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Clutching At Straws [Original recording remastered]

Marillion Audio CD
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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.

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  • Audio CD (19 Feb 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004UFTV
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 11,582 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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2. Warm Wet Circles (1999 Digital Remaster)
3. That Time Of The Night (The Short Straw) (1999 Digital Remaster)
4. Going Under (1999 Digital Remaster)
5. Just For The Record (1999 Digital Remaster)
6. White Russian (1999 Digital Remaster)
7. Incommunicado (1999 Remaster)
8. Torch Song (1999 Digital Remaster)
9. Slainte Mhath (1999 Digital Remaster)
10. Sugar Mice (1999 Digital Remaster)
11. The Last Straw/Happy Ending (1999 Digital Remaster)

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MARILLION Clutching At Straws CD

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FINAL STRAW FOR FISH!!! 21 Oct 2006
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD
Clutching At Straws is Fish's letter of resignation to Marillion. Lyrically you can clearly tell that Fish is going through some inner turmoil. Musically, the band have never sounded so powerful.
The opening salvo of 'Hotel Hobbies/Warm Wet Circles/That Time Of The Night' illustrates the concept of the struggling writer trying to keep the demons of alcoholism at bay and ultimately failing. It's an awesome opening salvo of vocals and jaw dropping musical ability that leaves the listener quite breathless.
'White Russian' and the prophetic 'The Last Straw', show that Marillion are still quite adept at writing and performing big, show stopping epics, while 'Incommunicado', 'Sugar Mice' and the excellent 'Slainte Mhath', prove that the band were becoming more proficient in terms of delivering accessible, radio friendly tracks without selling out in any way.
Both Fish and Steve Rothery seem to dominate proceedings with some truly outstanding individual performances, and Ian Mosley's drumming is real masterclass stuff at times, especially in the first three tracks and 'White Russian'. Terrific stuff.
Chris Kimsey's production is, once again, right on the money and when you consider that 'Misplaced Childhood' could have been a real millstone around the band's neck, that 'Clutching...' is as strong an album as it is should be viewed as a real achievement.
I'm of the opinion that if Marillion had continued on this path with Fish at the helm, they would be sitting now with the same gravitas and worldwide popularity as Iron Maiden or even U2. As much as I love the Steve Hogarth era albums and fully respect the direction the band now follow, I do find myself returning to the Fish era records and feeling a little sad that the big man had to quit the group in the manner that he did.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great drinking album! 9 Oct 2008
Format:Audio CD
Despite its strong theme of alcohol misuse running throughout, this melodic, deep and moving record actually lends itself well to a listen last thing at night with a good single malt in hand!

One or two tracks just don't fit. These will stand out to you and you'll skip them. The rest is pure genius; timeless, and accomplished. A great album, with a surprisingly 'light' yet technically brilliant and intricate sound.

This album should never be confined to history. Fish and the boys did good here.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Concept and exectuion on the highest level. 9 July 2001
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OK I'll confess, I didn't much like this band at 1st. As a Gabriel Genesis fan, I was among their detractors who saw them as a modern clone. Secretly, I quite liked Market Sqaure Heroes, He Knows You Know and Grendel
But then I heard Clutching at Straws. My, what an album. Again, losely concept in nature (see also Pornografitti), about a slowly dieing alcoholic and the trappings of fame (would that be you at the time, Fish?), it's another example of concept and exectuion on the highest level. Emotional, bleak, bitter, sensitive & moving, this is the band's finest hour. Ironically, their last as the original line up too.
"Hotel Hobbies" drifts into your head as a gradual fade in, and sets the scene perfectly with noodley bass as night becomes day, with references to hookers, bell boys, cocaine and whiskey. Fish's voice builds in volume and angst through the 2nd verse as we approach the 1st guitar highlight of the album. Steve Rothery's guitar rips into the 1st solo with a dive bomb on the low E string using his whammy bar, before firing off ascending high notes that have the hairs on your skin standing up.
"Hotel Hobbies" is actually part of a 3 song suite, and segues nicely into "Warm Wet Circles" with it's beautiful twangy Chorus enhanced arpreggio riff (2nd guitar highlight). More fabulous metaphor and allusion from Fish as the suite moves into it's final 3rd, "That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)", with gently pumping bass and atmospheric keys. The song builds to a crescendo with Fish bellowing out "Warm Wet Circles!
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5.0 out of 5 stars best fish era marillion album 14 Oct 2005
By max222
Format:Audio CD
This is my favourite Fish era Marillion album. It betters even the superb Misplaced Childhood - and that's saying something -with the first 3 tracks, Hotel Hobbies, Warm Wet Circles and At That Time of the Night being the high points for me. Oh - and Sugar Mice of course. A concept album about drinking, heavy drinking that is and really being a bit depressed. The one track that doesnt fit in for me is Incommunicado - which is all a bit too upbeat and fast for the rest of the album - it feels tacked on as a single - and indeed it was the first single.
The real gems here - and here I must disagree with a previous reviewer - are the bonus CD outakes and demos which would have become the next Marillion album had not Fish and the band split. Tic Tac Toe (which was used for the basis of The Release on the first post Fish Marillion album, Seasons End and also on State of Mind on Fish's 1st album, Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors) is a superb song - better than either of the 2 subsequent versions, esp the Fish solo one. Voice in the Crowd is wonderful too, very moving - poor quality sound though which is not surprising as these tapes had been sitting around for years. Exile on Princes Street is another song reused by Fish, this time on Internal Exile the title track of his 2nd solo album. Better sound quality on this one. Again far better, far more melodic and emotional - rather than the horribly folky jig track it eventually became. And there are several other excellent demos too on this bonus disc. All of which seem to indicate the next album was coming along nicely and would have been perhaps just as good as Misplaced Childhood and Clutching At Straws. A real shame it never happened. And finally you also get Tux On - a b side of the era which is another good track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A good purchase
truly excellent
Published 5 days ago by P. Macleod
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Good album!
Published 1 month ago by jayne smith
5.0 out of 5 stars THE best Marillion album.....
1987 I was spotty teenager who had a obsession for Iron Maiden. Purchased Misplaced Childhood (on cassette!) a year earlier and thought it as ok. Read more
Published 7 months ago by M. J. Loveridge
5.0 out of 5 stars The Finest Hour
This was the Fish Marillion finest hour. Where the Band would have gone with Fish after this can only be a matter of speculation. Read more
Published 7 months ago by carlton98
5.0 out of 5 stars Marillion: Clutching at Straws
One of my all time favourite Marillion albums that mysteriously disappeared from my collection. Fortunately Amazon was able to save the day, and this one has digitally remastered... Read more
Published 9 months ago by C. J. CASE-LENG
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - what an album!
Simply one of the greatest albums ever. And if the main album isn't good enough in its own right, the bonus disk has brilliant songs like Tux On, Shadows on the Barley and... Read more
Published 9 months ago by Donald Fear
5.0 out of 5 stars great
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Published 17 months ago by stan
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Album with what could have been a superb next album
Fish's parting shot providing a majestic parting with great songs,lyrics and dark deep and powerful theme of midlife crisis-alcoholism-failed relationships and demise at the... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Renegade
5.0 out of 5 stars What can I say
This album for me as well as Misplaced Childhood has been my favourite Marillion albums by far. Some may say it is because they are the most commercial and accessible albums it is... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Old Rocker
This album takes me back a few years and is great to listen to whilst driving. I find myself singing along and it keeps me alert on long journeys. Read more
Published on 22 Nov 2011 by P. J. Davies
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