No frills, in release date order, edits, live versions, warts and all, the entire Fish era singles releases. Don't know if there are different versions from different territories still waiting to see the light of day on CD, but this is all the UK releases. Reminds you that Marillion knew how to bother the charts as well as make coherent and clever concept albums, without recycling melodies. Certainly a handsome companion to the earlier best of's that are out there. Minimal information included on the insert but for less than a tenner, what do you want?
As a casual fan of Marillion from the early doors, i got this as an overview of early singles, B-sides, alt versions/remixes/live, etc. From that point of view it does not disappoint. With the multiple versions of certain tracks i can see the moan or two from some reviewers but hey, it's got some belters on there too. 'Lady Nina', 'Freaks', 'Charting The Single' and the live tracks never disappoint. I'm glad i bought it and three CDs for less than four quid, how can you really complain. Step forward the Mr Meldrews' amongst us!!
I got pretty much everything on these CDs first time round on vinyl, but this collection was just too convenient a format to ignore. For me these were the classic Marillion years when they bucked every logical trend of the day to become a massive and compelling live and recording act. They came a long way in six years and their output was immense. Personally I'm not too fussed if I ever hear Kayleigh or Lavender again and I was never very sold on Incommunicado (though it is a good live stomper),but this collection is worth its very reasonable price tag for the likes of: Three Boats Down from The Candy, Grendel (of course), Chelsea Monday (live) and Charting The Single (live). And these four tracks alone constitute around 35 minutes of high class, thoughtful, dramatic and supremely lyrical music. That's worth the price alone I reckon...
I can't understand the gripes??? It's a collection of each of the songs that were on the 7 and 12 inch Singles during the Fish era not a collection of just the A sides. Most Artists of the time had different versions of the same song on the 12 inch version ie Remix/Extended etc. I for one welcome this release as it gives me a chance to have my old 12 inches on a CD format. This release is not really aimed at the casual fan. Looking forward to seeing the Big Man in London in May!!!