How many versions of this CD have been released?
Jeffrey G. Stevenson | F.W.B.,FL | 06/27/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)
"It appears this CD has been released several times with slightly different tracks...I bought a used one about a month ago (single CD). I believe this is the original release from 1991, as it includes two songs(A collection,How Can it Hurt) which I believe were dropped from subsequent releases...so, with that said, my review will reflect the original release mentioned above.
This was one of those purchases that I almost didn't make. I noticed a "trend" in the ratings and reviews here at Amazon...the fans either adored or despised this release which threw up a 'red flag' for me (besides the overall 3 star rating). I had recently overcome my 'fear' of buying CDs with lower ratings...Ironically, I had just bought Saga's 'Behavior' and Spock's Beard's 'Day for Night' CDs (these 3 albums are somewhat comparable, in that they have all been dubbed as the "poppy-commercial" releases from the respective said groups---besides also carrying lower ratings than their other releases. Well, I can definitely say I'm glad I spent the dollars on all three of the above albums. I would also agree with the fans and critics to a degree that these/this album IS more commercial(acssesible,simple?),but thats probably why I like them. With 'Holidays', there are definitely some very "poppy" songs---Cover My Eyes, No One...,Dry Land, Waiting to Happen,Which,like another reviewer said,is likeable for its simpler nature and ease of listening. By the way these "poppier" songs are well constructed and have some memorable 'Hooks' that will keep you coming back...aren't these characteristics of any good song? As has become almost mandatory on a Marillion release, there are a couple of heavier 'rock' songs here as well...This Town,Title track...but these are enjoyable enough (though somewhat generic sounding). 'A Collection' would qualify for the "obligatory" ballad but is certainly listenable (it almost reminds me of a Simon and Garfunkel kind of sentimental song...quite moving). The more 'die-hard' fans will likely be pleased by the "Darker" tracks on HIE---'The Party', 'Splintering Heart', which are the type of songs/moods that this band has excelled in. Besides the lush,dreamy soundscapes this band is capable of providing (ala, Pink Floyd in many cases),these "darker" songs are what I have found most enjoyable in Marillion's music. So, although this album doesn't quite resonate within me like some other releases from them,it will certainly get its "fair Share" of spins in my player right along with their "essentials". Enjoy, Jeff"