Release Date: 1984

Track Listing
Disc: 1
1)  Assassing
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2)  Punch & Judy
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3)  Jigsaw
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4)  Emerald Lies
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5)  She Chameleon
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6)  Incubus
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7)  Fugazi
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Disc: 2
1)  Cinderella Search (12' Version)
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2)  Assassing (Alternate Mix)
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3)  Three Boats Down From The Candy
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4)  Punch & Judy (Demo)
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5)  She Chameleon (Demo)
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6)  Emerald Lies (Demo)
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7)  Incubus (Demo)
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Member: Chuck AzEee! (Profile) (All Album Reviews by Chuck AzEee!)
Date: 7/8/2003
Format: CD (Album)

Marillion's second album, Fugazi is considered by most of fans to be the worst of the Fish era recordings, due to the incohesiveness of the tracks, and the "dated" murky sound.

The recent remasters have improved the sound quality, but for some reason the album seemed a bit too dramatic from the Fish side of things, "She Chameleon" is a case in point, not a bad song in matter of fact it's an excellent song, but kind of too dramatic.

The genius behind Fugazi is the last two songs, "Incubus" and the title track. Both songs are a clear cut two levels ahead of everything on this album, and two definite stand outs in Marillion's catalog.

Unlike their peers in the Seventies, Marillion continued to score hits on the UK radio scene, with the excellent "Assassing" and the ridiculous "Punch and Judy", which both managing to make it into the UK Top Thirty charts.

Fugazi would also signal in the coming of former Curved Air and Steve Hackett drummer, Ian Mosley, whom after three failed attempts a stabalizing the drummming chores, the band finally get a great drummer whom not only fit the band's style of music, but also fits the band's personality, too bad the recording of this album, cluttered everything together making Fugazi prior to its remastering a excellent, but frustrating album to listen to.

Charles
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Member: jethro fish (Profile) (All Album Reviews by jethro fish)
Date: 7/14/2003
Format: CD (Album)

Marillion's second outing Fugazi released in 1984 is actually my favorite Marillion-album. Musically it's a definite step up from the debut not only thanks to the new and excellent drummer Ian Mosely but the band as a whole had developed and refined their skills.

I won't debate the fact that this is, without question, Marillion (read Fish) at their most dramatical and the lyrics are, to say the least, pretentiously crafted. But if you like a bit of drama in the most poetic sense then this is the thing for you.

The break up-theme from the title track of the first album is taken to extremes on this one so if you're looking for something uplifting and peppy maybe this is not the best place to look. The only weakness (imho) on this album is the mixing which makes the sound a bit cold and thin.

The strongest tracks are without a doubt "Incubus" and the title track "Fugazi" but the sinister "Emerald Lies" is another personal favorite. This album gets my highest recommendations and please do not get scared away by the "neo-prog"-staple if you would happen to be a "prog-puritan". This is premium quality.

My rating: 4.5 out of 5.

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