The long-awaited sixth installment of the Marillion reissue series presents the album that many fans consider the band's best work: "Fugazi". However, this masterpiece, released in 1984, was also characterized by its less dynamic, clanking-cold sound, which was somewhat corrected by the remaster in the 1990s, but still did not sound appropriate to the strong songs. This has now been corrected in stunning fashion. Reason enough to talk to both frontman Fish and guitarist Steve Rothery about "Fugazi"
We meet a slightly late, but immediately usual talkative Fish in the Zoom interview in his living room. He was still at the hairdresser, says the Scotsman, but he then gets started right away, a coffee cup in one hand, a cigarette in the other, but still gesticulating wildly.
Already in 2015 Fish had announced that he wanted to record one last album, this one was called "Weltschmerz" and that he would go into well-deserved retirement after a final tour. Due to numerous setbacks of health and family reasons, it took five years until the album could be released. But now the double album "Weltschmerz" is here and even provokes comparisons to Fish's masterful debut album "Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors", which celebrates its 30th birthday this year. We talked to the talkative Scot about both albums and round off our Fish special with a detailed shopping list commented by the master himself.
Fish is in a good mood when we catch him on the phone. And this despite the fact that he has only just overcome a difficult situation. Only a few days before the interview he had to go to the emergency room of a hospital because he had signs of a heart attack. In the end, the whole thing turned out to be quite serious, but easy to treat cardiac arrhythmia, so that Fish gives us information in the usual chatty mood.
After the dispute with his record companies EMI and Polydor, Fish decided to take a courageous step: in 1994 he founded his own label with Dick Bros. without further ado, but he was shipwrecked with it. The albums that the Scottish singer released between 1997 and 2003 are characterized by a constant, involuntary change: changing record companies and changing songwriters made it difficult for Fish, who himself doesn't know any instrument, to follow his course. He has documented all this in his extensive essays on the re-releases "Sunsets On Empire", "Raingods With Zippos" and "Fellini Days", which are now being released. However, we wanted to know a few more details.
eclipsed: The remasters of the three albums sound fantastic, especially on "Raingods With Zippos" Calum Malcolm did a great job.
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