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Afraid of Sunlight [VINYL]

Marillion Vinyl
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Marillion are one of the UK music scene’s best kept secrets; purveyors of soulful, powerful, and often deeply-moving music, with a long-standing reputation for blistering live shows which have earned them an impressive and faithful global fanbase.

Steve "h" Hogarth fronts the band (original lead-singer, "Fish", having departed in 1988).
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  • Vinyl (16 Sep 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00E6S7IUM
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 84,372 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Gazpacho
2. Cannibal Surf Babe
3. Beautiful
4. Afraid of Sunrise
Disc: 2
1. Out of This World
2. Afraid of Sunlight
3. Beyond You
4. King

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated classic 7 Jun 2006
Format:Audio CD
Marillion of this era (mid 1990's) appear to be generally defined by the album 'Brave'. I feel very strongly that this is the album that defined them then and, in many ways, continues to define them now.

It is a supremely listenable album but one that challenges every time you do listen. 'Gazpacho' is a good, if not great, opener. 'Cannibal Surf Babe'is the one slightly disappointing track on the album and one that, in my opinion, does not gel with the other tracks. The remainder of the album is magical with three of the best tracks they have ever made in 'Beautiful' 'Afraid of Sunlight' and 'King' with the rest of the tracks not far behind. I feel that these three tracks show every side of the band with 'Beautiful' highlighting the truly melodic side; 'AoS' is an epic with musicianship and vocals of the highest quality and one of the few tracks on any album I have that I will repeat play when listening. 'King' builds superbly and highlights the tougher sound of the band.

If you are thinking of buying one Marillion album I would strongly recomemend this underrated album as a way in to an underrated band.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars RAY OF SUNSHINE!!! 21 Oct 2006
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD
After the bleak, plodding Brave, Afraid Of Sunlight sees the band right back on song.

The theme of fallen heroes/celebrities really gives the album depth and the songs, although not the most immediate in the world, get better and better with each listen.

Gazpacho and the superb title track are classic, traditional Marillion numbers. Out Of This World is probably the best track on the album and for me takes me back to Chelsea Monday. The Donald Campell theme also gives the song a real beautifully macabre undercurrent (no pun intended). Beautiful is the finest ballad the band have ever written and King is a superb show stopping finale.

There are some odd-bod tracks that the album was more memorable for at the time, the Motorhead meets the Beach Boys mess of Cannibal Surf Babe, the road moviesque Afraid Of Sunrise and the Phil Spector style Beyond You.

Despite these songs, Afraid Of Sunlight remains Marillion's most underrated album and a work of genuine beauty. First Class.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Format:Audio CD
A.O.S., on its release, was the softest sounding Marillion album to date. This is very much an album that exemplifies Marillion's painstaking musicianship and less the stadium rock sound of the past. For example, the trademark roaring guitar solos of the past are noticeably absent, but the album is still of an electric and not acoustic sound. The softer music than that of previous recordings provided Steve Hogarth with a chance to really make the most of his soulful voice, rather than the power vocals that you expect to hear from a rock singer. As usual with Marillion, there isn't a bad tune on here, with only the ridiculous, embarrassing, unnecessary and out of place Beach Boys impression Cannibal Surf Babe detracting from the "pressures of fame" theme of the other songs and the "be yourself and sod the rest" theme of Beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
8 tracks of pain and heaven. Beauty and sorrow. Success and defeat. Life and death.

An album that doffs it's cap to Lennon, OJ Simpson, Hendrix, Tyson, Cobain, Brian Wilson and Donald Campbell, is clearly not one full of laughs. But rather than languishing in misery and sorrow, this album rises like a phoenix from the flames to offer beauty, poignancy and catharsis.

The album still has influences of prog in there (influences NOT rip-offs) such as Floyd (Out Of This World), Genesis and Rush (Gazpacho). However, there are also references to The Beach Boys (Cannibal Surf Babe), REM (Beautiful), Nirvana, Hendrix and The Beatles (King), Talk Talk and Phil Spector (Beyond You) and Joni Mitchell (Afraid of Sunrise), although all of these influences are very carefully employed and not overused.

However, it's the title track that wins gold on this album. And this is a song that only Marillion could write. The epitome of all that's great about the band.

Interestingly, this album was made in a relatively short time, under great pressure from their label (after taking nearly 2 years to create it's predecessor 'Brave'.) I can only assume that pressure brings out the best in this band. They've never quite reached these heights again since leaving EMI (almost, but not quite).

If there is ever one Marillion album that you should hear, then this is it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars So beautiful... 5 Jan 2009
By PNeruda
Format:Audio CD
I just love this record since the first time I listen to this so many years ago. I fell in love with this music and with the memories that sorround it every time that I listen this record, and I am always ready to do it again. This is the very best music, with Brave and This Strange Engine, recorded by Marillion with Mr. Hogarth as the front man of the band. Get it and enjoy the pleasure of music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hauntingly beautiful 6 Oct 2008
By lerusty
Format:Audio CD
'Afraid of Sunlight' was released in the summer of 1995, quite quickly after its highly-rated predecessor 'Brave'.

I am a life-long fan of Marillion but, before the release of this album, I feared that they were losing their way a bit; I must be one of the few fans who has never been that keen on 'Brave'. However, I think that Afraid of Sunlight is brilliant, especially the 27 minute second half which is outstanding throughout.

'Beautiful' was released as a single and it was played a few times on the local radio station where I was living at the time.

'Brave' rocked preety hard. AoS has its moments but, for me, it is a very emotional album which has excellent, very poignant, quite painful lyrics. This album contains one of Hogarth's finest vocal performances. The man is in emotional turmoil and you can hear the raw emotion in his voice: 'Been in pain for so long / I can't even say what hurts anymore' he cries in the title track. 'I will pretend and be strong' he promises in 'Beyond You' the song during which he also tells us 'I reach out to hold you / But all I do is hurt you'. A fantastic vocal range, amazingly powerful, especially at the end of the closing track 'King' (what a build up!) and during parts of the tital track. Emotionally charged and pleading at other times. You cannot but feel his suffering in this record. My God; this guy knows what it is to hurt.

Rothery's guitar adds to it, especially in the track 'Out of this World' which certainly lives up to its name. A glorious guitar solo, and he is renowned for them, of course. Mark Kelly's keyboards add a certain landscape of beauty, especially in 'Out of This World' and 'Beyond You.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars 5 stars for the music..
This album is my own personal favourite by the band. I bought the original cd on release then the 2 cd remaster. I was well pleased when EMI decided to reissue it on vinyl. Read more
Published 3 months ago by John Kelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant album
I only purchased this CD because the vinyl album is out of circulation, and those that are will cost silly money. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Brian E. Viercant
3.0 out of 5 stars Just ok.
The CD had scratches on it, but the booklet was in good shape. 3/5 for the scratched CD, but overall still ok.
Published 11 months ago by rush man
5.0 out of 5 stars missed out
for quite a while after fish left i didnt listen to them very much but lately i have been getting into this line up and finding out what i have been missing,.
Published 14 months ago by N. Higham
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
This is a superb album by any standard. I used to enjoy their old stuff but had not really heard anything from their more recent catalogue. Read more
Published on 2 July 2011 by The Deacon
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary Music
I play this album time and again in the car and, unlike another reviewer, I find it keeps me awake! The melody and emotion put into this music is thrilling. Read more
Published on 27 Feb 2010 by Dr. Keith A. Moseley
5.0 out of 5 stars The best Marillion album of all
After the revelation that was Brave, it might have been expected that the follow up - especially one released less than 18 months later - would pale in comparison. Read more
Published on 8 April 2007 by VanDusen
5.0 out of 5 stars Under-rated. Hidden Gem
How highly can I praise this album. Admittedly, I am a Marillion Fan. Funnily enough though, after Brave came out, which I thought was a bit boring, I thought several times before... Read more
Published on 13 Mar 2004 by eclectic_muse
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