Yin and Yang (Fish albums)

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Yin
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Compilation album by Fish
Released 28 August 1995
Genre Progressive rock
Label Dick Bros Record Company
Producer James Cassidy and others
Fish chronology
Suits
(1994)
Yin / Yang
(1995)
Sunsets on Empire
(1997)
Yang
Singles from Yin / Yang
  1. "Just Good Friends"
    Released: 14 August 1995

Yin and Yang are the titles of two separate compilation albums by Fish co-released in 1995. They are a retrospective on Fish's four solo albums and four albums with Marillion.

Yin and Yang were released on Fish's independent label Dick Bros Record Company. There also was a "radio edits" promotional release containing eight tracks, each with a roughly one-minute-long introduction spoken by Fish. This CD was also available as a fan-club mail-order edition.[1]

Music[edit]

Some of the 26 tracks (13 on each album) have been re-recorded (including all by Marillion) or remixed, others remain in their original versions.

The re-recorded Marillion tracks are "Punch & Judy", "Incubus" (from Fugazi, 1984), "Kayleigh", "Lavender" (from Misplaced Childhood, 1985), "Incommunicado", "Sugar Mice" (Clutching at Straws, 1987). Another track ("Institution Waltz") is a new version of a Marillion song they demoed but never properly recorded.

The re-recorded solo tracks are "State of Mind" (1990, from Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors), "Credo", "Lucky", "Favourite Stranger", "Just Good Friends" (now a duet with Sam Brown) (1991, from Internal Exile), "Somebody Special" (1994, from Suits).

The title track of the 1991 album Internal Exile appears in its previously unreleased original version recorded in 1989. It would later become a bonus track on re-issues of that Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors.

The set also contains three cover versions: Sandy Denny's "Solo" appears as found on the 1993 covers album Songs from the Mirror. "Time and a Word" is a Yes song recorded during the Songs from the Mirror sessions, but left off the original version of that album. Instead, it appeared on the compilation Outpatients '93 first. It has since been included on a re-issue of Songs from the Mirror. Yes guitarist Steve Howe, who appears as a guest musician on this track, was not yet in Yes when the song was written. There is a version of the Sensational Alex Harvey Band's "Boston Tea Party", which is not identical with the one on Songs from the Mirror, but was newly recorded with the members of the original SAHB line-up.

Personnel[edit]

Other than that, all new versions were recorded by Fish's then-current line-up: Frank Usher, Robin Boult (guitars), Foster Paterson (keyboards), David Paton (bass), Dave Stewart (drums). Stewart had replaced Kevin Wilkinson who had moved on to The Proclaimers. "Just Good Friends", originally from Internal Exile, is now a duet featuring Sam Brown, which was also released as a lead single. All new tracks were mixed and produced by James Cassidy, who had previously worked on Songs from the Mirror and Suits.

Cover[edit]

The outside cover, a relatively simple concept based on the yin and yang symbol (with each element in the shape of a fish) surrounded by a circular Celtic knot pattern, was again designed by permanent Fish collaborator Mark Wilkinson. The Yin version of the cover has a black symbol on a white/greyish background, the Yang version has a white symbol against a dark-red/black background. (On the Radio Edits CD cover, the two fishes are in different colours, more similar to the actual yin and yang symbol.) "1980 1995" is written in the upper left corner, apparently in reference to Marillion. Actually, Fish did not join Marillion until 1981, making this a somewhat dubious attempt at citing an anniversary as the occasion for this retrospective. The booklets contain several photographs of Fish mostly taken on the Scottish coast.

Single[edit]

The new version of "Just Good Friends", a duet with Sam Brown, was released as a lead single on 14 August 1995. It failed to enter the UK top 40, spending one week at #63 in the UK Singles Chart.[2]

Tour[edit]

The album was surrounded by an extensive 80-date world tour, at that time the longest Fish had undertaken since leaving Marillion. It included several countries never covered by any previous tours, some of which are rarely visited by international acts, such as Argentina, Bosnia, Brazil, Chile, Croatia, Estonia, Hong Kong, Singapore, Slovakia, Turkey.[3] There were also six gigs in Poland, one of which (originally captured for national TV) would later be released as the video and live album Krakow. The tour was briefly stopped when, while in Estonia, bassist David Paton was called away on a family matter but never returned. He was replaced by Ewen Vernal (formerly of Deacon Blue).

Track listing[edit]

Note: "Dick" is Fish's actual surname.

Yin[edit]

  1. "Incommunicado" (1995 Re-recording) – 5:08 (Dick, Steve Rothery, Mark Kelly, Pete Trewavas, Ian Mosley), originally from the Marillion album Clutching at Straws (1987)
  2. "Family Business" (1990 Original Recording) – 5:14 (Dick, Mickey Simmonds, Hal Lindes), from the Fish album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
  3. "Just Good Friends" (1995 Re-recording featuring Sam Brown) – 5:46 (Dick, Frank Usher, Robin Boult, Simmonds), originally from the Fish album Internal Exile (1991)
  4. "Pipeline" (1994 Original Recording) – 6:55 (Dick, David Paton, Boult), from the Fish album Suits (1994)
  5. "Institution Waltz" (1995 Recording) – 4:03 (Dick, Diz Minnitt, Rothery, Kelly, Mick Pointer), originally by Marillion, previously unreleased
  6. "Tongues" (1991 Original Recording) – 6:17 (Dick, Simmonds, Usher, Boult), from the Fish album Internal Exile (1990)
  7. "Time and a Word" (1993 Original Recording) – 4:22 (Jon Anderson, David Foster), Yes cover, originally released on the compilation Outpatients '93, later included on the re-issue of Songs from the Mirror (1998)
  8. "The Company" (1990 Original Recording) – 4:05 (Dick, Simmonds), from the Fish album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
  9. "Incubus" (1995 Re-recording) – 9:40 (Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Mosley, Trewavas), originally from the Marillion album Fugazi (1984)
  10. "Solo" (1993 Original Recording) – 4:10 (Denny), Sandy Denny cover, from the Fish album Songs from the Mirror (1993)
  11. "Favourite Stranger" (1995 Re-recording) – 6:03 (Dick, Usher), originally from the Fish album Internal Exile (1991)
  12. "Boston Tea Party" (1995 Re-recording with the Sensational Alex Harvey Band) – 4:58 (Alex Harvey, Hugh McKenna, Zal Cleminson), Sensational Alex Harvey Band cover, originally on the Fish album Songs from the Mirror (1993)
  13. "Raw Meat" (Edited intro, 1994 Original Recording) – 6:52 (Dick, Usher), from the Fish album Suits (1994)

Total Time 73:43

Yang[edit]

  1. "Lucky" (1995 Re-recording) – 4:55 (Dick, Boult, Simmonds), originally from the Fish album Internal Exile (1991)
  2. "Big Wedge" (1995 Re-mix of 1990 original) – 5:49 (Dick, Simmonds), originally from the Fish album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
  3. "Lady Let It Lie" (1995 Re-mix of 1994 original) – 6:56 (Dick, Paton, James Cassidy), originally from the Fish album Suits (1994)
  4. "Lavender" (1995 Re-recording) – 4:59 (Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley), originally from the Marillion album Misplaced Childhood (1985)
  5. "Credo" (1995 Re-recording) – 6:46 (Dick, Simmonds, Boult, Usher), originally from the Fish album Internal Exile (1991)
  6. "A Gentleman's Excuse Me" (1990 Original) – 4:16 (Dick, Simmonds), from the Fish album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
  7. "Kayleigh" (1995 Re-recording) – 4:10 (Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley), originally from the Marillion album Misplaced Childhood (1985)
  8. "State of Mind" (1995 Re-recording) – 6:50 (Dick, Simmonds, Lindes), originally from the Fish album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990)
  9. "Somebody Special" (1995 Re-recording) – 4:23 (Dick, Boult, Paton), originally from the Fish album Suits (1994)
  10. "Sugar Mice" (1995 Re-recording) – 6:19 (Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley), originally from the Marillion album Clutching at Straws (1987)
  11. "Punch & Judy" (1995 Re-recording) – 3:28 (Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley), originally from the Marillion album Fugazi (1984)
  12. Fortunes of War (1994 Original) – 8:08 (Dick, Cassidy, Boult), from the Fish album Suits (1994)
  13. "Internal Exile" (1989 Recording not previously released) – 4:48 (Dick, Boult, Simmonds), this version originally recorded for the Fish album Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990), a different version from this one appears on Internal Exile (1991)

Total time 71:56

References[edit]

  1. ^ Discography entry for Yin&Yang Radio Edits on Fish's official site, retrieved 2012-09-25
  2. ^ Entry at chartstats.com, retrieved 2008-02-20
  3. ^ Fish tour history, retrieved 2012-09-25

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