Marillion - Clutching at Straws (1987) [1999 24-Bit 2 CD Remaster] [HQ]
Автор: Argentum | 23 мая 2010 | Просмотров: 4621Lossless
Artist: Marillion Album: Clutching at Straws Genre: Art Rock Origin: United Kingdom Quality info: FLAC (image + .cue) & covers Size: 312 mb & 343 mb & 73 mb
1. Hotel Hobbies (03:35) 2. Warm Wet Circles (04:25) 3. That Time of the Night (The Short Straw) (05:59) 4. Going Under (02:47) 5. Just for the Record (03:09) 6. White Russian (06:26) 7. Incommunicado (05:16) 8. Torch Song (04:05) 9. Slainte Mhath (04:42) 10. Sugar Mice (05:46) 11. The Last Straw / Happy Ending (05:58)
1. Incommunicado (Alternative version) (05:56) 2. Tux On (05:12) 3. Going Under (Extended version) (02:46) 4. Beaujolais Day (Previously unreleased) (04:48) 5. Story from a Thin Wall (Previously unreleased) (06:46) 6. Shadows on the Barley (Previously unreleased) (02:06) 7. Sunset Hill (Previously unreleased) (04:19) 8. Tic-Tac-Toe (Previously unreleased) (02:56) 9. Voice in the Crowd (Previously unreleased) (03:26) 10. Exile on Princes Street (Previously unreleased) (05:27) 11. White Russians (Demo) (Previously unreleased) (06:13) 12. Sugar Mice in the Rain (Previously unreleased) (05:54)
CD I total: 52:13 | CD II total: 55:54
Печальный и проникновенный, Clutching at Straws хорош почти так же, как предшествующий Misplaced Childhood. Но главное не это, главное, что это последний альбом с Фишем...
'Clutching at Straws is easily my favorite album of the Fish era. It is the sound of self-destruction, both for Fish personally, and the band itself. When you think about it, there's no way this lineup could've made another album. I know many Marillion fans feel the band broke up for good after this album (thus robbing themselves of some great music in the process), but I mean, let's face it, the band was doomed. There's no way this lineup could've continued. The tensions between Fish and the rest of the band were too much to overcome. But anyway, those tensions helped nurture one of the most amazing albums of the 80s.
Hotel Hobbies- More of an intro than a full song, it nevertheless sets a great mood for the rest of the album. I think this is perhaps the greatest album-opening trilogy of all time. We get a great scene setting. Pete's bass and bass pedals get the album off on the right foot. Fish's lyric sets the stage perfectly. You can almost hear him searching for inspiration in the opening verse. As the band kicks in you get the feeling that this is when the ideas start to come. Steve Rothery's guitar playing is a perfect compliment to Fish's vocal here. All in all, a great opener for the rest of the album and a perfect segue into...
Warm Wet Circles- Fish's lyric talks about returning to his old haunts and seeing himself at 18 in some of the regulars there. This is definitely one of my favorite lyrics from Fish, especially the Fidra Lighthouse section. I think this whole song is masterfully constructed, combining a wispy feeling of nostalgia and a reflection on innocence. I think this song is brilliant, and it has a great guitar solo.
That Time of the Night- Fish's resignation statement. The intro is awesome. Steve Rothery's guitar work through here is brilliant, and the rest of the band accompanies him perfectly. The choruses are also amazing, and the outro is also equally amazing. Overall, I think this song is probably my favorite from the Fish era. I just think that everything that is great about the Fish era is summed up in this song. It's dramatic, the lyrics are incredible, Fish is singing his lungs out, and the band is firing on all cylinders.
Going Under- This song happened late at night with Fish improving the lyric over a guitar thing Steve Rothery had been working on. I find the atmosphere of this song to be quite chilling. The combination of Steve's haunting guitar arpeggios with Fish's sinister, stream of consciousness lyric is haunting.
Just for the Record- This is a song I've always wanted to hear H sing live. I think he could pull off the pleasant insanity of the lyric rather well. The 7/4 groove of this song swings quite nicely, and definitely amplifies the cheerful insanity and slightly sinister nature of the lyric. Plus, we get a great widdly Mark Kelly keyboard solo. And, I've always liked the line "I'm in two minds and both of them are out of it at the bar." And the last verse carries a lot of truth.
White Russian- Fish's rapid fire vocal delivery works well on this song, as he throws a barrage of savage imagery at the listener. Ian's drum work perfectly underscores the violence inherent in the song, creating an earnest and propulsive groove. The highpoint is once again the guitar solo, as Steve Rothery again matches Fish's lyrical intensity with a violent and twisted solo. To me, it sounds like he was channeling his growing dislike of Fish into this guitar solo. Fish was inspired by the rise of a new generation of Neo-Nazism in Europe, in particular Austria, and his lyric kind of reads as a "Forgotten Sons" for racism. And let's not forget the power of the Racing the Clouds Home section as well. An equally intense part two for this song, again highlighted by Fish and Steve. I think the music box sound Mark uses on the final statement of the "where do we go from here" theme is brilliant.
Incommunicado- I love how the 5/8 intro sets up into a real nice progressive moment before jumping into the straight 4 of the main song. Mark's in all of his widdly glory here, throwing a great synth lead on the top of the intro. Again, Fish strikes gold with the lyric, taking his fame in stride with a sort of casual commentary on rockstar debauchery and insecurity. Mark turns in another great keyboard solo here. This is probably the most rocking thing the band had done with Fish, and I think they do a great job here.
Torch Song- The band works great to set up a smoky bar vibe with this song. It has just a little bit of that drunken haze atmosphere that the band would later revisit on Angelina. I like the piano transition into Slainte Mhath.
Slainte Mhath- Fish's Scottish heritage was the inspiration for this song. I found it weird that this song would be one that H would sing for quite a bit after Fish left (I believe I remember seeing it on the TSE tour). H needs to roll his R's! Seriously though, I've always wondered why H would even consider singing it. To me, it seems such a Fish song that he shouldn't go near it, you know?
Sugar Mice- My favorite of the Fish ballads and again a great lyric from Mr. Dick. This song just gets me. The lyric just oozes regret, and Steve Rothery gives us his greatest guitar solo pre-Easter. A classic song, and one that H does well in a live setting. I saw him tear up while singing it in Cleveland on the TSE tour.
The Last Straw- A foreboding title, don't you think? Some people say that Lap of Luxury bears more than a passing resemblance to this song. I can hear similarities for sure. Fish's lyric is again top notch, creating a sense of ominous doom. This is a perfect dark ending to a dark album. I like the overall raw vibe of this closer, and Tessa Niles' backing vocal is a great addition to the end of the song.
Overall, this is far and away my favorite Fish era album. I think this album is a perfect closer on the Fish era. You can hear the tension within the band on this album, in particular between Fish and Steve. Steve's guitar solos always match or surpass Fish's vocals in terms of what each song calls for. Steve always has the perfect response to Fish's lyrics, whether it be the violence of White Russian or the regret and apologetic tone of Sugar Mice. It's almost as if you can hear Steve and Fish battling for control of the band. Personally, I don't think if Fish had stayed the next album would've been as good. I think Fish's leaving was the best thing for the band. Even if they had taken a break and released a new album with the Seasons End music and Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors lyrics, the band would've broken up for good afterwards. The tensions that existed between Fish and the rest of the band would've resurfaced and eventually dragged the band down. I think Fish's departure was best for all involved. I don't want to turn this into a Fish v. H debate, because that has been decided for quite some time. All I know is, if Fish hadn't left, I wouldn't have my top two favorite albums. But anyway, we might as well discuss the Holy Grail of Marillion treasures, the demos of the failed fifth album.
Beaujolais Day- The music became Seasons End, Im not sure what the lyrics became. This song was originally demoed back in 86 during the CAS sessions, but it never got past this stage. The guitar solo became a part of Warm Wet Circles, where I think it works better anyway.
Story From a Thin Wall- The music became Berlin and the lyrics becameFamily Business. For me, its weird hearing the music without having what the songs became in my head.
Shadows on the Barley- The music became The Bell in the Sea. It even sounds "Yo! Ho! Ho!" here as well.
Sunset Hill- This one showed some promise. The chorus of this idea became part of King of Sunset Town. I like the build into the pre-choruses and choruses. This probably would have made the next album. It's interesting to hear what parts the band discarded and what they kept for Seasons End. I do need to get a hold of Vigil to find out what Fish used for his album.
Tic-Tac-Toe- The band had met with Bob Ezrin at some point in 1988 to produce the next album. He was keen on the idea, and went down to the studio to hear the rough bits. Many people may point to this as being where Bob got the inspiration for Pink Floyd's Take it Back from The Division Bell. It's more than a passing resemblance. Anyway, the music became The Release.
Voice in the Crowd- This one kicks off with a nice, atmospheric intro reminiscent of Hotel Hobbies. Then we get a groove that Ian re-used on After Me. That seems to be the only thing that made it onto Seasons End. The guitar delay is a bit crazy on this one, almost too fast for the song.
Exile on Princes Street- A nice 7/8 groove sets up a pleasant verse, but I really don't think this song goes anywhere. As I said earlier though, I don't think this album would've been as good as Clutching and would've meant the end of the band. Fish says the promise is there, and if the band had been given a year off the songs would've materialized. I disagree, but then again, we'll never know!'