The Blu-ray/CD set includes the original 1985 album newly remastered and a hi-res 5.1 surround remix by our good friend Steven Wilson. It’s accompanied by a previously unreleased concert from Holland that features a performance of Misplaced Childhood in its entirety, plus demos and rarities remastered exclusively for this set.
The Blu-ray contains promo videos and an album documentary, as well as the aforementioned hi-res and 5.1 mixes of the album. The entire set is presented in a case-bound book that includes a 60-page booklet with liner notes written by rock writer Dave Everley.
When I spoke with Marillion keyboardist Mark Kelly in October 2016 for a story that later ran on our partner site Digital Trends that December, he all but confirmed this deluxe edition was coming: “Anything that anybody might want in 5.1 is coming soon. Let’s just say that,” Kelly told me then. “We’re in discussions with our old record label, and we’re trying to do something extra as well. It’s going to be nice. There’s a nice package coming soon for, shall we say, the most popular album.”
Naturally, we here at HRAC are pleased with this official confirmation, and that our man Steve Wilson is at the helm. Marillion has a pair of more current releases available now in 96/24 on HDtracks with singer Steve Hogarth at the helm, and we hope Misplaced Childhood opens the door for more hi-res Fish-era catalog options to come from this always aurally adventurous band.
The vinyl version of Misplaced Childhood (Deluxe Edition) features the newly remastered original album and the entire concert from Holland. Pressed on 180-gram vinyl, the four LPs are presented in a 12 x 12-inch lift-top box with a beautiful 24-page booklet containing a replica tour program and extensive writing on the history of the album and how it came to be.
The concept record became the British quintet’s most commercially successful album, scoring Top 5 hits with “Kayleigh” and “Lavender.” Singer Derek Dick (a.k.a. Fish), guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas, and percussionist Ian Mosley recorded Misplaced Childhood at Hansa Tonstudio in Berlin, Germany during the spring of 1985. A concept record with two continuous pieces of music, the song cycle explored themes of lost love, lost childhood, and more. Released in June 1985, it was an immediate success, topping the U.K. album chart and earning platinum status. The album included three big hits: “Kayleigh” (#2), “Lavender” (#5), and “Heart of Lothian” (#29).
Discs 2 and 3 of the BD/CD box contain an October 1985 concert recorded live at the Muziekcentrum Vredenburg in the city of Utrecht. The performance includes the entire Misplaced Childhood album along with several songs from the band’s earlier albums, like Script for a Jester’s Tear and Fugazi. All of the live recordings are previously unreleased except for “Chelsea Monday,” which was the B-side to “Heart of Lothian.” The full concert is also included with the Misplaced Childhood (Deluxe Edition) LP set.
The Blu-ray also contains an hour-long documentary about the album and promo videos for the album single “Lavender,” “Kayleigh,” Lady Nina,” and “Heart of Lothian.” In addition to the original album’s 96/24 5.1 remix by Steven Wilson and the 2017 remaster in 96/24, the disc rounds out with Wilson’s surround sound and stereo remixes of “Lady Nina,” the B-side to “Kayleigh.”
CD, vinyl, and digital breakout versions of the newly remastered original album will follow later in the year.