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4 stars Walking across the sitting room, I put Marillion's first EP on

The first the world heard of Marillion, other than those who had come across their live performances, was this fine single (EP) release. It consists of three tracks, none of which appeared on an album until some years later.

"Market Square Heroes" is an upbeat sing-a-long with a slight Celtic feel. It is overtly commercial, and unprogressive, but lots of fun!

"Three boats down from the candy" is pretty forgettable "B-side" material. For obvious reasons, i.e. the length, "Grendel" only appeared on the 12" single version. With Marillion already sounding very similar to Gabriel era Genesis, they chose with this track, to clone parts of "Supper's ready", most notably the distinctive "Apocalypse.. " section. To be fair, "Grendel" is a very good track, well performed, and enjoyable, but it is impossible to listen to it without being constantly reminded of the band's bare face cheek in producing such a parody.

The tracks are all now available on CD on the "B- sides themselves" collection.

Easy Livin | 4/5 |


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