Marillion – Fugazi (1984)

Where are the poets?

Absurdly enough I sold most of my vinyls in the early 90’s. I left my player at my parents house and switched to CDs. Ahh, these ugly small plastic discs with those silly small booklets. My old vinyl collection… Where did you go? How I regret it.

Luckily most of my favourite bands and artists have re-issued their discographies in very nice, however expensive, editions. For Marillion it is even better. They have by now released three out of four studio albums in very attractive vinyl boxes. Only Fugazi remain to be treated with such a nice thing. Restless I couldn’t wait, so I have bought the 2012 re-issue on 180 gram vinyl. The album is stellar, the sound quality is mostly really good, the cover is wonderful. 

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David Gilmour – About face (1984)

Either you are wrong or I am right

“About face”, Gilmour’s second solo album, was released the year after Roger Waters ended Pink Floyd, as he thought at least. This album has more production compared to the first self-titled solo album from 1978. This one is slicker. In the same year Roger released “The pros and cons of hitch hiking”, a concept album he pitched to the other guys pre-The Wall even. I may have to review Roger’s album next as a comparison. Which of the two legend did best with their 1984 efforts?

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Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – Déjà vu (1970)

Yellow moon on the rise

“Déjà vu” is one of those very special albums that defies common sense. David Crosby, Stephen Stills, Graham Nash and Neil Young together on an LP. The first bona fide  supergroups. 

This is an enigmatic collection of musical styles and strong personalities. How in the world could they cooperate so well? Ehh, well, the simple answer is that they couldn’t and they have been “on and off” in different constellations over the years. But back in 1970 however, they all played nice.

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Neil Young – Fireside Sessions II (2020)

Snow angels 

The second Fireside Session was recorded a mere week after the first one and now the snow was deep in the Mountains of Colorado. Neil plays “Four strong winds” in a profusely snowfall. But it is still, no strong wind in sight. Daryl makes snow angels. A strange situation we all are in now. How beautiful life is but it is not nice with a pandemic.

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Neil Young – Fireside Sessions I (2020)

A gift was given

Celebrating Neil Youngs fantastic website Neil Young Archives, NYA, I am going to write about the “in the moment”-home videos Neil has released recently.

Neil and wife and camera person Daryl Hannah have recorded short films with Neil playing songs in the home or around his ranch up in the mountains of Colorado. They are called “Fireside Sessions” as he is sitting at fireplaces outdoor or in the living room. This first one was recorded in March, when it was snow in the air. 

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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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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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