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CD Reviews
A Sunday Night Above the Rain
Review by Gary Hill
You know, Marillion post Fish is a very different beast than Marillion of the Fish era.

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Afraid of Sunlight
Review by Gary Hill
Let me say for starters that I really like Steve Hogarth’s voice. I think he does a great job of serving as Marillion’s lead singer.
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Anoraknophobia
Review by Steve Alspach
Marillion continues its path towards solid, rock-based music with Anoraknophibia, their most recent release. The band has its feet planted firmly in 2001 with its music that never gets too adventurous or exploratory.
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Clutching at Straws
Review by Tim Jones
One of just four studio albums Marillion put out while Fish was still with them, Clutching at Straws delivers the expert lyrics and the heartfelt vocals that define the Fish-era Marillion. After this album and the band's tour, Fish left Marillion to work on a solo career; the music is awesome; the band chemistry wasn't.


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F E A R
Review by Greg Olma

Marillion are now a band that does not need to pander to any record label or current trend.  In fact, they create a sound that I can’t compare to anyone else.


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Fugazi
Review by Josh Turner
While Marillion is by no means a favorite among radio jockeys, it is an elite group to many progressive rock fans.
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Happiness is the Road Volume 1: Essence
Review by Julie Knispel
Marillion has been fairly prolific over the past four or five years, releasing a regular stream of studio albums, live releases, DVDs and so on.  When it was announced that the newest studio album would be a double, many people may have raised an eyebrow. 
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Happiness is the Road Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder
Review by Julie Knispel
Happiness is the Road is a double album, it is true.  However, it is being released as two separate volumes.  Volume 2 is subtitled The Hard Shoulder, and is a far more diverse release. 
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Less Is More
Review by Gary Hill
Marillion chose to record a collection of their Hogarth era songs with just acoustic instrumentation.

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Live From Cadogan Hall
Review by Gary Hill
Marillion are included in the progressive rock section of Music Street Journal because in the beginning they were very definitely prog. 

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Marbles
Review by Steve Alspach
Aylesbury's finest come back with Marbles, their first studio 2-CD. Marbles is prog at its finest - the band knows how to write and play in a more conventional structure, but they haven't lost their knack to construct longer pieces that never meander.
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Marillion.com
Review by Gary Hill
Seeming to maintain some of the style of Radiation, this album also hearkens back to an older Marillion era while still reaching into the future.
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Misplaced Childhood
Review by Gary Hill
This album was my first exposure to Marillion, and the first thoughts that I had were that they sounded a lot like Genesis, and the real Genesis, not the pop stuff that the band was putting out by that time.
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Radiation
Review by Gary Hill
Radiation is an album that shows a band stretching so far from their origins that they are essentially redefining themselves
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Script for a Jester's Tear
Review by Gary Hill
Marillion in these days were often dubbed a Genesis clone. Certainly there is basis for that assessment. 

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Sounds That Can’t Be Made
Review by Gary Hill
This is quite a tasty album. In fact, it might be the best album from the Steve Hogarth version of the group.

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This Strange Engine
Review by Gary Hill
In our quest to start filling some of the holes in our archives, I decided to review this Marillion disc.

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DVD Reviews
Marillion - From Stoke Row To Ipanema DVD
Review by Greg Olma
This 2 DVD package is set in the time when Steve Hogarth took over the vocals from Fish.  The first disc is kind of the bonus  as it features items usually found at the end of a DVD or as the extra disc.
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Marillion - Live From Cadogan Hall DVD
Review by Gary Hill
Marillion’s Less Is More album featured acoustic renditions of many of their songs.

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Marillion - Marbles On The Road DVD
Review by Greg Olma
There have been volumes written about Marillion and the debate of who is/was better, Steve Hogarth or Fish, stills goes on to this day.  While some will continue to bemoan the exit of Fish, most of us fans have given the “new” line-up a definite thumbs up. 
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Marillion - Recital Of The Script
Review by Greg Olma
In the early 80's, when I was a young lad, my life revolved around the music coming out of Europe.  I was totally immersed into the NWOBHM and my trusty friend Kerrang magazine kept me up to date with all the new bands.
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Marillion - Somewhere in London DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I’ve never seen Marillion live. I only recently got to see Fish in concert.
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Marillion - The EMI Singles Collection DVD
Review by Greg Olma
I had no idea that Marillion had this many videos.  I'm sure that many of these were never shown on MTV so I guess I can be a bit forgiven for being ignorant of these little video treasures.
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Concert Reviews
Marillion - Live in Chicago, IL, October 2016
Review by Greg Olma
When Marillion rolls into town, it’s a special event.  Ever since their tour in 1997 for This Strange Engine, I have not taken Marillion touring the US for granted.  

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Marillion - Live in Chicago, June, 2005
Review by Josh Turner
If you get a chance to see Marillion in concert, don't miss the opportunity. They were much better live than I could have ever imagined.
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Marillion - Live in Chicago, October 2nd, 2004
Review by Steve Alspach
Marillion hit the Midwest for the first time in seven years as part of their world-wide "Marbles" tour. Before a sold-out crowd, the band played the songs from the single-CD version of the album as well as a history of the Steve Hogarth-era band.
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Marillion - Live in Dallas, Texas February 2018
Review by Greg Olma

I was lucky to catch Marillion back in 2016 on their first run of F.E.A.R. tour dates,so when they decided to come back to the United States for another group of shows, I just had to attend, this time in Dallas.


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Interviews
Marillion
Interview by Steve Alspach
Interview with Steve Rothery of Marillion From 2004
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Marillion
Interview by Gary Hill

Interview with Mark Kelly, Steve Rothery and Pete Trewavas of Marillion from 2018


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Book Reviews
Marillion - Marillion / Separated Out: The Complete History 1983-2002 written by Jon Collins
Review by Steve Alspach
"Marillion / Separated Out" is a very thorough look at a band that, for the last 20 years, has managed to make music strictly on its own terms.
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Steve Hogarth
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Interview with Steve Hogarth from 1198

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Interview with Fish from 1999

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Fish
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Interview with Fish from 2014


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Steve Hogarth
Review by Jason Hillenburg

Interview with Steve Hogarth from 2014


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Fish - 13th Star
Review by Gary Hill
I first became a fan of Fish in his Marillion days. For my money the CD’s that group released when he was the front man were the best of their career.
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Dream Theater - 5 Years In A Livetime (Video)
Review by Gary Hill
 This video, the companion to the Once In A Livetime CD, chronicles the recent history of the band through assorted video clips.
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Fish - A Feast Of Consequences
Review by Jason Hillenburg

Renowned novelist John Irving once remarked that the stereotype of the American writer, extravagant talents flaming out their skills and lives in a blast of illness and addiction, struck him as terribly misguided.


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Various Artists - A Life in Yes: The Chris Squire Tribute
Review by Gary Hill
I grew up as a Yes fanatic from the age of 12. As a bass player myself, Chris Squire was a huge part of my own growth as a musician.
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Nektar - A Spoonful of Time
Review by G. W. Hill

The whole “do an album of covers” concept is a popular approach these days.


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Various Artists - Citizens of Hope and Glory. The Story of Progressive Rock written by Stephen Lambe
Review by Scott Montgomery

This is an enjoyable read that saunters through the chronology and culture of progressive rock.


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Fish - Communion
Review by Gary Hill
Fish got his start as the lead singer in Marillion – or at least that’s when he got his first taste of fame. For my money, he is the greatest lyricist around.
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Fish - Field of Crows
Review by Steve Alspach
Scotland's favorite 6'5" singer (well, how many are there, really?) returned in 2003 with a new CD. Using the figure of the crow as a thematic center to the album, there is a unity to many of the songs in this CD.
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Gleb Kolyadin - Gleb Kolyadin
Review by Gary Hill

This is a pretty impressive set. It is progressive rock, with an emphasis on piano, but there is a lot of range here.


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Steve Hogarth - H: One Love – Naked in the Chapel DVD
Review by Gary Hill
I make no excuses, I’ve always preferred the Fish era of Marillion to the current one fronted by Steve Hogarth.
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Steve Hogarth - Ice Cream Genius
Review by Gary Hill
This solo effort from Marillion front man Steve Hogarth is a very entertaining disc that covers many musical styles. The music moves from playful to contemplative to pop to prog with a proficiency and ease that is quite impressive. "
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Arena - Immortal
Review by Gary Hill
A fine concept album, this one has many great prog elements, most notably Pink Floyd and Marillion. The Marillion sounds are a natural, since this band was formed by former Marillo Mick Pointer along with Pendragon's Clive Nolan.
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Fish - Internal Exile
Review by Gary Hill
The lineup on this album is Fish(Derek W. Dick), Mickey Simmonds, Robin Boult, Frank Usher, David Paton, Ethan Johns, Ted McKenna and assorted side-musicians. Internal Exile was released in 1992.
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Kino - Live at CalProg, Whittier, CA, 2006
Review by Lorraine Kay
CalProg 2006 was a full day of great prog-rock from across the country and the UK. Held in the Whittier Community Center, in Whittier, CA, a small community in Los Angeles County, there is always a family-friendly atmosphere in the 400 seat facility
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Transatlantic - Live in America
Review by Steve Alspach
It takes cajones to record an album consisting of your fifth or sixth performance ever as a band. But if you're as talented as the guys in Transatlantic, nerves are perhaps the only problem.



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Transatlantic - Live In Europe DVD
Review by Larry Toering

This two disc set wasn't an easy pick between the three Transatlantic DVD's on the market, but ultimately I chose this one because I could review it at MSJ as it hadn’t been covered yet.


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Fish - Live in Milwaukee, WI, 2008
Review by Gary Hill
More (and larger) photos from this concert are available in our members area.

I had never seen Fish live before as his jaunts to the states are fairly rare, so I was looking forward to this concert with some definite excitement.
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Transatlantic - Live in St. Charles, Illinois, February 2014
Review by Josh Turner

Transatlantic covered all the albums and spread their material evenly throughout the night.


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Various Artists - Mountains Come Out of the Sky. The Illustrated History of Prog Rock – written by Will Romano
Review by Scott Montgomery
Overall, this is a very good and highly recommended overview of the genre and its history. 
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The Wishing Tree - Ostara
Review by Gary Hill
Ostara is the new album from The Wishing Tree. The duo is Steve Rothery (of Marillion) and Hannah Stobart.
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Steve Thorne - Part Two: Emotional Creatures
Review by Gary Hill
Steve Thorne's first Emotional Creatures CD was a masterpiece of melodic progressive rock. Well, this one is, too.
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Gordon Giltrap Band - Peacock Party: Remastered & Expanded Edition
Review by G. W. Hill

I like this set a lot. It lands mostly in the progressive rock meets fusion territory, but there are some other things going on here.


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Arena - Pepper's Ghost
Review by Steve Alspach
First off, I gotta admit that I had a college flashback with the CD booklet. The comic strip artwork by David Wyatt and Tim Bisley depicts the five members of Arena as men on a mission, each with a "mysterious" past, to clean up Victorian England. "Pepper's Ghost" is written loosely on this concept, and if you like comic art, "Pepper's Ghost" is worth buying just for that.
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Kino - Picture
Review by Steve Alspach
Any prog-rock "conglomeration" will get my attention. From Emerson Lake and Palmer (they pretty much were the first ones in that genre, right?) to today, you really can't go wrong with any of them.
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Various Artists - Popoff Archive 2: Progressive Rock written by Martin Popoff
Review by Greg Olma
The music world has many characters who work behind the scenes, from producers to engineers to marketing people (and many more). 

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Fish - Raingods With Zippos
Review by Gary Hill
While moving in fresh and original directions, this album also captures some of the magic of Fish`s former band Marillion. It seems to take progressive rock to another stage, utilizing much of the magic and beauty of the format, while bringing a new accessibility to the style.
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Tony Banks - Still
Review by Gary Hill
Featuring both progressive and pop leanings, this solo album from Genesis keysman Tony Banks is a strong effort. There are some wonderful moments here, and no real throw away tracks.
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Transatlantic - STMPE
Review by Gary Hill and Steve Alspach
When you talk progressive rock and the term "supergroup" comes up, this band will certainly come to mind. The band is made up of Roine Stolt of Flower Kings, Pete Trewavas of Marillion, Neal Morse of Spocks Beard and Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater.
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Transatlantic - The Bridge Across Forever
Review by Steve Alspach
Prog's premier supergroup (Neal Morse, Roine Stolt, Mike Portnoy, and Pete Trewavas) strike again with this 2001 release. This album sounds similar to their first effort, but there are many differences that set this album apart.
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Big Big Train - The Difference Engine
Review by Gary Hill
This latest disc from Big Big Train is a fine example of how an artist can combine classic progressive rock sounds with more modern textures in a mélange that, while nodding to the music of others is as a whole something unique.
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Steve Hogarth - The Invisible Man: Diaries 1991-1997 written by Steve Hogarth
Review by Jason Hillenburg

In the second half of their career, Marillion have distinguished themselves as an uniquely creative act able to maintain a high level of artistic excellence while managing to navigate their way through the tumultuous waters of The Music Business, circa late 20th-early 21st century.


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Transatlantic - The Whirlwind
Review by Scott Montgomery
From the very beginning, I felt a sense of recognition, as SMPT:E is conjured.  
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Fish - Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
Review by Tim Jones
Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors is Fish's first solo project after leaving Marillion. The singer-poet gets off to a great start.
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Transatlantic - Whirld Tour 2010 Deluxe Edition – 2 DVD & 3 CD
Review by Scott Montgomery
This is ridiculous!  Really!  The degree of virtuosity, complexity, and sheer stamina involved in performing this music live is staggering…almost to the point of absurdity.

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Various Artists - Words and Music: Excursions in the Art of Rock Fandom written by Michael Anthony
Review by Alison Henderson

Books written by music fans are very far and few between.


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Fish - Yang
Review by Gary Hill
Part of a 2 CD combination of "Yin" and "Yang", this disc is a collection of Fish rarities and alternate takes. The reworks of Marillion tracks are some of the highlights of the album, but really it is all quite interesting.
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Fish - Yin
Review by Gary Hill
Along with the companion CD "Yang", this album contains many rarities, reworkings ad other items of interest from Fish's career. This one is especially noteable because of the appearance of Steve Howe (Fish's take on "Time and a Word") and the Sensational Alex Harvey Band ("Boston Tea Party").
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