Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 1: Essence

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All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Once upon a time, Marillion was unmistakably a prog pop band. But by the dawn of the 21st century, it was becoming increasingly clearer that the group was shedding their early prog direction in favor of melodic pop (akin to Radiohead's more focused and mainstream moments, or even comparable to Coldplay, if Chris Martin and co. were a tad more askew). This is especially evidenced by the first half of their 2008 double album, Happiness Is the Road (issued as two separate releases, "Volume 1: Essence" and "Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder"). By this point, the group's devoted cult following awaits each release with baited breath, and both neither volume should disappoint their ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Greg Prato
Once upon a time, Marillion was unmistakably a prog pop band. But by the dawn of the 21st century, it was becoming increasingly clearer that the group was shedding their early prog direction in favor of melodic pop (akin to Radiohead's more focused and mainstream moments, or even comparable to Coldplay, if Chris Martin and co. were a tad more askew). This is especially evidenced by the first half of their 2008 double album, Happiness Is the Road (issued as two separate releases, "Volume 1: Essence" and "Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder"). By this point, the group's devoted cult following awaits each release with baited breath, and both neither volume should disappoint their post-Fish era fans -- especially on the simply soaring title track from Vol. 1. But on the second disc, the group gets to follow a much proggier path -- which you could have figured by taking a gander at the song title, "The Man from Planet Marzipan." Marillion continue to explore the artier side of rock without getting too crazy, as heard throughout both volumes of Happiness Is the Road.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/28/2008
  • Label: Racket
  • UPC: 760137481423
  • Catalog Number: 4814
  • Sales rank: 52,124

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Dreamy Street (1:57)
  2. 2 This Train Is My Life (4:46)
  3. 3 Essence (6:25)
  4. 4 Wrapped Up in Time (5:01)
  5. 5 Liquidity (2:07)
  6. 6 Nothing Fills the Hole (3:19)
  7. 7 Woke Up (3:35)
  8. 8 Trap the Spark (5:37)
  9. 9 A State of Mind (4:29)
  10. 10 Happiness Is the Road (10:01)
  11. 11 Half Full Jam (1:59)
  12. 12 [Untitled] (6:47)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marillion Primary Artist
Ian Mosley Drums, Background Vocals, Group Member
Steve Rothery Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone), Group Member
Pete Trewavas Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Background Vocals, Group Member
Technical Credits
Marillion Composer, Producer
Michael Hunter Producer, Engineer
Ian Mosley Composer
Steve Rothery Composer
Pete Trewavas Composer
Simon Heyworth Mastering
Carl Glover Graphic Design
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