On politics, Fish said in"I've got a lot of socialist trends, but I work in a capitalist industry. Getting involved in politics can be very dangerous. There are a lot of doors that can shut when you get involved in politics.
Fish argued that independence could "shake up British politics" to ensure a more "fair distribution of wealth" throughout the UK.
However, he declined to actively campaign in the Scottish independence referendum because he believed it would be "hypocritical" as he was planning to leave Scotland for Germany to live with his partner and her young son. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Redirected from Dick Bros Record Company. Scottish singer, lyricist and occasional actor.
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Retrieved 19 August Edinburgh Evening News. Archived from the original on 22 April Retrieved 21 April Penny Black Music. Retrieved 29 June Retrieved 28 January Retrieved 23 June Wales Online. The military marching band carousel revives old patriotic manipulations on 'the Gathering'rallying the poor bastards to willingly give their lives for some form of King and Country and the 'promise of a Brave New World' that we all know will never happen.
Armor, glory, surrender and family, all blended together by the sausage churning military-industrial complex propaganda. Goodbye youth and innocence, promises broken. This brutal onslaught takes no prisoners, the darkness is omnipresent and sensationally executed.
Yeah, it's heavy! Orchestral confines marshal the battlefield, with more angry musings about thrust and counter-thrust, as 'the generals count the casualties', Fish has managed to address the futility of war in a convincing, lyrically enthralling manner that, unfortunately after 'Je suis Charlie', we all know it will never go away, humans are just not advanced yet to coexist in peace, the world will never be either 'Brave' nor 'New'.
Just the usual cycle of evil and love. A perfect finale. The sincerity drips on 'Other Side of Me', a ballad that shows another side of our Wedgeman, a heartwarming inner vision that opens up his soul for perusal, which is what any true fan would want! A simply gorgeous song. A wailing Antwi performs amazingly in tandem with Monsieur Poisson, the passion overt and mercurial, 'ushered into the light' and a phenomenal ending, suave guitar solo and a confidentunbroken and courageous artist ready to face the next challenge ahead.
You are a hero, Mr Derek Dick. Review by Matti Prog Reviewer. This acoustic set then was even bigger let-down musically. By the way, also a CD of the same content was included. I listened to it quickly using skip button several times and felt that it's totally useless extra.
At this point I hadn't checked the DVD's and didn't yet know I wouldn't care to save them either to myself. This set of nine songs total length was few minutes below an hour has both some rather boring songs and some well known - even classic - songs: 'Kayleigh', 'Lavender' and 'The Company' would be the top 3 in here.
But now we come to the crucial question: how good are the live versions? Frankly, this acoustic gig sounds just tired. As someone else said, as we had changed this DVD into the player, the acoustic approach brings no extra interest to the songs.
Fish's voice is far from good shape. Camera work is cheap. There's no way to rate this any higher than two stars, and even that probably has one star too many. Also the layout is terribly cheap looking.
If this is Fish's final studio effort it surely is a great way to bow out. The acoustic element is given prominence and the well-crafted lyrics are music to the ears - well written and provide an extra dimension to the delivery of the songs and the intended messages. Prog lovers will enjoy Album) River and the adventurous High Wood Suite - the songs are appreciated more and more by repeated listenings.
The high piece is the very original The Great Unravelling - lyrics and song writing just blend in together perfectly to deliver a highly emotive and expressive original composition. The band is tight and delivers well - whilst the female voice balances well with Fish's original vocal delivery.
He knows his voice is no longer what it used to be and thus uses it intelligently to guaratee good song delivery. His lyric writing skill is exceptional and very original. I have never come across anyone who can put together his thoughts in such an intense manner.
Why has he not yet ventured into the world of book writing? What is he waiting for? I wouldn't compare this album to Sunsets On Empire however - it's very different. Together with 13th Star i place this up there with his best creative efforts. Great artwork from Mark Wilkinson and sharp production by Calum Malcolm. An excellent package. Review by lazland Prog Reviewer. So, when this was released, I did not have too many hopes, but had seen some decent reviews, got it, and found that said reviews were fully justified.
Although I do not feel that Fish has, unlike his former band mates, released a bona fide indispensable masterpiece, this is most certainly the first in a very consistently excellent series of albums, Re-recordings - Fish - The Funny Farm Interview - July 95 (CD, that has continued to 's Feast of Consequences. What does, of course, set this apart, right from the crashing and heavy tones and riffs of The Perception of Johnny Punter, an overtly political piece about the shocking ignorance of the British general "bloke", is the involvement of a certain Mr Steven Wilson, he of Porcupine Tree fame.
Not only did he lend guitars and keyboards, thus creating an altogether harder edge to more "traditional" Fish music, but also co wrote six tracks and, crucially, produced it, providing us with both a lush sound the vocal harmonies are never anything less than beautifuland a glimpse of his own future career direction.
Certainly, I don't think that anyone else aside from Wilson could make the monologue of Jungle Ride sound so enticing and exotic. And, talking of political, the title track is a gloriously expansive pure rock track referencing, and, of course, celebrating the decline of that great institution, the British Empire, with bittersweet lyrics reminding all of said decline.
It is difficult to pull any particular track as a standout. I personally love the commercial prog rock of Goldfish and Clowns, the powerful funk of Brother 52, and the lush Celtic love of Tara, but, in truth, all of this is damned good, and quite how it flopped commercially so badly Fish had to close his record company as a result is a bit of a mystery, except, I suppose, that the musical sins of the past had rather caught up with him.
I am rather clear about this superb album, one of his best. It is well worth revisiting if you haven't heard it for a while, and, if you do not have it, buying to add an excellent, hard, bitter in places, and never less than fascinating release to your collection.
Certainly, those of you "'ard and 'eavy" proggers neo? Too soft for me, mate! Does it render this work a disappointment? Not a bit of it. This is a mature album, showcasing a unique talent, so much so that the disappointment of horrors such as Songs From The Mirror are now all but a distant memory. This is the continuation of a run of form that started with Sunsets on Empire, and included the exceptional Raingods With Zippos and the immediate predecessor, the hugely enjoyable 13th Star.
The subject matter is familiar to all those who, like me, have followed Fish from the very early days, this being war, the futility of war, the political issues behind such tragedy, but, of course, never forgetting the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. Amongst all of this are two quite sumptuous ballads, my favourite being the astoundingly gorgeous Blind To The Beautiful, a paeon to the heart wrenching loss of faith in life and beauty itself.
The lyrical point of the whole work is best represented by the powerful title track. Another noticeable thing about this album, to me, is just how much better Fish is when he is surrounded by cohorts he trusts and likes in what would, anywhere else, pass as a regular band. Robin Boult returns, very well indeed, on guitar, to join Steve Vantis on bass, Foss Patterson on keys, and the wonderful Gavin Griffiths on drums. Together, this bunch make a tightly knit troupe, and the well produced album is completed by the extremely powerful backing vocals of Elisabeth Troy Antwi, whose performance on the evocative Great Unravelling is simply brilliant.
And we also have a wonderful set of artwork by the legendary Mark Wilkinson. Happy days! Fish has, here, Album) a powerful, and wide ranging, album, one that definitely appeals strongly to old boys such as I, but would, I feel, also be a decent introduction to those reading this review who might want to explore what a good, intelligent, modern rock album, with a range of tone and depth, might sound like.
The aforementioned High Wood suite is the best example of how a progressive rock epic should sound, ranging from hush to toe-tapping, tub-thumping rock, from pastoral, Celtic fused folk, to lush keyboard led symphonic sounds.
It has it all. It should also, by the way, really now scotch all the nonsense I still read from those who wish for a return to Marillion.
They are doing nicely without him, thank you, and, you know what? So is he without them. Four stars for this, an excellent album, and very strongly recommended. After the terrible news of the throat surgeries and cancer rumous which were spread, I feared the worst. And Album) was not the only one. But all of these stories are a thing of the past now since Fish is here once more, with a new album, and actually a good one. After leaving Marillion in the late '80's all of us the Marillion fans left wondering what's gonna happen next.
Luckily, almost a year later we had two good albums to choose from. It was the best start for both Marillion and Fish, but as it turned out it was just a good spark which never became a fire Fish's career was going downhill, with every new album being a little bit worse than the previous one.
But fortunately there was a turning point. And the turning point was the collaboration with Steven Wilson Porcupine Tree, Blackfield etc in the album 'Sunsets on Empire' in This album was Fish's first really good album after 'Vigil'. Two years later Fish released another good album, Raingods with Zippos - again with Steven Wilson being present, but this time with less responsibilities.
Two more albums followed before '13th Star', and at the point which Album) believed Fish is regaining his old self, we learned the news of the throat surgeries and the fear of cancer. The good thing with Fish is that he is inspired from his personal tragedies and he has someand he comes back every time even stronger! So, after the problems with his health and his divorce as well, he returned with this album, which is one of his best works in my opinion.
The album itself can't be characterized as the "definition of Progressive Rock", but it has many good moments, including a 5-piece epic, starting with the wonderfull 'High Wood' track 5 and ending with 'The Leaving' track 9.
In these songs Fish remembers his "Prog roots" and he does it well! Further than that, we have a very decent album, with Fish describing many of his personal moments which are "dressed" with beautiful melodies. The album includes 11 songs, and has a total running time of almost 67 minutes. My Rating: 3. While much of the music seems to lack the sophistication that Fish found with Marillion, similarly the lyrics often seem to lack the nuance and complexity of previous Fish recordings; to Re-recordings - Fish - The Funny Farm Interview - July 95 (CD that wealth is corrupting doesn't seem particularly original or insightful.
Overall, I think Vigil is a good addition to any prog collection, but fear it falls short of the heights of Fish's best work. Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. Please consider supporting us by disabling your ad blocker.
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