While undisputedly playing a significant role in the prog-rock history of the last 30 years, and with a cult status supported by numerous and faithful fanbase, still Marillion moves normally in the underground with that early exception of the hit single Kayleigh, that up to today still plays abound in the 80’s classic radios and discos.
The history of this band is full of happenings, drama of change, perseverance, shifts in style and approach and even recent declarations of prog-relation denial. Yet maintaining and increasing
a vast catalogue punctuated in great musicality, emotion and rich lyricism.
Inside the prog community it is also a controversial band, even if not for the dramatic change of style after the leaving of charismatic lead-singer Fish by the more conservative and apparently shy Steve Hoggarth. The truth is that this band has always been bashed by a fringe of the older prog fans, normally based on a single sided elitist point of view (and therefore particularly cruel on biased, imo).
I, for one, have always enjoyed this band, as you can easily prove
by the numerous reviews I’ve done on their releases over the years
(I confess I have a deeper admiration for the Fish-era, but I still find enough to love in their 2nd generation).
But like it or not, this is one of those bands that marked an era therefore fully deserving to be tribute. It’s influence over the last 3 decades has not only inspired many bands but has especially inspired many listeners.
This particular 3-CD tribute, released by Mellow Records, is a good example on the way to tribute such an influential band, as the bands participating in it have put in practice the several possible ways on how to interpret the influence, importance and respect that Marillion has gathered, presenting their tracks with different approaches:
from the pure form of cover to the personalized version.