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Clutching at Straws (Deluxe Edition)

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Written and conceived during a period of inner-band turmoil, Clutching at Straws would prove to be Fish's swan song, and perhaps Marillion's most unheralded masterpiece. Teaming up once again with producer Chris Kimsey, Clutching at Straws showcases some of the band's most satisfying compositions, including the magnificent "Warm Wet Circles" and "That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)." Bookended by Fish's disgust with not only himself, "Torch Song," but also with the burgeoning neo-Nazi uprising in Europe, "White Russian," the great Scot delivers an inspired condemnation. The commercial pomp and circumstance of "Incommunicado" also gives way to a self-parodying confessional inspired by Fish's inability to see himself as a bona fide rock star and celebrity ("I want to do adverts for American Express cards, talk shows on prime time T.V."). Tour opener "Slainte Mhath" is simple and elegant, building to its dramatic crescendo only to be upstaged by "Sugar Mice" -- quite simply, one of Marillion's best commercial singles ever. The album's stunning closer, "The Last Straw," is Fish's self-realization that yes, the band is not only over, but that in his mind, it's null and void ("and if you ever come across us, don't give us your sympathy"). Steve Rothery's blinding guitar solo brings the whole thing down to a crashing finish (prophetically, announcing his arrival as the band's true musical instigator on subsequent Fish-less records).
© John Franck /TiVo

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1
Hotel Hobbies (2018 Remix)
00:03:35

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Warm Wet Circles (2018 Remix)
00:04:25

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Writer, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
That Time of the Night (The Short Straw) (2018 Remix)
00:06:00

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums - Marillion, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Going Under (2018 Remix)
00:02:47

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Writer, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Just for the Record (2018 Remix)
00:03:10

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Writer, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
White Russian (2018 Remix)
00:06:25

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Incommunicado (2018 Remix)
00:05:17

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Torch Song (2018 Remix)
00:04:04

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Slainte Mhath (2018 Remix)
00:04:45

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Composer, Writer, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Sugar Mice (2018 Remix)
00:05:46

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums - Marillion, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
The Last Straw / Happy Ending (2018 Remix)
00:06:00

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Andy Bradfield, Remixer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Avril Mackintosh, Remixer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 2

1
La Gazza Ladra (Intro) (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:02:46

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Gioacchino Rossini, Composer - Fish, Vocals - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Poet, MainArtist - Giovanni Gherardini, Poet - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Slainte Mhath (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:05:03

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Composer, Writer, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Assassing (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:06:47

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Pointer, Writer - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
White Russian (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:06:25

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Incubus (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:10:36

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Sugar Mice (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:06:14

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Fugazi (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:09:57

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
Hotel Hobbies (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:04:04

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Warm Wet Circles (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:04:17

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Writer, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
That Time of the Night (The Short Straw) (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:06:00

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Pseudo Silk Kimono (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:01:06

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Kayleigh (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:03:48

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Lavender (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:02:34

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

14
Bitter Suite: Brief Encounter / Lost Weekend / Blue Angel / Misplaced Rendezvous / Windswept Thumb (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:08:32

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

15
Heart Of Lothian (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:07:23

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

16
The Last Straw (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:07:16

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

17
Incommunicado (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:05:00

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, MainArtist - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

18
Garden Party (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:06:26

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, MainArtist - Diz Minnett, Writer - Michael Pointer, Writer - Brian Jelliman, Writer - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

19
Market Square Heroes (Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse 1987; 2018 Michael Hunter Mix)
00:10:09

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Dave Appell, Composer - David Appell, Writer - Traditional, Composer, Writer - Kal Mann, Composer, Writer - Chris Kimsey, Producer - Pete Townshend, Composer, Writer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Composer, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Composer, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, MainArtist - Diz Minnett, Composer, Writer - Michael Pointer, Composer, Writer - Brian Jelliman, Composer, Writer - Michael Hunter, Remixer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

DISC 3

1
Beaujolais Day
00:04:51

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

2
Story From a Thin Wall
00:06:47

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums, Percussion - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

3
Shadows on the Barley
00:02:07

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums, Percussion - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

4
Exile on Princes Street
00:05:29

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Percussion, Writer - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

5
Sunset Hill
00:04:21

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums, Percussion - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

6
Tic-Tac-Toe
00:02:59

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

7
Voice in the Crowd
00:03:29

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist - Steve Hogarth, Vocals

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

8
White Russians (Demo)
00:06:15

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Engineer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

9
Sugar Mice
00:05:55

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Peter Mew, Mixing Engineer - Fish, Vocals - Derek Dick, Composer - Peter Trewavas, Composer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums - Marillion, Performance, MainArtist

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 1999 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

10
Hotel Hobbies / Warm Wet Circles (The Mosaic Demos)
00:15:35

Mark Kelly, Composer, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Composer, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Nick Davis, Mixing Engineer - Fish, Vocals - Richard Sullivan, Mixing Engineer - Derek Dick, Composer, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Composer, Writer - Ian Mosley, Composer, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Composer, Producer, Writer, Performance, MainArtist - Privet Hedge, Producer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

11
Just For The Record (Demo)
00:03:44

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Nick Davis, Mixing Engineer - Fish, Vocals - Richard Sullivan, Mixing Engineer - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Producer, Writer, Performance, MainArtist - Privet Hedge, Producer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

12
Torch Song (Demo)
00:02:00

Mark Kelly, Keyboards, Writer - Steve Rothery, Guitar, Writer - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Nick Davis, Mixing Engineer - Fish, Vocals - Richard Sullivan, Mixing Engineer - Derek Dick, Writer - Peter Trewavas, Writer - Ian Mosley, Drums, Writer - Marillion, Composer, Producer, Writer, Performance, MainArtist - Privet Hedge, Producer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

13
Slainte Mhath (Demo)
00:04:24

Mark Kelly, Keyboards - Steve Rothery, Guitar - Pete Trewavas, Bass Guitar - Nick Davis, Mixing Engineer - Fish, Vocals - Richard Sullivan, Mixing Engineer - Ian Mosley, Drums - Marillion, Composer, Producer, Writer, Performance, MainArtist - Privet Hedge, Producer

© 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company ℗ 2018 Parlophone Records Ltd, a Warner Music Group Company

Album Description

Written and conceived during a period of inner-band turmoil, Clutching at Straws would prove to be Fish's swan song, and perhaps Marillion's most unheralded masterpiece. Teaming up once again with producer Chris Kimsey, Clutching at Straws showcases some of the band's most satisfying compositions, including the magnificent "Warm Wet Circles" and "That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)." Bookended by Fish's disgust with not only himself, "Torch Song," but also with the burgeoning neo-Nazi uprising in Europe, "White Russian," the great Scot delivers an inspired condemnation. The commercial pomp and circumstance of "Incommunicado" also gives way to a self-parodying confessional inspired by Fish's inability to see himself as a bona fide rock star and celebrity ("I want to do adverts for American Express cards, talk shows on prime time T.V."). Tour opener "Slainte Mhath" is simple and elegant, building to its dramatic crescendo only to be upstaged by "Sugar Mice" -- quite simply, one of Marillion's best commercial singles ever. The album's stunning closer, "The Last Straw," is Fish's self-realization that yes, the band is not only over, but that in his mind, it's null and void ("and if you ever come across us, don't give us your sympathy"). Steve Rothery's blinding guitar solo brings the whole thing down to a crashing finish (prophetically, announcing his arrival as the band's true musical instigator on subsequent Fish-less records).
© John Franck /TiVo

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