BACKGROUND INFO (ABOUT THE ALBUM): Misplaced Childhood is Marillion’s third studio album and most commercially successful to date. It represents a stylistic departure from previous albums, and the development of a more mainstream sound. According to Wikipedia, it showcases “their ability to juxtapose pert pop ballads with longer song cycles of lost youth, first love, drug abuse, drink, prostitution and, ultimately, rebirth and redemption, all inspired by Fish's life experiences.” The chart success of the singles resulted in the album reaching the coveted UK No. 1 spot in a vintage year (against tough competition, knocking Bryan Ferry off the top spot & holding off a challenge from Sting, who released his first solo album in the same week).
STYLE OF MUSIC / GENRE: Classic rock, ballad, progressive rock, pop rock, rock, symphonic rock, prog rock; neo-progressive rock.
TRACKLIST (followed by approximate running time of each song):
1. Pseudo Silk Kimono 2:13
2. Kayleigh 4:03
3. Lavender 2:27
4. Bitter Suite 5:53
4.1 Brief Encounter
4.2 Lost Weekend
4.3 Blue Angel
5. Heart Of Lothian6:02
5.1 Wide Boy
5.2 Curtain Call
6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo) 2:12
7. Lords Of The Backstage 1:52
8. Blind Curve 9:29
8.1 Vocal Under A Bloodlight
8.2 Passing Strangers
8.4 Perimeter Walk
9. Childhoods End? 4:32
10. White Feather 2:23
NB. All tracks performed by Marillion.
FORMAT: CD promo compilation in illustrated card case (as pictured).
PUBLISHED BY: EMI Records Ltd. / Charisma Music Publishing Ltd / The Communications Practice / Daily Mail (2008)
CONDITION: This not a brand new CD. As such there may be signs of wear. It is an original product (not counterfeit). If we have more than one copy these are sent on a ‘first come, first served’ basis with those in the best condition sent to whoever buys first. Each CD is tested to ensure perfect playback.
POSTAGE & PACKING: Sent from the UK. FREE SHIPPING TO ALL COUNTRIES WORLDWIDE!!!
FURTHER INFO (COVER ART & BACKGROUND ABOUT THE PROMO): Iconic cover art by Mark Wilkinson (who did the artwork during the years that ‘Fish’ (AKA Derek William Dick) was the lead singer and for his solo work thereafter). Wilkinson is to Marillion, what Roger Dean is to Yes, or Paul Whitehead to Genesis. In the case of this album the ‘marching band drummer boy’ was the perfect counterbalance to the punk harlequin jester who had graced their debut album (Script For A Jester's Tear) and many other releases up to this point. In fact the two characters often appear together (even if it is on reverse sides of the sleeve, as is the case with Misplaced Childhood). Not only is the boy present in the singles from the album (Heart Of Lothian, Lavender & Kayleigh), but also in subsequent releases including EPs (Garden Party Live), compilations (such as The Best of Both Worlds) and even spin-offs like Fish’s Return to Childhood album. This version is in an illustrated card sleeve which showcases the artwork, furthermore it has the look and feel akin to the original vinyl LP.
This full 10-track promo was released in 2008 and billed as an Eighties classic. During the 80s revival in this period it boosted the profile of the band. Effectively it promoted: the 2-CD remastered version of Misplaced Childhood (with additional B-sides & demos); Marillion’s best of type compilations; no less than 7 live albums (totaling 22 discs!) released from 2007-9, including the The Official Bootleg Box Sets Vol 1 & 2; their new albums (Somewhere Else (2007) & Happiness Is the Road Vol. 1 & 2 (2008)); not to mention tours and live performances!!!