Today, 16th September, the long awaited brand-new deluxe editions of Holidays In Eden are finally released on 3CD/Blu-ray book and as a 4LP set.
Both sets include a brand-new 2022 remixed stereo version of the album by Stephen W Tayler, as well as a full live show from Hammersmith, London from 1991. The concert includes a number of tracks from Holidays In Eden, alongside favourites from previous albums such as Berlin, Incommunicado and much more.
The Blu-ray of the deluxe edition features the brand-new 2022 stereo remix in 96/24 Stereo LPCM, DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and 96/24 5.1 LPCM as well as B-Sides & bonus tracks such as The Moles Club demos recorded after the band’s long writing process for the album. It also includes lots of video content, including a brand-new documentary of the band telling the story of the album, HD upgraded promo videos and a live concert from Rockpalast In Concert from German TV.
Originally released in 1991, Holidays In Eden was Marillion’s sixth studio album and second with Steve Hogarth on lead vocals. Their previous album and first with Hogarth, Season’s End, was written fairly quickly, leaning on a large amount of material already being written prior to Hogarth’s arrival. Holidays In Eden brought about a different challenge to the band’s new line-up, having to start from scratch with this new dynamic, which they talk about extensively within the book and documentary in the 3CD/Blu-ray deluxe edition. The band faced their greatest commercial pressure yet from EMI, who wanted a couple of radio-friendly singles. It set the path for pop-friendly Chris Neil to produce the album, who still desired, along with the band, for the rest of the album to be quintessentially Marillion. Holidays In Eden is a scintillating, compelling rock album, with tracks such as The Party and This Town effortlessly accompanying singles like No-One Can and Dry Land. The essay and band interviews by Rich Wilson in the book, alongside the documentary ‘Pain And Heaven’ on the Blu-ray, provide a fascinating insight into the different writing process, the dynamic between the band and producer Chris Neil, and Marillion navigating record label commercial pressures to produce such a captivating album.
The band are embarking on a UK tour beginning on 18 September, but the 19 Sept date in Glasgow has been moved to the 20th, and will now take place a the O2 Academy rather than the Royal Concert Hall. The reason for this is of course that the venue will be closed on the 19th owing to the Queen’s funeral.
The band have released the following statement:
‘We sincerely apologise, but despite us wanting to perform it was announced on Monday that the Royal Concert Hall would be closed on the date of our show, without our prior knowledge. Since that point we have tried to resolve the situation. Unfortunately, we are unable to logistically reschedule the show at the same venue. To not disappoint our Scottish fans, the best solution we have found will be to play Glasgow O2 Academy the following day on Tuesday 20th September.
The show will now be first come, first served , unreserved seating with all tickets valid. All ticket holders will be contacted by their ticket agent and if you are unable to attend a full refund will be given. Obviously, this situation has been far from ideal, but we have worked hard to do the best we can for our fans in this very unique situation.
We hope to see as many of you there that can make it.
h, Ian, Mark, Pete and Steve‘