13th Star (3CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition)

13th Star (3CD/Blu-ray Deluxe Edition)

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The deluxe limited-edition version of the 2023 remixed ‘13th Star’ album comes in a hardback book with slipcase and contains 3 CD’s and a Blu Ray packed with content.

The album originally released in 2007  has been completely remixed in 2023 by original producer Calum Malcolm (‘Weltschmerz’ and ‘Feast of Consequences’)

At the time ‘13th Star’ was seen as a huge return to form for Fish and acclaimed then as one of his finest works to date. This 2023 edition is a stunning and exciting rework of the original recordings that gives the songs an incredible dynamic new energy and a brand-new lease of life.

CD1 contains the 2023 remix of the ‘13th Star’ album with CD 2 a collection of original demos and live acoustic recordings including a radio session for the Bob Harris show on Radio2 from 2007 and from St Mary’s Church in Haddington on the Fishheads ClubTour in 2010.

CD 3 is a made up of live recordings from 2007 and 2008 with new mixes of songs performed on the US ‘Clutching at Stars’ tour at Nearfest and on the European tour supporting the ‘13th Star’ album.

The Blu Ray disc has Dolby Atmos and 5.1 mixes of the album by Avril Mackintosh and Andy Bradfield (Marillion remasters of ‘Clutching at Straws’ and ‘Fugazi’) using Calum Malcolm’s new reworkings, as well as the original 2008 album stereo mix.

It also features a new 2 hour documentary, ‘The Search for the 13th Star’ , by David Barras and Scott Mackay (Strangeboat) with lengthy interviews with Fish, Steve Vantsis and Mark Wilkinson and previously unseen footage from the studio in 2007 as well as the original ‘Making of ..’ documentary from 2008.

It also contains the full concert from the show filmed at Nearfest on the USA ‘Clutching at Straws’ tour in 2008 featuring songs from ‘13th Star’ and Marillion’s ‘Clutching at Straws’ album together with other Fish solo classics.

By far the most expansive Blu Ray on any Fish release to date with nearly 5 hours of video and the various audio mixes it’s a big chunk of material that compliments the incredible new remixed album in this deluxe package.

The deluxe edition comes in a 100 page hardback book with slipcase designed by Steve Vantsis and contains over 13 000 words of extensive sleeve notes written by Fish, original artwork by Mark Wilkinson and photos from the Studio, backstage and in concert as well as from Fish’s own personal collection.

Altogether this limited-edition deluxe version is a treasure to have and is a perfect collection of songs, words and images captured in this brand new 2023 stunning remix of an acclaimed album.


CD1 ‘13th Star’ 2023 remix

1  Circle Line                    Dick,  Vantsis                         05.54

2  Square Go                    Dick , Vantsis                         04.57

3  Miles De Besos           Dick, Paterson                                   04.47

4  Zoe 25                          Dick, Vantsis                           05.10

5  Arc of the Curve         Dick, Vantsis                           05.23

6  Manchmal                   Dick, Vantsis                           05.29

7  Open water                 Dick, Usher, Vantsis             05.09

8  Dark Star                     Dick, Vantsis                           06.47

9  Where in the World  Dick, Vantsis                           06.00

10 13th Star                      Dick , Vantsis                         05.57

Total duration 55.48


Originally recorded in 2007 and remixed by Calum Malcolm 2023

Published by Fishy Music Ltd, copyright control.


Fish – Lead Vocals Steve Vantsis bass  Frank Usher, Chris Johnson guitars 

Foss Paterson Keyboards    Gavin Griffiths drums  backing vocals Lorna Bannon





CD2  Demos and acoustics

Arc of the Curve              BBC Bob Harris show     Sep 07                4.50

Zoe 25                                  BBC Bob Harris show     Sep 07                5.10

13th Star                             BBC Bob Harris show     Sep 07                 5.05

Milos De Besos                Demo with guide vocal 03/05/07            4.31

Zoe 25                                  St Marys Church FHC Tour 2010                              5.45

13th Star                           Demo  /guide vocal 31/05/07                   6.06

Arc of the Curve       demo instrumental 22/03/07                         5.28

Circle Line                       demo Rough vocal 24/04/07                     6.38 

Dark Star               demo instrumental    24/04/07                             6.34

Dark Star/It Ain’t Easy         early demo instrumental 22/03/07 5.58

Manchmal                         demo /guide vocal 9/04/07                     5.50

Zoe 25/Micklegate             demo with vocal                        4.39

Square Go                        demo with vocal  24/04/07                        5.21

Total duration 71.55



CD3 Live

Manchmal                                      Nearfest20/06/08                            5.45

Zoe25                                                  Nearfest20/06/08                         5.16

Arc of the Curve                              Nearfest20/06/08                         4.58

Dark Star                                            Nearfest20/06/08                         7.00

Circle Line                                          Nearfest20/06/08                         6.36

Square Go                                          Nearfest20/06/08                         5.11

Openwater                                  Nearfest20/06/08                            5.24

13th Star                              Amsterdam Paradiso 22/03/08                6.11

Dark Star                             Amsterdam Paradiso 22/03/08                6.49

Circle Line                        Rome Staziona Birra 30/11/07                 6.16

Square Go                          Rome Staziona Birra 30/11/07                 5.04

Manchmal                       Rome Staziona Birra 30/11/0                     5.45  TBM

Total duration 70.15





On the Blu Ray


Dolby Atmos/ 5.1 mix by Avril Mackintosh and Andy Bradfield and original stereo 2008 mix by Calum Malcolm

1  Circle Line                    Dick,  Vantsis                         05.54

2  Square Go                    Dick , Vantsis                         04.57

3  Miles De Besos           Dick, Paterson                                   04.47

4  Zoe 25                          Dick, Vantsis                           05.10

5  Arc of the Curve         Dick, Vantsis                           05.23

6  Manchmal                   Dick, Vantsis                           05.29

7  Open water                 Dick, Usher, Vantsis             05.09

8  Dark Star                     Dick, Vantsis                           06.47

9  Where in the World  Dick, Vantsis                           06.00

10 13th Star                      Dick , Vantsis                         05.57



‘In Search of the 13th’ Star’  Nearfest 20/06/2008 full concert video

1   Slainth Mhath                                       Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

2  Circle Line                                                           Dick, Vantsis

3  Square Go                                               Dick ,Vantsis

4  Openwater                                             Dick, Usher, Vantsis

5  So Fellini                                                  Dick, Wesley

6  Manchmal                                              Dick, Vantsis

7  Hotel Hobbies                                        Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

8  Warm Wet Circles                                 Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

9  That Time of the Night                        Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

10 Zoe 25                                                    Dick, Vantsis

11 Arc of the Curve                                  Dick Vantsis

12 Dark Star                                               Dick Vantsis

13 Faithhealer                            Harvey, Cleminson, Glenn, McKenna, Mckenna

14 White Russian                                      Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

15 Cliché                                                      Dick, Simmonds, Lindes

16 Incommunicado                                  Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

17 Sugar Mice                                            Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley

18 Last Straw                                              Dick, Rothery, Kelly, Trewavas, Mosley


Tracks 1/2/3/4/5/6/10/11//12/15 published by Fishy Music Ltd./copyright control

7/8/9/14/16/17/18 published by Charisma Music/EMI Music Publishing Ltd

Track 13 published by Mountain Music Ltd


Fish – Lead Vocals Steve Vantsis bass  Frank Usher, Chris Johnson guitars 

Foss Paterson Keyboards    Gavin Griffiths drums

Mixed and remastered by Calum Malcolm 2022


Nearfest video and DVD production by Studio M Live Inc

Film Enhancement Jeff Whitecross at Quadrille Tv Edinburgh


All music recording copyright on the deluxe version Derek Dick under license to Chocolate Frog Record Company Ltd 2023 except CD 2 tracks 1/2/3 from the Bob Harris Show Radio 2 sessions released by arrangement with BBC p2008

All songs published by Fishy Music Ltd Copyright control 2007 except where noted


Also on the Blu ray

13th Star Documentary ‘The Search for the 13th Star’ and original 2007 ‘Making of Documentary’


Excerpts From the Sleeve notes in the deluxe hardback book by Fish


“I’ve been known throughout my career as someone who’s worn a broken heart on my sleeve and that my lyric writing has been dominated by inspiration from relationships that have been fracturing or tainted, regretted, or splintered or even sometimes celebrated. My openness makes some people feel uncomfortable and it’s often been questioned as to why I need to bring my personal life into a public setting. There are many reasons, and most of them can probably be answered by professionals, but the bottom line is I’ve always found solace and healing putting my feelings into words and getting a better understanding of myself in the process. The catharsis of those emotions is fundamental to my life and my music. I could indulge you in a long explanation, but I’ll reserve that for an autobiography as it’s way too complicated to expose my core here in what are essentially sleeve notes for an album.

At the time of creation it all makes perfect sense to me, but I often forget that in the passage of years I leave open baggage out on the highway for others to discover and perhaps interpret in a different way than was originally intended.

‘13th Star’ is an album born in a storm and shaped by chaos in my life at the time of conception. It’s often perceived as being solely about a relationship I was in during that period but in fact it had more to do with my own desperate search for something in my own life that I felt had been missing for a long time.”


“I ‘d been hiding out on the road for too long and I felt I’d lost direction. Gigs were becoming repetitive, and I was finding myself trapped in a the very thing I’d tried to avoid for most of my adult life – a ‘real job’. My career seemed to be going nowhere and I was feeling very alone with a confused personal life. I was adrift and needed something or someone to guide me out of the malaise and to a better place where I could shine again.

“Just another day on the circle line, losing myself as I follow signs
Beneath the surface underground I keep my feelings deep inside

I always depart but I never arrive, never a moment passes by when I feel I'm not treading water in a sea of drifting souls” - Circle Line

This was one of the earliest songs Steve and I put together from a series of loops he’d written and expanded upon. It nailed the front of the album to the proverbial mast and got us both excited at what we could achieve. I brought in my 70’s rock influences with a tip of the hat to ‘the Who’ in the chorus. It had a great groove and was an inspiring start point.

The ‘Circle Line’ on the London underground by its very definition is a line that goes nowhere but round and round as a hub feeding a maelstrom of commuters across the city. The closing lines of ‘navigator, need a navigator’ sets up our ‘hero’ lost in the rat race and searching for a new direction and meaning in life.

Conceptually and lyrically my own journey had begun.”


“After a couple of days the scenery on the riverbank became repetitive and the fast-descending nights riveting boredom only made bearable with goblets of nasty cognac.

The day trips were assaults on the senses. The endless demands for ‘baksheesh’ from swarming street vendors and the more subtle forms employed by our guides, who were on backhanders from various establishments with ‘local wares’ enroute to and from our intended destinations, became tedious.”

“For all the grief and hassle visiting the ancient ruins was breath taking and our guide, despite his dubious routing to visit his friendly perfume parlours and papyrus printers, was informative and knew his stuff inside and out. We got on well and I often shared his company on deck sinking a few cognacs and gleaning more information from him.

One of the tales spun was that of the turtle and the scorpion. I knew it from before but in the present location it took on a new magic.

A turtle, about to swim the Nile was approached by a scorpion asking for a ride over to the other bank, The turtle, dubious and recognising the danger, questioned the scorpion as to its intent and voiced his mistrust.

The scorpion answered “Why would I sting you when you are carrying me. If you die I would drown with you?”

The turtle acceded and carried the scorpion into the water.

Midway the scorpion stung the turtle and as they both began to sink in the waters the turtle asked, “why did you do this, you have killed us both?”

The scorpion answered, “Because it is in my nature”.

A many layered fable and the writer in me tucked the story away like a seed in my pocket. It would become the foundation to the lyric of ‘Manchmal’ , a German word meaning ‘sometimes’. On that night in Egypt it seemed to have a relevance to my current relationship, but I wasn’t sure which character in the story I identified with most.”


“Calum had to reel me in quite a few times as deliveries became too aggressive or emotional but on one of the takes at the beginning of ‘13th Star’ he let me go.

It was always going to be the toughest song to sing and was left till, late on in the sessions. I was out on the main studio floor, slightly out of the view of the control room window behind which Calum was on the desk. It gave me some privacy as I was choking a bit on the lyric as emotion got the better of me. I had to take a few breathers on the first takes as I tried to come to terms with what I needed to do in the performance. Calum was completely understanding and gave me my time to sometimes go for a short walk in the garden and come back to the microphone.

On about the 4th take I set up at the mike and just as the song began I turned round and looked up at the wooden beams in the ceiling above the adjoining floor space. Hanging there, dull and lifeless, and covered in dust was the bouquet of roses that I’d given Heather on Valentines Day in York when I had proposed.  I quite simply cracked and by the second verse I couldn’t hold it together any longer and had to walk away.

Calum kept that take and used it in the final mix. I questioned it as being too raw and emotional and pointed out that the voice was breaking up in places. He said it was perfect and that you could never find a more honest and heartfelt performance if you tried. Listening back I eventually had to agree and even now that moment in the song still catches my breath.

The roses would find another life as on the cover of ‘Arc of the Curve’, the first single from the album, I was photographed in a one take shot by Tony Marsh with the said bouquet on fire in my hand. Despite rumour it wasn’t photo shopped and we had two test runs with other bunches of dried out roses and some lighter fuel before the main event. It worked an absolute treat and became the lead photo in all the promotion campaigns. The look on my face says it all.”


“I vividly remember coming off stage at the Buxton Opera House on the final show, directly exiting the stage door in tears and going outside into the dark cold November night on my own and just wanting to run away anywhere. I never wanted to go back out on a stage again and as far as I was concerned I was finished singing never mind touring.

“I'm just a dark star, inhabiting a silent void
I'm spinning in the darkness, orbiting a universe
I want to be a meteor, I want to travel at the speed of light
Another dead star, silhouette against a pale moon
I'm in another world” - Dark Star

It was done. I had completed that orbit and was about to take off on another trajectory into yet another dark space that I had to negotiate to get where I was meant to be. It would be a long and difficult journey, but I was following a star.”