Marillion’s F.E.A.R. continues to demand heavy rotation at HRH Mag HQ and the band’s best studio album in decades deservedly landed inside the UK Album Chart’s top five before Christmas.
Marbles In The Park, meanwhile, proves that it’s not simply the band’s studio work that’s worthy of serious praise. This compelling three-disc collection (two CDs and a DVD) is an utterly immersive live experience – even without stepping outside the four walls of your front room.
Stunning visuals, complemented by high definition audio, make for a wondrous glimpse into what Marillion are capable of given the budget, the backdrop and a holiday park rammed full of their most committed fans. No wonder this year’s Royal Albert Hall show sold out almost as soon as tickets went on sale.
Marbles, as the title suggests, is performed in its entirety as Holland’s Port Zelande Centre Parcs becomes Marillion’s temporary home. Part of a popular ‘Marillion Weekend’, a spine-tingling show was recorded on Saturday March 21 – sandwiched in between two similarly intoxicating, classic sets. Nevertheless, it’s difficult to believe the Friday or the Sunday gigs could have surpassed what’s served up here.
Marillion might be getting on a bit but the last 18 months have proved they haven’t lost their Marbles. This is cerebral, almost sexy stuff from the kings of classy progressive rock.