Marbles (album)

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Marbles
Studio album by Marillion
Released 27 April 2004 (preorder)
3 May 2004
Recorded The Racket Club, Aylesbury, "for the whole of 2002, 2003 and the beginning of 2004"
Genre Progressive rock, Neo-progressive rock, Art rock
Length 1:38:48 (2CD version)
1:08:11 (1CD version)
Label Intact Records
Producer Dave Meegan
Marillion chronology
Anoraknophobia
(2001)
Marbles
(2004)
Somewhere Else
(2007)
Singles from Marbles
  1. "You're Gone"
    Released: 19 April 2004
  2. "Don't Hurt Yourself"
    Released: July 2004
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]
The Guardian 3/5 stars[2]
Record Collector 3/5 stars[3]
Classic Rock 4/5 stars[4]
Guitarist 4/5 stars[5]

Marbles is the 13th studio album from rock band Marillion, released in 2004. Unlike their previous studio album, Anoraknophobia (2001), which was financed largely by a preorder campaign, it was the publicity campaign that fans financed for the album. Those fans who pre-ordered the album received an exclusive 2-CD "Deluxe Campaign Edition" with a booklet containing the names of everyone who pre-ordered before a certain date. The public release date of the retail single-CD version of the album was 3 May 2004 while a plain 2CD version could still be obtained from the band's website. A limited (500 copy) edition was released on white multicoloured vinyl by Racket Records on 13 November 2006.

The album did not chart in the UK, due to it being packaged with a couple of stickers, which is against chart rules, so despite selling enough for a top 30 position, the album was declared ineligible for the album chart, however its first single "You're Gone" reached #7 in the UK Singles Chart, thus becoming their first UK top ten hit since 1987's "Incommunicado". The follow-up single "Don't Hurt Yourself" peaked at #16. Classic Rock ranked Marbles #11 on their end-of-year list for 2004.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written by Steve Hogarth, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley.

Double-CD version[edit]

Disc one
  1. "The Invisible Man" – 13:37
  2. "Marbles I" – 1:42
  3. "Genie" – 4:54
  4. "Fantastic Place" – 6:12
  5. "The Only Unforgivable Thing" – 7:13
  6. "Marbles II" – 2:02
  7. "Ocean Cloud" – 17:58
Disc two
  1. "Marbles III" – 1:51
  2. "The Damage" – 4:35
  3. "Don't Hurt Yourself" – 5:48
  4. "You're Gone" – 6:25
  5. "Angelina" – 7:42
  6. "Drilling Holes" – 5:11
  7. "Marbles IV" – 1:26
  8. "Neverland" – 12:10

Single-CD version[edit]

  1. "The Invisible Man" – 13:37
  2. "Marbles I" – 1:42
  3. "You're Gone" – 6:25
  4. "Angelina" – 7:42
  5. "Marbles II" – 2:02
  6. "Don't Hurt Yourself" – 5:48
  7. "Fantastic Place" – 6:12
  8. "Marbles III" – 1:51
  9. "Drilling Holes" – 5:11
  10. "Marbles IV" – 1:26
  11. "Neverland" – 12:10
  12. Bonus track (in Europe): "You're Gone" (single mix) – 4:05
  13. Bonus track (in North America): "Don't Hurt Yourself" (music video)

Limited edition vinyl reissue[edit]

Side one
  1. "The Invisible Man" – 13:37
  2. "Marbles I" – 1:42
Side two
  1. "You're Gone" – 6:25
  2. "Angelina" – 7:42
  3. "Marbles II" – 2:02
Side three
  1. "Don't Hurt Yourself" – 5:48
  2. "Fantastic Place" – 6:12
  3. "Marbles III" – 1:51
Side four
  1. "Drilling Holes" – 5:11
  2. "Marbles IV" – 1:26
  3. "Neverland" – 12:10

Personnel[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Betty Clarke The Guardian, 30th April 2004.
  3. ^ Tim Jones Record Collector, May 2004, Issue 297.
  4. ^ Jon Hotten Classic Rock, May 2004, Issue 66.
  5. ^ Roger Newell Guitarist, June 2004

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