Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors

SOLO ALBUM // 1990

Vigil in a Wilderness of Mirrors (1990) is the debut solo album by Fish. Fish had departed Marillion in 1988. Although the recordings for this album finished as early as June 1989, EMI Records decided to delay the release until early 1990, to avoid collision with Marillion’s album Seasons End (September 1989).

However, the track “State of Mind”, featuring guest musician John Keeble from Spandau Ballet on drums, was released as a single as early as 16 October 1989, more than three months ahead of the album. Further singles from the album were “Big Wedge” (the actual lead single, 27 December 1989), “A Gentleman’s Excuse Me” (5 March 1990) and “The Company” (18 July 1990, only released in Germany).

1. Vigil In A Wilderness Of Mirrors (8:46)
2. Big Wedge (5:25)
3. State Of Mind (4.45)
4. The Company (4:07)
5. A Gentleman’s Excuse Me (4:20)
6. The Voyeur (I Like To Watch) (4:45)
7. Family Business (5:22)
8. View From A Hill (6.39)
9. Cliché (7:06)

The album was recorded at Townhouse Studios, London, during the first half of 1989, and produced by Jon Kelly.

Artwork by Mark Wilkinson

– Derek Dick “Fish” / lead vocals, arrangements
– Frank Usher / guitar (1-4,6,7,9,11,12,14)
– Hal Lindes / guitar (1-5,7,11)
– Janick Gers / guitar & arrangements (8)
– Mickey Simmonds / keyboards, arrangements (4,8,9), drum programming (12), grand piano (13)
– Davy Spillane / pipes & whistles (1)
– Phil Cunningham / whistle, bodhrán & accordion (4,11)
– Aly Bain/ violin (4,11)
– Gavin Wright / violin & string orchestration (4), string & horn orchestrations (5)
– Alison Jones / violin (12)
– John Giblin / bass (1-4,6-9,11)
– Mark Brzezicki / drums (1,2,4,6-9,11)
– John Keeble / drums (3)
– Luis Jardim / percussion (2-4,9)
– Carol Kenyon / backing vocals (2,3,7,9)
– Tessa Niles / backing vocals (2,7,9)
– Kick Horns :
– Roddy Lorimer / brass (2)
– Tim Sanders / brass (2)
– Simon Clarke / brass (2)
– Paul Spong / brass (2)
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REVIEWS

The lyrics were as splendid as the tracks they belonged to with Fish at his best; bitter and critical. If there’s one Fish album which should definitely be present in your collection than it’s without a doubt this one. DPRP, 2003

Well, if you like Fish-era Marillion, then this is the CD to purchase. It basically sounds like early Marillion, and almost every song is amazing. Fish’s vocals here are spectacular, and this record may be the strength of his career when focussing strictly on the vocals. Christopher Calabrease, Amazon, 2005

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