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Here is an Italian symphonic band from Verona that does not fit in the RPI classification. The origin of MARYGOLD was in a Fish era Marillion cover band called Wildfire. Drummer Marco Pasquetto (Jack), keyboard player Stefano Bigarelli and the original bass player Massimiliano Pasini, formed a new band with guitarist Massimo Basaglia and vocalist Michele Pomari. They continued to play Marillion and Genesis covers but also began to experiment with original compositions. Toying around with what would eventually become "The Wizard" turned into a fork in the road. It was time to decide between continuing as a cover act or become a proper band with original material.

Still without a name the group began working on their own sounds. Massimilliano left the group and was replaced by Marco Adami, who had been playing with Genesis Cover band Yellow Plastic Shoobedoobe. Marco paired up with Michele to craft lyrics for the songs. Michele's grand ambitions in composition were not easily reproduced by the band and caused tension. This caused Michele to leave and Guido Cavalleri, also from Yellow Plastic Shoobedoobe, was brought in. With Guido they worked on the music left behind by Michele, one song in particular would give the band its future name. This lineup however played two live gigs under the name Sunflowers.

Marco Adami then made his exit and left the group without a bass player. The tracks were completed so they settled on the name MARYGOLD and concentrated on producing an album. After three years, and entirely self produced, "The Guns of Marygold" was completed. Even though there was now an album the bass position was still vacant. Alberto Molesini (Baro) came along to complete the lineup.

Although there were changes along the way the members of MARYGOLD gives credit where credit is due. They may not have been around by the time "The Guns of Marygold" was released but Marco, Massimiliano and Michele were all integral to its existence.

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 The Guns Of Marygold by MARYGOLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.33 | 16 ratings

The Guns Of Marygold
Marygold Symphonic Prog

Review by Aragon

3 stars Being a Marillion Fish era fan i try this new band. I totally agree with Prog-Jester this is a good debut, but nothing is outstanding. There are surely some keyboards riff that remind me Mark Kelly like the 1st song, where the reference to Garden Party is too obvious. The guitars and the vocal are totally different. The music has a vintage feeling, so im a bit disappointed with this stuff, because the structure is simple like neo, but miss all sophisticated elegance that im used to listen Marillion. Where are the double layer keys? Xilophone and minimoog toghter like in Punch and Judy? No guys all this is absent! It's a blend of Genesis sound with Marillion structure but with not many emotions, so 3 weak stars.
 The Guns Of Marygold by MARYGOLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.33 | 16 ratings

The Guns Of Marygold
Marygold Symphonic Prog

Review by progadicto

3 stars More than Symphonic Prog, 80's and 90's Neo Prog formulas is what you'll find in this release.

Marillion and IQ legacy is printed in every track of this album perhaps we're in front of a nice and enjoyable piece of music full of epical sections leaded by synths and some awsome instrumental sequences that reminds the best moments of Neo Prog greatest bands.

The album is very uniform with just some brilliant and inspirated moments in songs like "Hara Kiri Show", "Crows Of The Tree" and "The Wizard", maybe the best song of the album because the well arranged ending crescendo an epical sections from first to last minute.

A nice album for any Neo Prog fan and even Symph Prog lovers but I don't recommend this one to people who's looking for complex and ecclectic music even when "Guns Of Marygold" is not at bad album at all. 3*...

 The Guns Of Marygold by MARYGOLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.33 | 16 ratings

The Guns Of Marygold
Marygold Symphonic Prog

Review by Prog-jester
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3 stars Being a Fish-era MARILLION devotee means spend your free time in search of related bands. Every time, when a new name flashes on the horizon, thousands of “Fish and the guys” aficionados race to hear it first and then tell the others what they think of it. I’m kinda late with my review, but it’s never too late, when you’re still racing, eh? ;) OK, MARYGOLD is a kind of band that didn’t do it for me. I hear Fish-like voice, Rothery-like guitars and Kelly-like keyboards, I listen to MARILLION-like structured tracks, and I feel nothing. Sometimes this happens – that’s why there are so many bands of that kind. You can choose and decide for yourself which one you like and which one you don’t. I can’t say I didn’t like MARYGOLD; I hope they’ll grow on me on become more emotional with their second album. Recommended for MARILLION fans, but personally for me there are better MARILLION- inspired bands.
 The Guns Of Marygold by MARYGOLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.33 | 16 ratings

The Guns Of Marygold
Marygold Symphonic Prog

Review by Mellotron Storm
Prog Reviewer

4 stars There is something special about the music this band plays. It is beautiful like the Italian music of the seventies but with more of a GENSIS flavour.This is soul music, prog style. It's funny how certain bands' music can be so uplifting to some while others dismiss it. I feel that way with MARYGOLD because I haven't seen anyone else who is as excited about this music as I am.

The record opens with "Hara-kiri Show". For the first 1 1/2 minutes we are treated to spacey synths, then we get lots of great keyboards and beautiful guitar melodies.The vocals are so warm and on the deep side, they're fantastic ! Love the guitar after 4 minutes.This song is my favourite on here. "Crows On The Tree" is slower paced with piano and fragile vocals, guitar and drums take over a minute in. I really like the tone of the guitar here, again amazing vocals. The song picks up after 4 minutes with synths. It ends as it began. Very good tune.

"Marygold" features lots of mood shifts, and all the musicians get a chance to show their stuff and stretch it out. I like the spacey organ after 6 minutes and the guitar that joins in. "Sunflowers" is another favourite.The guitar is gentle and the vocals are warm as synths join in. This music is so emotional. The tempo shifts quite a bit. Some nice guitar and organ late. "Tania Stands..." is a short song with flute and intricate guitar as vocals join in. "The Wizard" is the longest song and i'm reminded of THE WATCH. There are time changes galore with some great guitar melodies, again I love the tone of the guitar on this song too.

I can't recommend this high enough.These guys along with MOONGARDEN and THE WATCH are a new wave of amazing talented Italian bands who's music will touch your heart. Italian soul music indeed.

 The Guns Of Marygold by MARYGOLD album cover Studio Album, 2006
3.33 | 16 ratings

The Guns Of Marygold
Marygold Symphonic Prog

Review by erik neuteboom
Prog Reviewer

3 stars This fine Italian band is rooted in 1994, most members are from the Marillion (Fish-era) cover band Wildfire. Marygold started to play covers from Marillion and Genesis but gradually composed more own material, this resulted in the debut CD entitled The Guns Of Marygold. The vocals are in English and the running time is like that from the 'good old LP's', at about forty minutes, nostalgia time!

1. Hara-kiri Show (7.25) : The intro contains a spacey sound, it evokes Hackett his ominous sounding song Land Of A Thousand Autumns. Then a compelling rhythm with lots of breaks and shifting moods, it sounds very dynamic featuring dramatic vocals, fiery guitar and fluent synthesizer flights.

2. Crows On The Tree (6.32) : A mellow track with melancholic vocals and fragile guitar work, followed by beautiful guitar play with the evolume pedal and sensitive piano. The final part delivers a mid-tempo with howling electric guitar, very moving!

3. Marygold (7.21) : First twanging guitars in the vein of early Gensis in a dreamy climate with warm vocals and a slow synthesizer solo. Halfway a break, then a mid-tempo and we can enjoy delicate work on organ, inspired vocals and slightly distored guitar.

4. Sunflowers (5.21) : This composition contains lots of variation and flowing changing climates, from dreamy with sparkling piano to a fluent rhythm with flashy synthesizer work, fiery guitar and passionated vocals.

5. Tania Stands... (2.56) : A short song with wonderful interplay between the acoustic guitar (twanging and frequent flageolets), halfway there is some delicate flute, simply beautiful!

6. The Wizard (9.46) : After strong drum beats and fiery guitar the atmosphere turns into dreamy with a slow rhtyhm delivering soaring keyboards, sensitive electric guitar with volume pedal play and warm vocals. Gradually the tempo become faster and the sound more lush and bombastic, culminating in exciting interplay between guitar and keyboards along passionated vocals, this is Marygold at their best! Suddenly the music stops and a bell rings (my Bordercollie Lola looked confused at me or she had to bark ..!), then the music returns with a mellow climate featuring wonderful symphonic prog with lush keyboards and howling electric guitar, I am on cloud #9!

Marygold sounds very warm and beautiful and is recommended to fans of pleasant and melodic prog like Genesis, Marillion, Pendragon, Camel and IQ but a bit more subdued, I would say that Marygold is (to quote Fish) "..for the romantics in the audience..".

Thanks to erik neuteboom for the artist addition. and to Riekels for the last updates

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