Corona virus isolation guilty pleasure- Marillion

So to combine insult to injury with the current crazy environment, my bride had surgery recently and I was forced to listen to music through my trusty Brooklyn's finest Grado 325's while she recovers. Looking for some new music surfing through old 'Gon posts, I realized that I really wasn't familiar with the Marillion output after their lead singer Derek Dick aka "Fish" left the band in the late 80's. Fish reminded me of Peter Gabriel during his Genesis days- very theatrical. I have all of the old Marillion discs and am particualrly fond of "Script For a Jester's Tear" and "Clutching at Straws". For the more recent stuff, I started by buying a live compilation called "Best Live". It is fantastic. The new singer Steve Hogarth has a very wide vocal range and Marillion has morphed into a different, but still prog, band. The band sounds tighter now that they aren't dominated by Fish. Based on the tracks I liked from "Best Live", I bought the studio albums Marbles, Sounds That Can't Be Made, FEAR, Afraid of Sunlight, and With Friends From the Orchestra. Hogarth may not be for everyone's taste, but for closet rock and roll tenors like myself, his choruses make great material for the shower, although I can't always hit the high notes. I had so much fun going through the more recent Marillion catalogue, I went back to the recent Fish solo releases. First of all, don't buy Fish cds off of amazon for $900. Go direct to his store at His best solo album is "Sunsets of Empire" from 1997. Produced by Steven Wilson of Porcupine Tree fame, it is essentially a rock album with Wilson co-writing several of the songs and playing guitar on all of them. 2013's Feast of Consequences was next followed by a 4 disc live set called A Moveable Feast. Consequences is a more refined album than Sunsets with a lot of atmospheric acoustic guitars and piano- all very well recorded. Fish is more of a story teller than a singer and his lyrics are special. Fish is one of the most charismatic front men I have ever encountered. He has a new album coming out in the next few weeks. My wife has started bitchin' at me again so I think that she is feeling better. Anyway, any Marillion/Fish fans out there?        
Nice read, @maxnewid. The two chapters of Marillion are truly distinct. For a while I considered that Marrillion a glorified backup band for Fish, but that's too simplistic. Fish needed the band's virtuoso chops and songwriting to complement and edify his grand visions. And yet Marillion with Rothery have been a much more focused (albeit not as interesting, imo) project. 

Still, both lineups are captivating. Clutching at Straws remains one of the best realized musical portraits of 20-something nihilism in rock, a theme that Sam Fender is keeping alive nowadays. And Afraid of Sunlight is in constant rotation in my system. Plus, Ian Mosley is an impeccable drummer! 
Glad to find fellow Fish era Marillion interest on here.
Being from England myself they were obviously always on my radar and I had the pleasure of seeing them twice.
The first time scared the crap out of me though.
Rock City, Nottingham, we were walking down a back street to it when we saw what appeared to be a giant heading towards us in full camo gear and warpaint.
Thinking we were in for a ruckus we were wary but wth!
It was Fish himself...lmao!
He said he was nervous of us!
But he did see the funny side of it.
Anyways it was a great show.
This was at the time of Fugazi and Market Square Heroes, hence his camo attire .
Thanks for the response. Both of you folks would enjoy "The Moveable Feast" I mentioned above. It is a 4 disc set featuring Fish recordings from his tours 2013-15. Yes in @uberwaltz, Fish is a beast of a man. When I bought the discs direct from they gave me a nice discount. Based on the limited response, I guess I am getting old and boring. However, I am always looking for unique original music like Marillion. For the sake of Audiogon, I am listening to these discs on an OPPO 205 connected to a Peachtree Audio Nova 300 connected to Ohm Acoustics SSC's in my upstairs system. The Ohm's are omnidirectional and are terrific for live recordings. My downstairs (mancave) system is more for rock and roll punch in the face experiences.  

I just do not think Marillion and Fish made anywhere near the impact over here as they did in Europe especially in the early days when they were an act with a huge cult following before they made it big.

Very similar to another British band that nobody has heard much of over here but was a group I had followed from their very early days and seen live about 10 times.


Yep, nobody heard of them
I'd say the same thing with Slade or Robbie Williams or Blur, etc  Certain successful bands on both sides of the pond fail to make a successful crossing. Think Phish, Buffet, Poison, etc. 

On another note it's interesting comparing "Exile on Princes Street" off CAS with Fish's solo version. The former is so haunting and resonant; the latter seems a vehicle for Fish.