Monday, October 18, 1999

Marillion released


Released: October 18, 1999

Peak: -- US, 53 UK, -- CN, -- AU

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: neo-progressive rock


Song Title [time] (single release)

  1. A Legacy [6:16] (10/99, promo sampler)
  2. Deserve [4:23] (10/99, promo sampler)
  3. Go! [6:11]
  4. Rich [5:42] (10/99, promo sampler)
  5. Enlightened [4:59]
  6. Built-in Bastard Radar [4:52]
  7. Tumble Down the Years [4:33]
  8. Interior Lulu [15:14]
  9. House [10:15]

Lyrics by Steve Hogarth and John Helmer; music by Marillion (Hogarth/ Kelly/ Mosley/ Rothery/ Trewavas).

Total Running Time: 62:28

The Players:

  • Steve Hogarth (vocals, percussion)
  • Steve Rothery (guitar)
  • Pete Trewavas (bass)
  • Mark Kelly (keyboards)
  • Ian Mosley (drums)


3.014 out of 5.00 (average of 23 ratings)

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About the Album:

After being dropped by the EMI label in 1995, Marillion released three albums which were distributed through Castle Communications. was the last of those albums before the group became independent. WK Their commercial clout continued to drop and no official singles were released to promote the album, although Deserve was a promo single and Rich was a radio single in Brazil. WK Those songs and A Legacy were released on a three-track sampler in October 1999.

Tumble Down the Years and Interior Lulu were actually recorded during sessions for Radiation, WK which may account for the band “seeming to maintain some of the alternative pop style of its predecessor.” AMG However, “this album also seems to hark back to an older Marillion era while still reaching into the future…It is a very entertaining album that really grows on you.” AMG One track, House, even “features a dance (trip hop) influence.” WK It had the working title of “The Massive Attack Song.” WK

Even as they seem intent on “creating a new niche for itself in a more modern rock field…[they are] still pulling in some of its legacy. Among the influences that appear on this disc are such diverse artists as Jellyfish, Yes, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, and ELP.” AMG

Marillion were certainly ahead of the game when it came to connection and promotion with fans. The title came from the band’s “then-new approach in using the Internet to communicate with their fans.” WK The band had used crowdfunding to finance a North American tour in 1997 and, from the next album forward, would lean heavily on that tool for financing the recording of their new albums via pre-orders.

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First posted 3/14/2008; last updated 8/7/2021.

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