The deluxe edition reissue of Season’s End proves Steve Hogarth was the perfect fit and foil for Marillion

A plush reissue for Season's End, Marillion’s first album with post-Fish singer Steve Hogarth

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It’s difficult to recall now what seemed like such heady times: frontman Fish’s abrupt departure from what was then an arena-filling Marillion and the barroom debates that followed; how could they possibly go on without him? Well, with relative ease, it seems. 

Although his replacement Steve Hogarth initially resisted the band – he was 24 hours late for his audition – he was the perfect fit and foil for Marillion, as this redoubtable reissue reminds. The excellent stereo mix plus the whole thing done live at last year’s Marillion Weekend are the aural icing on the cake. 

There are two documentary films: Seasons Change, in which the band reminisce in The Crooked Billet pub, the scene of their first gig together, and the charming film From Stoke Row To Ipanema, originally shot as the band were recording 1991’s Holidays In Eden, fresh-faced and high on the hugely successful world tour that Seasons End had brought them. 

Life would not always be as kind to Marillion, but this is the band showboating and brilliant, surprised to find a whole new world laid out before them.

Philip Wilding

Philip Wilding is a novelist, journalist, scriptwriter, biographer and radio producer. As a young journalist he criss-crossed most of the United States with bands like Motley Crue, Kiss and Poison (think the Almost Famous movie but with more hairspray). More latterly, he’s sat down to chat with bands like the slightly more erudite Manic Street Preachers, Afghan Whigs, Rush and Marillion.