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on 3 October 2011
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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