Misplaced Childhood [Bonus CD]

Misplaced Childhood [Bonus CD]

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by Marillion
     
 

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After the album-tour-album cycle of Script for a Jester's Tear, Fugazi, and the subsequent Euro-only release of Real to Reel, Marillion retreated to Berlin's Hansa Ton Studios with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey to work on their next opus. Armed with a handful

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After the album-tour-album cycle of Script for a Jester's Tear, Fugazi, and the subsequent Euro-only release of Real to Reel, Marillion retreated to Berlin's Hansa Ton Studios with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey to work on their next opus. Armed with a handful of lyrics born out of a self-confessed acid trip, Fish came up with the elaborate concept for 1985's Misplaced Childhood. Touching upon his early childhood experiences and his inability to deal with a slew of bad breakups exacerbated by a never-ending series of rock star-type "indulgences," Misplaced Childhood would prove to be not only the band's most accomplished release to date, but also its most streamlined. Initial record company skepticism over the band's decision to forge ahead with a '70s-style prog rock opus split into two halves (sides one and two) quickly evaporated as Marillion delivered its two most commercial singles ever: "Kayleigh" and "Lavender." With its lush production and punchy mix, the album went on to become the band's greatest commercial triumph, especially in Europe where they would rise from theater attraction to bona fide stadium royalty. The subsequent U.S. success of "Kayleigh" would also see Marillion returning to the States for a difficult tour as Rush's support act. In 1999, EMI/Sanctuary re-released a remastered version of the album, featuring a bonus disc of oddities including live fave "Freaks," the previously unreleased "Blue Angel," alternate takes of "Kayleigh" and "Heart of Lothian," and Misplaced Childhood

Product Details

Release Date:
10/27/1998
Label:
Parlophone (Wea)
UPC:
0724349703421
catalogNumber:
970342

Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  2. Kayleigh
  3. Lavender
  4. Bitter Suite/Brief Encounter/Lost Weekend/Blue Angel
  5. Heart Of Lothian/Wide Boy/Curtain Call
  6. Waterhole
  7. Lords Of The Backstage
  8. Blind Curve/Vocal Under a Bloodkight/Pssing ...
  9. Childhoods End?
  10. White Feather

Disc 2

  1. Lady Nina
  2. Freaks
  3. Kayleigh
  4. Lavender Blue
  5. Heart Of Lothian
  6. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  7. Kayleigh
  8. Lavender
  9. Bitter Suite/Brief Encounter/Lost Weekend
  10. Lords of the Backstage
  11. Blue Angel
  12. Misplaced Rendezvous
  13. Heart of Lothian/Wide Boy/Curtain Call
  14. Waterhole
  15. Passing Strangers/Mylo/Perimeter Walk/Threshold
  16. Childhoods End?
  17. White Feather

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Misplaced Childhood 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
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This album inspired a master's thesis from a friend, and provided us with endless discussion, debate, and admiration. After all of these years, though out of touch with my friend's influence, I can still listen to it in awe, on headphones, blissed. This disc contains symbolism-enriched poetry, masterful musicianship and emotive singing and playing. (How Steve Rothery isn't listed in more 'favorite guitarist' lists is mystifying.) Listen to it through once, then again while reading the lyrics, and I'm confident that you will be hooked. The years haven't diminished its power, and originality. A 'must have' CD. Beautiful from the packaging and liner notes to the very last musical note.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This stuff can be tough to listen to at first, since it reverts to the 70s prog form of sidelong compositions. The only section that really can stand alone is the lovely hit single 'Kayleigh'; the rest blend into a colorful collage of difficult but evocative lyrics and wistful keyboards. Other interesting sections include 'Lavender' and 'Childhood's End', which features a guitar sound similar to The Edge's from U2. Altogether, this album proves to be an enjoyable experience.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I really started paying attention to music about 1970 and the Art Rock format was , and still is , a part of my collection . The original Misplaced Childhood album was as good as some of the best works by The Moody Blues , Yes , ELP , Genesis or Pink Floyd . This re-issue has the original work intact on the first disc . Disc two is mostly a technical curiosity , with the exception of Freaks and Lady Nina . Like all of the great Art Rock concept albums there are weak spots but , as an entire work , over all the original ( Disc 1 ) is a masterpiece .
Guest More than 1 year ago
At the pinnacle of their creativeness, Marillion produced one the all-time great albums. I've owned this on vinyl, casette, and two CDs now and would be lost without it's haunting and riveting melodies. I've always said that this would be either my first or second CD that I'd take with me if stranded on a deserted isle ... I know, I know, exactly HOW would I be able to play a CD on a deserted isle. If the Professor could keep that radio working on Gilligan's Island ... ;-) I guarantee that your money would be wisely spent if this CD was purchased.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Formed in 1978, Marillion didn’t have any chart success until October 1982 when “Market Square Heroes” scraped the bottom of the British charts at an unforgettable #60. With their first studio album, they soared into the top ten, as with the follow-up album and a live album after that, but comparable success with singles alluded them. That all changed with “Kayleigh.” Without betraying his lyrical prowess, lead singer Fish penned a commercial tune that went all the way to #2 on the British charts and proclaimed itself one of the best “I want you back” songs ever written. That song, and British top ten followup “Lavender,” fueled the album to the top in England and on American shores landed the band an opening stint for Rush. Childhood dares to traverse the dangerous ground of “concept album,” going so far as to not even insert breaks between songs. The result is a cohesive, focused, and seemingly autobiographical effort that takes the listener on a rollercoaster ride through the initial depression of a breakup, the subsequent acid-induced fall into the abyss, and the final realization that, as he sings in “Childhood’s End?,” “I can do anything and still the child/’cos the only thing misplaced was direction and I found direction/There is no childhood’s end.” The album shines brightest the middle, when the album’s focal character is falling apart. In “Blind Curve,” Fish sings, “it’s getting late for scribbling and scratching on the paper/Something’s gonna give under the pressure/And the cracks are already beginning to show/It’s too late.” In “Lords of the Backstage,” Fish explores the burden of maintaining a relationship under the stress of becoming a rock star, stating “a lifestyle with no simplicities, but I’m not asking for your sympathies/Talk, we never could talk, distanced by all that was between us/A lord of the backstage, a creature of language/I’m so far out and I’m too far in.” With Misplaced Childhood, Marillion not only pulls off their master stroke, but creates a classic that even the most celebrated bands would struggle to top.
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