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Marillion
« on: December 03, 2015, 12:24:44 PM »
Marillion is a band that I got big into just in the last several years, Well after Fish's exit from the band. But I'm torn on this band I have given the Hogarth lineup some chances, buying a few albums and a live dvd or two and I just can't get into this band with Hogarth as the singer, just flat out not interested. So I'm going to pretty much focus on the Fish years.

The band first began using the name Marillion in 1981 and by late 1981 consisted of core classic era lineup members Fish (vocals), Steve Rothery (guitars), and Mark Kelly (keyboards) with Pete Trewavas (bass) joining in 82 and Ian Mosely (drums) joining in 84 completing the core classic era lineup. This lineup would last until 1988. releasing the following albums
Script for a Jester's Tear (1983)
Fugazi (1984)
Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Clutching at Straws (1987)
and the live album Real to Reel (1984)
The band was at the height of their commercial success when Fish left the band in 1988 following the two hugely popular albums Misplaced Childhood and Clutching at Straws.

The core lineup remained and remains to this day but with new singer and multi instrumentalist Steve Hogarth taking over Fish's place and he has now been in the band far longer than Fish. The second era of the band with Hogarth has released the following albums:
Seasons End (1989)
Holidays in Eden (1991)
Brave (1994)
Afraid of Sunlight (1995)
This Strange Engine (1997)
Radiation (1998)
Marillion.com (1999)
Anoraknophobia (2001)
Marbles (2004)
Somewhere Else (2007)
Happiness is the road (2008)
Less is More (2009)
Sounds that can't be made (2012)

With all due respect to Steve Hogarth, I just can't seem to get into or really appreciate the second era of the band and I have tried at least a little bit. Had I never heard and seen live on dvd the Fish era and those first four albums I would probably be a Hogarth Marillion fan, but having heard and seen them with Fish there's definitely something lacking in the later. Fish had a great stage persona, charisma and was more of a showman and the songs were much more accessible and meaningful I guess. I just love those first four albums. A lot of that material was kinda a throw back to the progressive bands that I grew up loving. The second era just does very little for me and what I've tried to listen to rather bores me, unfortunately.

So here's how I remember Marillion:

Script for a jester's tear: Live video w/ Fish:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gaBjdLQ0LJ0

Misplaced Childhood (Rock AM Ring live 1985) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hlruA2ave8U

Fugazi: Live at hammersmith 84 (audio w/Fish picture show) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sxu83d4msMA

Incommunicato: (Germany 87 live video) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7jmo4-TJQrM

That time of the night (the short straw) live Germany 87: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=f6OF7QrA-kg

He Knows you know (Live Marquee 82 video)  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pEMVmANuaAM

CLASSIC!
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Re: Marillion
« Reply #1 on: January 18, 2016, 07:04:27 PM »
would love to see this, but seems like this is just a UK tour.

http://prog.teamrock.com/news/2016-01-12/fish-confirms-rescheduled-euro-tour
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Re: Marillion
« Reply #3 on: January 23, 2018, 01:48:46 PM »
Good interview with Steve Hogarth from Classic Rock Revisited

http://www.classicrockrevisited.com/show_interview.php?id=1249

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Re: Marillion
« Reply #4 on: January 25, 2018, 02:06:08 AM »
He really seems like a nice dude, and I've tried to give their work post Fish a fair shot but most of it just does nothing for me. I found it pretty boring for the most part, kinda like how I feel about Depeche Mode about five songs into any given record of theirs. I've tried multiple cd's and even bought a live dvd. This bands classic material with Fish however is Excellent. 
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