This album was remastered in 1999 and a deluxe edition was released in 2018.
Current & Notable Release Versions:
1CD Remixed Version (2019): 2018 Remaster of the album as included on the deluxe edition. Features a brand new stereo remix of the album by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh. Standard Jewel case with CD booklet featuring lyrics & original album art.
Vinyl Version (2019): 2018 Remaster of the album as included on the vinyl deluxe edition. Features a brand new stereo remix of the album by Andy Bradfield and Avril Mackintosh
4 CD / 1 BR Deluxe Edition (2018): features a brand new stereo remix of the album by Andy Bradfield & Avril Mackintosh. Also includes the December 19th, 1987 concert at The Edinburgh Playhouse, remixed by Michael Hunter and the demos from the 1999 EMI remaster, along with four previously unreleased demos of Clutching material.
The blu-ray contains 48/24 audio of the remix of the album in stereo and 5.1. Also included are the promo videos for the album’s singles, The Final Straw (a new documentary about the album), the original 1987 album mix and bonus tracks. OUT OF PRINT.
4 LP Deluxe Vinyl Edition (2018): features a brand new stereo remix of the album by Andy Bradfield & Avril Mackintosh. Also includes the December 19th, 1987 concert at The Edinburgh Playhouse, remixed by Michael Hunter. OUT OF PRINT.
In some respects, the making of this album followed the familiar path inherent in any creative project. Months of writing, recording and mixing songs, in a collaborative effort alongside bandmates who become temporarily, if not forever, intertwined in each other's lives. The ups and downs included bursts of laughter, practical jokes, flashes of genius; as well as moments of silence, hours of pub-crawling, days of dedicated work and as expected, the predictable disagreements that either fuelled the projects' process or brought it to a screeching halt.
It was 1987, and if the 80's were defined by women, drugs and booze, 'Clutching At Straws' represented last call. The final round served up amidst good cheer and familiar faces before the lights were thrown on, drawing not only the evening but the era to a close.
Throughout production of this album I felt an increasing sense of anxiety regarding our future together. Marillion as a whole would surely survive, the music's powerful pull and unique sound is self-sustaining, but it's components would undergo a dreaded yet inevitable transition. After months of writing in various facilities, we finished the album and set off to record at Westside Studios and mix at Advision Studios. Recording and mixing an album can be a painstakingly tedious process, but my Marillion bandmates always managed to find something amusing with which to entertain themselves. Whether it was a scantily clad singing stripper to help celebrate a birthday, or a routine trip to the pub to stare at warm circles, we lived together for months like some kind of musical fraternity. Our days were filled with far more good times than bad.
But the album's success and worldwide tour alone were not enough to keep the group as we knew it then together. Marillion however would carry on with a new lead singer, Steve Hogarth, who subsequently joined the band.
We are constantly inspired by the support of our fans, and continue to enjoy reunions with all the bandmates. The magic and muscle behind Marillion's music is a mystery to many yet understood by masses.
See you at the next gig. Cheers.