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John G.
09-15-2006, 04:17 AM
I've been listening to them a lot lately... a very cool mix of Gabriel-era Genesis (mostly due to Fish's vocals) but with an 80s aesthetic (crisp solos, gorgeous synths), Marillion released four studio albums with their original vocalist. Here's a video from the first one, SCRIPT FOR A JESTER'S TEAR. The song is called "He Knows You Know," catchy vocals (although some may find the style overtly theatrical and, thus, grating, but I love it) and some great cheese that only early 80s videos can bring...

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Steve P.
09-15-2006, 07:01 AM
Now we're talking. Marillion are one of my all time favorite bands. I first heard them when MTV had "Keyleigh" in regular rotation in 1985. It's a shame these guys never hit the big leagues in the US like they did Europe throughout the 80s.

John, have you heard any of their recent material with Steve Hogarth on vocals? They sound like a completely different band.

Jonathan Douglas
09-15-2006, 11:18 AM
I think Hogarth is a much better singer, musically they really shifted gears when they got him, and I found a new interest in the band. Old time fans would sometimes bring rubber fish figures to shows, but Hogarth laughed it off. With Hogarth's arrival, they probably became even more demanding of their listeners, with many more quiet songs than during the Fish era. Rothery is one of rock's great unsung guitar heroes, very underrated but an incredible player, his solo in "Sugar Mice" (off 1987's excellent CLUTCHING AT STRAWS) is goosebumps totally. MISPLACED CHILDHOOD (1985), I would say is their masterpiece. This is a 1999 live clip of "Uninvited Guest", from the brilliant SEASON'S END (1989) album.

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John G.
09-15-2006, 04:41 PM
You know, for some reason I always associate Hogarth and Marillion with Hagar and Van Halen. In both cases, I've never actually heard an album so maybe I need to rectify that. The clip you played is certainly very good, and from what I can tell the material became much less dramatic than when Fish was in the band...

I mean, did Hogarth-era Fish ever have a song like this?

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Steve P.
09-15-2006, 05:38 PM
You know, for some reason I always associate Hogarth and Marillion with Hagar and Van Halen. In both cases, I've never actually heard an album so maybe I need to rectify that. The clip you played is certainly very good, and from what I can tell the material became much less dramatic than when Fish was in the band...

I mean, did Hogarth-era Fish ever have a song like this?

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If anything, the music became MORE dramatic when Fish left. They did a concept album called "Brave" in 1994, which is one of their moodiest albums. Many Marillion fans rate it as Steve Hogarth's finest with the band.

My vote goes to their latest release, "Marbles" from 2004. It's great and was my pick for best album of '04. But you need to get the double CD version, only availalble from the band's website. The single disc domestic version is missing several tracks including the 18 minute "Ocean Cloud", which is one of their most powerful epics ever. The Hogarth albums can be pretty hit or miss, but the 2 disc version of "Marbles", "Season's End" and "Brave" would probably be your best bet if you want to sample recent Marillion.

Fish's solo albums are likewise all over the map in terms of style and quality. But there's something really special about those first four Marillion studio albums.