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Audio CD, July 21, 2017
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As openings go, they don’t come any more enigmatic than the one that ushers in Marillion’s third album, ‘Misplaced Childhood’. The concept album that was conceived during a 10-hour acid trip is widely regarded as the flagbearer for the entire ‘neo-prog’ movement and features the band’s two most famous singles ‘Kayleigh’ and ‘Lavender’.
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Do you already own the EMI double CD Remastering from 1998? If so, this edition contains that same material (including the B-sides, and the same Misplaced Childhood demo). It expands on that 1998 release with an unreleased 2-CD live show from Utrecht 1985, and a Blu-Ray disc. The Blu-ray contains a full album 5.1 Surround Remix by Steven Wilson, and a 24-bit Remaster, and a 70 minute documentary with Fish and the entire band, as well as the four videos released from the album.
The Utrecht 1985 show sounds great, and the performance has a lot of passion.
The Blu-Ray: The entire band sits around a mixing desk discussing the development/progress of the album. Chris Kimsey joins them and together they analyze the album multi-tracks.
The Steven Wilson 5.1 Remix is only accessible via the Blu-Ray – there is no CD or digital version. Therefore, you can only listen/appreciate the SW 5.1 Remix if you have a BR player and appropriate system.
The included book is carefully designed. It includes the lyrics, an essay, and incorporates various versions of the original artwork into the layout.
Compared to the 1998 EMI Remaster, the upgrade material on this release generally consists of the 2CD Utrecht show and the Blu-Ray (documentary and 5.1 Remix).
The longer, in depth, more biased review:
Disc 1: This has been remastered by a different person than the 1998 remastering. From a casual listen, it sounds good, not too overdriven, but is not a revelation.
Discs 2 and 3: October 15, 1985 - Utrecht, Holland. We knew this recording existed (as the live recording of "Chelsea Monday" was from this date/venue, and was included as the B-side on the "Heart of Lothian" 12-inch single.). “The Web” is included, which was played on the early part of the tour. It also includes a full length version of “Childhood’s End?” which was shortened a few weeks later in the tour. Therefore, technically, I believe this is the most complete live version of the Misplaced Childhood album that has been officially released – all other releases contain the truncated version of “Childhood’s End?” Anyway…it is also the earliest officially released live recording from the MC tour.
Disc 4: Misplaced Childhood Demos - appear to be the same demos as those on the 1998 EMI release. This release does not describe the origin of these demos. The tracking is off between Pseudo Silk Kimono and Kayleigh by about 7 seconds. The demo version of the album shows that some of the songs are far along ("Kayleigh," albeit with different lyrics) and others which are much less developed ("Childhoods End?" has no lyrics and has and instrumental passage which eventually would become part of "Lady Nina").
The Single/B-side releases of Kayleigh, Lavender Blue, Heart of Lothian, Freaks, and Lady Nina are included. For completists, the single version (3:45) of "Lady Nina" is also included, but it is listed as "Steven Wilson Stereo Remix". I could not notice any substantial difference between this version and the other versions which have been previously released.
Documentary: Fish talks about the pressure to come up with lyrics, and the backstory to those lyrics. Kimsey isolates parts of the mulit-tracks and the band comments on them – keyboards, vocals, guitar, drums, etc. Generally, they talk about every song on the album…they even talk about “Lady Nina”. Man, I wish there were SUBTITLES! It took my ears about 20 minutes to adapt to the Scottish accent…
There is a YouTube video posted of the unboxing of this 5-disk Deluxe set.
There is plenty of chatter on the Steve Hoffman music forum about the quality of the various mixes on this release.
7-5/8 x 5-5/8" (19.4 x 14.2 cm)
Hardbound cover, with a matte finished canvas material - nice.
Booklet is 60 pages.
This does NOT include the reproduction of the 1985 Misplaced Childhood Tour Book (Programme), which I believe is included in the 4LP version of this release. However, some of the same images from the Tour Book are incorporated into the booklet.
For me it is difficult going to this smaller format, which shows its limitations compared to the original large format (12" LPs, etc.) artwork, as much of the artwork has to be cropped to fit. For completists, the book does not compile all of the artwork associated with the album and single releases. The artwork from the 12" and 7" singles is partially reproduced, and in some instances included as faded background image or as a black-and-white image.
There is a lengthy essay written by Dave Everly for this 2017 release.
Also included are the essays/notes written by Robert Mead and Mark Wilkinson from the 1998 2CD Remaster booklet. There is no new/additional text from any of the band members.
The lyrics for each song is included on its own page, as well as lyrics for "Lady Nina" and "Freaks"
Refer to the "unboxing" video for some closeup views of the booklet.
I’d like to give it 5 starts, but I can’t, at least not yet. My wishlist: a CD (or digital download) version of the Steven Wilson remix, better/more artwork incorporation, and more material to differentiate it from the 1998 EMI Remaster.
This is a masterpiece!!! Go buy it!!!