Reviewed by Eric on 22 Nov 2003
From the day I bought the Market Square Heroes EP, I became a fan of
Marillion, but the strange thing was after the first three releases, I found their singles were
a bit more interesting than the LP’s and this CD compiled all of them with a nifty little
poster booklet. While in 2003 this disc is a bit outdated considering everything here has
appeared on the relatively recent batch of reissues as bonus tracks, for a short while this
was one of my favorite Marillion discs and Charting The Single still sounds as
fresh as ever.
I saw these guys on their first US tour supporting Todd Rundgren & Utopia
with Andy Ward from Camel on drums in 1983. The Genesis
comparisons were stunning, but who cared? It was classic Prog from a band who
understood the sound, yet added something fresh and innovative to the mix. It’s too bad,
but not surprising they could not match the quality of the early albums years later. Still, the
image of a grease painted Fish slipping and nearly falling on me as he walked
along the empty chairs in the row in front of my seat (only about 50 people were in the
audience), is something I have carried and will carry for years to come. Rock n’ Roll!