Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 1: Essence

Happiness Is the Road, Vol. 1: Essence

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by Marillion
     
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/03/2009
Label:
Imports
UPC:
5099969499326
catalogNumber:
1472578

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Performance Credits

Marillion   Primary Artist
Steve Hogarth   Percussion,Piano,Glockenspiel,Vocals,Background Vocals
Michael Hunter   Recorder
Mark Kelly   Piano,Harmonium,Keyboards,Background Vocals
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
S. Audley   Dulcimer
P. Bisset   Percussion
Jon Hotten   Tambourine
Dawn Roberts   finger cymbals

Technical Credits

Marillion   Producer,Audio Production
Michael Hunter   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Carl Glover   Graphic Design

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