When I first heard Marillion’s 1983 debut “Script for a Jester's Tear” I was delighted at the prospect of a new generation of prog rockers that created a modern take on the sound of early Genesis. Their complex and intricate entry is often still considered the band's best, setting a high bar for their later releases. The album is chalk full of songs that are staples at their live gigs, starting with the title track.Now, nearly forty years later, Script for a Jester’s Tear has been released as a deluxe, 4 CD + 1 Blu-ray Edition on Esoteric Records. The set contains a remixed stereo version by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh, plus an all-new 5.1 Surround mix of the complete album. In addition, the 5 disc collection also features new stereo remixes of the B-side “Charting The Single” which had originally been released in January 1982, along with the “Market Square Heroes” EP that followed in October later that year.
The fifth disc is a Blu-ray which features 96kHz / 24-bit versions of the stereo remixes of the album and EP, and of course the new surround mixes, plus the Live at the Marquee Club concert. Rounding out the collection is a new documentary with band interviews that covers the 1979 formation of Marillion in Aylesbury through the release of Script for a Jester’s Tear in 1983.
Scheduled for release April 3, 2020
4 CD + 1 Blu-ray with 96k / 24-bit stereo and hi-res 5.1 surround.