Fortunes Of War

Dick Brothers Record Company, released May 1998
Re-released by Roadrunner, 28th September 1998

UK : (Dick Bros) DDick30CD (5 034349 000068)
EEC: (Roadrunner) RR 8689 2 (016861868925)

01. Somebody Special (04:46) [Dick/Boult/Paton]
02. State Of Mind (07:15) [Dick/Simmonds/Lindes]
03. Fortunes Of War (06:29) [Dick/Cassidy/Boult]
04. Warm Wet Circles (06:04) [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
05. Jumpsuit City (05:48) [Dick/Boult/Cassidy]
06. The Company (04:12) [Dick/Simmonds]
07. Kayleigh (04:29) [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
08. Internal Exile (04:48) [Dick/Boult/Simmonds]
09. Just Good Friends (06:10) [Dick/Usher/Boult/Simmonds]
10. Sugar Mice (06:58) [Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Mosley/Trewavas]
11. Dear Friend (04:02) [Dick/Boult/Simmonds]
12. Lady Let It Lie (05:54) [Dick/Paton/Cassidy]
13. Lucky (06:08) [Dick/Boult/Simmonds]
Total Time: 73:03

All tracks recorded at the Mean Fiddler, London, June 29th 1994, Except Tracks 4 and 13 at TJ's, Newport, June 27th 1994 and Track 1 at the Waterfront, Norwich June 21st 1994. Tracks 9 and 12 at Millenium Studios for a live radio session in July 1994

During 1994, Fish didn't only do a normal tour to promote Suits (called the Bandwagon Tour) but also some series of performances with an acoustic set-up. A handful of acoustic performances with Fish, Frank and Robin had taken place earlier that year as a promotion for the Lady Let it Lie single. These 'gigs' were received very well and enjoyed by the band as the setlist got bigger and bigger. The Suits material lent itself very well for acoustic versions so before long the decision was taken to play several full 'unplugged' sets, which eventually developed into a whole tour. Because of the lower costs of an acoustic rig it even extended to places like South Africa and Singapore!
The band for this tour consisted of Fish, Robin, Frank, Foss and new drummer Dave 'Squeaky' Stewart. The tracks on the CD were recorded at four different locations, but most of them at The Mean Fiddler in London.
The tracks on this disc were released on a 4 CD-singles set which were supposed to be released one by one and get Fotunes of War in the charts for a couple of weeks. Retailers however made all of the 4 discs available at once and asked the normal price instead of the special reduced price, thus creating a lot of apathy among fans. Another 'cunning plan' failed.
The acoustic versions of these songs sound very good, and in my opinion some are even better than their original versions (Fortunes of War, Somebody Special).
There's a bit of cheating on Warm Wet Circles, which does include a solo on electric guitar. Personally I think this version doesn't even come close to the original.
This tour was also the one during which the extended improvisations on tracks like State of Mind and Sugar Mice orginiated. These new versions were later recorded in the studio for the Ying & Yang albums.
For those of you who already have the Acoustic Sessions CD, beware: this one is much better! Not only does it have 5 tracks which are not on that CD, the whole recording sounds much better and the sounds of the audience give it a more 'live' feeling (except for two tracks which were recorded in the studio).
Unfortunately, none of the keyboard based songs which were played during the acoustic tour appear on this CD and we therefore miss out on great stuff like Solo, Lavender and Gentleman's Excuse Me. Another song which is missing but should have been on this disk is Out of My Life. As far as I'm concerned they could have released a double CD with the full set, which also included the old Doors tune Roadhouse Blues at some concerts.
If you like Fish and acoustic sets, this one is definitely recommended. 8 out of 10.
Ed Sander (DPRP), December 2003

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