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Marillion - A Singles Collection - Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other  CD (album) cover

A SINGLES COLLECTION - SIX OF ONE, HALF A DOZEN OF THE OTHER

Marillion

 

Neo-Prog

2.93 | 73 ratings

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3 stars Not for fans

It may seem unusual for a prog band like Marillion to qualify for a "Singles collection", but in truth, they have been far more successful in that field than most of their peers. Whether or not this is to their credit is for debate another time!

This album gathers together the band's more accessible works from both the Fish and Hogarth eras (hence the title). "Kayleigh" and ""Lavender" are obvious choices, the latter being longer than section on "Misplaced childhood". While tracks such as "Assassing" and "Garden party" will naturally find favour with fans of the band, their inclusion here as "singles" (both run to over 7 minutes), is questionable.

In general, the Hogarth era tracks do not lend themselves to extraction as singles particularly well, as is evidenced by their lack of success in that field. Good as they are in the context of album tracks, they are like fish out of water in this format. The exception is the cover of Rare Bird's "Sympathy" which was a clear attempt to create a successful single. It is a great track, but the original still stands as the definitive version.

The album makes for a good introduction to the more commercial side of the music of Marillion for those who might not normally consider trying them out. For those who already have their albums, this represents more of a completists only collection.

Easy Livin | 3/5 |

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