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Marillion's dark horse Fugazi gets a 21st-century spruce-up

The deluxe edition of Marillion's Fugazi, the second album of the Fish era, benefits from a polish but the real gold is in the live recordings

Marillion - Fugazi artwork
(Image: © PLG)

Marillion’s second album, Fugazi usually trails a distant last in rankings of the four studio albums they made with original singer Fish. But while it lacks the spiky rush of its predecessor Script For A Jester’s Tear and the bulletproof commerciality of follow-up Misplaced Childhood, Fugazi is better than its reputation would have it.

This four-disc reissue is a chance to revisit it with fresh ears. A new remix makes some welcome changes both large (fleshing out the album’s tinny production) and small (swapping the epic title track’s original anti-climactic fade out for a proper ending). There’s also a 5.1 surround-sound mix – obligatory on any high-profile prog reissue these days.

The gold here for Marillion aficionados comes with the lengthy and illuminating documentary on the Blu-ray disc, detailing the album’s turbulent gestation, plus footage from a stellar appearance on Swiss TV and a recording of a gig at Montreal’s Spectrum Club in June 1984 (a handful of tracks from which appeared on that year’s Real To Reel live album). 

It’s the live material that best represents Marillion at this stage in their career – a prog band with a punk band’s energy, something they’d never truly capture again despite all the successes that followed.

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.