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Upcoming: Marillion – ‘Misplaced Childhood’ Expanded Edition

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Ahhh, Marillion. The uncoolest of bands to ever employ a suspended ninth. Their lead singer was called Fish, he wore makeup on stage á la Genesis-era Peter Gabriel, and they sang songs about all sorts of fantasy twaddle.  Their debut album was titled Script For A Jester’s Tear, which sounds like something David Brent would come up with, and even their logo was Olde English in it’s design.  Be-anoraked Yes fans thought all their birthdays had come together

But in the summer of 1985, Marillion were inescapable.

Why?

This:

Yes, Marillion had put aside the jesters, chameleons and magpies, and wrote a good old-fashioned love song. A brilliant love song. Kayleigh rocketed to number 2 in the UK singles charts, and suddenly, Fish was a sex symbol, and Smash Hits magazine enquired of them what colour Tuesday was.

‘Kayleigh’ had been released in April ’85. Its parent album Misplaced Childhood followed in the middle of June and hit the top spot in the UK album charts.  Marillion were huge, and everywhere.

The follow-up album Clutching At Straws was Fish’s last with the band.  He went on to release a solo album called (are you ready for this?) Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors, while his old band replaced him with a slighter, more ordinary-looking vocalist.  Neither party have, to date, reached the commercial highs of 1985.

But y’know what? Misplaced Childhood was, and remains, a fantastic album.  The melodies are strong, the production crisp, the vocals commanding, and the lyrics not too proggy, bar the odd “pseudo silk kimono”.  I’m not ashamed to say I’m a big fan of Fish-era Marillion, and his solo stuff.  So when news came through that Parlophone are to release an expanded edition of Misplaced Childhood next month, it was a must buy.  From Fish’s own online shop, to be exact, cos he signed all pre-orders.  These things are important to me.

It’s available as a 4CD + DVD set, or a 4LP version, with the album remastered and loads of extras.  Here’s what the expanded editions looks like, below which you’ll see the tracklisting, as per the good burghers at superdeluxeedition.com:

 

Misplaced Childhood (4CD+DVD box set)

CD1 MISPLACED CHILDHOOD (2017 REMASTER)

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  2. Kayleigh
  3. Lavender
  4. Bitter Suite
  5. Heart Of Lothian
  6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  7. Lords Of The Backstage
  8. Blind Curve
  9. Childhoods End?
  10. White Feather

CD2 LIVE AT UTRECHT 1985

  1. Emerald Lies (intro)
  2. Script For A Jester’s Tear
  3. Incubus
  4. Chelsea Monday
  5. The Web

CD3 LIVE AT UTRECHT 1985 (MISPLACED CHILDHOOD)

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  2. Kayleigh
  3. Lavender
  4. Bitter Suite
  5. Heart Of Lothian
  6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  7. Lords Of The Backstage
  8. Blind Curve
  9. Childhoods End?
  10. White Feather
  11. Fugazi
  12. Garden Party
  13. Market Square Heroes

CD4 DEMOS & B-SIDES (2017 REMASTER)

  1. Lady Nina
  2. Freaks
  3. Kayleigh (Alternative Mix)
  4. Lavender Blue
  5. Heart Of Lothian
  6. Lady Nina (Steven Wilson Stereo Remix)
  7. Pseudo Silk Kimono (Demo)
  8. Kayleigh (Demo)
  9. Lavender (Demo)
  10. Bitter Suite: Brief Encounter/Lost Weekend (Demo)
  11. Lords Of The Backstage (Demo)
  12. Blue Angel (Demo)
  13. Misplaced Rendezvous (Demo)
  14. Heart Of Lothian: Wide Boy/Curtain Call (Demo)
  15. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) (Demo)
  16. Passing Strangers: Mylo/Perimeter Walk/Threshold (Demo)
  17. Childhood’s End? (Demo)
  18. White Feather (Demo)

DVD

  1. Childhood Memories (New Documentary on the making of the album)
  2. Misplaced Childhood – Steven Wilson 5.1 Surround Mix
  3. Lady Nina – Steven Wilson 5.1 Surround Mix
  4. Lady Nina – Steven Wilson Stereo Remix
  5. Misplaced Childhood – 96/24 Stereo Remaster
  6. Kayleigh (Promo Video)
  7. Lavender (Promo Video)
  8. Heart of Lothian (Promo Video)
  9. Lady Nina (Promo Video)

 

Misplaced Childhood – 4LP edition

LPA MISPLACED CHILDHOOD (2017 REMASTER)

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  2. Kayleigh
  3. Lavender
  4. Bitter Suite
  5. Heart Of Lothian

LPB MISPLACED CHILDHOOD (2017 REMASTER)

  1. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  2. Lords Of The Backstage
  3. Blind Curve
  4. Childhoods End?
  5. White Feather

LPC LIVE AT UTRECHT

  1. Emerald Lies (intro)
  2. Script For A Jester’s Tear
  3. Incubus

LPD LIVE AT UTRECHT

  1. Chelsea Monday
  2. The Web

LPE LIVE AT UTRECHT

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  2. Kayleigh
  3. Lavender
  4. Bitter Suite
  5. Heart Of Lothian

LPF LIVE AT UTRECHT

  1. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  2. Lords Of The Backstage
  3. Blind Curve
  4. Childhoods End?
  5. White Feather

LPG LIVE AT UTRECHT

  1. Fugazi

LPH LIVE AT UTRECHT

  1. Garden Party
  2. Market Square Heroes

In the interim, Parlophone Records have made available one of Steven Wilson’s remixes, through Spotify.  This is ‘Lady Nina’:

Both editions are released on July 21st.  Revisit your Childhood.