Marillion - Holidays In Eden (1991/2022) Deluxe Edition
Yikes! Has it really been 30 years since this came out? Wow! I can remember a very hot gig in Workington Rugby Ground not long after the album's release and finding myself standing in the middle of the band...
Anyway, has age diminished my enjoyment of the album, at the time and probably still) Marillion's most commercial sounding (3 projected singles: Dry Land; No One Can; Cover My Eyes; only EMI decided to promote Vanilla Ice at the time - whatever...) Well, I still love it, the electronic insistence of Splintering Heart and the unfurling drama of The Party (a foretaste of the next album, Brave). This was a difficult album to make apparently, Marillion being the only band to suffer "difficult 2nd album" syndrome; firstly, with Fugazi and now Holidays, h's sophomore album. Season's End had been an easy ride since most of the music had been written before he joined; now accepted by the fans, the follow-up was a blank canvas that took 6 months to fill.
Judge for yourselves the result, but this Deluxe edition in the dog's b*****ks. It may not have had the obligatory Steven Wilson proggy breathe on treatment, but you can't fault Stephen Taylor's remix: then you get a 2-disc recording of September 1991's Hammersmith show. However, the Blu-ray disc in the goodie bag; 3 sound mixes of the original album, 12 b-sides and demos, 3 promo videos + studio demo, a new, 85 minute "Making of" documentary and a full 95-minute Rockpalast video (featuring Garden Party, Freaks & Jester's Tear).
When life gives you lemons; don't make lemonade.
Give back the lemons. Why were the lemons free? What's wrong with the lemons?
Do Not trust the lemons...