Script for a Jester’s Tear – Marillion – 1983


Album Script for a Jester’s Tear by the band Marillion
Album Script for a Jester’s Tear by the band Marillion

Script for a Jester’s Tear is the debut studio album by the British progressive rock band Marillion, released in 1983. The album was recorded at The Marquee Studios in London, and produced by Nick Tauber, who had previously worked with Thin Lizzy and Toyah. The album features the original line-up of the band, with vocalist Fish, guitarist Steve Rothery, keyboardist Mark Kelly, bassist Pete Trewavas, and drummer Mick Pointer. The album’s title track is a 9-minute epic that showcases Fish’s poetic lyrics and theatrical delivery, as well as the band’s complex musical arrangements and influences from Genesis and Pink Floyd. The album also includes the singles “He Knows You Know”, “Garden Party”, and “Market Square Heroes”, which helped the band gain a loyal fan base and establish themselves as one of the leading acts in the neo-progressive rock movement. The album received critical acclaim and reached number seven on the UK Albums Chart, making it one of the most successful debut albums by a progressive rock band. The album has been reissued several times, with bonus tracks and remastered sound. In 2017, the album was ranked at number 54 on Prog magazine’s list of “The 100 Greatest Prog Albums of All Time”.

Script for a Jester’s Tear is considered to be one of the most important albums of the neo-progressive rock genre. It is a groundbreaking album that helped to define the genre. The album has been praised for its songwriting, musicianship, and production. Script for a Jester’s Tear is an essential album for any fan of progressive rock.


  • Fish – vocals, lyrics
  • Steve Rothery – guitars
  • Pete Trewavas – bass
  • Mark Kelly – keyboards
  • Mick Pointer – drums, percussion

This is the only studio album by Marillion to feature Mick Pointer, who was dismissed after the UK tour.

Source: Wikipedia

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