Suits (album)

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Suits
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Studio album by Fish
Released 16 May 1994
Genre Progressive rock
Label Dick Bros Record Company
Producer James Cassidy
Fish chronology
Songs from the Mirror
(1993)
Suits
(1994)
Yin/Yang
(1995)
Alternative cover
Artwork on 1998 Roadrunner Records release
Singles from Suits
  1. "Lady Let It Lie"
    Released: 5 April 1994
  2. "Fortunes of War"
    Released: 19, 26 September, 3 October, 10 October 1994
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2.5/5 stars[1]

Suits (1994) is the fourth solo album by former Marillion singer Fish, and his third studio album with original material (discounting 1993's cover project Songs from the Mirror). It is the first album to be released on Fish's new own label, the Dick Bros Record Company, which he set up after being dropped by Polydor. The album continues the cooperation with producer James Cassidy who had already produced Songs from the Mirror. Cassidy also contributed keyboards recordings and co-wrote five out of ten songs on the original version of this album. Together with keyboardist Foster Paterson, who had been part of the tour line-up since 1992 and co-wrote three tracks, Cassidy takes the role previously held by Mickey Simmonds. Further songwriting credits go to guitarist Robin Boult and bassist David Paton. The album took Fish the longest time yet to make, several songs on it had already premiered live in summer of 1992.

Singles and chart positions[edit]

Despite the lack of major label support, it went to no. 18 on the UK Album Charts, doing better than both the 1991 album Internal Exile (#21) and Songs from the Mirror, which didn't chart. However, this would turn out to be Fish's last UK top 40 album (as of February 2008).[2] Two singles released from this album (Lady Let It Lie and Fortunes of War) failed to enter the UK top 40. In an attempt to keep up sales for "Fortunes of War" over a longer period, Fish had decided to release four versions of the CD single across four weeks. As an incentive, every individual single CD contained a different version of the title track and three different acoustic recordings each, adding up to a full acoustic album in terms of playing time. However, record shops frustrated this scheme by often selling the complete 4-disc set at one time. A CD of all the acoustic tracks also called Fortunes of War was later released.

Re-releases[edit]

After Fish signed with Roadrunner Records in 1998, Suits was re-released on this label along with the other studio albums from the backcatalogue. The re-release contained two bonus tracks previously released as B-side of "Lady Let It Lie" and the double vinyl edition.

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Mr 1470" (Dick, Foster Paterson, Robin Boult) – 06:04
  2. "Lady Let It Lie" (Dick, David Paton, James Cassidy) – 06:53
  3. "Emperor's Song" (Dick, Cassidy, Boult) – 06:18
  4. "Fortunes Of War" (Dick, Cassidy, Boult) – 07:50
  5. "Somebody Special" (Dick, Boult, Paton) – 05:22
  6. "No Dummy" (Dick, Cassidy, Boult) – 06:16
  7. "Pipeline" (Dick, Paton, Boult) – 06:43
  8. "Jumpsuit City" (Dick, Cassidy, Boult) – 06:49
  9. "Bandwagon" (Dick, Paton, Boult, Paterson, Kevin Wilkinson) – 05:07
  10. "Raw Meat" (Dick, Paterson) – 07:17

Remastered edition[edit]

  1. "Black Canal" (Dick, Paterson) – 08:26
  2. "Out Of My Life" (Dick, Boult) – 03:45

Personnel[edit]

  • Derek W Dick (Fish) – vocals
  • Lorna Bannon – background vocals
  • Robin Boult – guitar
  • James Cassidy – keyboards
  • Marc Duff – flute, human whistle
  • Charlie McKerron – fiddle
  • David Murray – bagpipes
  • Foster Paterson – keyboards, background vocals
  • David Paton – bass guitar, background vocals
  • Fraser Spiers – harmonica
  • Frank Usher – guitar
  • Kevin Wilkinson – percussion, drums

Production[edit]

  • James Cassidy – Arranger, Producer, Engineer, Mixing
  • Stuart James – photography
  • Steve Pearce – assistant engineer
  • Julie Wilkinson – design, illustrations, cover illustration
  • Mark Wilkinson – design, illustrations, cover illustration
  • Ken Johnson "Snakehips" & His West Indian Dance Band – conductor, choir director

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mawer, Sharon (2011). "Suits - Fish | AllMusic". allmusic.com. Retrieved 3 August 2011. 
  2. ^ UK Top 40 Hit Database