“It’s the stuff that’s underneath that takes a bit more work, that’s what makes people fall in love with music. When something slowly dawns on you, sometimes years after hearing it for the first time, what the song really means, or what a song can mean. There’s a strength in that quality to being able to have more than one layer in your music and your lyrics, and we use that, I guess.”

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In some ways, it was "Gazpacho" that sold me on the album, since it sucked me in immediately: a cautionary tale about a celebrity caught up in his own legend who falls spectacularly from grace. A story we see replayed over and over every day.

I love that song. I went to see them for the first time in years (I’d drifted away at those earlier albums tbh) and they opened with Gazpacho. When Steve Rothery’s guitar riff started I had this sudden rush of emotion. Knew then I was “home” again 🙂

Marillion - Script For A Jester's Tear

I don’t listen to the early Marillion albums as much as I used to but had to have this new deluxe edition of Script For A Jester’s Tear. I was too young when progressive rock was in it’s 70’s pomp and I see this album as the first prog album of my generation.

It does sound a bit dated now and they went on to make better albums but this one still has a special place in my history. Listening to Garden Party gives me a real pang of nostalgia.

This series of deluxe editions has been worth every penny.

Steven Wilson:

I really love the album, it’s one of the best pop / rock records of the 80’s in my opinion. I made the mistake early on of remixing a couple of albums by other artists that I didn’t have a strong affinity with, and I don’t think I did the best job. Not bad perhaps, but without the attention to detail that someone who knew the albums intimately would have brought to them. So ever since it’s been important to me to do right by the fans by bringing my own fan’s perspective to any project, that “nerdy” attention to detail that only someone who knows an album inside out can bring to it.

I’ll be buying this.