Script for a Jester's Tear

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Script for a Jester's Tear
Studio album by Marillion
Released 14 March 1983
Recorded December 1982 – February 1983
Studio The Marquee Studios
(London, England)
Genre
Length 46:45
Label EMI
Producer Nick Tauber
Marillion chronology
Script for a Jester's Tear
(1983)
Fugazi
(1984)
Singles from Script for a Jester's Tear
  1. "He Knows You Know"
    Released: 31 January 1983
  2. "Garden Party"
    Released: 6 June 1983
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Script for a Jester's Tear is the debut studio album by the British neo-progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1983. Produced by Nick Tauber, it was recorded between December 1982 and February 1983 at The Marquee Studios in London. The album was a commercial success peaking at number 7 on the UK Albums Chart[2] and eventually going Platinum.[3]

Script for a Jester's Tear was intended to be part of a trilogy along with the next albums, Fugazi (1984) and Misplaced Childhood (1985).[4]

This is the only Marillion album featuring drummer Mick Pointer who later became a founding member of the neo-progressive rock band Arena.

Singles[edit]

Script for a Jester's Tear was preceded by the single "Market Square Heroes", released in 1982, with "Three Boats Down from the Candy" and the 17-minute-long epic "Grendel" as B-sides. None of these songs appeared on the original album, though A-side can be briefly heard during a short radio segment prior to "Forgotten Sons". All tracks are featured in the bonus disc of the 1997 remastered edition.

The album itself spawned two singles, "He Knows You Know" and "Garden Party", which became UK Top 40 hits.[5]

Reception[edit]

AllMusic critic John Franck has retrospectively given the album a 4.5 star rating. He called it "an essential work for any self-respecting first- or second-generation prog rock fan", but considered the "over-the-top" lyrics for "Chelsea Monday" to be a minor shortcoming.[1]

Script for a Jester's Tear reached number 7 in the UK charts and spent there 31 weeks, the second longest chart residency of a Marillion album.[2] It was certified Platinum by the BPI on 5 December 1997 for sales in excess of 300.000 copies.[3] But the album failed to impress in the U.S. making only number 175 in the Billboard 200.[6]

Formats and reissues[edit]

The album initially came out on LP[nb 1], 12" picture disc and cassette. The first CD edition[nb 2] was released in 1985. As part of a series of Marillion's first eight studio albums, EMI Records re-released Script for a Jester's Tear in 1997 with 24-bit digital remastered sound and a second disc containing bonus tracks[nb 3]. The remastered version was also made available without the bonus disc in 2000.[nb 4] A new 180g heavy weight vinyl pressing identical to the original 1983 edition[nb 5] was issued in 2012.[7]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Fish, Steve Rothery, Pete Trewavas, Mark Kelly, Mick Pointer, Diz Minnett, and Brian Jellyman, except where noted. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Script for a Jester's Tear"   Fish, Rothery, Trewavas, Kelly, Pointer 8:39
2. "He Knows You Know"     5:22
3. "The Web"   Fish, Rothery, Trewavas, Kelly, Pointer, Jellyman 8:48
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
4. "Garden Party"     7:15
5. "Chelsea Monday"   Fish, Rothery, Trewavas, Kelly, Pointer 8:16
6. "Forgotten Sons"     8:21
Total length:
46:45
  • The total length is listed for the first CD edition[nb 2]. The remastered version[nb 3] is 14 seconds longer.
  • All individual writing credits are from the 1997 remastered edition[nb 3]. In the original 1983 version[nb 1] the whole band is listed as writers, arrangers, and performers; all lyrics are credited to Fish.

Personnel[edit]

Marillion
Additional musicians
  • Marquee Club's Parents Association Children's Choir – back vocals (on "Forgotten Sons")
  • Peter Cockburn – newcaster's voice (on "Forgotten Sons")
Technical personnel

Charts[edit]

Album
Chart (1983) Peak
position
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[8] 42
UK Albums (OCC)[9] 7
US Billboard 200[6] 175
"He Knows You Know"
Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 35
US Mainstream Rock (Billboard)[6] 21
"Garden Party"
Chart (1983) Peak
position
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[10] 16

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification
United Kingdom (BPI)[3] Platinum

References[edit]

Notes
  1. ^ a b EMI: EMC 3429
  2. ^ a b EMI: CDP 7 46237 2
  3. ^ a b c EMI: 7243 8 57865 2 5, REMARIL 001
  4. ^ EMI: 7243 5 27115 2 9, 527 1152
  5. ^ EMI: 50999 091614 1 2, VEMC 3429
Citations
  1. ^ a b Franck, John. Marillion: "Script for a Jester's Tear" > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 13 March 2015.
  2. ^ a b "Marillion – Script for a Jester's Tear". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ a b c "British album certifications – Marillion – Script for a jester's Tear". British Phonographic Industry. 
  4. ^ Lee, Craig (9 March 1986), "New Kids in Town: Fish 'N' Ambition", Los Angeles Times (Los Angeles), retrieved 13 March 2015 
  5. ^ "Marillion". Official Chart Company. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  6. ^ a b c "Marillion: "Script for a Jester's Tear" > Awards". AllMusic. 
  7. ^ "Script for a Jesters Tear". The Official Marillion Website. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  8. ^ "Marillion – Script for a Jester's Tear". Swedishcharts.com. Hung Medien. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  9. ^ "1983-03-20 Top 40 UK Albums Archive". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  10. ^ a b "Archive Chart: 1983-02-12" UK Singles Chart. Retrieved 16 March 2015.

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