Marillion - Say Cheese! Christmas With Marillion (Fan Club CD)


Year of Release: 2003
Label: n/a
Catalog Number: Webfree 06
Format: CD
Total Time: 34:46:00

Each year for the past several years, Marillion have sent to their fan club subscribers a holiday CD, and 2003 is no exception ? this year it's Say Cheese! ? Christmas With Marillion. Fan club CDs are strange to review, since they aren't generally available to those outside the fan club, and that's the case here. But, if you're a Marillion fan not already part of the club, it's one more reason to join. No, that's not an advertisement to join ? just a fact.

Though that doesn't mean you will find gems here that you can't live without ? however, there is a sneak preview of the upcoming album Marbles to be heard here ? "Neverland," which was recorded live at the Marillion Weekend in March 2003. If your favorite Marillion tracks are "Seasons End" and "Easter," then "Neverland" will likely be your favorite from Marbles - it's construct is very similar. Hmm? have to mention "Beautiful," too, though to a lesser degree. And yes, there is that iconic Rothery solo to be heard here, too. I'm quite excited to hear the new album, as this is classic Marillion. This good live, it's bound to be killer in its full studio glory. I haven't been this excited since I heard the band play "Estonia" live long before I heard the studio album. Hogarth sounds inspired and passionate? I've kinda missed that about the band? glad to hear it is back.

The other highlight for me is the drunken (likely they were) rendition of "12 Days Of Christmas"? quite funny, actually, when you twig on to the fact that these gifts aren't the traditional gifts. And the band do a very good job in their rendering of "Seasons End," -- no they do a very, very good job here -- recorded live last December at the Union Chapel, paired with a sparse and stately "Gabriel's Message" (good marks here, too). Both appear on the Christmas In The Chapel DVD.

The goofy, brassy 60s-sounding, Laugh-In-recalling "Marillion's Christmas Message" opens the CD ? the message is holiday greetings from the lads --, leading to an "oompa-pa-pa" version of "Stop The Calvary" (maybe all versions are this way?) full of brass and Hogarth in a particularly cheerful mood. The piece also features vocals from Ian Mosley. "I'm The Urban Spaceman" is a so-so demo version that one can also find on the rare Cage EP ("Cage" being a song from h's debut solo Ice Cream Genius). Again, Hogarth seems in very good spirits and the piece does become a little catchy after a few listens.

Then we get a serious middle section with "Seasons End," "Gabriel's Message," and "Neverland," and Hogarth singing an a cappella version of "Stille Nacht" along with the audience of the "Aachen Christmas Goose" from 1999. And things finish up with "12 Days?"

No rating for the CD (though it would get around a 4), but if you are interested in getting a copy yourself: if you join the club by December 31, 2003, they'll send you copy with your subscription ? after that date, it'd be "as available."


Tracklisting:
Marillion's Christmas Message / Stop The Cavalry / I'm The Urban Spaceman / Seasons End / Gabriel's Message / Neverland / Stille Nacht / The 12 Days of Christmas

Musicians:
Steve Hogarth - vocals
Mark Kelly - keyboards
Ian Mosley - drums and vocals
Pete Trewavas - bass
Steve Rothery - guitar
The Racket Club Family Singers: Carl Glover, h, Lucy Jordache, Mark, Ian, Erik Nielsen, Colin Price, and Pete

Discography:
Script For A Jester's Tear (1983)
Fugazi (1984)
Reel To Real (1984)
Misplaced Childhood (1985)
Brief Encounter (ep) (1985)
Clutching At Straws (1987/1999)
The Thieving Magpie (1988)
B-Sides Themselves (1988)
Season's End (1989)
Holidays In Eden (1991)
A Singles Collection 1982-1992 (1992)
Live At The Borderline (1992)*
Live In Caracas (1993)*
Live In Glasgow (1993)*
Brave (1994)
The Making Of Brave (1995)*
Afraid Of Sunlight (1995)
Made Again (1996)
Kayleigh (1996) (Dutch comp)
Essential Collection (1996) (UK comp; same as above)
Real To Reel/Brief Encounter (1997)
Best Of Both Worlds (1997)
This Strange Engine (1997)
Rochester (1998)*
Piston Broke (1998)*
Tales From The Engine Room (1998)
Radiation (1998)
Christmas 1998: The Web Christmas (1998)**
Kayliegh: The Essential Collection (1998) (UK comp.; diff. from above)
Unplugged At The Walls (1999)*
Marillion.com (1999)
Zodiac (1999)*
Christmas 1999: marillion.christmas (1999)**
marillion.co.uk (or bonus disk) (Ver 1-2000)
The Singles: '82 - '88 (box set) (2000/2009)
Christmas 2000: A Piss-Up In A Brewery**
Crash Course (Sampler) (2000)
ReFracted! (2001)*
Anoraknophobia (2001)
Another DAT At The Office (2001)*
Christmas 2001: A Verry Barry Christmas (2001)**
Fallout (2002)*
Anorak In The UK Live (2002)*
marillion.co.uk (or bonus disk) (Ver 2-2002)
Brave Live 2002 (2002)*
Caught In The Net (2002)*
Crash Course (Sampler) (2002)*
The Singles: '89 -'95 (2002)
Brave Live (2002)*
AWOL (2002)**
Christmas 2002: Santa And Elvis (2002)**
The Best of Marillion (2003)
View From The Balcony (2003)**
Christmas 2003: Say Cheese! Christmas With Marillion (2003)**
Curtain Call (2004) (3CD Box)*
Crash Course (2004)*
Marbles (2004)
Remixomatosis (2004)*
Christmas 2004: Baubles (2004)**
Popular Music (CD oop, avail. as download only) (2005)**
marillion.co.uk (or bonus disk) (Ver 3-2005)
View From The Balcony (Sampler) (Ver 2-2005)
Marbles By The Sea (2005)*
Marbles Live (2005)*
Handful Of Marbles (Sampler) (2005)*
Christmas 2005: Merry Xmas To Our Flock (2005)**
Unzipped (The Making Of 'Anoraknophobia') (2005)*
Crash Course (Ver 4 - 2006)
Smoke (2006)*
Mirrors (2006)*
Marbles Vinyl Edition (2006)
Christmas 2006: Jingle Book (2006)**
Somewhere Else (2007)
Crash Course (Ver 5 - 2007)*
Christmas 2007: Somewhere Elf (2007)**
Family (2007)*
Friends (2007)*
Crash Course (Ver 6 - 2008)*
Happiness Is The Road - Volume 1: Essence (2008)
Happiness Is The Road - Volume 2: The Hard Shoulder (2008)
Early Stages - The Official Bootlegs 1982-1987 (6CD Box) (2008)
Christmas 2008: Pudding On The Ritz (2008)**
Happiness Is Cologne (2009)*
Live From Loreley (2009)
Recital Of The Script (2009)
Less Is More (2009)
Size Matters (2010)*
Tumbling Down The Years (2010)*
The Official Bootleg Box Set, Vol. 2 (2010)
Live From Cadogan Hall (2010)*
Live In Montreal / Saturday (2010)*
Live In Montreal / Sunday (2010)*
Keep The Noise Down (sampler) (2010)
marillion.com Deluxe Digipack (2011)
Somewhere Else (2LP) (2011)
Marbles Deluxe Digipack (2011)
Marbles (2LP) (2011)
Live In Montreal / Friday (2011)*
Season's End Live 2009 (2011)*
This Strange Engine Live 2007 (2011)*
Afraid Of Sunlight Live 2003 (2011)*
A-Z (2012)*
This Strange Engine - Deluxe Digipack (2012)
Fugazi (LP) (2012)
Holidays In Eden (LP) (2012)
Sounds That Can't Be Made (2012)
Sounds That Can't Be Made - Deluxe Edition (2012)
Crash Course (2012)*
Sounds Live (2012)*
Anoraknophobia (LP) (2012)
The Glow Must Go On (2012)*
Sleighed Again (Christmas 2012) (2012)**
Best.Live (LP box set) (2013)
Radiation 2013 (2013)
Brave (LP) (2013)
Misplaced Childhood (LP) (2013)
Clocks Already Ticking (CD/DVD) (2013)*
Best Of Leamington (2013)*
Best Of Montreal (2013)*
Brave Live 2002 (CD/DVD) (2013)
Radiation 2013 (LP) (2013)
Somewhere In London (CD/DVD) (2013)
Afraid Of Sunlight (LP) (2013)
Clutching At Straws (LP) (2013)
Sounds That Can't Be Made (LP) (2013)
Brave Live 2013 (2013)
Sounds That Can't Be Made - 2013 Special Edition (2013)*
Proggin Around The Christmas Tree (Christmas 2013) (2013)**
A Sunday Night Above The Rain (dlx bx set) (2014)*
A Sunday Night Above The Rain (Holland version) (2014)*
A Sunday Night Above The Rain (Montreal version) (2014)*
A Sunday Night Above The Rain (3LP) (2014)*
A Collection Of Recycled Gifts (xmas comp.) (2014)*
Live At The Forum (2014)
Chile For The Time Of Year (Christmas 2014) (2014)*
Glass Half Full (2015)
F.E.A.R. (2016)
Waves & Numbers (2016)*
Marbles In The Park (2016)*
Singles Night (2016)*

Recital Of The Script (VHS/DVD) (1983/2003)
Grendel/The Web (VHS EP) (1984)
1983-86 The Videos (VHS [oop]) (1986)
Live From Loreley (VHS/DVD) (1987/2004)
From Stoke Row To Ipanema (VHS/DVD) (1990/2003)
A Singles Collection 1982-1992 (DVD) (1992)
Brave, The Film (VHS/DVD) (1995/2004)
Shot In The Dark (VHS/DVD [oop]) (2000/2002)
The EMI Singles Collection (DVD [PAL only])(2002)
A Piss-up In A Brewery (DVD) (2002/2010)
Brave Live 2002 (DVD) (2002)
Christmas In The Chapel (DVD) (2003)
Before First Light (DVD) (2003)
Wish You Were Here (DVD box, oop) (2005)
Colours And Sound (DVD) (2006)*
Marbles On The Road (DVD) (2005)
Bootlet Butlins (DVD) (2007)*
Somewhere In London (DVD) (2007)
This Strange Convention (DVD) (2009)
Snow De Cologne (DVD) (2009)**
Out Of Season (box set) (DVD) (2010)
Ding Dong Loreley On High (live) (DVD) (2010)
In-Tube DVD Sampler (DVD) (2010)
Out Of Season (DVD boxset) (2010)
Live In Montreal (3DVD) (2011)
Holidays In Zelande (BR) (2012)
Clocks Already Ticking (CD/DVD) (2013)
Brave Live 2002 (CD/DVD) (2013)
Brave Live 2013 (BR & DVD) (2013)
A Sunday Night Above The Rain (BR & DVD) (2014)*
Breaking Records (BR) (2015)
Unconventional (BR & DVD) (2016)
Out Of The Box (BR & DVD) (2016)

* Racket Records releases; ** Fan Club only

Genre: Progressive Rock

Origin UK

Added: December 22nd 2003
Reviewer: Stephanie Sollow
Score:
Artist website: www.marillion.com
Hits: 1150
Language: english

  

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