Script for a Jester's Tear
is the first
album by the progressive rock
, released in 1983.
The single released before this album was "Market Square Heroes
" with the double
B-sides, "Three Boats Down from the Candy" and the 19 minute epic
". (That version of "Grendel"
is not the same version as the one on the second CD on the 2 CD
version of this album.)
You Know" and "Garden Party" were also released as singles, and
became Top 40 hits
in the UK.
This is the only Marillion
LP to feature
, founding and current
drummer for Arena
There was supposed to be a rubber
featured on the album's cover, per Fish's request;
however, Mark Wilkinson
air-brushed this and several other albums for Marillion, forgot to
All tracks credited to "Derek Dick/Steve Rothery/Peter
Trewavas/Michael Pointer/Mark Kelly/Diz Minnett/Brian Jellyman"
unless otherwise noted
- "Script for a Jester's Tear" (Derek Dick/Steve Rothery/Peter
Trewavas/Michael Pointer/Mark Kelly) – 8:42
- "He Knows You Know" –
- "The Web" (Derek Dick/Steve Rothery/Peter Trewavas/Michael
Pointer/Mark Kelly/Brian Jellyman) – 8:52
- "Garden Party" –
- "Chelsea Monday" (Derek Dick/Steve Rothery/Peter
Trewavas/Michael Pointer/Mark Kelly) – 8:17
- "Forgotten Sons" – 8:23
The 1997 remaster has the following additional tracks on the second
- "Market Square Heroes"
(Battle Priest Version) – 4:18
- "Three Boats Down from the Candy" – 4:31
- "Grendel" (Fair Deal Studios Version) – 19:10
- "Chelsea Monday" (Demo) – 6:54
- "He Knows You Know" (Demo) – 4:29
- "Charting the Single" – 4:51
- "Market Square Heroes" (Alternative Version) – 4:48
- "Marquee Club's Parents Association Children's Choir" - backing
vocals on "Forgotten Sons" (short fragment of Ring a Ring o' Roses)
- Peter Cockburn – newcaster's voice on "Forgotten Sons"
- Produced by Nick Tauber
- Recorded and Mixed by Simon Hanhart
- Digitally remastered by Peter Mew and Mark Kelly at Abbey Road
Studios London April - July 1997
- Although their first single "Market Square Heroes" never appeared on
the original album it can be briefly heard during a short radio
segment prior to 'Forgotten Sons'
- According to Fish "Script for a Jesters Tear" is the first of a
trilogy and classified as 'bedsit thoughts'. "Fugazi" is deemed 'hotel thoughts' and
"Misplaced Childhood" as 'home
thoughts'. This was to enable the listener to understand the
feelings and surroundings that shaped the songwriting