Script for a Jester's Tear

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All Music Guide - John Franck
At the time, Marillion's remarkable, full-fledged 1983 debut Script for a Jester's Tear was considered an odd bird: replete with Peter Gabriel face paint and lengthy, technical compositions, Marillion ushered in a new generation of prog rock that bound them forever to the heroics of early day Genesis. Intricate, complex, and theatrical almost to a fault, Script for a Jester's Tear remains the band's best and sets the bar for their later work. Filled with extraordinary songs that remained staples in the band's live gigs, the album begins with the poignant title track, on which Fish leads his band of merry men on a brokenhearted tour de force that culminates with the singer ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Franck
At the time, Marillion's remarkable, full-fledged 1983 debut Script for a Jester's Tear was considered an odd bird: replete with Peter Gabriel face paint and lengthy, technical compositions, Marillion ushered in a new generation of prog rock that bound them forever to the heroics of early day Genesis. Intricate, complex, and theatrical almost to a fault, Script for a Jester's Tear remains the band's best and sets the bar for their later work. Filled with extraordinary songs that remained staples in the band's live gigs, the album begins with the poignant title track, on which Fish leads his band of merry men on a brokenhearted tour de force that culminates with the singer decrying that "…the game is over." "He Knows You Know,," a song sprinkled with drug paranoia and guilt; as the song veers to its chorus, Fish announces, "Fast feed, crystal fever, swarming through a fractured mind." If "The Web" hints at a grain of commercialism, "Garden Party" is a joyous anthem that showcases Marillion at the peak of its powers. Bogged down by some hilariously over-the-top British poetry, "Chelsea Monday" may be one of the album's lesser moments if there are any, but the magical "Forgotten Sons" concludes the opus magnificently. Luckily for Marillion fans, EMI released a remastered version of Script with two different versions of "Market Square Heroes," "Three Boats Down from the Candy," "Grendel," "Chelsea Monday," the demo of "He Knows You Know," and an alternate track titled "Charting the Single." A vital piece for any Marillion head and an essential work for any self-respecting first- or second-generation prog rock fan.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/22/1998
  • Label: Caroline
  • UPC: 724385786525
  • Catalog Number: 57865
  • Sales rank: 10,198

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Marillion Primary Artist, Primary Artist
Fish Vocals
Mark Kelly Keyboards
Mick Pointer Percussion, Drums
Steve Rothery Guitar
Pete Trewavas Bass
Technical Credits
Derek William Dick Composer
Mark Freegard Engineer
Simon Hanhart Engineer
David Hitchcock Producer
Mark Kelly Liner Notes
Mick Pointer Liner Notes
Nick Tauber Producer
Pete Trewavas Composer, Liner Notes
Danny Dawson Engineer
Mark Wilkinson Liner Notes, Repackaging Design
Carl Glover Repackaging Design
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