Marillion (British progressive rock)

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Marillion /mʌˈrɪlˌjən/ are a British rock band, formed in Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, England, in 1979. They have sold more than 15 million albums and are the most commercially successful band to have emerged from the neo-progressive rock scene of the 1980s.

Their recorded studio output since 1982 is composed of seventeen albums generally regarded in two distinct eras, delineated by the departure of original frontman Fish in late 1988, and the subsequent arrival of replacement Steve Hogarth in early 1989. The band achieved eight Top Ten UK albums between 1983 and 1994, including a number one album in 1985 with Misplaced Childhood, and during the period the band were fronted by Fish they scored eleven Top 40 hits on the UK Singles Chart. They are best known for the 1985 singles "Kayleigh" and "Lavender", which reached number two and number five respectively. The first album released with Hogarth, 1989's Seasons End, was another Top Ten hit, and albums continued to chart well until their departure from EMI following the release of their 1996 live album Made Again and the dissipation of the band's mainstream popularity in the late 1990s; save for a resurgence in the mid- to late-2000s, they have essentially been a cult act since then. Marillion have achieved a further twelve Top 40 hit singles in the UK with Hogarth, including 2004's "You're Gone", which charted at No. 7 and is the biggest hit of his tenure. The band continue to tour internationally, and were ranked 38th in Classic Rock's "50 Best Live Acts of All Time" in 2008.

Marillion are widely considered to have been one of the first mainstream acts to have fully recognised and tapped the potential for commercial musicians to interact with their fans via the internet, starting in around 1996, and are nowadays often characterised as a rock & roll 'Web Cottage Industry'. The history of the band's use of the Internet is described by Michael Lewis in the book Next: The Future Just Happened as an example of how the Internet is shifting power away from established elites, such as multinational record labels and record producers. The band are renowned for having an extremely dedicated following (often self-termed 'Freaks'), with some fans regularly travelling significant distances to attend single gigs, driven in large part by the close fan base involvement which the band cultivate via their website, podcasts, biennial conventions and regular fanclub publications. The release of their 2001 album Anoraknophobia, which was funded by their fans through advance orders instead of by the band signing to a record company, gained significant attention and was called "a unique funding campaign" by the BBC. Writing for The Guardian, Alexis Petridis described Marillion as "the undisputed pioneers" of fan-funded music.

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Year Title RatingReleases
1983 Script for a Jester’s Tear 5 7
1984 Fugazi 5 6
1985 Misplaced Childhood 4.35 7
1987 Clutching at Straws 5 6
1989 Seasons End 5 4
1991 Holidays in Eden 5 4
1994 Brave 5 3
1995 Afraid of Sunlight 4 4
1997 This Strange Engine 5 3
1998 Radiation 5 5
1999 5 2
2001 Anoraknophobia 4 4
2004 Marbles 5 6
2007 Somewhere Else 4.35 2
2008 Happiness Is the Road 4.35 8
2009 Less Is More 5 3
2011 Misplaced Childhood / Script for a Jester’s Tear 1
2012 Sounds That Can’t Be Made 5 3

Album + Compilation

Year Title RatingReleases
1988 B'sides Themselves 5 2
1992 1982 ~ 1992: A Singles Collection 3 3
1993 Music Collection by EMI 1
1996 Kayleigh 1
1996 Essential Collection 4 1
1997 The Best of Both Worlds 1
1998 Kayleigh: The Essential Collection 1
2000 3
2000 The Singles ‘82–88’ 5 2
2002 Crash Course: An Introduction to Marillion 1
2002 The Singles, Vol 2: ‘89–95’ 5 2
2003 Warm Wet Circles 1
2003 The Best of Marillion 1
2004 Crash Course: An Introduction to Marillion 1
2006 Crash Course: An Introduction to Marillion 3
2009 Crash Course: An Introduction to Marillion 1
2014 A Collection of Recycled Gifts 1
2014 Best Sounds 1
2015 Glass Half Full: Making of Marbles 1

Album + Compilation + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
2003 View From the Balcony: A Marillion Front Row Club Sampler 2
2004 Curtain Call 1
2008 Early Stages 5 1
2012 Best. Live. 2
2013 Early Stages: The Highlights 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1984 Real to Reel 4
1988 ‘The Thieving Magpie’ (La Gazza Ladra) 2
1992 Live at the Borderline 1
1993 Live in Caracas 1
1993 Live in Glasgow 2
1995 Live From Loreley 3
1996 Made Again 3
1997 Real to Reel / Brief Encounter 1

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