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Poll Question: Which is your favourite?
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    Posted: September 07 2010 at 17:01
Fish-only snobs, please keep your comments to yourselves. This is for those of us who love the band, regardless of the singer.

These are the four highest-rated Hogarth-era Marillion platters. I agree with three of them. Wink Afraid Of Sunlight is great, but has never done it for me as a full-album listen the way the other three do. I personally would probably swap in Holidays or Happiness Is...

Either way, I like every Marillion album from their debut to Less=more. But from these four, I'd like to see your choices. (I don't recall seeing this one done any time recently, so apologies if anyone's sick of seeing it.)

My vote goes to Brave, which is my favourite Marillion album of all.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote yanch Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 17:07
It's Brave for me. One of my favorite's and just a really well done concept album.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Angelo Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 17:11
Season's End comes in close second to Brave. I can't stand Afraid of Sunlight - after that one I didn't buy a single new Marillion album for 10 years...
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote octopus-4 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 17:13
 Afraid of Sunlight is the album that made me quit with Marillion. Because of it I don't know Marbles.
The remaining two are different and both have good things. "Living with the big lie" is a great song, but I prefer Seasons End as a whole.
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For me, its:

Afraid of Sunlight > Seasons End > Marbles > Brave
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote The Quiet One Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 18:50
Brave > Seasons End > Afriad of Sunlight > Marbles
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Slartibartfast Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 18:55
Afraid, Brave, Marbles, and then Seasons for me.
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I'm sorry Brave... Gotta be Marbles.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Wanorak Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 20:10
Afraid of Sunlight for me, a sublime album I never get tired of listening to. All very good albums, but I find Brave overrated:) Thanks Progatron for the "Fish-only snobs" comment!!! It's about time Hogarth is recognized by this site as the far superior singer!!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote J-Man Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 07 2010 at 20:41
From the list I only have Brave and Marbles... Brave is a 5-star album IMO, but Marbles still hasn't caught on. I won't vote, though, since I haven't heard the other two options.

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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Libor10 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 01:47
Brave for me (I listened to it just yesterday and it's really great one), but Marbles are close and the two others are also very good. Hard choice but it has to be done :-)


Edited by Libor10 - September 08 2010 at 01:48
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote zbida Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 02:08
Not my favourites by Marillion (yes, I'm rather Fish-only snobLOL), but I'll go with Seasons End and Brave.
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Brave! One of my overall favourite Marillion-albums.
Holidays in Eden, not mentioned here, also has some strong moments.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Anthony Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 04:16
All four VERY VERY close together, but if I were forced to choose it would be:
Marbles > Afraid of sunlight > Brave > Seasons End
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progfan1958 Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 06:08
Yes, all four are certainly good. I vote Marbles as my favourite, however overall I think Brave is the best work the band have done, but it falls down a bit sonically.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Cristi Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 08:33
Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Brave! One of my overall favourite Marillion-albums.
Holidays in Eden, not mentioned here, also has some strong moments.
 
finally I see some love for Holidays in Eden. Clap
 
I can't choose from the list really; you've put there the 4 most appreciated and respected Hogarth era albums.


Edited by Cristi - September 08 2010 at 09:10
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Seasons End is by far my favourite Marillion album regardless of era.
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote lazland Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 09:58
Hard poll, as I have always said that I can barely tear apart Brave & Marbles. both of these albums are, IMHO, incredible pieces of genius written by a great band at the peak of their powers. They are both very strong 5 star by PA ratings for me, but if I really had to choose, it would be Marbles, although I'd be hard pressed to say why to be honest. Probably because of the sheer strength & beauty of the bookends, Invisible Man & Neverland.

Afraid of Sunlight & Seasons End are also incredibly strong albums, and I would also refer fans or potential fans to classics such as This Strange Engine, which is an incredibly strong album on their indy label debut, and Radiation, which for some strange reason passes a lot of people by. The last "proper" studio album, Happiness is the Road also contains some extremely strong moments, especially the modern classic Real Tears For Sale.

We also, BTW, have a Marillion Round Table on Prog Bands, Artists, and Genres Appreciation.


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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Progatron Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: September 08 2010 at 15:22
Originally posted by Cristi Cristi wrote:

Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Brave! One of my overall favourite Marillion-albums.
Holidays in Eden, not mentioned here, also has some strong moments.
 
finally I see some love for Holidays in Eden. Clap
 


I gave it some love in my initial post. WinkLOL I can do without  the title track and "No One Can" but otherwise that is a classic Marillion album, IMO.

If you do not have the Somewhere In London dvd, it is a must-have, and begins with a stunning version of "Splintering Heart".

@lazland: I'll check out that "Marillion Round Table" discussion, thanks! Smile



Edited by Progatron - September 08 2010 at 15:23
Genesis/Yes/Rush/Marillion/VDGG&PH/The Flower Kings/Zappa/Änglagård/Wobbler/PFM/Banco/Le Orme/Jethro Tull/Spock's Beard/Transatlantic/Ayreon/Beardfish/IQ/Dream Theater/Opeth/P.Tree/Arena/Camel/Kaipa!
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Brave, but Marbles is near of first place.
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