23 October 2008

Marillion 'official bootleg' boxed set details


I have been a Marillion fan since my misspent college days, having discovered a clutch of their albums at the old college radio station. For reasons that are not germane to this blog, I find it easier to listen to Hogarth era material than Fish era material, but it is the period from 1981 through 1987 that connects most viscerally with most progressive music fans.


The band is releasing a 6-CD boxed set of live recordings from the BBC and other radio station archives, and it's just the kind of thing that interests me...especially as I probably have a number of these performances from audience or off-air recordings. If you love early Marillion, this set is for you.

"The Early Stages" - Official Bootleg Box Set 1982-1987

6 CD box set, released by EMI Records Ltd., release date 17th November 2008, all previously unreleased.


Packaged in a cardboard fold around dedicated CD box.



CD 1: Live At The Mayfair, Glasgow 13/9/1982
01. Garden Party [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (8.18)

02. The Web [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (10.28)
03. He Knows You Know [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (5.22)

04. She Chameleon [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas] (5.38)

05. Three Boats Down From The Candy [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer] (5.18)

06. Market Square Heroes [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Minnett] (6.19)

07. Forgotten Sons [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (10.24)

All songs published by Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
Recorded live at The Mayfair, Glasgow on September 13th, 1982 and broadcast by Radio Clyde.

(P) 2008 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by Bauer Media Ltd.


Fish: vocals

Guitars: Steve Rothery

Bass and vocals: Pete Trewavas

Keyboards: Mark Kelly

Drums: Mick Pointer


CD 2: Live At The Marquee, 30/12/1982 (part 1)

01. Garden Party [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (8.28)
02. Three Boats Down From The Candy [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer] (6.49)

03. Grendel [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (19.54)

04. Chelsea Monday [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (9.20)


CD 3: Live At The Marquee, 30/12/1982 (part 2)

05. He Knows You Know [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (8.22)

06. The Web [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (11.49)

07. Script For A Jester's Tear [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer] (10.20)

08. Forgotten Sons [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (12.03)

09. Market Square Heroes [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Minnett] (7.39)

10. Margaret [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas] (11.15)


All songs published by Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
Recorded live at The Marquee Club, London, December 30th, 1982.
Produced by Nick Tauber

Engineered by Simon Hanhart

Mixed by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London mid 2007.


(P) 2008 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd.


Fish: vocals
Guitars: Steve Rothery

Bass and vocals: Pete Trewavas

Keyboards: Mark Kelly

Drums: Mick Pointer



CD 4: Live At The Reading Festival 27/8/1983

01. Grendel [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (18.07)
02. Garden Party [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (6.46)
03. Script For A Jester's Tear [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer] (9.00)

04. Assassing [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas] (7.45)

05. Charting The Single [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer] (5.21)
06. Forgotten Sons [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (11.41)

07. He Knows You Know [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (5.42)

08. Market Square Heroes [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Minnett] (10.21) (incorporates - 0.13 of The Jean Genie [David Bowie] Publisher: North America - Tintoretto Music (BMI) administered by RZO Music, Inc., Screen Gems-EMI Music, Inc. (BMI) o/b/o EMI Music Publishing Ltd., Chrysalis Songs (BMI). Rest of World - Tintoretto Music/RZO Music Ltd., EMI Music Publishing Ltd., Chrysalis Music Ltd. And 1.07 of The Web [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett])

All songs published by Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd. except as stated on track 8.
Recorded live for BBC Radio 1's Friday Rock Show at the Reading Rock Festival, The Thames Side Arena, Reading, August 27th, 1983.
(P) 2008 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by BBC
Released by arrangement with BBC Music.

Fish: vocals

Guitars: Steve Rothery

Bass and vocals: Pete Trewavas

Keyboards: Mark Kelly

Drums: John Martyr

Percussion: Andy Ward



CD 5: Live At Hammersmith Odeon 14/12/1984

01. Assassing [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas] (6.50)

02. Garden Party [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (6.52)
03. Cinderella Search [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley] (6.16)

04. Punch & Judy [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mover] (3.30)

05. Jigsaw [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas] (7.02)

06. Chelsea Monday [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Pointer/Jelliman/Minnett] (8.13)

Misplaced Childhood part 1:

07. Pseudo Silk Kimono [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley] (2.53)

08. Kayleigh [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley] (3.53)

09. Bitter Suite [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley] (6.02)
10. Heart Of Lothian [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley] (4.24)


11. Incubus [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas] (9.08)

12. Fugazi [Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley] (10.32)


All songs published by The Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
Recorded live for BBC Radio International at the Hammersmith Odeon on 14th December, 1984.
(P) 2008 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by BBC
Released by arrangement with BBC Music.

Fish: vocals

Guitars: Steve Rothery

Bass and vocals: Pete Trewavas

Keyboards: Mark Kelly

Drums and percussion: Ian Mosley



CD 6: Live At Wembley Arena 5/11/1987

01. Slainte Mhath (5.03)

02. White Russian (6.01)
03. Incubus (8.56)

04. Sugar Mice (7.03)

05. Fugazi (8.15)

06. Hotel Hobbies (4.07)

07. Warm Wet Circles (4.30)

08. That Time Of The Night (The Short Straw) (5.53)
09. The Last Straw (6.13)

10. Kayleigh (4.28)

11. Lavender (2.23)

12. Bitter Suite (8.08)

13. Heart Of Lothian (3.56)


All songs written by Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas/Mosley except Incubus written by Dick/Kelly/Rothery/Trewavas All songs published by The Charisma Music Publishing Co. Ltd.
Recorded for BBC Radio 1's In Concert at Wembley Arena, London, November 5th, 1987. First transmitted 7th November 1987

(P) 2008 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by BBC
Released by arrangement with BBC Music.

Fish: vocals

Guitars: Steve Rothery
Bass and vocals:
Pete Trewavas

Keyboards: Mark Kelly

Drums and percussion: Ian Mosley

Backing vocals by Corie Josias


Mastered by Peter Mew at Abbey Road Studios, London

6 comments:

Anonymous said...

I'm like you and tend to agree, Bill, i.e., I think I like the days with Hogarth better ... Fish is definitely cool, but as I've stated before on your blog, he seems a little arrogant and sings too much!
One reason I won't rush out and buy this is because it's probably quite expensive; another is: look how many songs are repeated, and BBC material tends to be blurry sounding...
I really think Marillion could simply make it as an instrumental band w/o a lead singer.
Gary

Bill K. said...

I think I need to be clearer.

I love both eras of the band. The four albums with Fish are incredibly important to me. Having said this, there is far too much emotional baggage connected to most of the albums for me to be able to listen without prejudice.

That's a good thing and a bad thing.

Having heard some of these shows in the past from off-air recordings, I think quality will be not so much of an issue. There is a reason why they are calling this an official bootleg tho...this will not be pristine 48-track board mixes. And I think it's going to sell for around $70 to $80 US, which for a 6 disc boxed set like this isn't too horrendous.

DoubleR said...

At last! Definitive Live early Marillion.
This set of shows will certainly proove just how vital and dynamic early Fish-era Marillion were (quite what anonymous is on about that Hogarth Marillion is better - it's a completely different vehicle).
Early Marillion achieved a legendary status with their first two albums and fans and others had to recognise that the band were setting off in their own direction and prooving that an act could do this without disappearing into oblivion.
These shows, containing some rarities which will excite all, allow listeners to learn how the band developed into the mighty power that they became before Fish left and alos, perhaps more importantly, how the songs developed.
Fans and those interested in listening need to forget the behind-the-scenes, and in some cases public 'problems' that Early Fish-era Marillion had. It's the music that matters with any group and we all have problems and hiccups so it's complete nonsense to get wrapped up in alegience due to which 'side' you take in any argument/problem.
I think the main reason for these shows to be now 'officially' released is to allow all to hear just what a wonderful act early Marillion were and how singularly distinct their music was.
Go buy, enjoy, play to all - PLAY LOUD!

Anonymous said...

This is actually a very good collection of live Fish era shows.The sound is very good.Visually it's a nice little box set and Fish's remininces are quite insightful and entertaining.Any one who is a fan of the band and live music will appreciate the evolution and growth of this era of Marillion.A lot of love was put into this little box set.If you can still get your hands on a set,grab it.I highly recommend it.

Anonymous said...

Marillion without Fish...Quite ludicrous.I've seen the band with fish(4 times) and with hogarth twice and there is no comparision.with fish they were quite simply the best band in the world EVER. without him they were LOST and will remain that way.PERIOD.

Anonymous said...

Marillion without Fish...Quite ludicrous.I've seen the band with fish(4 times) and with hogarth twice and there is no comparision.with fish they were quite simply the best band in the world EVER. without him they were LOST and will remain that way.PERIOD.