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3 stars Marillion - Market Squere Heroes EP (1982)

In the beginning...

This is said to be the first Marillion release. This 26 minute EP has three tracks. The recording isn't perfect, but hey.. this is like a demo-tape for the band. Considering it's status it's good enough.

The title track is the first single of Marillion. It's a happy up-tempo sympho-pop track that is just a track for fun. The refrain is catcy and the synthesizers sound nice. Three boats down from the candy sounds less good and isn't very interesting for me.

The reason neo-proggers might want to have this release is obviously the 18 minute epic Grendel. It's funny how this track was only released on this EP. This track might be considered to be the first neo-prog epic. It's sound is much like the debut album. Eighties neo-prog with much symphonic soundscapes, the very emotional vocals of lead-singer Fish and the functional guitar playing of Steve Rothery. The drums and bass aren't very important in the music. Grendel takes us to a lot of different parts and melodies. The themes of the opening section are a bit too cliché, but the middle and ending section did stood the test of time. The bombastic moments sound energetic, whilst the intimate parts sound devoted.

Marillion will never be my favorite band, but sometimes the music feels just right. The strength lies in Fish' distinctive and brave vocals and the link to the seventies progressive scene. At least this record has a big epic, which has a lot to offer for people who like the neo-prog genre. If you like the debut of Marillion, you will surely appreciate this EP. If you already own a b-sides collection or the Ritel of the Script DVD you should skip on this one, but otherwise it can be a good (but non-essential) addition to your music collection. Historical significance might also be a reason to purchase this EP. Three stars.

friso | 3/5 |


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