Marillion – Real To Reel (1984)

FrontCover1 Featuring the best material from their first two albums as well as their classic debut single “Market Square Heroes,” 1984’s Real to Reel is an excellent live document of Marillion, the undisputed leaders of the short-lived mid-’80s progressive rock revival. In fact, these recordings make a strong case for the many fans who actually prefer the band’s more refined live versions over their rather flat studio counterparts. For the uninitiated, Marillion basically picks up where Peter Gabriel-era Genesis left off, writing complex, multifaceted, and unashamedly overblown compositions topped with dense, often incomprehensible lyrics from vocalist Fish. Thematically, the darkly ironic “Assassing” and the flippant “Garden Party” are complete polar opposites and clearly display the band’s incredible creative scope. But the album’s centerpiece has to be the dramatic, ten-minute war chronicle “Forgotten Sons.” (by Eduardo Rivadavia)

Tracks 1–4 recorded at the Spectrum in Montreal, Canada on 19–20 June 1984
    Tracks 5–7 recorded at De Montfort Hall in Leicester, England on 5 March 1984

Fish (vocals)
Ian Mosley (drums)
Mark Kelly (keyboards)
Steve Rothery (guitar)
Pete Trewavas (bass)

01. Assassing 7.29
02. Incubus 8.43
03. Cinderella Search 5.45
04. Emerald Lies 5.28
05. Forgotten Sons 10.36
06. Garden Party 6.32
07. Market Square Heroes 7.32

All songs written by Fish – Ian Mosley – Mark Kelly – Steve Rothery – Pete Trewavas


1 thought on “Marillion – Real To Reel (1984)

  1. Oh, da sind sie ja nochmals, meine alte Liebe.
    Nun ja, die Real to Reel hat klanglicher Art gewisse Defizite und auch das Konzertfeeling kommt nicht so recht auf. Klar steht sie wohlbehalten im Plattenschrank. Frühe Bootlegs zeugen dann auch von Genesis’ Einfluss, doch meiner Kenntnis nach haben die Jungs selbst eher Van der Graaf Generator als Vorbild angegeben. Die wiederum waren ja mit Genesis on tour. Aber back to topic: wer die alten Marillion unfassbar gut live hören mag, sollte zu den Early Stages 1982-1987 greifen, allerdings zum Box Set und dann mal langsam durchhören. Allein der Vergleich von Incubus 84 und 87 zeigt dass es richtig war, dass Fish ging und eine neue Band starten konnte. Früher war eben manchmal alles besser.


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