Internal Exile (2024 Remix) Deluxe Edition

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This item will be released July 22, 2024.

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‘Internal Exile’, Fish’s second solo album post-Marillion, originally released in 1991, has been remixed by Calum Malcolm for 2024. Working from the excellent original ’91 recordings, Calum Malcolm has reinvented ‘Internal Exile’ and it now stands a very strong and proud follow up to ‘Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors’. The songs were always independently powerful but now they have been brought together into a cohesive and energised collection that is balanced and flows as it was always intended to.

The deluxe 4CD + Blu-ray edition includes a hardback book with 100 pages, 13,000+ words of new notes by Fish, artwork by Mark Wilkinson, and photos. CD’s: remixed album, B-sides, demos, live versions. Blu-rays: Dolby Atmos/5.1 mixes, documentaries, promo videos, remastered concerts.

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The ‘Difficult second album’ once again featured Mickey Simmonds as lead on the writing team at the now christened ‘Funny Farm Recording Studios.’ They were joined by Robin Boult and Frank Usher, who’d taken up the position of twin guitarists in the touring band. The outbuilding that had been the old writing/rehearsal rooms was now evolving into a fully-fledged recording studio, and in the summer of ’91, work began on the ‘Internal Exile’ album with Chris Kimsey as producer.

A lot had happened since the ‘Vigil’ album, including a high court litigation over contractual issues with EMI, which resulted in a move to Polydor Records in early 1991. The songwriting had been plagued by outside interference and financial strains, and the stressful environment resulted in an album that, in some ways, lacked direction. The songs were powerful but not cohesive as an album, and the title ‘A Collection of a Boy’s Own Stories – Internal Exile’ summed it up.

There were the Progressive Rock epics of ‘Shadowplay’ and ‘Tongues,’ a direct comment on the litigation proceedings, the more straightforward rock approaches of ‘Credo,’ ‘Poets Moon,’ and ‘Lucky,’ while at the same time, there were seemingly slightly country influences over ‘Just Good Friends,’ ‘Dear Friend,’ and ‘Favourite Stranger.’ It was a mishmash of styles, but individually, every song was strong.

‘Internal Exile,’ which had been written back in 1989 sessions and originally recorded during the ‘Vigil’ sessions, was rerecorded. It had traditional roots that were echoed in ’Shadowplay’ and in other songs. As far as influences and styles went, it was a mosaic of an album, which was perhaps an indication of the freedom Fish now had, but also the slight confusion in direction after the trauma of the previous months.

There are no weak tracks on the album, and every song has been a favorite on stage, but at the time, it was perhaps a disappointment to some fans after the debut of ‘Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors.’

Chris Kimsey produced the sessions with Berlin tech Thomas Stiehler engineering at the brand-new Funny Farm Recording Studios. It was the first album to be recorded there, and trial-testing the studio created a lot of issues. The writing had all come together by the time recording began in June, and the principal members of the band were in place.

Ted McKenna (Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Michael Schenker) had been brought in on drums, and David Paton (Pilot, Kate Bush, Alan Parsons Project) was on bass. Ted played on a couple of tracks but was soon replaced by Ethan Johns on Chris Kimsey’s suggestion. It was an awkward moment, but Ethan quickly proved Chris’s faith in him, and the sessions surged forward.

The new studio was challenging, and the mixing was a laborious affair that, in the end, provided satisfactory but didn’t really provide the results everyone had hoped for.

The first single, ‘Internal Exile,’ was released in September 1991 and reached just inside the UK Top 40 singles chart. The lyrical subject matter of Scottish nationalism alienated quite a few of Fish’s fan base, and the UK media and national radio play was limited.

The album cover, designed once again by Mark Wilkinson, reflected Fish’s return to his Scottish roots with a portrait by Kenneth Martin surrounded by a framework of images that were a collection similar to what you might expect on a book of ‘A Boy’s Own Stories,’ the subtitle of the album.

The album, released in October, only reached number 21 in the UK album charts and was lacklustre across Europe. The corresponding tour was a huge success, and the second single ‘Credo’ in December was again Top 40 and a stalwart at rock radio. The album, however, didn’t do the numbers expected, and not even a third single, ‘Something in the Air,’ in June ’92 could revitalise its fortunes.

The new remix by Calum Malcolm has completely changed the energy and the dynamics, and a subtle change in the running order, bringing the B-sides ‘Poets Moon’ and ‘Carnival Man’ into the track listing, has virtually created a brand-new album. Working from the excellent original ’91 recordings, Calum Malcolm has reinvented ‘Internal Exile,’ and it now stands as a very strong and proud follow-up to ‘Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors.’

The songs were always independently powerful, but now they have been brought together into a cohesive and energised collection that is balanced and flows as it was always intended to.

The first CD in the Deluxe version of ‘Internal Exile’ is the 2024 remix of the original album plus all the B sides. You can find all the track listings for the cd’s below

CD2 is the previously unavailable demos that have been digitally remastered from the original Akai 12 track tapes and mixed by Steve Vantsis. These were all recorded here at the old Funny Farm Recording Studios through 1990 to 1991.

CD 3 and 4 are live versions from across the ages and by different bands on different tours. These include recordings from the BBC concert the Royal Court Theatre in Nottingham and some previously unheard versions of material which when all brought together have live performances of every song from the respective albums.

CD3 on the ‘Internal Exile’ title has four 2024 Calum Malcolm mixes of the studio rerecording’s made by James Cassidy in 1995 including ‘Just Good Friends’ and ‘Favourite Stranger’, featuring Sam Brown.

The deluxe version of ‘Internal Exile’ comes in a hardback book in a slipcase with 100 pages containing Mark Wilkinson artwork including original sketches , rare photos and images from backstage and also the promo material from the relevant eras. It also contains over 13 000 words of original sleeve notes that take you through one of the most dramatic and testing and exciting periods of my life as I began my solo career and a time in my life that was to say the least challenging. All the lyrics are printed and accompanied by images with the entire book brilliantly put together by Steve Vantsis.

The Deluxe version also has a Blu Ray disc which contains the Dolby Atmos and 5.1 versions of the 2024 albums mixed by Avril Mackintosh and Andy Bradfield who have previously mixed the ‘13th Star’ album as well as the most recent ‘Marillion’ remasters for Warners. ‘Internal Exile’ has been perfect for these special mixes and Avril and Andy have pulled out all the stops to make it a magnificent listening experience..

The Blu Ray also has the relevant promotional videos that have had the 2024 mixes added to the audio beds and the film enhanced and on both titles there are extensive documentaries filmed by Dave Barras and Scott Mackay at Strangeboat. There are in depth interviews with myself about the eras and substantial footage that I shot myself and with others from the studio and writing sessions at the Funny farm and on tour including the early solo shows. There’s also a documentary interview with Mark Wilkinson who reveals the stories behind the artwork and his recollections of those early days of my solo career. There’s nearly 2 hours of documentary footage on the disc.

Finally on the Blu ray there are two full concert audio recordings

‘Uncle Fish and the Cryptcreepers’ (1991) and ‘Derek Dick and his Amazing Electric  Bear’ (1991) that were previously released in 1993 as part of the ‘official bootleg series’ and long since deleted.

The audio on all of these shows has been remastered by Calum Malcolm.

The deluxe versions of the albums are without doubt the finest produced to date and rightly befitting these two outstanding titles. These are true legacy editions.

CD1
Internal Exile 2024 Remix

  1. Shadowplay (Dick/Simmonds) – 06:29
  2. Lucky (Dick/Boult/Simmonds) – 05:01
  3. Just Good Friends (Close) (Dick/Usher/Boult/Simmonds) – 05:57
  4. Favourite Stranger (Dick/Usher) – 05:58
  5. Tongues (Dick/Simmonds/Usher/Boult) – 06:34
  6. Something in the Air (Keen) – 05:10
  7. Poets Moon (Dick/Simmonds/Boult/Usher) – 04:23
  8. Dear Friend (Dick/Boult/Simmonds) – 04:11
  9. Credo (Dick/Simmonds/Boult/Usher) – 06:39
  10. Internal Exile (Dick/Boult/Simmonds) – 04:44
  11. Carnival Man (Dick/Boult/McKenna/Simmonds/Usher/Paton) – 06:28

Total Duration: 61:56

CD2
Demos

  1. Lucky (Demo) – 05:04
  2. Favourite Stranger (Demo) – 06:04
  3. Tongues (Demo) – 06:26
  4. Credo (Demo Guitar Version) – 06:52
  5. Dear Friend (Demo/Jam) – 10:08
  6. Poets Moon (Demo) – 05:14
  7. Internal Exile (‘89 Demo) – 05:12
  8. Dear Friend (Demo) – 03:36
  9. Shadowplay (Demo) – 05:44
  10. Favourite Stranger (Demo) – 03:05
  11. Just Good Friends (Instrumental Demo) – 05:20

Total Duration: 63:08

All tracks published by Fishy Music Ltd/Copyright Control except CD1 ‘Something in the Air’ published by Fabulous Music Ltd. All audio recordings copyright © 2024 Derek W Dick under exclusive license to Chocolate Frog Record Company Ltd, except tracks 5, 6, and 7 on CD3 copyright © 1991 BBC, released by arrangement with BBC Studios.

CD3
Studio & Live Versions

  1. Credo (Studio Re-recordings 1995 – Produced by James Cassidy, 2024 Calum Malcolm Remixes) – 06:45
  2. Just Good Friends (with Sam Brown) (Studio Re-recordings 1995 – Produced by James Cassidy, 2024 Calum Malcolm Remixes) – 05:49
  3. Lucky (Studio Re-recordings 1995 – Produced by James Cassidy, 2024 Calum Malcolm Remixes) – 04:58
  4. Favourite Stranger (Studio Re-recordings 1995 – Produced by James Cassidy, 2024 Calum Malcolm Remixes) – 07:08
  5. Internal Exile (BBC Sessions Nottingham Royal Court 15/11/91) – 04:42
  6. Tongues (BBC Sessions Nottingham Royal Court 15/11/91) – 05:59
  7. Credo (BBC Sessions Nottingham Royal Court 15/11/91) – 07:05
  8. Lucky (Utrecht Vredenberg 21/3/94 ‘Sushi’) – 04:59
  9. Poets Moon (Utrecht Vredenberg 21/3/94 ‘Sushi’) – 04:12
  10. Just Good Friends (Utrecht Vredenberg 21/3/94 ‘Sushi’) – 06:17
  11. Internal Exile (Utrecht Vredenberg 21/3/94 ‘Sushi’) – 04:42
  12. Credo (Utrecht Vredenberg 21/3/94 ‘Sushi’) – 07:04

Total Duration: 69:52

CD4
Live Versions

  1. Shadowplay (Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91) – 06:31
  2. Credo (Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91) – 07:15
  3. Lucky (Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91) – 05:02
  4. Tongues (Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91) – 06:23
  5. Dear Friend (Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91) – 04:14
  6. Internal Exile (Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91) – 04:46
  7. Favourite Stranger (St Mary’s Church Haddington 27/8/06 ‘Communion’ Acoustic) – 05:50
  8. Just Good Friends (St Mary’s Church Haddington 27/8/06 ‘Communion’ Acoustic) – 06:02
  9. Lucky (TJ’s Newport 27/6/94 ‘Fortunes of War’ Acoustic) – 06:06
  10. Dear Friend (Mean Fiddler London 29/6/94 ‘Fortunes of War’ Acoustic) – 04:01
  11. Shadowplay (Edinburgh Playhouse 31/1/91 ‘For Whom the Bells Toll’) – 06:46
  12. Internal Exile (Rynek, Przemysl Poland 10/10/97 ‘Sunsets on Empire’) – 05:01

Total Duration: 68:17

BLU-RAY

‘Internal Exile’ 2024 Remix – Dolby Atmos and 5.1 Mixes

  • Fish Interview ‘Internal Exile – A Boy’s Own Story’ Documentary Film
  • Mark Wilkinson Interview ‘The Art of Internal Exile’ Documentary Film
  • Original promo videos for ‘Credo’, ‘Just Good Friends’, and ‘Internal Exile’

‘Uncle Fish and The Crypt Creepers’ Dusseldorf Phillips Halle 7/12/91 Full ‘Official Bootleg’ Concert Audio

  1. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (Dick/Simmonds)
  2. Credo (Dick/Simmonds/Boult/Usher)
  3. Tongues (Dick/Simmonds/Usher/Boult)
  4. Family Business (Dick/Simmonds)
  5. Incubus (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  6. Shadowplay (Dick/Simmonds)
  7. Dear Friend (Dick/Boult/Simmonds)
  8. The Company (Dick/Simmonds)
  9. Lucky (Dick/Simmonds/Boult)
  10. Big Wedge & Windswept Thumb Acapella (Dick/Simmonds & Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  11. Heart of Lothian (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  12. Fugazi (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  13. Internal Exile (Dick/Simmonds)
  14. Market Square Heroes (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  15. Forgotten Sons (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)

All tracks published by Fishy Music Ltd/Copyright Control except tracks 5/10b/11/12/14 and 15 by Charisma Music/Hit and Run Music Publishing Ltd. All audio recordings copyright © Derek W Dick 2024 under exclusive license to Chocolate Frog Record Company Ltd.

‘Derek Dick and his Amazing Electric Bear’ Haddington Corn Exchange 3/11/91 Full ‘Official Bootleg’ Concert Audio

  1. Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (Dick/Simmonds)
  2. Credo (Dick/Simmonds/Boult/Usher)
  3. State of Mind (Dick/Simmonds/Lindes)
  4. Tongues (Dick/Simmonds/Usher/Boult)
  5. Family Business (Dick/Simmonds)
  6. Incubus (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  7. Shadowplay (Dick/Simmonds)
  8. Dear Friend (Dick/Boult/Simmonds)
  9. Lucky (Dick/Simmonds/Boult)
  10. Big Wedge (Dick/Simmonds)
  11. Fugazi (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  12. Heart of Lothian (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  13. The Company (Dick/Simmonds)
  14. Forgotten Sons (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)
  15. Internal Exile (Dick/Simmonds)
  16. Market Square Heroes (Dick/Rothery/Kelly/Trewavas/Mosely)

All tracks published by Fishy Music Ltd/Copyright Control except tracks 6/11/12/14 and 16 by Charisma Music/Hit and Run Music Publishing Ltd. All audio recordings copyright © Derek W Dick 2024 under exclusive license to Chocolate Frog Record Company Ltd.