What does it sound like?:
Originally released in 1994, this concept album, based roughly on a news story about a girl found wandering on the Severn Bridge, has been given the Steven Wilson makeover treatment in this four cd plus bluray set.
The first two cds comprise Wilson’s stereo remix of the album plus the original 1994 mix. As usual, Wilson has done a top job on this complex, intriguing work, bringing out the fine details and nuances of the piece. This is an album you really need to sit down and concentrate on to fully appreciate – some parts are hard work at times, but it repays the effort. Oddly, the bonus material included on the second disc of the 1998 reissue isn’t included on this set, apart from the ‘alternate ending’ version of The Great Escape. It seems odd to have not presented this material for the sake of completeness, but perhaps the band preferred to simply showcase the original album as a complete standalone work.
Discs three and four are a live show from Paris in 1994. The first of these, featuring a complete performance of Brave, has been available before on the Made Again live album from 1996, although this is a new 2018 mix, but the second half of the show, featuring a run through of nine ‘fan favourites’ for want of a better term, is available for the first time. It’s a well-recorded show, featuring an energetic performance before a very enthusiastic audience, but at the same time it doesn’t really add that much to the first two discs here. Good, rather than indispensable listening.
The bluray has the 5.1 surround versions, a couple of promo videos, the aforementioned extra track, The Great Escape (Spiral Remake), plus a very watchable new documentary about the making of the album.
This album ranks alongside the best of the Hogarth era albums such as Season’s End and FEAR, and as usual Steven Wilson has done an impeccable job. A great, beautifully put together package and an absolute must for fans of this album, which has really withstood the test of time.
What does it all *mean*?
This release is part of a series, which will see the eight albums the band recorded between 1982 and 1995 given the deluxe reissue treatment.
Goes well with…
A time when you can give this music your full and undivided attention.
Might suit people who like…
Marillion, concept albums.