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3.00 | 8 ratings | 1 reviews | 12% 5 stars

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Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Marillion's Christmas Message (3:32)
2. Map of the World (Ordnance Survey Mix) (5:02)
3. This is the 21st Century (Demystified Mix) (6:59)
4. Fruit of the wild Rose (2.5 Hearts in the Groove Mix) (5:35)
5. Number One (Whatever Mix) (4:17)
6. If my Heart were a Ball it would roll uphill (No Monsters Mix) (5:33)
7. When I meet God (Ontological Mix) (4:23)
8. Separated out (Latino Freak Mix) (5:41)
9. Between you and me (Martini Mix) (5:16)
10. Quartz (Hard Time Mix) (6:27)

Total Time: 52:49

Line-up / Musicians

(Original "Anoraknophobia" album line-up:)
- Mark Kelly / keyboards
- Steve Rothery / guitars
- Steve "H" Hogarth / vocals
- Ian Mosley / drums
- Pete Trewavas / bass

"Baubles" tracks mixed by:
- Carl Homer / #2, 7 & 10
- Alan Miller / #3
- Masatoshi Inaba / #4 & 8
- Size 9 / #5
- Gary Hughes / #6
- Jeff Gilroy / #9

Releases information

Free Web Fanclub CD
webfree 07 İRacket Records 2004

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MARILLION Christmas 2004: Baubles ratings distribution

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Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(12%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
Collectors/fans only (12%)
Poor. Only for completionists (12%)

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Review by Tristan Mulders
3 stars Marillion - Xmas 2004: Baubles

In late 2003 Marillion gave notice of the fact that they were setting up a remix competition. Anyone who was interested in creating a mix of his or her own of any of the songs on the "Anoraknophobia" album (incl. the song Number One, which was only available on the pre-order edition of the "Anoraknophobia" album or as an acoustic version on 2001's xmas fanclub CD) could buy a copy of the mastertapes directly from the band. Lots of enthusiasts entered the competition and in late 2004 the "Remixomatosis" album saw the light of day.

The competition details said that the winners of the competition would be featured on the official remixdisc (i.e. "Remixomatosis") and that the runner-ups were to be featured on the Christmas fanclub freebie of the same year. "Baubles" is a collection of remixes that just didn't make it to the final remix disc.

I understand that composition wise some of the songs could be seen as less original than those remixes that won, but overall I like this runner-up album more than the winners collection. Whereas there were a few 'jazzy' mixes included on the Remixomatosis album (hey, why include 5(!) remixes by the same guy??), here it is all electronic.

It seems Marillion fans do not really like the idea of people remixing 'their' band's music and for some of the remixes I've heard over the years, I can easily understand what they're going on about. But instead of only using the vocals and putting them to a beat or simply putting a short piece of the original song as a break in a lame hardstyle electronic composition (did someone mention the "Kayleigh 2003 Hardstyle Mix"??? Wow. now that was a lame and uninspired remix), most remixes on this free CD, as well as some on the winners disc, seem to still maintain that typical Marillion feeling the original Anoraknophobia album had and some of the mixes work even better than the original songs from time to time.

Marillion took their chances by setting up this competition and afterwards several 'fans' were mad at the band for doing so, but in my opinion the idea never really failed and even more important: it shows that the band is open minded and definitely not afraid of experimenting with new things. But that is not that uncommon actually, since they've already been experimenting (and progressing) a lot with their most recent albums. Could this be the moment Marillion go mainstream?

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