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Fish – Weltschmerz (Album Review)

by Geoff Bailie

Careers of rock stars end in many ways… someone once said: “Some of us go down in a blaze of obscurity. Some of us go down in a haze of publicity”. The author of that lyric, Derek Dick, aka Fish, has been on a path to “end well”, after an incredible career in music that spans more than 40 years. However a variety of circumstances- illness, bereavement, band changes, nevermind a global pandemic – have meant that the path has not been as straight or as smooth as he had anticipated.

A key element in this exit strategy was the creation of a final album – an opportunity for one more comment… a last word… an epitaph or perhaps a eulogy for his musical career. Describing himself as a writer who also sings, Fish is not known for hiding his true thoughts or feelings, but nevertheless the finality of this album meant he had a sharp focus on what he wants and needs to say. Farewell speeches don’t always make good art, so how does Weltschermz stack up?

Weltscmerz is crafted as an “old style” double album – two discs of approximately 42/43 minutes long, complete with complimentary artwork and lyrics (yes you can stream it too, but beware of missing out!). The title is a German word that means “world weariness” and, while it’s not a concept album in the narrative sense, this underlying theme, and Fish’s reflections on those aspects are the conceptual thread that runs through it. That might raise the question – is this a dark and depressing listen? In my opinion, the answer is that isn’t the case. It’s not an album of minor key moaning, but rather uses reality to find some elements of light in the darkness. For example, Walking on Eggshells, in which the subject is the challenging side of relationships (and by Fish’s own admission, draws from his personal experiences), has a joyful mid-section that combines 12-string guitar, swelling strings, a very proggy Moog lick, with the “she’s always there for you” refrain, bringing the underlying hope.

In the video interview on the deluxe set, Fish mentions that he didn’t shy away from prog elements, because they reflect a large part of his influences. For musical collaborators, Fish continues his partnership with Steve Vantsis as wingman, complemented with contributions from familiar friends, Robin Boult, Fos Patterson and John Mitchell, each of whom bring their own traits to the overall album.

The album has many delights to explore that a review couldn’t do justice to. If you’re after epics, there are two phenomenal story songs in Rose of Damascus and Waverley Steps. If you want to get personal, This Party’s Over is Fish calling himself out to deal with the issues he is facing , while The Prog Report Song of the Year winner, Garden of Remembrance will resonate with anyone who has lost a loved one to Alzheimer’s/ dementia. The opening The Grace of God has a rhythm inspired by the pulse and noise of the MRI scanner that Fish was subjected to, while closer Weltschmerz has the singer leading the charge to:

“Stand up to be counted, stand up to be heard
Stand up at the barricades, stand up for your world”

A special mention must be given to the format of choice for this release – the Deluxe version which adds a blu-ray with 5.1 mix, a making of video, videos for 4 of the songs and some live versions. It also includes an interview with Mark Wilkinson whose artwork accompanied the start and the end of Fish’s recorded career. The accompanying booklet contains 100 pages of his artwork, as well as lyrics and 8000 words of sleeve notes by Fish. Believe me – this isn’t a flick through / watch once package – it’s one you’ll reach for again and again!

“I’m a grey bearded warrior, a poet of no mean acclaim
My words are my weapons that I proffer with disdain”

If this truly is the end for the grey bearded warrior (and I’ve no reason to doubt that!), then it would be fitting to end with a good album. However this album is quite simply one of the best of his entire career – the music, lyrics, production and packaging are all absolutely first class. It seems appropriate that the peace sign-waving Market Square Hero leaves the stage with an album that stands head and shoulders with anything else in his career.

Released on September 25th, 2020

Songs / Tracks Listing
CD 1 (42:12)
1. Grace of God (8:19)
2. Man with a Stick (6:27)
3. Walking on Eggshells (7:18)
4. This Party’s Over (4:22)
5. Rose of Damascus (15:45)

CD 2 (42:18)
1. Garden of Remembrance (6:07)
2. C Song (The Trondheim Waltz) (4:41)
3. Little Man What Now? (10:54)
4. Waverley Steps (End of the Line) (13:45)
5. Weltschmerz (6:51)

Total Time 84:30

Line-up / Musicians
– Fish / vocals

With:
– Steve Vantsis / bass, keyboards, guitars, programming
– Robin Boult / guitar
– John Mitchell / guitar
– Craig Blundell / drums
– Dave Stewart / drums
– David Jackson / saxophone
– Liam Homes / keyboards
– Foss Paterson / keyboards
– Doris Brendel / backing vocals
– Mikey Owers / brass
– Scottish Chamber Orchestra / strings

https://fishmusic.scot/store/albums/weltschmerz/17

 

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News: Albums of the Month (October 2020 – December 2020)

Album review: FISH – Weltschmerz  FISH – Weltschmerz (Fish Music) …this is a rich, accessible, profound album invested with heaps of integrity, passion and insight. ‘Weltschmerz’ stands as the best album of Fish’s solo career, and easily amongst the best of the year by anyone… … Continue reading

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2020 Prog Report Awards Finalists and Winners

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards results. These awards were entirely fan-voted over 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.

You can see the results in the video below.

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Fish announces new live album ‘A Fish in the Lemon Tree’ in support of live band and road crew

Fish has announced a surprise live album that will be out this Friday, Dec 4th.  Recorded on March 13th 2020 at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen, the audio will be available to stream for free on Soundcloud and on YouTube, alongside a JustGiving page raising money for Fish’s band and crew members, aiming to relieve their financial struggles caused by the global pandemic crisis.

Beginning Friday, December 4th, fans can stream the gig and visit the donation page. The set list for the tour was built around songs from his first solo album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors, on its 30th anniversary outing, new material from his brand new and final double album Weltschmerz and a couple of nods to songs from his first album, Script For A Jester’s Tear with Marillion that had just been re-released. It was the closing of a circle on what was meant to be his penultimate tour.

The recording captured what has become a special moment for Fish and his crew, their only live performance of 2020 which took place just before the UK went into lockdown. Neither the show nor the recording would have been possible without his talented band or crew, so Fish is using the release of the recording as an opportunity to help raise funds for them during these trying times.

“On Friday March 13th I performed my one and only show this year at The Lemon Tree in Aberdeen. Two days later my musicians and crew were disbanded and soon after in lockdown in their respective homes across the UK and beyond. None of us has set foot on a stage since and are unlikely to do so again for quite a while.

Losing all our concert touring in 2020 has been both a huge emotional and financial hit for everyone concerned however I was lucky that, although I didn’t qualify for government support, my wife and I had the record company mail order business to get us through the year. My musicians and crew haven’t been as fortunate and most of them being self employed qualified for only basic support, others getting nothing at all.

The show on March 13th at the Lemon Tree in Aberdeen was essentially a warm up gig for a tour that was booked with around 50 shows throughout the year and across Europe. We wouldn’t normally record these shows but luckily it was captured by my sound engineer Steve Kent and with a touch of studio magic from Steve Vantsis, my bass player, Weltschmerz album co-writer and co-producer, we’ve managed to get together an hour and 30 minutes of the only show performed in 2020. It’s a very special memory and means a lot to us all.

I decided that I didn’t want to release it as an official live album but to use it in a very different way. This Lemon Tree gig will be available to stream free of charge on Soundcloud and YouTube from 4th December and all I ask is that if you’re moved enough by the show that you make a small donation.

I personally am taking nothing from anything raised here and funds will be dispersed directly to associated band and crew members who have been struggling financially this year with little or no work outside the live music industry. Should funds raised exceed expectations then I will pass the remainder on to a similar charity that is supporting the live music industry.” -Fish

‘A Fish In The Lemon Tree’ follows the release of Fish’s double album Weltschmerz in September, marking his final studio recording.

A FISH IN THE LEMON TREE SETLIST
Family Business
Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors
Rose Of Damascus
He Knows You Know
Weltschmerz
This Party’s Over
Cliché
View From The Hill
A Gentleman’s Excuse Me
Script For A Jester’s Tear
The Company

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Vote for Artist/Band of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

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Vote for Album of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

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Vote for Live Album of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

Welcome to the 2020 Prog Report Awards. These awards are entirely fan-voted. Please select your favorites among 8 categories including Album, Song, Epic, Live Album, Album Cover, Video, Production, and Artist/Band of the Year.  We will be posting the different categories daily.

Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
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Vote for Album Production of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

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Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
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Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

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Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
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Vote for Epic of the Year in the 2020 Prog Report Awards

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Voting ends Dec. 1st, 2020, with results being announced a couple weeks later.

Song of the Year (voting open now)
Video of the Year (voting open now)
Epic of the Year (voting open now)
Album Cover of the Year (voting open now)
Album Production of the Year (Voting opens Nov. 18th)
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