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This Must Be The Plaice: Fish's Favourite Albums
Rev Rachel Mann , May 20th, 2013 05:57

The former Marillion frontman now solo singer-songwriter, picks out the gems in his record collection

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Photograph courtesy of Martin Hunter

"That’s what I do, it’s my contribution to albums and it comes down to sculpting and whittling all the time, throwing away anything that’s superfluous." Fish - lyricist, front man and purveyor of prog - pauses from chatting about the albums which have shaped his life, to reflect on the thing that has shaped his career: ‘wordsmithery’.

Indeed, it is his passion for words which acts as the linking thread between most of the albums on this list. For whatever critics have made of him in the thirty years since Script For A Jester’s Tear was released – and, frankly, many prog fans have wanted to twat sneering critics with their replica ‘Grendel’ masks – it’s hard not to be charmed by his insistence that words and word-craft still matter.

Best of all, you might not like stuff that matters to him, but he seemingly doesn’t care. As he prepares to release his tenth solo album, Feast Of Consequences, and hit the road again, he’s become one of the grand old men of prog. Despite his insistence that his favourite albums might change as rapidly as the weather in Leith, his choices are a blend of the comforting and the revealing. Like the genre that made his name, these are albums about as cool as a star-covered cape and as fashionable as Emerson, Lake And Palmer. But like prog itself, the Big Man from Edinburgh has never courted the brittle applause of the hip. Thank Tolkien he’s not going to start now.

Fish is currently on tour, with his new album Feast Of Consequences set to be released later this year - for full details head to his site here; click on the image below to begin scrolling through his choices


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May 20, 2013 11:08am

So he's finally on the road again and working. That's terrific news, guys, thank you.

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May 20, 2013 11:43am

sauvignon blanc moments

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Kev Moore
May 20, 2013 4:09pm

I enjoyed that. Thanks!

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May 20, 2013 4:23pm

That Lowell George album is fucking horrible... First two-- maybe two and half-- Little Feat records are great, however, and Lowell George Factrory is very good too...

Some people should NOT do drugs and Lowell was one of 'em. (Tho Little Feat boogie dudes are too dull to bother with.)

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May 21, 2013 9:00am

"In all honesty if I was going to switch the album I’d probably go for Yessongs because that album captured all three albums in a brilliant live rendition. It captured the energy that was in Yes."

Good to see prog rockers have a sense of humour. Yessongs is as dull as dishwater.

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T-Babes Randhawa
May 21, 2013 1:22pm

it's PAStorius

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May 22, 2013 1:42am

No Bieber? No Celine? No Timberlake?

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tony burrows
May 22, 2013 5:37pm

Everyone's a winner!!

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May 23, 2013 6:44am


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May 23, 2013 4:35pm

I kept hoping for at least one surprising choice, but no.

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James Reid
Jun 4, 2013 9:08am

In reply to Alex:

Like what? Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, maybe?

At least he's honest. ;)

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Jun 22, 2013 4:03pm

Progrock forever. Great List!!!

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Oct 20, 2013 1:17am

Pleased that someone else makes the connection between Peter and Joni. Is it so obvious that no one sees fit to comment?

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byron of calgary
Feb 29, 2016 3:37am

well said Fish - i would pick yessongs -misplaced childhood -Hackett's Spectral Mornings -ELP Welcome Back Live - Moodies 7th Sojourn - Classic Strawbs - Ummagumma - Zep 1 or 2 -totally agree on Quadroprenia - Rennaissance's latter 2cd live - Young Person's Guide to King Crimson and various folk cds by Jorma Kaukonenen - Sandy Denny and the Strawbs -Mary Hopkin and a good variety by The Fixx, The Mission and Simple Minds.... cheers ! !

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Mar 7, 2016 8:01pm

In reply to byron of calgary:

I would choose:
Pink Floyd Dark side and WYWH
Peter Gabriel 3
Rickie Lee Jones Pirates
Dire Straits Making Movies
Elton John Madmen across the water
David Bowie Hunky Dory
Marillion CaS
Fish Fellini Days

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