What does it sound like?:
Can it really be 16 years since this album was first released. Well, it’s back now with a vengeance, in full 3 cd expanded form.
As well as the original album remastered in 2015, there is a cd’s worth of ‘variations’ (two lengthy demos and a live version) of the album’s centrepiece ‘A Plague of Ghosts’, plus a live cd containing demos, bonus tracks and live material, concluding with an epic 34 minute rendering of the aforementioned ‘Plague’, recorded live in 2000. Among the bonus tracks are the rarely heard ‘Mr Buttons’ and ‘Chasing Miss Pretty’, which originally appeared as the two new songs on the ‘Kettle of Fish’ best of album some years back.
The original album, although dominated by ’Plague of Ghosts’, also contains some other worthy originals such as ‘Tumbledown’ and ‘Rites of Passage’, plus a cracking cover of Alex Harvey’s ‘Faith Healer’, which wouldn’t have been out of place on the ‘Songs From The Mirror’ album from much earlier in the Fish solo career.
As with the ‘Sunsets on Empire’ release, the whole thing is very well packaged and accompanied by a super book of sleevenotes, lyrics, photos etc.