Marillion - Misplaced Childhood [Capitol Records ST-12431] (17 June 1985)

Released: 17 June 1985
Country: US
Label: Capitol Records
Catalog: ST-12431
Genre: Prog Rock

Item# SR-CAST12431
Ratings: C=NM-; LP=NM-

T R A C K L I S T:
01 Pseudo Silk Kimono
02 Kayleigh
03 Lavender
04 Bitter Suite
I Brief Encounter
II Lost Weekend
III Blue Angel
IV Misplaced Rendezvous
V Windswept Thumb
05 Heart Of Lothian
I Wide Boy
II Curtain Call
06 Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
07 Lords Of The Backstage
08 Blind Curve
I Vocal Under A Bloodlight
II Passing Strangers
III Mylo
IV Perimeter Walk
V Tschub
09 Childhoods End?
10 White Feather

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Album Review

John Franck []

After the album-tour-album cycle of Script for a Jester's Tear, Fugazi, and the subsequent Euro-only release of Real to Reel, Marillion retreated to Berlin's Hansa Ton Studios with Rolling Stones producer Chris Kimsey to work on their next opus. Armed with a handful of lyrics born out of a self-confessed acid trip, Fish came up with the elaborate concept for 1985's Misplaced Childhood. Touching upon his early childhood experiences and his inability to deal with a slew of bad breakups exacerbated by a never-ending series of rock star-type ''indulgences,'' Misplaced Childhood would prove to be not only the band's most accomplished release to date, but also its most streamlined. Initial record company skepticism over the band's decision to forge ahead with a '70s-style prog rock opus split into two halves (sides one and two) quickly evaporated as Marillion delivered its two most commercial singles ever: ''Kayleigh'' and ''Lavender.'' With its lush production and punchy mix, the album went on to become the band's greatest commercial triumph, especially in Europe where they would rise from theater attraction to bona fide stadium royalty. The subsequent U.S. success of ''Kayleigh'' would also see Marillion returning to the States for a difficult tour as Rush's support act.