Marillion – Script for a jester’s tear (1983)

So here I am once more

Oh my, how I adore this album. Marillion’s debut album from 1983 may very well be the best debut album of all time. I mean which album could challenge? Maybe this is an interesting post someday, challenge to “Script”… Who? Bowie, Floyd, Beatles, Genesis…? There are so many to consider. But that’s for another day.

Let me start with the cover. Just as with “Misplaced childhood” this cover makes me lose myself in fantasies about a strange world. The jester bearing the artist Mark Wilkinson’s face, the room with the painting of the scary lady, the albums on the floor (I see you Pink Floyd), the chameleon that wouldn’t turn up until the next album. Everything is so interesting!

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Neil Young – Tonight’s the night (1975)

Please take my advice

I am not often in the mood for Tonight’s the night. It is too bleak and depressing, all about dead friends. The overall feeling of the album is as black as the cover. Rest in peace Bruce Berry and Danny Whitten.

Often an album is greater than the sum of its parts. For this album it is quite the opposite. The overall feeling I get is mostly sadness or maybe it is melancholy? But, there are some great songs on there nevertheless.

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Marillion – Script for a jester’s tear (5-disc Super Deluxe Edition) (2020)

The relics in the playground of yesterday

Let’s check out the newly released super deluxe box set of Marillion’s “Script for a jester’s tear”. This is the classic 1983 debut album from Marillion. It might be the best debut album of all kinds in the history of man. The original album review as well as the review of the deluxe vinyl box set including the new live concert will come at a later date. This review will focus on the unique stuff for this box which is the Blu Ray-disc.

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Neil Young – On the beach (1974)

Seagulls out of reach

The first studio album after the huge success of “Harvest” has always been a sore toe to me. I missed it when I started to listen to Neil, and then it was not released on cd for a very long time. I have felt that it has been underappreciated by me, and my feelings of guilt is real. Because I really like it. It’s a stellar album.

The whole album has a dreamy feeling. The lyrics are great with the title track in the front row. The world is turnin, I hope it don’t turn away.

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Pink Floyd – The piper of the gates of dawn (1967)

The crazy diamond shone

I find it funny that there seems to be so much prestige in which incarnation of Floyd we fans love the most. Many pretentious fans love Syd’s Floyd but that is not me. Of course, I came in late, in the early eighties, and I have always enjoyed David’s singing and his heavenly guitar playing. I guess if you were there at the time, in the middle of the sixties, and followed the band when it started it would have been something else. Syd was the musical and artistic leader of the band back then. Already during the development of the second album they transformed into a five-piece and then to a quartet again, now with less Syd but a Dave added. Syd burnt out like in the song by Neil Young.

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David Bowie – The ‘Mercury’ demos (2019)

Dear Record Company man

How many releases from the “Space oddity” demos era can there be? This is getting absurd!

The Bowie estate has run amok with this. During 2019, celebrating 50 years since these recordings, they have released three super expensive vinyl things and one slightly less expensive 5-CD box. There has been a 4-vinyl singles box, a 3-vinyl singles box and one vinyl LP box with fancy packaging. I don’t care for singles, it is only a mess to change the speed on the turntable, and I thought the “The ‘Mercury’ demos” box was way too expensive. But I also have this OCD, I am a compulsive collector, and in the end, I needed to have it.

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