Marillion continues their series of deluxe reissues with their 1995 album “Afraid of Sunlight.” Returning to their progressive roots after Fish left the band a few albums earlier, fans will find strong moments such as “Cannibal Surf Babe” a sort of tribute to the '60s. Starting similar to the Beach Boys' “California Girls” before falling into a nightmarish tale of a cannibal woman, and assuming you survive, you may find the best moments are in the second half of the album. Therein lie tracks such as “Out of This World,” “Afraid of Sunlight,” and “King.” Keyboards stand out throughout with some very lovely melodic moments and a nice movement between calm and heavier melodies.
The first disc in the deluxe box features a brand new stereo remix of the album by Michael Hunter, with the second disc containing the original 1995 stereo mix of the album by Dave Meegan. The third and fourth discs showcase a live recording of Marillion’s September 29, 1995 concert at Ahoy in Rotterdam, Netherlands, produced by Michael Hunter. Long time collectors should note that six of the live tracks first appeared in 1996 on the band’s double live album, Made Again, and the show was also released as a Front Row Club recording. However, this is the first time the entire show has been properly mixed and released, including the final encore, Garden Party.
Of course, for Hi-Res Edition readers, it is likely the Blu-ray which contains 48kHz / 24-bit audio of Michael Hunter’s remix of the album in stereo and 5.1 is of greatest interest. Also, fans will find on the Blu-ray promo videos for Beautiful, a new documentary about the album and early versions, outtakes, demos, and the bonus tracks from the 1999 remaster.
Note that the album artwork has dramatically changed, and as is customary here on Hi-Res Edition, the original artwork is presented, and in this case fades into the new version.
Scheduled for release November 1, 2019
4 CD + 1 Blur-ray deluxe edition with all new hi-res stereo and 5.1 mixes 48K/24bit..