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Tristan Mulders
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3 stars Marillion - A Singles Collection

Over the years, Marillion have released several compilation albums. Most of them included the typical "Best of." tracks, thus meaning the 'hits' like Kayleigh and Lavender and hardly any true prog rock songs, or at least no full-length versions of those prog songs.

This compilation varies a bit regarding that issue. The 'hit'singles are indeed included here as well, but also album versions! When I purchased this album I only knew the song Assassing in its single mix, so when I heard the full-length (even extended!) mix included here I was pleasantly surprised. The song does not sound commercial from this perspective and therefore seems a bit of an odd choice for a compilation album.

All other songs are more or less the typical single versions of songs, just the same as on their previous single releases.

All but the two bonus tracks which were previously unreleased: Sympathy and I will walk on Water. Both songs have long been available only on this compilation, up to the moment that EMI decided to reissue 1991's "Holidays in Eden" album, with a bonus disc that included these two songs albeit "I will walk on Water" was an alternative version.

Sympathy is an excellent cover version of Rare Bird's classic and certainly does not disappoint people who have the original recording in high regard. I like both versions myself, although I have to admit that when I first heard Marillion's version, I did not yet know the original version.

This compilation is a more straightforward, as in 'more rocky,' compilation of Marillion's career from "Script for a Jester's Tear" up to and including "Holidays in Eden". I slightly prefer "The Best of both Worlds" above this disc, but "A Singles Collection is a good point for starters.

Tristan Mulders | 3/5 |


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