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4.0 out of 5 stars there is a better collection than this one., 3 Oct. 2011
This review is from: Fine Cuts - The Best Of Marmalade (Audio CD)
Although this looks like a fairly comprehensive collection of an overlooked band and knowing Salvo the presentation will be top notch,by far the best compilation of this group for the music is sanctuaries 2005 compilation 'The Ultimate Collection' which contains everything that they recorded for the CBS and Decca labels between 1965 and 1972, thats three albums, a host of non LP singles 'A's and 'B's plus EPs but the iceing on the cake in that collection is nearly an albums worth of previously unreleased material that has only ever appeared on 'The Ultimate Collection' and goes even further in highlighting what a great rock band they were primarily thanks to former Poets singer and guitarist Hugh Nicholson, 'Middle Of A Night' sounds like some eight and a half minute Badfinger classic and 'Out On A Dark Night' could easily be Wishbone Ash, guitars and vocals weaving intricate melodic patterns over seven and a half minutes, great stuff.
Sanctuary did release the CBS and Decca years seperately but they are now very difficult to get hold of. The packaging on the ultimate years gives the impression of a cheap budget compilation and would easily pass people by but take it from me it is the one you need to hear, as far as i know it has now been deleted but copies do turn up even in places like HMV. If you can't get your hands on that one then this is a worthy compilation and a fine presentation but if i could i would give the ultimate collection six stars just for the music.Why six? well, when you have pre-conceived ideas about a band it makes it even sweeter when your perceptions are radically altered.
Hugh Nicholson left Marmalade in 72 after writing some great songs because he knew that they would never be taken seriously as a Rock Band, he went on to persue his musical vision with the band Blue.
Marmalade would carry on and released an album on RCA in 74 called 'This House Is Rockin' which as far as i know has never been released on cd and was the last one to feature Dean Ford who also wanted to take Marmalade in a more 'Rock' orientated direction. After that they released an album on Target called 'The Only Light On My Horizon Now' in 76 but that has more in common with the Rubettes than West Coast Rock so tread carfully. Unless of course you are into the Rubettes.
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Initial post: 19 Jan 2012 10:24:17 GMT
Absolute tosh - heavily biased, obviously written by a relative, close friend or fanzine of Mr Hugh Nicholson. Nicholson's involvement in Marmalade, though valuable, was fleeting - the true legacy of the the original lineup carries through today with classics like Reflections Of My Life and I See The Rain - take a look at youtube if you don't believe

In reply to an earlier post on 20 Jan 2012 19:10:03 GMT
Mark Jones says:
Hi Spot the ringers
Thanks for taking the time to make a comment. My observations were purely based on listening to the Ultimate Collection, which does contain everything they recorded between 65-72 in chronological order and yes there are lots of highlights throughout but i personally found the material recorded with Hugh Nicholson the most satisfying and artistically i feel it can stand shoulder to shoulder with anything from that period, the previously unreleased stuff is excellent and i find it amazing that it sat in the vaults for 33 years. You yourself said that Hugh Nicholsons involvement was fleeting which makes it even more remarkable, if you take away all the cover versions he actually contributes virtually a third of all the material on those discs.
I do appreciate the contributions of all the musicians involved on these recordings and can assure you that i wouldn't even recognise Hugh Nicholson if i passed him in the street.

Posted on 4 Feb 2014 19:09:39 GMT
Wreckdiver says:
Bloody awful grammar and punctuation. Difficult to make any sense of that drivel.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Sep 2014 14:29:55 BDT
Last edited by the author on 29 Sep 2014 14:40:07 BDT
Mark Jones says:
frrom your comments its not quite clear as to whether you actually like music or are the self appointed keeper of the qweens english.
dispite the badd gramer an doggy punktuasion must poeple seam two git wot am tri-in' t' sey.
wreckdiver would indcate that you leed an exciting life but all my thesaurus came up with was an out of touch with the real world academic type. A bottom feeder,or someone not averse to plumbing the depths.
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