The Best of Both Worlds (Marillion album)

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Best of Both Worlds
Greatest hits album by
ReleasedFebruary 1997
ProducerNick Tauber
Chris Kimsey
Chris Neil
Nick Davis
Dave Meegan
Marillion chronology
Made Again
Best of Both Worlds
This Strange Engine

Best of Both Worlds is a two-disc compilation album by British neo-progressive rock band Marillion released in 1997 by EMI Records, who the band had been signed to from their debut in 1982 until being dropped in 1995. The title refers to Marillion's two distinct "eras" with lead singers Fish (1980—1988) and Steve Hogarth (since 1989). By the time this compilation was released, both line-ups had recorded four studio albums each. The second best-of since the 14-track one-disc compilation A Singles Collection (known as Six of One, Half a Dozen of the Other in the US) from 1992, this one additionally contains material from Brave (1994) and Afraid of Sunlight (1996). Two different covers were created for the compilation, one by Mark Wilkinson, who had worked for the band during the Fish years, and one by Bill Smith Studio, who took over after Fish's and Wilkinson's departure. The booklet was printed so that either of the covers could be displayed in the jewel case according to personal preference. The track list, comprising 29 songs, was put together by Lucy Jordache, then the manager responsible for the band in EMI, in close collaboration with the band's fans' mailing list, "Freaks" (named after the eponymous song). Jordache also motivated singers Fish and Hogarth to contribute liner notes—at a time when both camps were not yet on friendly terms again—by telling each of them the other had already agreed to do so.[1]

Although the compilation did not contain any previously unreleased material, it was attractive to existing fans as it included various edited versions that were not easily accessible at the time, resulting in "better than expected" sales.[1]

Track listing[edit]

Disc one[edit]

  1. "Script for a Jester's Tear" from Script for a Jester's Tear
  2. "Market Square Heroes" (B'Sides version) Non-album single
  3. "He Knows You Know" from Script for a Jester's Tear
  4. "Forgotten Sons" from Script for a Jester's Tear
  5. "Garden Party" from Script for a Jester's Tear
  6. "Assassing" (Single version) from Fugazi
  7. "Punch and Judy" from Fugazi
  8. "Kayleigh" (Single version) from Misplaced Childhood
  9. "Lavender" (Single version) from Misplaced Childhood
  10. "Heart of Lothian" (Single version) from Misplaced Childhood
  11. "Incommunicado" from Clutching at Straws
  12. "Warm Wet Circles" (Single version) from Clutching at Straws
  13. "That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)" from Clutching at Straws
  14. "Sugar Mice" from Clutching at Straws

Disc two[edit]

  1. "The Uninvited Guest" from Seasons End
  2. "Easter" from Seasons End
  3. "Hooks in You" (Meaty Mix) from Seasons End
  4. "The Space" from Seasons End
  5. "Cover My Eyes" from Holidays in Eden
  6. "No One Can" from Holidays in Eden
  7. "Dry Land" from Holidays in Eden
  8. "Waiting To Happen" from Holidays in Eden
  9. "The Great Escape" from Brave
  10. "Alone Again in the Lap of Luxury" (Radio Edit) from Brave
  11. "Made Again" from Brave
  12. "King" from Afraid of Sunlight
  13. "Afraid of Sunlight" from Afraid of Sunlight
  14. "Beautiful" (Radio Edit) from Afraid of Sunlight
  15. "Cannibal Surf Babe" from Afraid of Sunlight

Although it is not mentioned in the album credits, the versions of "Easter" and "The Uninvited Guest" presented here are single edits. "Waiting To Happen" is a few seconds shorter than the album version. "Cannibal Surf Babe" is presented without the musical bridge that appears at the end of the song on the album version.



  1. ^ a b Big George Webley, "Marillion: Doing Business With Their Fans", Sound on Sound, September 2003, retrieved 8 August 2013.