Holidays in Eden

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Holidays in Eden
Studio album by Marillion
Released 24 June 1991
February 1998 (two-disc edition)
Recorded Hookend Recording Studios, Oxfordshire, January – June 1991[1]
Genre Pop rock
Neo-progressive rock
Progressive rock
Length 48:17 (single-disc edition)
1:51:25 (two-disc edition)
Label EMI United Kingdom
IRS Records United States
Producer Chris Neil
Marillion chronology
Seasons End
Holidays in Eden
A Singles Collection
Original US release cover
Singles from Holidays in Eden
  1. "Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)"
    Released: 28 May 1991
  2. "No One Can"
    Released: 22 July 1991
  3. "Dry Land"
    Released: 23 September 1991
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Q 4/5 stars[2]
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[3] 4/5 stars[4]

Holidays in Eden is the sixth studio album by the British rock band Marillion and their second with vocalist Steve Hogarth, released in 1991. Produced by Christopher Neil, famous for his work with Mike + The Mechanics, many of the songs feature a more mainstream pop rock sound than the band's previous albums, and Hogarth has described it as "Marillion's 'pop'est album ever".[5] It reached number 7 on the UK Albums Chart.

The lead single "Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)" was a re-write of Hogarth's earlier band How We Live's song "Simon's Car". "Dry Land", the third single, had previously been the title track of How We Live's only album released in 1987.

Cover art[edit]

As with the previous album Seasons End, the cover was designed by Bill Smith Studio using a monochromatic painting by illustrator Sarah Ball (born in Rotherham, South Yorkshire in 1965[6][7]) showing various stylised animals, a tree with a snake around it at the centre, and dominated by a darkish blue colour for the front cover. This was Marillion's first album not to feature their familiar original logo in any recognisable form, using the band name in a normal typeface instead.

Track listing[edit]

Original UK Version[edit]

Side one[edit]

  1. "Splintering Heart" – 6:54
  2. "Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)" – 3:54
  3. "The Party" – 5:36
  4. "No One Can" – 4:41

Side two[edit]

  1. "Holidays in Eden" – 5:38
  2. "Dry Land" – 4:43
  3. "Waiting to Happen" – 5:01
  4. "This Town" – 3:18
  5. "The Rakes Progress" – 1:54
  6. "100 Nights" – 6:41

US Version[edit]

The US Version, released on I.R.S. Records about six months after the original UK version, added two new tracks: "A Collection" and "How Can It Hurt", which were the B-Sides of the original "No One Can" and "Cover My Eyes" singles, respectively. In addition, the track order was rearranged and the title for "No One Can" was lengthened by adding "… Take You Away From Me". Finally, slightly different cover art was used, featuring the original cover overlaid with the new "MAR" "ILL" "ION" logo and the album title in the middle left of the cover in a straight line, rather than the original circle around the moon at the centre top.

  1. "Cover My Eyes (Pain and Heaven)" – 3:56
  2. "No One Can Take You Away From Me" – 4:39
  3. "Splintering Heart" – 6:51
  4. "The Party" – 5:36
  5. "A Collection" – 3:00
  6. "Holidays in Eden" – 5:28
  7. "How Can It Hurt" – 4:10
  8. "Dry Land" – 4:43
  9. "Waiting to Happen" – 4:56
  10. "This Town" – 3:18
  11. "The Rakes Progress" – 1:54
  12. "100 Nights" – 6:41

Remastered CD bonus tracks[edit]

The remaster, released 23 February 1998, has the same track listing as the original UK release. In addition, a second CD is included, with the following additional tracks:

  1. "Sympathy" – 3:30
  2. "How Can It Hurt" – 4:11 (b side from cover my eyes)
  3. "A Collection" – 3:00
  4. "Cover My Eyes" (acoustic version) – 2:34 (b side from no one can part 1 cdmaxi)
  5. "Sympathy" (acoustic version) – 2:30 (b side from no one can part 2 cdmaxi)
  6. "I Will Walk on Water" (alternative mix) – 5:14
  7. "Splintering Heart" (live at the Moles Club) – 6:42
  8. "You Don't Need Anyone" (Moles Club demo) – 4:04
  9. "No One Can" (Moles Club demo) – 4:51
  10. "The Party" (Moles Club demo) – 5:45
  11. "This Town" (Moles Club demo) – 4:16
  12. "Waiting to Happen" (Moles Club demo) – 5:31
  13. "Eric" – 2:32
  14. "The Epic (Fairground)" (Mushroom Farm demo) – 8:31

Formats and re-issues[edit]

The album was originally released on CD, Cassette, vinyl LP. In 1998, as part of a series of Marillion's first eight studio albums, EMI re-released Holidays in Eden with remastered sound and a second disc containing bonus material, listed above. The remastered edition was later also made available without the bonus disc.

A new 180 gram vinyl pressing was released in May 2012 by EMI. It was identical to the original vinyl release from 1991.




Year Chart Position
1991 UK Album Chart 7[8]

External links[edit]

Liner notes for the remaster by some of the band members (on the band page):


  1. ^ "Holidays in Eden". 31 May 2014. 
  2. ^ Henderson, Dave. Holidays in Eden review. Q. July 1991.
  3. ^ Demalon, Tom (2011). "Holidays in Eden – Marillion | AllMusic". Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  4. ^ Sollow, Stephanie (2011). "". Retrieved 4 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Holidays in Eden". Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
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  8. ^ "Chart Stats – Marillion – Holidays in Eden". Archived from the original on 30 July 2012. Retrieved 5 January 2010.