there was a 50 minute film version released a year later, which uses the sad ending.

Things start off with "Bridge" which starts off with a mostly instrumental opener. With a background of a ship's horn and such there is a sad melody established by synths and vocals eventually start staying pensive and sad. This continues into the next track "Living with the Big Lie". Continuing with the same pensive, sad sound, it eventually shifts to a major mode and the entire band joins in as the tempo increases and things become more intense, culminating in an excellent guitar solo. Things soon calm down and then intensify again. Hogarth's dramatic vocals are perfect for this symphonic style the band was shifting to. "Runaway" has more of a rock ballad feel to it, but with a more complex melody than most ballads, even though the structure is more standard than the previous track, yet it is still heartfelt and lovely.

"Goodbye to All That" is a 5 part suite which chronicles the main character's fall from grace. Starting with the slow section called "Waves" we get a short introduction, but this soon morphs into a darker and much heavier track with "Mad". Hogarth's vocals exude chaos and insanity and the guitar solo reinforces that. Things calm as we enter the next section called "The Opium Den" as the keys take over along as a echoing guitar plays softly along and whispered vocals try to soothe. Things get a bit psychedelic and disjointed after a while as the music floats along and subdued vocals continue with occasional effects. A quiet percussion pulls things back together and eventually brings the music back to the surface. A wild guitar effect represents "The Slide" subsection, and then the final section "Standing in the Swing" consists of electronic piano and vocals. After a while, intensity builds again for a climatic ending, which actually flows into the next track.

"Hard as Love" begins as a more straightforward rocker, but still a very emotional, yet heavy track. The middle section slows quite a bit and becomes pensive with keys, soft guitars and mellotron. This builds again becoming even more intense this time culminating in a great organ solo. "The Hollow Man" is a slow piano/vocal ballad. Halfway through it is joined by soft percussion, mellotron and guitar.

"Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury/Now Wash Your Hands" starts immediately with the full band in a mid-tempo track. The first section is quite straightforward with nice harmonics on the chorus, but there is a blistering guitar solo on the instrumental break. Things intensify a bit after another verse for an extended guitar solo. The 2nd section is more atmospheric and fairly short and a small vocal section ends the track.

"Paper Lies" is a sudden upbeat track and is another straightforward rocker that could have been an accessible single as it sounds quite radio friendly. The tempo slows on the bridge but picks back up again. "Brave" comes directly off the high of the previous track starting with a sustained keyboard drone which is joined by a celtic sound. Vocals start with a more pensive atmosphere and a beautiful melody. There is a change in the feeling at the halfway point of 4 minutes as the keyboards bring in different textures and sounds and things brighten up. Voices and laughter ring out in the background as an echoing vocal floats over the shimmering synths.

"The Great Escape" begins with a more melodic vocal and soon the band and vocals swell to an emotional and dynamic track in the first subsection called "The Last of You". Another great guitar solo strengthens the power and emotion of the song. The 2nd subsection "Fallin' from the Moon" has a stately feel as it gives the impression of resolve, but it seems to end quickly. "Made Again" is the last track, at least for the happy ending and the original CD. Beginning with a brighter sounding vocal and a lone guitar, after 2 minutes, things turns even brighter as acoustic guitar establishes a rhythm and there is a theme of rebirth and cheerfulness.

On the vinyl edition, the 4th side features the 2nd groove that gives you a sad ending to the story to the album where the main character makes the decision to end it all. "The Great Escape (Spiral Edition)" has a more dramatic and darker sound than the first ending and the vocals are angrier but turn sad and dark in the end. On the vinyl after this, there are 6 minutes of water and wave noises, while on the re-issued CD version, there is only 1 minute of the sound effects which fades for 26 minutes of silence. If you persevere for that long silent break, you get to hear a goofy version of Joplin's "The Entertainer" with the band joking around.

To the date of the release of this album, this was the best Marillion album to follow Fish's departure. Hogarth proves his ability to sing emotional and complex vocals and the band proves they can pull off making an album that is both progressive and accessible. There are sections that do lack progressive moments and are quite straightforward, but there are also tracks with progressive elements, so most everyone is happy in the end. The story is also powerful and well presented in the lyrics and the emotion of the entire band. Still, it's not a perfect album, but it is definitely excellent with many high points and it shows that Marillion still has a creative edge, however that would disappear and reappear in the years to come.

 Script For A Jester's Tear by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 1983
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Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by DarkTower

5 stars In 1983, musical world seems to be in a dead-end. While the big Zeppelin did crash after Bonham's dead, Pink Floyd was releasing the 1st Roger Waters solo album Final Cut. Genesis and Yes were going nowhere with the Genesis album (aka Shapes) and 90125.

Then radio station CHOM-FM started to play a song called He Knows You Know on a regular basis. It is that year I discovered Marillion. Script For A Jester's Tear still remains a masterpiece today and the best album produced by the band. Despite the poor drumming from Mick Pointer, this album has everything a prog lover can ask for, including the wonderful illustration from Mark Wilkinson.

Album starts with what is probably the most emotional song Marillion did write. Script is that good. I love this song. Everything seems perfect in this 8+ minute song. From the a cappella "So Here I Am Once More" to the final "Can You Still Say You Love Me", the song is a roller-coaster between great guitar solos and more quiet sections.

He Knows You Know and Garden Party are the most straight-forward songs and are very good. The Web and Chelsea Monday are both real gems with again great guitar parts by Rothery.

Then, the grand finale of the album, Forgotten Sons. Starting with sounds coming from many radio channels, including snippet of Market Square Heroes, the song hits us right from the beginning. Each and every musician has his shining moments. Even the drum is sounding good, thanks to the military march beat. The final section, sung by Fish, starting with "You're just another coffin" is just to give goose bumps.

With this first album, Marillion did help the progressive music to stay alive. I did listen to those songs thousand of times since 35 years, and they are as good as they were back in 1983. Masterpiece, I give 5 stars.

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