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Marillion biography
Formed in 1979 in Aylesbury, UK (as Silmarillion, after the Tolkien novel) - Still active as of 2019

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

4.24 | 2151 ratings
Script for a Jester's Tear
1983
3.98 | 1468 ratings
Fugazi
1984
4.25 | 2317 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
1985
4.18 | 1467 ratings
Clutching at Straws
1987
3.76 | 962 ratings
Seasons End
1989
3.16 | 733 ratings
Holidays in Eden
1991
3.98 | 1149 ratings
Brave
1994
3.82 | 779 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight
1995
3.46 | 633 ratings
This Strange Engine
1997
2.75 | 567 ratings
Radiation
1998
3.12 | 535 ratings
Marillion.com
1999
3.40 | 610 ratings
Anoraknophobia
2001
4.10 | 1181 ratings
Marbles
2004
3.06 | 583 ratings
Somewhere Else
2007
3.35 | 620 ratings
Happiness Is The Road
2008
2.78 | 388 ratings
Less Is More
2009
3.62 | 685 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made
2012
3.69 | 423 ratings
F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run)
2016
3.97 | 174 ratings
An Hour Before It's Dark
2022

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

3.87 | 348 ratings
Real to Reel
1984
3.88 | 346 ratings
The Thieving Magpie - La Gazza Ladra
1988
2.21 | 34 ratings
Live at the Borderline
1992
3.23 | 40 ratings
Live in Glasgow
1993
3.50 | 54 ratings
Live in Caracas
1993
4.13 | 107 ratings
Live From Loreley
1995
3.45 | 158 ratings
Made Again
1996
3.64 | 71 ratings
Live At The Walls
1998
3.62 | 43 ratings
Piston Broke
1998
3.08 | 29 ratings
Marillionrochester
1998
3.17 | 41 ratings
Zodiac
1999
3.78 | 87 ratings
Anorak in the UK Live
2002
4.05 | 54 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2003
3.40 | 16 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.48 | 55 ratings
Curtain Call - A Live Archive 1983 - 1988
2004
4.17 | 111 ratings
Marbles Live
2005
3.97 | 60 ratings
Marbles By The Sea
2005
3.69 | 48 ratings
Popular Music
2005
3.43 | 16 ratings
Bootleg Bingo
2005
3.65 | 43 ratings
Smoke
2006
3.78 | 50 ratings
Mirrors
2006
4.24 | 57 ratings
Family
2007
3.94 | 46 ratings
Friends
2007
3.63 | 37 ratings
Somewhere in London
2007
4.53 | 112 ratings
Early Stages: The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987
2008
4.46 | 121 ratings
Recital of the Script
2009
4.28 | 116 ratings
Live From Loreley
2009
4.09 | 35 ratings
Happiness Is Cologne
2009
3.64 | 31 ratings
High Voltage
2010
4.03 | 51 ratings
The Official Bootleg Box Set Vol. 2
2010
3.66 | 51 ratings
Tumbling Down The Years
2010
4.01 | 51 ratings
size matters
2010
3.79 | 29 ratings
Live In Montréal // Saturday
2010
3.81 | 28 ratings
Live In Montréal // Sunday
2010
3.74 | 27 ratings
Live In Montréal // Friday
2011
3.71 | 32 ratings
holidays in eden live
2011
4.11 | 56 ratings
Live From Cadogan Hall
2011
3.80 | 25 ratings
Afraid of Sunlight Live
2011
3.59 | 22 ratings
This Strange Engine Live
2011
3.71 | 26 ratings
Seasons End Live
2011
3.65 | 27 ratings
A-Z Live 2011
2012
3.87 | 43 ratings
Sounds Live
2012
3.66 | 22 ratings
The Glow Must Go On
2012
3.59 | 30 ratings
Clocks Already Ticking
2013
3.93 | 39 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
3.57 | 7 ratings
Best of Montréal
2013
3.50 | 6 ratings
Best of Leamington
2013
3.92 | 13 ratings
Live At The Forum
2014
3.88 | 31 ratings
Sunday Night Above the Rain
2014
3.60 | 10 ratings
A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas
2015
4.42 | 19 ratings
Waves and Numb3rs
2016
3.88 | 29 ratings
Marbles in the Park
2016
4.35 | 20 ratings
Singles Night
2016
4.00 | 8 ratings
The Gold - Best of Convention 2017
2017
3.86 | 7 ratings
Live In Chile
2017
4.61 | 31 ratings
All One Tonight - Live at the Royal Albert Hall
2018
4.25 | 8 ratings
marillion.cl/viernes.noche
2019
3.88 | 8 ratings
marillion.cl/dotcom
2019
4.00 | 7 ratings
marillion.cl/en.marquee
2019
4.40 | 15 ratings
With Friends at St. David's
2021
4.50 | 2 ratings
Distant Lights - Port Zelande
2022
4.00 | 1 ratings
Distant Lights - Leicester
2022

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

4.38 | 183 ratings
Recital of the Script
1983
3.43 | 35 ratings
Video
1984
2.65 | 32 ratings
1982-86 The Videos
1986
3.74 | 35 ratings
A Singles Collection
1992
4.69 | 68 ratings
Brave Live 2002
2002
2.87 | 17 ratings
Shot In The Dark
2002
4.58 | 19 ratings
A Piss-up in a Brewery
2002
3.18 | 47 ratings
The EMI Singles Collection
2002
3.69 | 62 ratings
From Stoke Row To Ipanema - A Year In The Life (DVD)
2003
3.93 | 22 ratings
Christmas In The Chapel
2003
4.22 | 18 ratings
Before First Light (Afraid of Sunlight Live 2003)
2003
4.46 | 156 ratings
Live from Loreley
2004
4.01 | 83 ratings
Marbles On The Road
2004
2.80 | 56 ratings
Brave - The Film
2004
4.21 | 30 ratings
Wish You Were Here
2005
4.33 | 9 ratings
Colours And Sound
2006
4.21 | 61 ratings
Somewhere In London
2007
4.33 | 21 ratings
Bootleg Butlins
2007
3.73 | 13 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are / Most Toys
2007
3.57 | 18 ratings
Something Else
2007
4.50 | 14 ratings
This Strange Convention
2009
4.67 | 6 ratings
M Tube: An Introduction To Marillion On DVD
2010
4.49 | 58 ratings
Out Of Season
2010
4.13 | 51 ratings
Live At Cadogan Hall
2011
4.63 | 27 ratings
Live In Montréal
2011
4.46 | 27 ratings
Holidays in Zelande
2012
4.07 | 34 ratings
Brave Live 2013
2013
4.82 | 11 ratings
A Sunday Night Above The Rain
2014
4.29 | 17 ratings
Breaking Records
2015
4.19 | 18 ratings
Out Of The Box
2016
4.71 | 17 ratings
Marbles in the Park
2016
4.85 | 33 ratings
All One Tonight
2018

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

3.52 | 230 ratings
B'Sides Themselves
1988
2.96 | 85 ratings
A Singles Collection - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other
1992
1.72 | 11 ratings
Marillion Music Collection
1993
4.13 | 16 ratings
The Originals
1995
2.89 | 44 ratings
Kayleigh
1996
3.82 | 10 ratings
The Best of Marillion
1996
3.75 | 4 ratings
Essential Collection
1996
3.42 | 57 ratings
The Best of Both Worlds
1997
4.08 | 100 ratings
Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
1997
3.17 | 11 ratings
Kayleigh - The Essential Collection
1998
2.21 | 63 ratings
Marillion and the Positive Light - Tales from the Engine Room
1998
4.20 | 52 ratings
The singles '82 - 88'
2000
3.20 | 11 ratings
Refracted! - From dusk 'till dot, Volume 1
2001
3.38 | 8 ratings
Another DAT at the Office
2001
3.10 | 10 ratings
Fall Out
2002
3.18 | 19 ratings
marillion.co.uk
2002
3.18 | 9 ratings
AWOL: A Marillion Solo Projects Sampler
2002
3.54 | 33 ratings
The singles '89- 95'
2002
4.00 | 8 ratings
The Best Of Marillion (EMI Compilation)
2003
3.24 | 6 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
2003
3.29 | 12 ratings
marillion.co.uk (2005 Version)
2005
4.40 | 5 ratings
Classics
2009
4.50 | 2 ratings
Keep The Noise Down
2010
4.25 | 9 ratings
Misplaced Childhood / Script For A Jester's Tear
2011
4.60 | 5 ratings
4 Albums
2011
3.80 | 5 ratings
Greatest Hits On CD & DVD
2012
4.28 | 18 ratings
Marillion.Best.Live
2012
3.91 | 11 ratings
Sounds That Can't Be Made Special Edition
2013
3.67 | 3 ratings
5 Album Set
2013
4.32 | 16 ratings
Early Stages : The Highlights
2013
2.38 | 7 ratings
Best Sounds
2014
4.29 | 26 ratings
A Sunday Night Above the Rain
2014
2.92 | 13 ratings
A Collection Of Recycled Gifts
2014
4.54 | 37 ratings
Misplaced Childhood
2017
4.75 | 25 ratings
Brave (Deluxe Edition, Limited Edition)
2018
4.78 | 31 ratings
Clutching At Straws
2018
4.19 | 38 ratings
With Friends from the Orchestra
2019
4.67 | 23 ratings
Afraid Of Sunlight (Limited Deluxe Edition)
2019
4.93 | 26 ratings
Script For A Jester's Tear (2020 Limited Deluxe Edition)
2020
4.73 | 22 ratings
Fugazi (2021 Limited Deluxe Edition)
2021
4.33 | 3 ratings
Holidays in Eden (2022 Limited Deluxe Edition)
2022

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

3.93 | 129 ratings
Market Square Heroes
1982
3.73 | 58 ratings
Garden Party
1983
3.90 | 54 ratings
He Knows You Know
1983
3.92 | 53 ratings
Punch and Judy
1984
3.51 | 71 ratings
Assassing
1984
3.58 | 73 ratings
Kayleigh
1985
4.11 | 9 ratings
The Story So Far...
1985
3.77 | 67 ratings
Lavender
1985
3.49 | 65 ratings
Heart of Lothian
1985
2.71 | 78 ratings
Brief Encounter
1986
3.55 | 19 ratings
Garden Party Live
1986
3.65 | 37 ratings
Lady Nina
1986
4.00 | 48 ratings
Sugar Mice
1987
3.44 | 44 ratings
Incommunicado
1987
3.97 | 45 ratings
Warm Wet Circles
1987
3.00 | 24 ratings
Incommunicado & Sugar Mice - Video
1987
4.03 | 35 ratings
Freaks
1988
3.57 | 28 ratings
Uninvited Guest
1989
4.11 | 35 ratings
Easter
1989
3.29 | 28 ratings
hooks in you
1989
3.18 | 25 ratings
No One Can
1991
2.47 | 19 ratings
Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
1991
3.06 | 17 ratings
Dry Land
1991
3.00 | 7 ratings
No One Can
1992
3.65 | 26 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.50 | 25 ratings
Sympathy
1992
3.67 | 15 ratings
No One Can
1992
4.22 | 9 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
4.09 | 11 ratings
The Hollow Man
1994
3.82 | 11 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.91 | 11 ratings
Alone Again In The Lap Of Luxury
1994
3.80 | 25 ratings
Beautiful
1995
2.98 | 23 ratings
Beautiful
1995
4.06 | 24 ratings
The Making of Brave
1995
4.03 | 21 ratings
Man of a Thousand Faces
1997
3.72 | 18 ratings
Eighty Days
1997
3.02 | 21 ratings
These Chains (Single)
1998
3.00 | 8 ratings
Marillion & the Web Christmas 1998
1998
0.00 | 0 ratings
Marillion & The Web Christmas 1998 Happy Christmas Everybody!
1998
3.25 | 4 ratings
Rich
1999
3.42 | 12 ratings
Marillion.Christmas
1999
2.79 | 16 ratings
Marillion.co.uk
2000
3.70 | 10 ratings
Crash Course - An Introduction to Marillion
2001
2.73 | 17 ratings
A Verry Barry Christmas
2001
4.07 | 15 ratings
Between You And Me / Map Of The World
2001
3.86 | 19 ratings
Christmas 2000: A Piss-Up In A Brewery
2001
3.21 | 5 ratings
Front Row Club Issue 7
2002
4.13 | 6 ratings
Le Spectrum, Montréal, Canada, 6 September 1997 (Front Row Club 008)
2002
3.80 | 5 ratings
Christmas 2002: Santa And His Elvis
2002
4.00 | 1 ratings
Ludwigshalle, Dieburg, Germany 9 November 1998 - Front Row Club 1
2002
3.50 | 2 ratings
Caught in the Net - The Making of Marillion.com
2002
4.05 | 10 ratings
Say Cheese, Christmas With Marillion
2003
4.00 | 1 ratings
View From The Balcony (A Front Row Club Sampler)
2003
3.00 | 9 ratings
Christmas 2004: Baubles
2004
2.14 | 11 ratings
Remixomatosis
2004
3.50 | 2 ratings
The Damage (Live)
2004
4.20 | 5 ratings
Christmas 2005 : Merry Xmas To Our Flock
2005
2.49 | 12 ratings
A Handful Of Marbles
2005
3.33 | 3 ratings
Unzipped - The Making Of Anoraknophobia
2006
3.75 | 4 ratings
Christmas 2006: The Jingle Book
2006
3.00 | 2 ratings
See It Like a Baby
2007
4.00 | 4 ratings
Somewhere Elf - Christmas 2007
2007
2.73 | 13 ratings
Thank You Whoever You Are
2007
3.19 | 12 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
3.40 | 10 ratings
Christmas 2008: Pudding On The Ritz
2008
3.00 | 1 ratings
Whatever Is Wrong with You
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
3.17 | 5 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
4.33 | 6 ratings
Crash Course
2013
3.39 | 12 ratings
The Carol Of The Bells
2013
4.00 | 2 ratings
Christmas 2013: Proggin' Around The Christmas Tree
2013
4.00 | 5 ratings
Christmas 2014: Chile For The Time Of Year
2014
3.00 | 1 ratings
Glass Half Full - The Making of Marbles
2015
4.00 | 3 ratings
The New Kings
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Festivities, Elation And Rejoicing! Christmas 2016
2016
0.00 | 0 ratings
Christmas At The Club (Christmas 2017)
2017
3.85 | 13 ratings
Living In F E A R
2017
3.00 | 2 ratings
A Star in the East Live in Japan 2018 (Xmas 2018)
2018
3.00 | 1 ratings
Unsound
2018
3.00 | 1 ratings
Mr Taurus - The Making of Somewhere Else
2019
3.00 | 1 ratings
Satellite Navigation - The Making of Happiness Is the Road
2019
3.00 | 1 ratings
Christmas 2020
2020
4.44 | 18 ratings
Be Hard on Yourself
2021
3.93 | 15 ratings
Murder Machines
2022

MARILLION Reviews


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 Warm Wet Circles by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
3.97 | 45 ratings

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Warm Wet Circles
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Warm Wet Circles" is a single release by UK progressive rock act Marillion. The single was released through EMI Records in October 1987. It´s the third single released to promote the band´s fourth full-length studio album "Clutching at Straws" from June 1987. The 7" single version of the release features a remix of "Warm Wet Circles" on the A-side and a live version of "White Russian" on the B-side, while the 12" version also features a live version of "Incommunicado". Both live tracks were recorded at Freilichtbühne Loreley (Open-Air Stage) Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany on the 18th of July 1987. The two live tracks were also available as part of the November 1987 "Live from Loreley" VHS tape, but audio versions of the tracks along with the remaining tracks recored at the same concert, wouldn´t appear until 2009 with the release of the "Live from Loreley" live album.

"Warm Wet Circles" is an intriguing progressive rock song featuring lyrics by Fish, which have elements of both innocense and brutality, deep melancholy and fear of a normal life without adventure. Fish uses the image of a warm wet circle to create several different images in the listener´s mind, and tell multible stories along the way, using very few words. It´s quite brilliant really...

"White Russian" is one of the more challenging and epic tracks on "Clutching at Straws" (1987), and as always Marillion perform on stage with what sound like ease and natural comfort. The same is the case with "Incommunicado". These live versions are slightly less polished than the live versions on the 1988 "The Thieving Magpie (La Gazza Ladra)" live album, but still very well sounding, detailed, and powerful. A 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 Sugar Mice by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
4.00 | 48 ratings

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Sugar Mice
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

4 stars "Sugar Mice" is a single release by UK progressive rock act Marillion. The single was released through EMI Records in July 1987. It´s the second single released to promote the release of Marillion´s fourth full-length studio album "Clutching at Straws" from June 1987. It was released in multible formats from a 7" vinyl single version, to a 12" vinyl EP version (picture discs of both versions also exist), plus a 5" CD single version. The regular 7" vinyl single features "Sugar Mice" (album version) as the A-side track and the B-side track "Tux on", while some of the other versions feature a radio edit version and/or an extended version of "Sugar Mice".

"Sugar Mice" is one of the highlights of "Clutching at Straws" (1987), as it´s an incredibly well composed track featuring a signature guitar motif from Steve Rothery and an engaging emotive vocal performance by Fish singing melancholic and moving lyrics about an unemployed man who feels like he has let his family down and drinks to ease his sorrows and hide his shame. "Tux on" is a great track too, which at this time was exclusive to this release. It was later included on the "B'Sides Themselves" compilation from January 1988. The lyrics for "Tux on" are about a rock star who becomes more and more arrogant and egocentric the more famous he gets and ends up doing drugs. So upon conclusion "Sugar Mice" is a strong single release from Marillion featuring to great quality tracks and a 4 star (80%) rating is deserved.

 Marbles in the Park by MARILLION album cover Live, 2016
3.88 | 29 ratings

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Marbles in the Park
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars Marillion put out a fairly large quantity of live albums, perhaps because they can be produced comparatively cheaply - not too cheaply, of course, you still need to do an actual live show and have all the associated expenses there, and producing a nice-sounding live recording requires a bit more effort still, but in general if you're already putting on the live show, recording it isn't that huge of an extra expense in these modern days and distributing that recording is even easier.

As a band who have embraced an independent existence ever since their pioneering crowd-funding efforts proved that they didn't really need to be tied to a record company at all, it obviously makes sense to have lots of live releases available - if you have a passionate fanbase, a core of which will buy as many live albums as you put out, why the hell not get some extra long tail income out of those live shows?

At the same time, this has ended up leading to something of a glut; if you like the band so much you'll get every live release they offer, that doesn't matter so much, but if you're more discerning it can be hard to pick out which live releases to try out. One of the reasons their regular Marillion Weekend fan conventions yield so many live albums is that they like to make the set lists for them a little bit special, perhaps to help this, and one of the recurring gimmicks is the Friday night where they play a studio album from their back catalogue in its entirety (and perhaps add some extra songs for the encore).

That's what you get here, with a 2015 rendition of Marbles (in its full 2CD configuration.) That's fine, but if you prefer the precision and polish of a studio album... well, the studio album is widely available. If you dig live Marillion, they've played the best songs on here a hell of a lot of the years and released a great swathe of live versions, including entire live run-throughs of Marbles (in its 1CD and 2CD configurations) for that matter. The band are alright here, but the live set doesn't quite come to life for me, and I am not sure whether it's because the band come across as jaded or I'm just jaded; you can only hear so many live versions of Neverland before they all start to blend together, you know?

 Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven) by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1991
2.47 | 19 ratings

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Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Matti
Prog Reviewer

2 stars -- First review for this single --

The second Marillion studio album with the new vocalist Steve Hogarth, Holidays in Eden (1991), was a disappointment after the fairly strong Seasons End. I didn't keep the vinyl very long, and only years later I returned to appreciate its better songs such as Splintering Heart and The Party, but for me they really are a minority. The band took a much more mainstream pop direction which is best showcased with the three single outtakes. The other two were 'No One Can' and 'Dry Land'.

'Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)' peaked at #34 on the UK Singles Chart, but reached #14 in the Netherlands, becoming the band's biggest hit there since Kayleigh. There is no shade of prog, this is a plain straightforward pop- rock song. The guitar especially at the very beginning is reminiscent of the style of The Edge of U2, on songs such as 'Where the Streets Have No Name' (which is a whole lot better song than this one!). The way Hogarth howls repeatedly the words "pain and heaven" is a bit irritating. Otherwise a decent, accessible pop song, nothing more.

On the B side there is a non-album song 'How Can It Hurt' which rocks harder. It slightly reminds me of 'Hard As Love' (Brave, 1994) but it doesn't have the more serene moments that IMHO save the mentioned song. This is just a boring and totally unoriginal rocker to me.

The 12" maxi single and the CD single contain also 'The Party', perhaps my favourite song from Holidays in Eden.

 F E A R (F*** Everyone And Run) by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2016
3.69 | 423 ratings

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

Review by Progfan1958

4 stars I remember the day this arrived in the post from Racket Records. It had been a long work-day, and after everything settled down around 11PM, and after opening the CD and transferring it onto my iPod, I ran myself a hot bath and lay in the water with my headphones on taking in these new sounds. Eldorado starts with Rothery gently picking away on an acoustic guitar, and I thought that it had a definite "Pink Floyd" vibe. For the next hour the music just washed over me. On that first listen. I found It difficult to take in, and could only really remember fragments of the songs. It was almost as if I had slipped into a dream state where I was half awake and half asleep. I knew I liked what I had heard, but I couldn't explain how or why. Now we are six years on from that evening, and every play of FEAR brings me part-way back to those initial moments. I can't say that this record is the finest Marillion creation, but it certainly has a special uniqueness that is still hard to fully define.
 Sunday Night Above the Rain by MARILLION album cover Live, 2014
3.88 | 31 ratings

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Sunday Night Above the Rain
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

3 stars For the most part this is another solid live album from one of Marillion's famous weekend conventions, though on some classic songs - like Waiting To Happen - they do the irritating thing where they get the crowd to sing a bunch of verses. I say "irritating" because whilst this is a lot of fun when you are attending a gig in person, it's less interesting to listen to when you're listening to a live album after the fact. (There's also moments here where Steve Hogarth's voice seems to be struggling, mind, so he may have been trying to conserve it to an extent.) Decent, but not essential.
 An Hour Before It's Dark by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2022
3.97 | 174 ratings

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An Hour Before It's Dark
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by alainPP

4 stars Marillion, Marillion is no longer to be presented, no longer to be compared, you just have to talk about it with your guts, far from criticism, far from fanatical Ayatollahs ready to be ostracized as soon as "we don't say like them". Marillion let's say it straight away released an album with 3 great tracks, a hymn title where the progressive instrumental developments are missing, which makes it an interesting musical magma but without musical island, without catchy relief and where the presence of Steve singer is too noticed, this in view of their original sound.

'Be Hard on Yourself' in 3 parts with an intro that hit me, slow evolution and voice in osmosis with the instrumentation, maybe a great album, in short it's fresh and playful while the lyrics reflect the world pandemic noir, a paradox in itself; break with vocal Steve who assures, already a little too much compared to the quality of the musicians too in withdrawal I persist and sign; I think of 'Brave' there which I liked for the concept concept and the progressive instrumental spaces; the 3rd part in line, ie break we imagine a solo and well no it's the voice that is there and the solo is only in the background, too bad! it's beautiful but it could have been so much more beautiful! 'Reprogram the Gene' with Mark's gorgeous 25" intro against a schoolyard backdrop; at 2 minutes a superb solo from Steve (the guitarist!) on the flamboyant 'Lavender' era otherwise it's Steve with the nervous voice, well, I'll listen to the album in instrumental afterwards because I like his voice but it drowns the musical fish well and prevents one from really escaping (is it ambition after all?); the lyrics are beautiful but I keep hearing the vocals like an instrument, so problem, problem, how good was that song from yesteryear! The finale with the instruments very indented, like a Bugatti that you don't dare to roar, good but not transcendent and don't tell me I'm not a fan! 'Only a Kiss' sublime so nothing to add. 'Murder Machines' in mid-tempo, title not chained and Steve and Mark who set the mood, always behind when are they going to let go and put the voice in the background? In short, here everything works well anyway, it's the unstoppable melody and the finally greasy solo, between spleen and distress, the voice in the megaphone does good. 'The Crow and the Nightingale' tribute to the great Cohen for the title bringing me back to 'Brave', intoxicating melody, real guitar solo, highlighted synths, here Steve keeps a solemn voice and the crescendo with the Marillionian guitar, oh yes one had the more marked instrumental I will say that it is sublime everywhere; the Three Choir Noir reinforces the chills and more guitar, put?. It's good ; the solemn string quartet, the title of the album. 'Sierra Leone' in 5 pieces with sounds of the fabulous 'Misplaced' and 'Marbles' for a time, it's latent, evanescent I read and confirm; the piece that moves slowly in prog convolutions and that makes you dream, here is the album that takes height especially with the 3rd part; the title that makes you forget time, that's also what we're looking for with prog, original music, art rock and many don't dare to admit it, advancing in age and having the fear of death, of the pandemic, of fear, here I am slipping, wanting to philosophize with two bullets. 'Blue' with the smell 'Brave' the best of the Hogarth period in my opinion raises the tension and it is in this situation that Hogarth is good without doing too much, by letting his friends do their job, moreover I see Pete stamping with his bass, that's to say; the end with the guitar highlighted, remember that it is still the goldsmith of the group, in short I did well to criticize objectively since they begin to do what I dreamed of them! 'Care' in 4 parts, deaf groove, dark texts on the end, the big departure; electro synth bass, guitar solo like Saga's Crichton that makes your mouth water right in the middle; the chorus with the plaintive guitar refers to the fabulous 'This Strange Engine' with a dreamlike character, the one that makes the hair shiver, since the hair has often deserted the fans; 'An Hour' floydien' latent, so progressive, so all good, good hurry up before it becomes all black, 'Every' prolongs the feeling and Steve gives in my opinion the most beautiful of his languorous voice magnificently accompanied by Steve-guitar whose masterful solo is expected with this climb, solo which arrives just perfect, I'm putting the replay back! Do not forget this piano arpeggio at the start and at the end concluding the 2nd most beautiful title. For those who follow, I omitted the finale which seems to repeat almost all the titles, a mixture of voices sprinkled on the instrumentation and a nervous crescendo, enjoyable as in the time of the Marillions; well the choirs amplify the moment as much as this last real guitar solo, so I counted 4 of them in the whole album, and I won't forget to quote Ian with his roll of boxes which propels this title, which erases a little impression of departure. A white and a bit of alternative 'Murder' to conclude.

Well, we had to give him some time! An album by Marillion, my favorite band, is still not nothing, so far from glorifying it, far from writing it's my top 2022 without any real argument, and without having listened to anything else (at this moment in the middle of year I'm over 100 on the clock), in short, this latest Marillion keeps my original feeling: good but could do better, but how? Less vocals, less Harillion, more instrumentation as in the last 2 river titles where they exult, where they transcend themselves, where they show that they are not a major group for nothing. So yes it's easy to criticize but to tell the truth is my motto and I reiterate my opinion that Marillion made a very good album which could have been perfect with ifs; you'll notice that I didn't name any other bands in my column which shows that they still do Marillion; in short, good listening.

 An Hour Before It's Dark by MARILLION album cover Studio Album, 2022
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An Hour Before It's Dark
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Progfrogger

5 stars At this stage in any bands musical journey, they are usually broken apart, filled with various substitutes, still hanging onto songs from a distant glory. Not so with Marillion! After Fish left, the remaining four members, armed with new frontman, Steve Hogarth, still continue to create and amaze. This new entry, into their collection of beautiful Neo-Prog albums, is a shining star example of the special gifts, this amazing band bring to your ears. I won't go into each song, as so many before me have done an excellent job of. The more I listen, in detail, to each section, each thoughtful lyric, each layer of sonic beauty, the more I fall in love all over again. Adding the Friends from the Orchestra and the beautiful Choir Noir, adds so much depth and beauty, to what was already breathtaking, lays a finishing touch to a job very well done. This is my favorite band, so call me a little prejudiced but I absolutely love this creation...from Marillion!
 Real to Reel - Brief Encounter by MARILLION album cover Boxset/Compilation, 1997
4.08 | 100 ratings

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Real to Reel - Brief Encounter
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by Warthur
Prog Reviewer

4 stars Real to Reel was a pretty solid Fish-era Marillion live album which has since been overshadowed by releases of full shows (like the Early Stages boxed set, or Recital of the Script, or Live From Loreley). Brief Encounter was an EP largely notable for having a few more live tracks, plus two Misplaced Childhood-era B-sides tacked onto it. This 2CD release is an affordable presentation of them. Is it a loving, deluxe reissue? No, but I am not wholly convinced this needs one; when you're looking at the Fish era you'll want the studio albums first, and then when you dive into live releases there's more tempting prospects you'll want to look at before you reach this. That said, you probably will want these eventually, and this is as good a way to get them as exists.
 Incommunicado by MARILLION album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 1987
3.44 | 44 ratings

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Incommunicado
Marillion Neo-Prog

Review by UMUR
Special Collaborator Honorary Collaborator

3 stars "Incommunicado" is a single release by UK progressive rock act Marillion. The single was released through EMI Records in May 1987 as a teaser for the subsequent release of the band´s fourth full-length studio album "Clutching at Straws" (June 1987). Lead vocalist Fish wrote the lyrics to explain how fame alienates an artist from their fans and the world in general. As always the lyrics are spawned from Fish´s own personal experiences.

The "Incommunicado" single exists in a couple of different versions. The original 7" version features a shortened single edit of the title track (which appears in it´s full version on "Clutching at Straws") and B-side track "Going Under" (which is also culled from "Clutching at Straws"), while the original 12" features the album version of "Incommunicado" on the A-side and an alternate mix version of the track on the B-side along with "Going Under".

"Incommunicado" is a relatively unusual Marillion track as it´s an uptempo rocker with a pounding beat and a strong keyboard hook and solo. Although Marillion certainly have had a few uptempo tracks on preceding releases ("Market Square Heroes" immediately comes to mind), it´s not what they do most or best). "Incommunicado" is a strong track though featuring great energy and power. "Going Under" is the complete opposite as it´s a slow, mellow, and melancholic track.

Since both tracks on "Incommunicado" are available on "Clutching at Straws", this single is a bit redundant unless you´re a completist. The quality of the material is high though and a 3.5 star (70%) rating isn´t all wrong.

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