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Misplaced Childhood [CD]

Marillion Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (4 Sep 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00004W3L3
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (71 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,846 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pseudo Silk Kimono (1998 Digital Remaster)
2. Kayleigh (1998 Digital Remaster)
3. Lavender (1998 Digital Remaster)
4. Bitter Suite: Brief Encounter/Lost Weekend/Blue Angel/Misplaced Rendezvous/Windswept Thumb (1998 Digital Remaster)
5. Heart Of Lothian: Wide Boy/Curtain Call (1998 Digital Remaster)
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) (1998 Digital Remaster)
7. Lords Of The Backstage (1998 Digital Remaster)
8. Blind Curve: Vocal Under A Bloodlight/Passing Strangers/Mylo/Perimeter Walk/Threshold (1998 Digital Remaster)
9. Childhood's End? (1998 Digital Remaster)
10. White Feather (1998 Digital Remaster)

Product Description

MARILLION Misplaced Childhood (2000 reissue UK 10-track digitally remastered CD album including the singles Kayleigh Lavender and Heart Of Lothian with picture / lyric sleeve inlay)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RETURN TO CHILDHOOD 18 Oct 2006
By Stotty
Format:Audio CD
My favourite Marillion album from the Fish era has always been Fugazi but 'Misplaced Childhood' certainly has to be one of the most accomplished rock albums of the 1980s. For long time fans like me, it also takes one back to that great year (I was ten), when Marillion seemed to be in every paper and magazine, and on the radio constantly. We also got to see Fish in tartan suits and his kilt.
Again, only Marillion would be brave enough to attempt to make a concept album in 1985, but it is a triumph of music over people that it performed so well, and still sounds so good now.
Modern Marillion fans may harp on about the merits of 'Brave', but for me, 'Misplaced Childhood' will always win hands down when it comes to the better concept album.
The concept is alot less straightforward here than on 'Brave' however. It's based on a bad acid trip suffered by Fish, which caused him to have some spooky 'visions' which in turn caused him to envisage a drummer boy. He went on to scribble down his experiences as a child and a young adult with the young boy acting almost as a muse.
'Pseudo Silk Kimono' starts things off with some lush, misty sounding keyboards, and links superbly to the band's mega hit signature theme, 'Kayleigh'.
'Kayleigh' may still be a perennial radio favourite a la Van Halen's 'Jump', but it still remains an almost perfect four minute rock song. Lyrically romantic and powerfully played, 'Kayleigh' is highly unrepresentative of the band's sound, but it opened the eyes and ears of the nation to Marillion and their overall style as countless people went out and bought the album.
'Lavender' is very similar to 'Kayleigh' in terms of the commercial success it helped the band to achieve.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
It seems you really did misplace your childhood... It's an album that by its very existance made growing up a more fulfilling experience... identifying with songs of lost love and memories gone by, and yet leaving the listener with a thoughtfull optimism which is really what makes the album work well as a whole, yet the majority of tracks stand out on their own merits both musically and lyrically.
Unlike other concept albums every song adds to the journey from the starting point "Pseudo Silk Kimono/Kayleigh" to its end "Childhood's End/White Feather", an effortless, beautiful experience.
I definately recommend this album to anyone old enough to remember the singles Kayliegh & Lavender - when you hear them here in context they send shivers down the spine!!
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Personally, I blame Neil 17 Dec 2000
Format:Audio CD
I was watching the Young Ones, which the Australian Broadcasting Commission first showed about 11.30pm. In one episode the boys were watching the little blob of light and Neil was humming along to the tone signal. Then he mournfully enquired why they didn't play any music he liked, like Marillion. Now, understand that I was living in Townsville, in North Queensland, about as far away from the world as you can get, but I figured that if Neil liked something it must be good. So, next day I went to my favourite record shop and asked the proprietor if he'd heard of Marillion. "Oh God," Gary said. "I knew it wouldn't take long." He sold me a copy of Misplaced Childhood. I took it home and was utterly and completely blown away. The lines about the Magdelene are still hauntingly beautiful.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A dream made real. 8 Oct 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Misplaced Childhood belongs to a time and a place forever locked inside me. I was 17, in love for the first time and just coming to grips with my own identity. The lyrical content and the sheer tumbling, turbulent emotion of the album chrystallised the experience of being 17 in 1985. The album's centrepiece 'Blind Curve' is pretty much a metaphor for adolescence emerging clumsily into adulthood, confused and insecure about the world and everyone's place in it. 'Kayleigh' was of course the Big Hit. Number 2 no less, and a more perfectly structured love song has yet to be written. Marbled through with bitterness, regret, and finally simple joy, Misplaced Childhood remains a sublime journey through the consciousness of a confused soul. And that's just what I was in 1985. An adolescent dream made real.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 28 Aug 2007
By Huggy
Format:Audio CD
I bought this LP (yes LP) in 1986 and the CD a few years later. One word, brilliant! Up there with the Floyd, Genesis and The Beatles as far as concept albums are concerned. Buy this if you have at least one musical bone in your body.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hide it from your friends 2 Dec 2009
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One of the best albums ever made.....ooh big statement.
Marillion, when I was 17 were completely at odds with my musical taste.I was into The Jam,The WHO,Northern Soul and being a mod really.But of course in pubs and clubs you hear things, and I heard 'Kayleigh'. One day in John Menzies (remember them?), I thought I'd buy this album just to see what all this 'new prog' was all about. Twenty six years later I can still say this is one of the best albums I've ever heard. Musically,lyrically and the track order is almost perfect.
If you've never heard this really should.Don't lend it to your mates....they'll keep it....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Was it Really That Long Ago ? 15 May 2009
By Mr. G. Foxton VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
The test of a truly great album is that you listen to it on release, again ten years later and again in another ten and it is still as powerful and relevant as the first time.

This is great album.

Originally released in 1985 it spawned two massive hit singles in Kayleigh and Lavender and it is amazing even now to hear how they fit into the whole even though you may have heard the former so often you may be sick of it.

Those are not really the highlights either. My highspots are Heart of Lothian and Childhood's End. The sudden switch from Lords of The Backstage into Blind Curve literally makes the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.

Great words and vocals from Fish, great playing from the rest, this was to be the first Marillions finest hour. The follow up Clutching at Straws was good but not as good as this.

If you don't own or haven't heard this album yet you should.
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Published 1 month ago by Miccina
4.0 out of 5 stars Blast from the past.
I would recommend this album to anyone who likes either Fish or progressive rock, the lyrics are well constructed and for me at least this is the type of music that can be enjoyed... Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Possible the best Album ever produced. Seriously!
This Album is simply amazing. Even today in the Hogarth era, it is not only the best Marillion album, it is arguably the sest album ever made. Read more
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5.0 out of 5 stars Sublime
I will keep this very brief as its all been said, this is simply one of the best albums ever recorded and I don`t say that lightly, to me its up there with the very best including,... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Toptotoe
5.0 out of 5 stars classic
I had this years ago and lost it - had to have another copy!
AND this package is a double CD with additional music which surprised me.
Published 3 months ago by Jeff Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars brill
the c/d came quick and its fine no problems will use them again,
had this on tape for years
now on c/dbetter
Published 3 months ago by robert evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Album
Not their very best album but still very good, Clutching at Straws is the best album for me. Still a must have for anyone who likes Marillion.
Published 6 months ago by Mr. A C
5.0 out of 5 stars Garden party held today.....
Another classic Album that has a special place in my CD collection.... Great songs and anthemic rock... just make sure you play it loud!!
Published 6 months ago by Happy~Hippie
5.0 out of 5 stars Great album loads of extra tracks
Love Marillion, love the album. Loads of demo tracks on here as well as the re mastered ones. Good value for money
Published 7 months ago by thomas drakes
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent album
Bought this album many years ago, but it went missing (no pun intended). Heard it in a pub a little while ago and bought it again and thoroughly enjoy it.
Published 7 months ago by lyndon cook
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