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Misplaced Childhood is seen by many as the definitive Marillion album, and it is hard to argue. The music is stylistically typical of their first three albums and has far fewer flat spots than Fugazi. It also contains that most unproglike of beasts, a hit single. The infectious "Kayleigh" reached number 2 on the British charts. EMI. 2005.


1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
2. Kayleigh
3. Lavender
4. Bitter Suite: I. Brief Encounter, II. Lost Weekend, III. Blue Angel
5. Heart Of Lothian: I. Wide Boy, II. Curtain Call
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
7. Lords Of The Backstage
8. Blind Curve: I. Vocal Under A Bloodlight, II. Passing Strangers, III. Mylo, IV. Perimeter Walk, V. Threshold
9. Childhoods End?
10. White Feather

Product Details

  • Audio CD (December 21, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: EMI Europe Generic
  • ASIN: B00004W3L3
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #29,309 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Duke on January 29, 2006
Format: Audio CD
I remember buying this when it was first released in 1985 and rushing home to listen to it. It is one of few albums where upon the very first listen everything sounded fantastic, the whole album from start to finish was so well put together and I must have listened to it 20 times over the next few months.

What stands out to me are the very passionate and emotional lyrics and singing from Marillion's lead singer Fish. From the opening "Pseudo" through to the closing "White Feather" he never misses a note. As a couple of points of reference I feel his vocal style is similar in delivery to Peter Gabriel and Elbow's Guy Garvey in places (Fish's emotion and control on the high notes is the big difference for me). The story feels like a very personal one and is conveyed with such power that I could only feel "wow, this is someone putting it all on the line and sharing their deepest emotions with the listener". I feel that nothing beats a band or artist who is truly writing, singing and playing from the heart, and believe in what they are doing - rather than for someone else or some other agenda. I often think of this album as a shining example of that. I believe that this is what makes this album (and indeed the Bands next - "Clutching at Straws" - 1987) a true classic.

The band sound incredibly tight and everyone gives a great performance - Fish, Steve Rothery - Guitar, Mark Kelly - Keyboards, Ian Mosley - Drums and Pete Trewavas - Bass (who would also join up with Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater), Neal Morse (Spock's Beard) and Roine Stolt (Flower Kings) to form a superb "sideline" band called "Transatlantic" in 2001). There are so many highpoints on this album (eg "Kayleigh", "Lavender" (the transition between these two songs is stunningly beautiful), and "Heart of Lothian".
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Lord Chimp on February 10, 2001
Format: Audio CD
A heavy drug binge equipped Marillion frontman Fish with the lyrical ideas that would anchor the band's concept album, an artistically challenging little project. Misplaced Childhood gives rise to tales of painful childhood experiences, lost love, and rock star lavishness. Fish's brilliant deftness with acerbic poetry and his distinct voice, supported by a very accomplished group of musicians, produced a great, great album.
Typical of neo-prog, Misplaced Childhood features lush musicianship but without the grandiosity and sophistication of a "true" progressive rock band. Some prog rock fans find Marillion (and the genre) boring. But this album is challenging from a thematic standpoint, and musically it is engaging because it dexterously straddles the line between low-key prog and enterprising pop/rock. The result is an album that attains a remarkable element of accessibility, but concurrently it fairly repays the intensive time it demands for the album to truly sink in and expose its greatness. This album is seductive, musically and especially lyrically; the songs compels exploration. The sonic surfaces are stylishly sad, but it's infectious at the same time. The album ends with "White Feather," a song with a hopeful note. It leaves you feeling good.
To conclude simply, if you're a neo-prog fan or an intelligent rock fan, I recommend picking up Misplaced Childhood.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Van Gogh on December 28, 2005
Format: Audio CD
If you like Genesis, Rush, Dream Theater, Yes or King Crimson, then this album is a must listen. Often overlooked or misunderstood, Marillion was THE prog-rock band of the 80s and 90s. This concept album is an emotional journey with great highs and melancholy lows. Put on the headphones, turn down the lights, have a glass of wine and let this album take you on a 40 minute emotional journey. The lyrics are gut-wrenching and the music is top of the line.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Aaron Blight on June 19, 2001
Format: Audio CD
I have owned this album since it was originally released. I have owned it in vinyl, cassette, and now CD. Why do I continue to buy it when my old version wears out? Because "Misplaced Childhood" is simply one of my very favorite albums ever.
This is a concept album, composed after the progressive rock style. This is a intelligent, variable, engaging music. The musicianship is superb; the songwriting is oustanding; and the lyrics are mesmerizing. I own many (if not all) Marillion albums, and "Misplaced Childhood" stands out far above the rest, in my opinion. This album is simply brilliant.
All the songs flow together so that they sound like one continuous piece of music. The moods range from gentle introspection to agressive defiance. Fish passionately sings lyrics that are often cryptic but allow the listener to conjure up his/her own individual interpretation or images of what each song is about. Other songs, such as "Kayleigh," are more straight forward lyrically, dealing with more obvious themes. And the band adds beautifully to Fish's words, creating a variable and always appropriate musical ambience.
You simply have to listen to all songs on this album in order in their entirety to get the full magnitude of Marillion's work. Every song is unique. Every song is majestically performed. Every song contributes to the magnificence of this album.
I cannot say enough good about this disc. I LOVE IT!
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