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    MarillionScript For A Jester's Tear

    Label:EMI – 7243 8 57865 2 5, EMI – REMARIL 001
    Series:EMI 100
    CD, Album, Reissue
    CD, Compilation
    All Media, Remastered, Repress
    Country:UK & Europe
    Style:Prog Rock, Symphonic Rock


    1-1Script For A Jester's Tear8:44
    1-2He Knows You Know5:23
    1-3The Web8:52
    1-4Garden Party7:19
    1-5Chelsea Monday8:17
    1-6Forgotten Sons8:23
    2-1Market Square Heroes (Battle Priest Version)
    EngineerMark Freegard
    ProducerDave Hitchcock*
    2-2Three Boats Down From The Candy
    EngineerMark Freegard
    ProducerDave Hitchcock*
    2-3Grendel (Fair Deal Studios Version)19:08
    2-4Chelsea Monday (Manchester Square Demo)
    EngineerDanny Dawson
    2-5He Knows You Know (Manchester Square Demo)
    EngineerDanny Dawson
    2-6Charting The Single
    EngineerSimon Hanhart
    2-7Market Square Heroes (Alternative Version)
    EngineerSimon Hanhart

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    24 bit digital remaster plus with bonus disc.

    Including 28-page full colour booklet containing lyrics and commentary of band members.

    Remastered at Abbey Road Studios London April-July 1997.
    Tracks 2-4 and 2-5 recorded at EMI House, Manchester Square, London on July 26th 1982.
    Track 2-3 originally recorded in 1982 at Fair Deal Studios.

    Cat# numbers:
    "7243 8 57865 2 5" On spine, on the back cover, on the discs and on booklet.
    "REMARIL 001" Below barcode (UK cat# number.)

    Disc 1: All originally ℗ 1983 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd.
    Digital remaster © 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd.

    Disc 2: All ℗ The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd.
    Tracks 2-1, 2-2, 2-6 & 2-7 Digital remasters ℗ 1997 The copyright in this sound recording is owned by EMI Records Ltd.

    ℗ 1997 The copyright in this compilation is owned by EMI Records Limited.
    © 1997 EMI Records Limited.

    Printed in Holland.
    Made in Holland.

    Barcode and Other Identifiers

    • Barcode: 724385786525
    • Barcode (Text): 7 24385 78652 5
    • Matrix / Runout (CD1): 857866 2 . 1 EMI SWINDON
    • Matrix / Runout (CD1 etched): 010109
    • Mastering SID Code (CD1 Variant 1,2): IFPI L042
    • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 1): IFPI AAHB4
    • Mould SID Code (CD1 Variant 2): IFPI AAHP7
    • Matrix / Runout (CD2): EMI UDEN 8578672 @ 1
    • Matrix / Runout (CD2 etched): 010301
    • Matrix / Runout (CD2 Variant 3): 1-2-2-NL
    • Matrix / Runout (CD1 Variant 3 ): 1-1-5-NL
    • Mastering SID Code (CD2 Variant 1,2,3): IFPI L046
    • Mastering SID Code (Variant 3): L042
    • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 1): IFPI AAH10
    • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 2): IFPI AAHZ1
    • Mould SID Code (CD2 Variant 3): IFPI1534
    • Rights Society: bel BIEM
    • Label Code: LC 0542
    • Price Code (Italy): I: 070
    • Price Code (France): F: PM 520
    • Other (Cat# CD1): 7243 857866 2 4
    • Other (Cat# CD2): 7243 857867 2 3

    Other Versions (5 of 149)View All

    Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
    Script For A Jester's Tear (LP, Album)EMIEMC 3429New Zealand1983
    Script For A Jester's Tear (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI1077151France1983
    Script For A Jester's Tear (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI1C 064-07 715Europe1983
    Script For A Jester's Tear (LP, Album, Stereo, Gatefold)EMI, EMIEMC 3429, 0C 062 07 715UK1983
    Script For A Jester's Tear (LP, Album, Picture Disc)EMIEMCP 3429UK1983


    sposato's profile picture
    Edited 11 years ago
    This is the album that started it all, in early 1983. The following that Marillion started to build with "Market Square Heroes" were hungry for a full album. It wasn't a huge, huge success, as this was the age of Jacko, Duran Duran, and Culture Club. As everyone says, this is compared as nauseum to Peter Gabriel-era Genesis, but I also hear elements of Crimson, Yes, and ELP. Fish was seen as Scotland's answer to Gabriel.
    There is room on the remaster for the original versions of "Market Square Heroes" and "Grendel", as well as single edits of "Garden Party" and "He Knows You Know" (most of these are on the budget comp 'Kayleigh').
    The Marillion of today is a different animal than the band that you hear on this album. Script tracks were all but retired from the live set by 1992. The prog sound is a generation removed with each studio album after up to h getting settled in. This album captures a moment in time when prog was trying to reinvent itself for the '80s as Genesis and Yes became poppy for MTV.
    Founding drummer Mick Pointer was sacked two months into the tour, as I suppose his style differs from Ian Mosley's. Pointer would later start Arena and even was part of a Script tribute.
    Many of these tracks were demoed before the band were signed to EMI with former members Dez Minnett, Brian Jelliman, and even Doug Irvine (I've heard bootlegs of the early days).