"After the splendid debut-album "A script for a jester's tear" Marillion was embraced by the progheads, this band was their new hope and Fish was the musical messiah. I love that album but it has strong hints from mid-Genesis and often nailed for that by the venomous musical press. The new album "Fugazi" showcases a more own identity, more agressive and more direct. In my opinion Marillion had delivered their best album because of the very original compositions and the perfect balance between the vocals, lyrics, keyboards (lush and distinctive synthesizer runs) and guitar (very moving). Drummer Ian Mosley sounds superior to Mike 'ET' Pointer and bass player Peter Trawavas does his job very decent. This album was the definitive breakthrough for Marillion."(progarchives.com)
Brief Encounter is the title of a compilation EP by Marillion with two studio and three live tracks that EMI's American label Capitol Records released there in 1986, coinciding with the band's tour of the U.S. and Canada that year. The band was Rush's support act on the Power Windows tour and also played headline gigs at smaller theatres. The "mini album" contained five tracks: the band's European breakthrough single "Kayleigh" (which had also entered the lower reaches of the Billboard Hot 100); its b-side "Lady Nina"; "Freaks", released in Europe as the b-side of the follow-up single "Lavender"; and live recordings of the first two albums' title tracks, Fugazi (1984) and Script for a Jester's Tear (1984).
Less Is More marks a kind of evolutionary milestone for Marillion. They may have emerged in the early ‘80s as the front-runners of the British neo-progressive movement (alongside the likes of Pendragon, IQ, et al.), but these days it's hard to imagine that the prefix "neo" was ever attached to this longstanding band. Four out of five current members have been on board since the second Marillion album, 1984's Fugazi, and singer Steve Hogarth became a 20-year man the year of Less Is More's release. They've come so far from their over the top, Genesis/Van der Graaf Generator-indebted beginnings that it's difficult to believe they're even the same group. Of course, in many ways, they aren't; that's the whole point of Less Is More, which finds Marillion revisiting songs from all across the last 20 years of their discography in new acoustic-based arrangements…
Zebrahead have announced that they will be releasing their upcoming new compilation, ‘The Bonus Brothers’.The record features eleven tracks of songs that could only be found on the Japanese releases of the band’s albums. It will be released on the 24th November.