Clutching At Straws Deluxe Edition (Vinyl)



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Following the multi-platinum success of Marillion’s concept album Misplaced Childhood, the British quintet returned in 1987 with their fourth studio album, Clutching At Straws. The album peaked at #2 on the U.K. charts, where it scored Top 40 hits with “Incommunicado,” “Sugar Mice,” and “Warm Wet Circles.” Considered by many to be one of the neo-prog rocker’s finest, Clutching At Straws would also turn out to be Marillion’s final studio release with original singer Fish.

On November 23, Parlophone will look back on this classic with two versions of the CLUTCHING AT STRAWS: DELUXE EDITION. One is a 4-CD/Blu-ray set, and the other a 5-LP version. The music will be available the same day through digital and streaming services.

Both collections open with a new version of Clutching At Straws that was remixed earlier this year by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh. Both sets also include a concert recording of Marillon performing in Scotland at the Edinburgh Playhouse in December 1987 during the group’s final tour of Fish-era. It was mixed by Michael Hunter.

Some of the performances first appeared in 1988 on the live album, The Thieving Magpie. In concert, the band plays songs that span its entire career up to that point with “Garden Party” from its 1983 debut Script for a Jester’s Tear; “Punch And Judy” from Fugazi (1984); “Kayleigh” from Misplaced Childhood (1985); and “Warm Wet Circles” from Clutching at Straws.

Clutching At Straws (2018 Andy Bradfield & Avril Mackintosh Re-Mix)     

Side One          

  1. Hotel Hobbies                                   
  2. Warm Wet Circles                             
  3. That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)              

Side Two                                             

  1. Going Under (track only included on original CD version)
  2. Just for the Record
  3. White Russian          

Side Three                                           

  1. Incommunicado                                 
  2. Torch Song                           
  3. Slàinte Mhath

Side Four                                             

  1. Sugar Mice                           
  2. The Last Straw                                 
  3. Happy Ending                                   

Live at the Edinburgh Playhouse (19/12/1987) (2018 Michael Hunter Remix)

Side Five                                                                     

  1. La Gazza Ladra                                 
  2. Slàinte Mhath                                    
  3. Assassing                            
  4. White Russian (Previously released on Thieving Magpie)                             

Side Six                                               

  1. 1. Incubus                             
  2. Sugar Mice                           

Side Seven                              

  1. Fugazi                                  

Side Eight                                            

  1. Hotel Hobbies                                   
  2. Warm Wet Circles                             
  3. That Time of the Night (The Short Straw)                          

Side Nine                                 

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono (instrumental)                                    
  2. Kayleigh                               
  3. Lavender                              
  4. Bitter Suite                            
  5. Heart of Lothian                                

Side Ten                                              

  1. The Last Straw                                 
  2. Incommunicado (Previously released on Thieving Magpie)
  3. Garden Party

Additional information

Weight 1.88 kg
Dimensions 32.0 x 32.0 x 8 cm