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MARILLION’S FUGAZI GETS THE DELUXE TREATMENT

Second album to be expanded and reissued.

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Marillion’s second album Fugazi will be reissued on September 10 on Parlophone as a deluxe three-disc CD/Blu-ray book and four-LP vinyl box set. Both include a new stereo remix of the 1984 album by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh, who also mixed the recent reissues of Script For A Jester’s Tear and Clutching At Straws.

“They’ve done an amazing job,” guitarist Steve Rothery tells Prog. “It’s a tricky one – even with modern tech and their level of expertise you’re limited by the way things were recorded back then. My guitars were recorded very bright, and Andy and Avril did what they could to warm them, and the album, up. Now it sounds more exciting – they brought the songs alive for me.”

Following a year after their successful 1983 debut Script…, Fugazi was a Top Five, gold-certified album in the UK, containing two Top 30 singles, Assassing and Punch & Judy. It was made after the band returned from Script’s nine-month tour, and keyboardis­t Mark Kelly remembers the production as both frenzied and laborious: “It was classic ‘second album syndrome’. We were under time pressure to get it written and recorded, and I can hear that on it. Fish had plenty of lyrics so we had a lot to work with, but musically it was slow going, and for a lot of the time we didn’t have a drummer.”

The album’s notable as the first to feature Ian Mosley, the band’s long-serving drummer, who replaced Mick Pointer. “That was the most effortless personnel change in the history of rock,” says Rothery. “Ian brought his technique and flair and musicality, and his personalit­y meshed so well too. [Fugazi] was the next stage in our evolution – we sound like a band who’d finally found their line-up.”

On the Blu-ray edition, Rothery, Mosley, Kelly, Fish and bassist Pete Trewavas all contribute to the making-of documentar­y, The Performanc­e Has Just Begun – The Story Of Fugazi, and a track-by-track commentary. The Blu-ray houses the 5.1 mix, promo videos, demos, B-sides and 1984 Swiss TV set, Fugazi Live – Hear We Go, which Rothery considers one of the band’s best ever performanc­es. Featured on both editions, the ’84 concert at Montreal club The Spectrum attests to Marillion’s affinity with the city.

“It’s always surprises me how tight we were,” says Kelly now. “That comes from months of playing on the road. Listening back to all this, we were really cooking…”

“It sounds more exciting – they brought the songs alive for me.”

For more info, see www.marillion.com.

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MARILLION: “WE SOUND LIKE A BAND THAT HAD FOUND ITS LINE-UP.”

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