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  • Audio CD (4 Mar. 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Madfish
  • ASIN: B00B1MSIAU
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 75,994 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Costa Del Slough
2. Under The Sun
3. The Answering Machine
4. Three Minute Boy
5. Now She'll Never Know
6. These Chains
7. Born To Run
8. Cathedral Wall
9. A Few Words For The Dead
Disc: 2
1. Costa Del Slough
2. Under The Sun
3. The Answering Machine
4. Three Minute Boy
5. Now She'll Never Know
6. These Chains
7. Born To Run
8. Cathedral Wall
9. A Few Words For The Dead

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Deluxe 2CD, 2013 Edition of the top 40 album "Radiation". Newly re-mixed and re-mastered by Michael Hunter with new artwork plus the original 1998 mix by Stewart Every. Marillion formed in 1979 and have sold over 15 million albums worldwide. Rightly regarded as legends of progressive rock, the band have also continued to evolve and have been keen to embrace the possibilities of the internet, using innovative ways to interact with listeners resulting in an incredibly loyal legion of fans around the world. "Radiation" was the band's tenth studio album and debuted in the top 40 in the UK when it was originally released in 1998. This deluxe 2CD edition the latest in a series of Marillion albums reissued on Madfish. For this release the album has been newly remixed and remastered by Michael Hunter. The set also includes the original 1998 mix along with new artwork.

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Brown on 5 Mar. 2013
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Always had a soft spot for this CD. Has two of the greatest Marillion guitar breaks that they have ever recorded (these Chains and 3 Minute Boy) The sound and mix was always too dense and flat for me. Marillion were never happy with the sound apparenlty so hence the remix. Now Steve H can actually be understood. This remix lifts the vocals, sharpens the guitar strings and fills out the bass. Some songs given a slight reworking but always sounding good.
Only gripes are that despite the great work done on these mixes there is a little more care needed. The final track fades then is suddenly abruptly cut off and the space between the tracks seems not to flow as well. That aside, I prefer the remix and the high points of exaltation ( of which there are many) are now truly three dimensional. I would love this approach on more of this period Marillion.
A much underrated album that demands reappraisal.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By The Master on 7 Mar. 2013
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For me, the original version of Radiation was within an ace of being one of the great Marillion albums. That it has always been seen as a disappointment by so many Marillion fans has more to do with the original mix, rather than the songs or arrangements. Steve Rothery and Mark Kelly went out on a limb with many of their guitar and keyboard sounds, which took them out of their comfort zone and challenged the listener by giving them something different to what they might usually expect from the band, in terms of a 'Marillion sound'.
This was the first time Marillion didn't use an outsider to either produce or mix an album - it was co-produced with their in-house studio engineer, who also mixed it. I guess that a mixture of inexperience, lack of objectivity by not having an outsider involved, as well as the financial constraints the band found themselves under at the time (having left EMI, this were signed to a tin-pot indie label) led to the poor production.
The accompanying tour saw virtually all the songs played from Radiation and they sounded terrific - pity that such a great set of songs didn't get the final mix they deserved on the studio versions. Glad to see a long-overdue remix now available. I'd always hoped Steven Wilson would have been drafted in to overhaul this. Nontheless, Michael Hunter has improved the sound enough to allow songs like 'Now She'll Never Know' and 'Born To Run' to really breathe - the latter particularly sounds fantastic. Can't wait to hear this album played in its entirety at the forthcoming UK Convention. For me, this was the last time Marillion actually made an album that wasn't ruined by being either too long or too inconsistent, or both.(This clock in at a perfect 47 minutes and doesn't have a bad track). Time to reappraise and enjoy.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Stotty on 11 Mar. 2013
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I reviewed the original 1998 recording of 'Radiation' on here, advising people to avoid it. It was an album I never really cared for, and one which I thought would signal the death knell for the band. Marillion's desire for cross-over success saw them trying to emulate the 'cool' bands of the time, such as Radiohead, rather than cut their own groove. The end result was awful. 'Radiation' was poorly recorded, poorly produced and way too radical.
When I heard that long-time Marillion producer and engineer Mike Hunter was going to remix the album, I could hear the sound of turds being polished, but being the sucker I am, invested in this re-imagined version of the record. Thank god I did.
'Radiation 2013' is an absolute revelation. The fade in of samples of album tracks, culminating in Steve Hogarth's primal scream, which opened the original album is gone. Instead, we simply have the tongue in cheek, bluegrass style intro that leads into 'Under the Sun'. This track gets things moving in some style. Whereas the original version sounds congested and noisy, this version is vibrant, has layered vocals and a good, clean balance of keyboards and riffage.
'The Answering Machine', to be fair is still an awful track in my opinion. Why Marillion didn't stick with the Tull-esque, acoustic guitar based version of the song (as featured on 'Unplugged at the Walls') is a mystery. The song is just a racket with no focus. That being said, the annoying vocal effects have been removed and we have a better, cleaner performance.
I always thought that 'Three Minute Boy' was one of the only highlights on 'Radiation', so I was curious as to what a different mix would do to an already good song. What Mike Hunter has done here is take a good track and turn it into a great one.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Beowulf on 31 Jan. 2014
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Radiation, the original mix, is one of the most underrated albums from Marillion, if not the most. It includes some brilliant pieces, as Cathedral Walls and A Few Words For The Dead, but many people complained for the mix, too dense, too noise too...Even if I have to admit that it was a very different sound for a band that tends to be too "sonically correct", I find the final result much more interesting than other albums from that period like This Strange Engine or Marillion dot Com. This new mix offers a more "fasionable" production, clean and crisp, but I have to say, cold and devoided of emotion. I can imagine that most people who hated the original sond will probably feel more comfortable with this one but that's not my case. The original mix, with all its faults, was personal and different, nos this one sounds like any other Marillion album, which is not bad, but is not special and definitively not exciting at all.
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