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Internal Exile (Fish album)

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Internal Exile
Cover art by Mark Wilkinson
Studio album by
Released28 October 1991[1]
StudioMillennium Recording Studios (Haddington)
GenreProgressive rock
Length50:14 (original CD)
61:05 (remastered editions)
45:06 (vinyl)
ProducerChris Kimsey
Fish chronology
Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors
Internal Exile
Songs from the Mirror
Alternative cover
Artwork on 1992 PolyGram U.S. release
Singles from Internal Exile
  1. "Internal Exile"
    Released: 9 September 1991
  2. "Credo"
    Released: 2 December 1991
  3. "Something in the Air"
    Released: 22 June 1992
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Internal Exile ("A Collection of a Boy's Own Stories") is Fish's second solo album after leaving Marillion in 1988. The album, released 28 October 1991, was inspired by the singer's past, his own personal problems and his troubled experiences with his previous record label EMI.

The album's music reflects Fish's indulgence in the vast regions of music that he wanted to explore as a solo artist; most notably Celtic music and folk styles. The album also has many concert staples such as "Credo", "Tongues" and "Internal Exile" featuring on a number of Fish's official bootleg recordings.

As on Vigil, Fish deals with themes important to him. The song "Internal Exile" speaks of his strong national pride and his desire for independence for Scotland. "Credo" is another song dealing with social problems and globalisation, echoing "State of Mind", his first solo single.

The album was produced by Chris Kimsey, and dedicated to Fish's daughter Tara.

A remastered version was released by Roadrunner Records on 26 October 1998.

Track listing

  1. "Shadowplay" – 06:23 (Dick, Mickey Simmonds)
  2. "Credo" – 06:40 (Dick, Simmonds, Robin Boult, Frank Usher)
  3. "Just Good Friends (Close)" - 06:00 (Dick, Usher, Boult, Simmonds)
  4. "Favourite Stranger" - 05:58 (Dick, Usher)
  5. "Lucky" - 04:50 (Dick, Boult, Simmonds)
  6. "Dear Friend" - 04:08 (Dick, Boult, Simmonds)
  7. "Tongues" – 06:22 (Dick, Simmonds, Usher, Boult)
  8. "Internal Exile" – 04:45 (Dick, Boult, Simmonds)
  9. "Something in the Air" – 05:08 (Speedy Keen) (Track missing from Vinyl release)

Bonus tracks on remastered edition (1998)

  1. "Poet's Moon" - 04:26 (Dick, Simmonds, Boult, Usher)
  2. "Carnival Man" - 06:25 (Dick, Boult, Ted McKenna, Simmonds, Usher, David Paton)


  1. "Internal Exile" (Released 9 September 1991) 7" Single, 12" Single, 12" Picture Disk Single and CD Single
  2. "Credo" (Released 2 December 1991) 7" Single, 12" Single and CD Single
  3. "Something in the Air" (released 22 June 1992) 7" Single, 12" Single and CD Single (one version released with "Shadow Play" live and the other with "Dear Friend" live)




Country Peak
United Kingdom[5]


  1. ^ "New Releases: Albums" (PDF). Music Week. 26 October 1991. p. 16. Retrieved 8 September 2022.
  2. ^ Erlewine, Stephen Thomas (2011). "Internal Exile - Fish | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011.
  3. ^ "Fish - Internal Exile - ultratop.be". Ultratop.
  4. ^ "Fish - Internal Exile - ultratop.be". Ultratop.
  5. ^ "Internal exile | full Official Chart History | Official Charts Company". Official Charts.