Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Fish released live album Return to Childhood

Return to Childhood


Released: July 25, 2006

Recorded: November 18, 2005

Peak: --

Sales (in millions): --

Genre: neo-progressive rock

Tracks, Disc 1:

Song Title (Writers) (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Big Wedge (Derek Dick/Mickey Simmonds) (12/27/89, 25 UK)
  2. Moving Targets (Dick/Watson/Dugild)
  3. Brother 52 (Dick/Steven Wilson) (4/28/97, --)
  4. Goldfish & Clowns (Dick/Wilson) (8/11/97, --)
  5. Raingods Dancing (Dick, Tony Turrell, Mark Daghorn)
  6. Wake-Up Call (Make It Happen) (Dick, Turrell, Daghorn)
  7. Innocent Party (Dick/Watson/Dugild)
  8. Long Cold Day Dick, John Wesley, John Young)
  9. Credo (Dick, Simmonds, Robin Boult, Frank Usher) (12/2/91, 38 UK)

Tracks, Disc 2:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks)

  1. Pseudo Silk Kimono
  2. Kayleigh (4/7/85, 74 US, 2 UK, 14 AR)
  3. Lavender (8/27/85, 5 UK)
  4. Bitter Suite
    i. Brief Encounter
    ii. Lost Weekend
    iii. Blue Angel
    iv. Misplaced Rendezvous
    v. Windswept Thumb
  5. Heart of Lothian (11/18/85, 29 UK)
    i. Wide Boy
    ii. Curtain Call
  6. Waterhole (Expresso Bongo)
  7. Lords of the Backstage
  8. Blind Curve
    i. Vocal Under a Bloodlight
    ii. Passing Strangers
    iii. Mylo
    iv. Perimeter Walk
    v. Threshold
  9. Childhood’s End?
  10. White Feather
  11. Incommunicado (5/11/87, 24 AR, 6 UK)
  12. Market Square Heroes (10/25/82, 60 UK)
  13. Fugazi

All songs on disc 2 written by Dick/ Kelly/ Mosley/ Rothery/ Trewavas.

Total Running Time: 124:39

The Players:

  • Fish (vocals)
  • Frank Usher, Andy Trill (guitar)
  • Tony Turrell (keyboards)
  • Steve Vantsis (bass)
  • John Tonks (drums)
  • Deborah French (backing vocals)


3.962 out of 5.00 (average of 13 ratings)

Awards: (Click on award to learn more).

About the Album:

Fish reached his commercial peak with the band Marillion in the 1980s. Their greatest success was with Misplaced Childhood, an album which reached #1 in the UK on the strength of two top-five hits. 20 years later, Fish celebrated the album’s anniversary by performing the album live in its entirety. He hadn’t done that since 1986 and his days with Marillion. This two-disc collection was recorded during a November 2005 performance in Tilburg, Holland.

The first disc focuses on Fish’s solo work. “It contains up tempo rocky songs from his repertoire, with only Goldfish and Clowns and…Raingods Dancing falling more in the category of ballads.” SM

The second disc features the full performance of Misplaced Childhood. “The new version works quite well, with all of the technical mastery of the familiar album but adding a bracing immediacy that dated mid-'80s production values can’t touch.” AMG It “is fairly close to the original, despite the addition of a female backing vocalist, and that it was played in a more heavy and modern way.” SM

“The highlight, as on the original album, is the unexpectedly poppy ballad Kayleigh, the closest Marillion ever came to a standard love song and by far their biggest single; in this version, the lower register that is Fish’s normal range these days allows for a somewhat bitter, rueful edge to creep into the ‘I never meant to break your heart’ refrain.” AMG

“For the encores, the Paradiso is treated to Incommunicado, Market Square Heroes and a supposedly unrehearsed Fugazi, all performed with great perfection.” SM

Notes: In 1988, Marillion released a double-live album called The Thieving Magpie, which featured a full, on-stage performance of Misplaced Childhood in 1986.

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