GETTING MORE TALE #800:
It’s Beginning to Look Like Marillion Christmas
Immediate apologies to probably a large percentage of readers. There are two kinds of people: those who like Christmas music, and those who do not. Those in the “not” category will probably be dropping in droves this December, as I announce the latest review series here at mikeladano.com.
It’s an interesting matter of fact, but Marillion have a total 15 Christmas themed albums. That’s an incredibly large number! Most were only available (for free) to fans of the Marillion Web fan club. Over the last few Christmases, I’ve reviewed a number of them (linked below). In 2019, I finally acquired the only two I had been missing. I didn’t get into Marillion early enough to get the first two, but I was on board by the third. Now, two decades later, I decided to bite the bullet and pay Discogs prices, which were not all that bad ($30 US each). And now I have them all!
- Happy Christmas Everybody! (1998 – Webfree 1)
- marillion.christmas (1999 – Webfree 2)
- A Piss-Up in a Brewery (2000 – Webfree 3)
- A Very Barry Christmas (2001 – Webfree 4)
- Santa and His Elvis (2002 – Webfree 5)
- Say Cheese! Christmas With Marillion (2003 – Webfree 6)
- Baubles (2004 – Webfree 7)
- Merry Xmas to Our Flock (2005 – Webfree 8)
- The Jingle Book (2006 – Webfree 9)
- Somewhere Elf (2007 – Webfree 10)
- Pudding on the Ritz (2008 – Webfree 11)
For a short while, Marillion switched from releasing Christmas albums to Christmas DVDs, which I do not collect. In 2014, CDs resumed for a short additional run.
- Chile for the Time of Year (2014 – Webfree 17)
- A Collection of Recycled Gifts (2014 – Compilation with new Christmas material)
- Christmas Tour 2014 – Live at the Forum (2014 Abbey Road “instant live”)
- A Monstrously Festive(al) Christmas (2015 – Webfree 18)
Now that I actually have them all, I’d like to get them all reviewed too. After all, I can really only do that kind of thing once a year — in December. Starting with Webfree 1, I’m going to work my way down the list. And if this doesn’t interest you at all, that’s cool. I get it. That’s the thing about personal projects. This is more about me than you, I’m afraid. But there’s plenty of reason for you to stick around, too. Many of these Marillion “Christmas” albums have minimal Christmas content. Chile for the Time of Year? That’s just, flat-out, a double live album. It was recorded in May! It boasts some of Marillion’s best known songs (“Kayleigh”, “Easter”, “Cover My Eyes”), and also a number of key later progressive epics (“Gaza”, “Ocean Cloud”, “Neverland”). If it were not one of their annual Christmas fanclub freebies, it would fit in any other time.
If you’re a diehard, or just remotely curious about Marillion, I’ve done my best to write for both of you. These CDs are going to expose to you to variety of Marillion songs. Hits, deep cuts, and stuff you never heard of before. And you won’t find a series this detailed anywhere else.
As I buckle in for what looks to be a chilly season, I wish you all the very Merriest of Christmases. It matters not if you celebrate it. As the world pauses together this season, I hope you have nothing but warmth and happiness in your life. Perhaps a hot drinky-poo or a pipe by the fire is all you desire. Might I recommend a Marillion Christmas to nail the vibe just right?