MARILLION – ” Misplaced Childhood ” Concept Albums

Posted: July 5, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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In 1985, the British progressive rock group Marillion achieved their only UK Number one album  and the best-selling album of their career with their third album “Misplaced Childhood” , a concept album featuring lyrics by frontman Fish which were partly autobiographical. The album was played as two continuous pieces of music on the two sides of the vinyl and produced the band’s two biggest hit singles,  “Kayleigh” and “Lavender” The band’s follow-up in 1987, “Clutching At Straws”, has also been described as a concept album In the 1990s prog rock had all but faded from popular music, but some bands, such as Marillion, still had a sizeable cult fanbase. Their next 1994 concept album, “Brave” , was also described as “the most complex Marillion release to date”, and became the final Marillion album to reach the UK top ten. With the advent of alternativeand indie rock, however, a number of artists still continued to use the format within that genre.

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Marillion helped revitalise progressive rock in 1985 when the band released its third studio album, Misplaced Childhood. The band builds on the album’s legacy with two new versions that boast remastered sound and unreleased recordings.

Singer Derek Dick (aka Fish), guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas and percussionist Ian Mosley recorded Misplaced Childhood at Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany during the spring of 1985. A concept record with two continuous pieces of music, the song cycle explored themes of lost love, lost childhood, and more. Released in June 1985, it was an immediate success, topping the U.K. album chart and earning platinum status. The album included three big hits: “Kayleigh” (#2), “Lavender” (#5), and “Heart Of Lothian” (#29).

This CD/Blu-ray set includes the original album newly remastered and a 5.1 surround remix by acclaimed producer Steven Wilson. It’s accompanied by a previously unreleased concert from Holland that features a performance of Misplaced Childhood in its entirety, plus demos and rarities remastered exclusively for this set. The BluRay disc contains promo videos, and an album documentary, as well as high resolution and 5.1 Surround Sound mixes of the album. The entire set is presented in a case-bound book that includes a 60-page booklet with liner notes written by rock writer Dave Everley.

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