Marillion albums discussion

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This new band seem to be making a few fans on the wam 😁
Just to kill some time I’ve ranked my personal faves , love to hear what you lot regard as best and worst . I’ve only included studio albums of original material

Tier 1 ( can’t live without )

Clutching at straws ( over 47 years of collecting and listening to music , my fave album of all time )
Misplaced childhood
Seasons end
Afraid of sunlight
Happiness is the Rd volume 1 ( without maroutte jam )
FEAR

Tier 2 (amazing albums but not quite tier 1 )
Script
Fugazi
Holidays in Eden
Brave
Strange engine
Marbles
Somewhere else

Tier 3 don’t play these so much ( some superb songs but also some that really don’t click )

Sounds that can’t be made
Hour before it’s dark

And then we have the albums that I can’t even listen too 🤷‍♂️🙈

Radiation
.com
Anaraknophobia
Happiness is the Rd part 2
 
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I bought B'Sides Themselves when it came out to get Grendel. I found the 12" with it on later. It's a compilation but worth mentioning just for that track.
 
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I bought B'Sides Themselves when it came out to get Grendel. I found the 12" with it on later. It's a compilation but worth mentioning just for that track.
B'Sides themselves is excellent, some great stuff on there. As you say Grendel of course but some others are as good if not better than on albums....Cinderella Search, 3 Boats Down etc....
 
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Not a chatty bunch are we 🤔😂😂🙈
Somehow missed this thread .

I love all the Fish era albums and don't like any after except the latest one Hour Before Dark which I have bought .

Can't put them in any order , but probably Script is my favourite , Market Square Heroes is my fav. song but that is not on any studio album , closely followed by Garden Party .
 

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I have all of their albums (on LP). I also have several concert videos on Blu-Ray. I think of Marillion as two bands, Fish and H. I was into them in the 80s. When Fish left, I lost interest without hearing any new material. A few years ago, I discovered "Brave." I was hooked. I really like the direction that Steve Hogarth has taken the band. I think "All One Tonight: Live at the Royal Albert Hall" is epic, on LP and on Blu-Ray (Ten foot screen and 5.1.)
 
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Big Marillion fan here. I'm going to sound like an old grumpy conservative but there's no Marillion after Fish (incidentally Fish's Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirror is a great album). I do like a few songs on Seasons End, but that's it. 33 years later, I still can't get my head around why "Easter", such a fantastic song, breaks into the "nah nah nah" singing at the end. Never forgave them. :)
And I agree, Fugazi and Tears should be top tier.
Interestingly, I also rate Clutching n°1. It's mood is darker and more mature.
 
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Can't stand Hogarth as vocalist. In fact I nearly binned their last album after giving him one more try. It's now in my might be for sale stack once I can be bothered.

It can only be Fish as frontman for me.
 

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I’m a bit disappointed with AHBID tbh , side 3 is great but the rest 🤷‍♂️.
And I agree that Fish was marillion, they should be classed as two bands but other than those late 90,s offerings they are still head and shoulders above most of their contemporaries
 

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TIER 1:
Less is More
With Friends From The Orchestra
Seasons End
Radiation
Holidays In Eden
Fugazi
FEAR
Clutching at Straws
Anoraknophobia

TIER 2:
This Strange Engine
Somewhere Else
Script For A Jester's Tear
Marillion.com
Marbles
Brave
Afraid of Sunlight

TIER 3:
Sounds That Can't Be Made
Misplaced Childhood
An Hour Before It's Dark
 
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Like many I am a Fish era fan, saw them many a time but kind of lost interested at clutching at straws which I though was quite weak. Love Real to Reel for the evolution of the songs but my favourite is still Fugazi with Script next. Did see the once live with Hogarth but just not the same banter and fun from a live performance.

Gee us a bun 🙂
 
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My big brother was/is die hard Fish/Marillion fan and involuntarily that's what I listened to on his stereo , after Fish left I bought their first album with Hogarth
and thought wtf is that ?
Haven't been listening to new Marillion for years then one of my friends said you have to try Brave and I loved it , bought all their stuff and I have to say I definitely prefer new era Marillion nowadays .
 

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My big brother was/is die hard Fish/Marillion fan and involuntarily that's what I listened to on his stereo , after Fish left I bought their first album with Hogarth
and thought wtf is that ?
Haven't been listening to new Marillion for years then one of my friends said you have to try Brave and I loved it , bought all their stuff and I have to say I definitely prefer new era Marillion nowadays .
I'm sure glad my introduction to Hogarth Marillion was via "Brave" and not "Seasons End." Things may have taken a different direction. I really think H Marillion have carried the prog rock torch and held it high for the past few decades.
 
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I'm sure glad my introduction to Hogarth Marillion was via "Brave" and not "Seasons End." Things may have taken a different direction. I really think H Marillion have carried the prog rock torch and held it high for the past few decades.
My perception of Seasons End is quite different now than then but at the time going from Fish to Hogarth was quite a shock , this album sort of grew on me over the time ,
 
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My perception of Seasons End is quite different now than then but at the time going from Fish to Hogarth was quite a shock , this album sort of grew on me over the time ,
Interesting as the songs on Seasons End were written before H showed up. But I can understand as Fish and H are rather different in vocal style. I do think that Fish is a little better singer than H. Seasons End is probably my least favourite Marillion album. Brave is up at the top of the list.
 
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