Fish Head Curry

Dick Bros Record Co, released July 1996

Live in Luzern, 12th November 1995
2 CDs

CD 1 (66:09):
01. Black Canal [Dick/Paterson]
02. Jumpsuit City [Dick/Boult/Cassidy]
03. Big Wedge [Dick/Simmonds]
04. Emperor's Song [Dick/Cassidy/Boult]
05. Intro - "See Rome & Die"
06. Lady Let It Lie [Dick/Paton/Cassidy]
07. Intro - "The Observer"
08. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors [Dick/Simmonds]
09. Shadowplay (medley) [Dick/Simmonds]
10. Fugazi [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
11. Slainte Mhath [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
12. Credo [Dick/Simmonds/Boult/Usher]

CD 2 (47:52):
01. Intro - "Where's The Wine From"
02. Kayleigh [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
03. Pipeline [Dick/Paton/Boult]
04. Incommunicado [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
05. Internal Exile [Dick/Boult/Simmonds]
06. Lucky [Dick/Boult/Simmonds]
07. Lavender [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosley]

Some of the 'verbals' were intentionally edited due to their arguably contentious and libellous nature. Others, namely the 'Rome & Die' intro were unintentionally omitted due to the fact that 'Hair Bear' used the DAT machine to play his favourite farmyard noises as introduced, taking the gig DAT out of record mode.
The story related to my first visit to Luzern during a school trip in 1970. I was still recovering from the previous five days in Rome which had been mostly spent in a hotel lavatory due to my ignorance of exotic fruit!

Starring (allegedly)
Vocals: Fish (Gareth Evans, sub)
Bass: Ewan 'Vermin' Vernal (wicketkeeper)
Keyboards, vocals: Foster 'Gump' Paterson (jambo)
Guitars, vocals: Robin 'Itchy' Boult (stage right wing)
Drums: Dave 'Squeaky' Stewart (jambo)
Guitar: Frank 'the Hat' Usher
Also featuring:
Outfront sound engineer: Andy 'Hairbear' Williamson
Production manager: Kelvin Boys 'Yatta' Yates
(the heroic vodka twins)
And introducing:
Monitor engineer: Michael 'Darling' Rose
Lights: Mick 'as I was saying' McHugh
Merchandise: Dave 'Mr Dynamic' Gould
Guitar technician: Duncan 'the wine waiter' Ross
Along with:
Truck driver: Jim Kelly
Bus driver: 'Turnaround' Ron Tasker

I can't say enough good things about this CD. The sound quality is superb... I have several of Fish's live CDs, but this one really captures the spirit of the live shows, I think! I love the renditions of Black Canal, Shadowplay Medley, Fugazi, Incommunicado, and more! Foss kicks ass on keys. Man, I was seriously impressed by his work on Incommunicado especially. I think it's great that both Fish solo and Marillion with H can do this song and both acts can kick ass with it!
Well, I just want to urge everyone to get a copy of this thing if they can before it's unavaliable. I guess the numbering was all screwed up. Somehow I managed to get a numbered copy (1242), but from what I understand only 5000 of these were pressed and many of them have a number of 0000.
Well, cheers... now get out there and catch some Fish!
JJ Jester, 25 May 1998

Fish has a tradition in "Official bootlegs". With these DAT-recorded live-albums, he makes complete concerts available to fans for a reasonable price. Most of them (except for Toiling in the Reeperbahn) are of excellent quality.
Fish Head Curry is the 7th in this series. This one is a (numbered) limited edition (5000 copies), which makes it a bit more exclusive. Only available by mail-order!
Fish Head Curry is the complete recording of a concert during the Yin and Yang tour (12/11/96) in a small farmhouse in Luzern, Switzerland. It contains many Suits songs and differs in that from the other live-albums. Very exclusive is the opening song, Black Canal. This song was the B-side of Lady Let it Lie, which is also present in this set.
Other highlights are a very emotional Vigil, a very powerful Shadowplay (regretably only a part of the Oldies-medley) and an up-tempo Incommunicado. Big Wedge should have been left out. Not that I don't like this song, but there are much better live-versions of this one (e.g. on Pigpen's Birthday).
On the other hand, David 'Squeeky' Stewart is a revelation. His drumming in Credo and Kayleigh is superb. I really do hope that we can enjoy his playing in the future. Fish's vocals are also very powerful, although he has problems in the higher regions. I forgive him for that, because atmosphere makes up for the loss of perfectionism. It's for that reason that I like the Suits songs more than on the album. They're less 'poppy' this way. Pity two of the best songs of that album (Mr.1470 and Raw Meat) are missing. We get parts of Fugazi and Slainte Mhath in return.
Also present are the stories, for which our Scotsman is well-known. Luckily these intros are a part on their own, so if your children are listening you can program them 'out'. Some of them are even omitted because of their offensive nature. Fish and censorship?
Altogether this recording is really worth its price (only GBP 12), although if I some-one asked me about a live-album, I'd recommend Pigpen's Birthday and Sushi first. The first because of the quality of the band, the latter because of the atmosphere created by the ever-singing audience. Looking forward to the Sunsets live album.
Jan-Jaap de Haan, May 1998

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