Stephen Taylor did a great job. More rock less pop. I rediscovered the album.
Love that you rediscovered the album!
I don’t quite it hear it the same way though.
Sure – Rothery’s screeching guitar stylings are now the prominent instrument in the mixes but so are the very clichéd ‘90’s keyboard effects. In my humble opinion, Taylor’s mix further solidifies the type of “sound” EMI wanted out of the band for this release.
More commercial less neo-prog
The songs that were earmarked for pop-rock, single release “Cover My Eyes
”, “No One Can
”, and “Dry Land
” all sound even more mainstream ‘90’s pop rock.
The songs that Neil & EMI let Marillion be a bit more Marillion on “Splintering Heart”, “This Town”, “Rakes Progress
” and “100 Nights
” all seem a bit more muted to me. More Rothery guitar does make it seem a bit rockier but if you compare it to the original mixes the moody atmospheric edge has been toned down. Especially noticed on the short linking track “Rakes Progress
I am OK with it though! I love the album for what it is – a Marillion album. Without the label pushing the band on this one, we may have missed the band over compensating the swing back to neo-prog on the next release “Brave”.
For those that are more than a bit familiar with this album but do not have this yet….
The sound is closer too but not as aggressive sounding as the “Splintering Heart – Moles Club Demo
” version. Which I feel most fans like better than the original.
But we are all here for the surround aspects. I again think after two listening’s last night that this is the most adventurous mix of the series
. I love that there are clearly discrete elements in the rears.
Taylor did a pretty good job here and it wouldn’t break my heart if the label taps him for “Seasons End”. But my dream would be for the label to go out on an edge and get Bruce Soord or spring for Wilson to handle the wrap up to the series.