MARILLION – Size Matters [Limited Numbered Edition] (2018)
Originally available exclusively from the MARILLION website through their personal label Racket Records, now the band has decided to release world-wide “Size Matters“, a 2CD album recorded during a ‘Marillion weekend’ at Port Zelande, The Netherlands, 2009.
Why this recording is so special? Because it brings back the very early MARILLION style.
At one of the dates of the Marillion Weekend Festival in Holland in 2009, the band decided to do a set of all their longer songs (the 10 songs clock in from 9 to 17 minutes), including the Fish-era “Kayleigh / Lavender / Heart Of Lothian,” to the excellent “Neverland” from Hogarth-era Marbles.
MARILLION is simply great when they spread their wings and venture into long-form music.
This album reminds us that they were first conceived as a classic Prog band, reflecting the purest characteristics of the genre.
From the last 25 years or so, MARILLION developed a much more commercial side (which I love), but this “Size Matters” get them back to their, as well, progressive side with elaborated arrangements, lush keyboards and extended guitar passages.
While available world-wide, this is a numbered, strictly limited release.
A must have for any Prog fan.
Live in Port Zelande, The Netherlands, 2009
01 – A Few Words for the Dead
02 – This Town / The Rake’s Progress / 100 Nights
03 – This Is The 21st Century
04 – Ocean Cloud
05 – If My Heart Were a Ball It Would Roll Uphill
06 – Interior Lulu
07 – Kayleigh / Lavender / Heart of Lothian
08 – The Invisible Man
09 – This Strange Engine
10 – Neverland
Steve Rothery – guitars
Mark Kelly – keyboards, backing vocals, programming
Pete Trewavas – bass, backing vocals
Ian Mosley – drums, percussion
Steve Hogarth – vocals, additional guitars, percussion
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