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Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Tue Jan 17, 2012 7:11 pm

Dear All,.

This is still in discussion and totally dependent on finances as it's a big investment in titles that may or may not provide returns.I have been in contact with my old friend and producer Chris Kimsey and we are examining the possibilities of remixing and remastering "Raingods With Zippos", "Fellini Days" and possibly "Field of Crows" as part of the re release of my solo back catalogue on Chocolate Frog Records which would include all the solo albums I have under my control.(The only exception is "Vigil" which is owned by EMI and which involves separate negotiations to secure it's release.)

With the 3 albums I need to have the original tapes "baked" and transferred to Pro Tools after which Chris can remix the tracks and even possibly employ a 5-1 mix in the process.It's an expensive outlay and we are both seeing if we can juggle the figures to make them work.

The reissues would come with the relevant promo videos, live footage when we can find it,in depth interviews about the album concerned mixed with home video of the tours and recordings.In some cases there is the possibility of new artwork fronting the original designs and superior inlay books.

Rob Ayling is hunting down costings in the coming weeks and is suggesting opening the reissues this Summer with a box set of the catalogue.Again with the Fishheads project in mind it's all dependent on costs of manufacture against a reasonable retail price to make sense.

The Forum at http://www.fish-thecompany.com will again be the area where views should be aired on this so I can read your opinions and ideas.

If anyone has access to high quality live footage from any of these era could you please post in the forum area under the re issues thread as I will be trying to track down material in the coming months and would sincerely appreciate your help with this.

A plethora of cunning plans we are trying to bring together and hope we can make work this year!

love

Onkel Fish

I forgot to add all the catalogue under my control that is not already available will be reissued on 180 gramme vinyl at the same time:-)
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Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:19 pm

another great idea bigman!, my only concern being the amount of plans you are putting forward and possible amount of outlay for yourself, i dont claim to know any figures or anything, but i know that (as doc said earlier) in the current economic climate, maybe all this will be asking a bit much just now for the average guy or gal like myself to find the funds for, as well as getting to your gigs, dont get me wrong iam all for the ideas! but maybe too much at the one time?
all the best <(())>< :)
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Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Tue Jan 17, 2012 8:58 pm

I'd welcome a remix of those and I think I'd really like the Chris Kimsey touch on Raingods - which is one of my fave albums but could do with a bit more space and a bit stripping out in place (opinion only folks!!!)

I also notice some albums are now going for a price due to lack of stock (e.g. field of crows for £30 new on amazon.co.uk) - which is an issue for those who don't spot the fish site.

Why not go a bit more radical. You've got a lot of fans like me who have their own bands (http://www.myspace.com/soundoscope) and are quite nifty in cubase etc and would love to give some material a rework for free. I can imagine 'rites of passage' for example with the opening woodwind taken off and a new simple piano bit added etc. Some people would take tracks and dance them up. It might be work - it might not - but could produce some interesting results for nothing - which could be bonus material.
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Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Wed Jan 18, 2012 10:22 am

amgsunseek wrote:IWhy not go a bit more radical. You've got a lot of fans like me who have their own bands (http://www.myspace.com/soundoscope) and are quite nifty in cubase etc and would love to give some material a rework for free. I can imagine 'rites of passage' for example with the opening woodwind taken off and a new simple piano bit added etc. Some people would take tracks and dance them up. It might be work - it might not - but could produce some interesting results for nothing - which could be bonus material.


That's a really interesting idea! I wonder how copyright considerations would limit it's potential though? I am no expert on these issues... :?

Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Wed Jan 18, 2012 2:35 pm

I personally don't have much of an issue with the sound on these albums, but a number of folk do. Certainly having the extras with the reissue always makes it more attractive to fans that have the original albums. I think that why previous reissues have worked pretty well. Also, Chris Kimsey is a well known name in Marillion and Fish circles!

Interesting idea about more remixing though. It makes me think of the 'Remixatosis' project Marillion did a while ago with Anoraknophobia. I wasn't sure if that was considered a success or not as they were going to release 2 CDs, and ended up giving the 2nd edition to the fan club members. Ironically, the free one that had the runner-up tracks was the one I preferred!

Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:16 pm

MaxPower wrote:I personally don't have much of an issue with the sound on these albums!


I agree with you on Field of Crows and Raingods. In fact these are two of my favourite albums and I love the "sound" of them. Not so sure about Fellini Days though, although I have to admit that it is more the material on that album that I am less than 100% convinced by... :?

Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Wed Jan 18, 2012 4:32 pm

mwelljester wrote:another great idea bigman!, my only concern being the amount of plans you are putting forward and possible amount of outlay for yourself, i dont claim to know any figures or anything, but i know that (as doc said earlier) in the current economic climate, maybe all this will be asking a bit much just now for the average guy or gal like myself to find the funds for, as well as getting to your gigs, dont get me wrong iam all for the ideas! but maybe too much at the one time?
all the best <(())>< :)

Ye, not being a bore, but I am with you on that---Followed Fish for years, and will always do- somehow- but it is hard-- I have to juggle so much to get away on our gigs, trips to scotland, conventions-- blah blah- I do nothing else, apart from my fish 'excursions'-thats my life, but, will be done, I'm sure he knows this.
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Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Wed Jan 18, 2012 5:57 pm

mar wrote:
mwelljester wrote:another great idea bigman!, my only concern being the amount of plans you are putting forward and possible amount of outlay for yourself, i dont claim to know any figures or anything, but i know that (as doc said earlier) in the current economic climate, maybe all this will be asking a bit much just now for the average guy or gal like myself to find the funds for, as well as getting to your gigs, dont get me wrong iam all for the ideas! but maybe too much at the one time?
all the best <(())>< :)

Ye, not being a bore, but I am with you on that---Followed Fish for years, and will always do- somehow- but it is hard-- I have to juggle so much to get away on our gigs, trips to scotland, conventions-- blah blah- I do nothing else, apart from my fish 'excursions'-thats my life, but, will be done, I'm sure he knows this.

thanks mar, ive been down this road before a long time ago when he was still with marillion, that was my life back then, work when i had a job and marillion nothing else mattered, its definitely not easy to juggle finances about from week to week or month to month, i try and plan things about 6months to a year in advance, but not easy, always try and leave room for the unexpected things in life, also depends on income and outgoings, everyone is different and obviously in the current climate not at all easy for people, single or married.
sorry for being bringer of boring tidings, lets get back to something more....... :D :D :D

Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Wed Jan 18, 2012 7:52 pm

Sounds great. I am interessted in an real remix. More dynamics, a better sound and, most important, a different mixing. Unfortunately many so called remixes of other bands werde just a louder, noisier reason for them to claim higher prices for old material.

Re: Proposed re issues of the Solo Catalogue

Sat Jan 21, 2012 6:56 pm

Sounds very exciting!i for one will buy everything available,fellini days is a grt album.
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