Script For A Jester's Tear (studio album) by Marillion
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The best album by Marillion is Misplaced Childhood which is ranked number 585 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 3,197.
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As a first album this is nothing short of stunning - it is so passe to compare early Marillion to Genesis. The lyrics from Fish are more akin to poetry than mere song lyrics. Sometimes I wonder how much of their genius are lost on a non-UK audience given the amount of cultural references they contain.
In my opinion there are two Marillion's and they are both quite different yet I like them both in equal measure for different reasons. The early Fish led era was as progressive as early Genesis and this album in particular is a prog masterpiece that seems to slip under the radar of most prog album reviews. The title track and 'Forgotten Sons' are up there with 'Watcher Of The Skies' and 'Suppers Ready'. The album artwork is equally up there with some of the top prog album covers of all time so on this basis, coupled with the musicianship, lyrics and vocals, my score can be nothing other than high!
Who more agree this is the best marillion album?
In the contrary to most opinions, I feel that Fish era Marillion have their right to be considered apart from Genesis. TBH I enjoy them more. This album, their debut, may not be as even as their follow ups but it has some fantastic guitar and keyboard riffs and Fish's vocals are as smart and bombastic as always. The title track should be considered an all-time rock classic.
The first band I ever saw live (Real to Reel tour) so I have a real soft spot for Fish led Marillion. Excellent and accomplished debut with six strong tracks. Obviously influenced by early Genesis but bettered by Fugazi, IMO, but only just.
Brooding and pulsating, with vivid, heart-pumping imagery.
Great album, amazingly deep and meaningful songs, ambiance created and fish voice is scary good. Genesis would be proud of his little brother :)
If the 1970-1975 Genesis lineup would have remained intact and evolved, this is what they would have sounded like in 1983. Vocalist Fish is an original, however one cannot help but recall Peter Gabriel. Too bad 70s prog-rock did not sustain full momentum into the 1980s. This might have been one of many quality 80s prog-rock albums instead of one of a few.
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