Sunsets On Empire

Released by The Dick Bros Record Company: 19-MAY-97

 Sunsets on Empire Limited Edition CD Cover Sunsets on Empire CD Cover

Japan: PCCY-01110 - Pony Canyon - Released: April 18th
Digipack 2CD UK : DDICK26CD (6 04388 41542 7) - a special limited edition run of 15,000
Cassette UK: DDICK25MC

Disk 1:
01. The Perception of Johnny Punter 08:36 [Dick/Wilson]
02. Goldfish & Clowns 06:36 [Dick/Wilson]
03. Change of Heart 03:41 [Dick/Boult]
04. What Colour Is God? 05:50 [Dick/Wilson]
05. Tara 05:11 [Dick/Patterson]
06. Jungle Ride 07:33 [Dick/Boult]
07. Worm In A Bottle 06:23 [Dick/Boult]
08. Brother 52 06:05 [Dick/Wilson]
09. Sunsets on Empire 06:54 [Dick/Wilson]
10. Say It With Flowers 04:15 [Dick/Wilson/Browness]
11. Don't Walk Outside This Area
(Bonus on Japanese CD)
06:29 [Dick/Wilson]
Total Time (CD 1) European Release: 61:09
Disk 2: A conversation with Fish on the subjects of . . .
01. The themes behind Sunsets On Empire, personal factors, the Yin & Yang world tour, global issues, characters on the album dawn to dusk. 02:45
02. The concept running through the new album, comparison with Marillion and previous solo albums. 00:50
03. The album title, inspiration from a dream, CNN, school maps, Hollywood history, Vietnam, the Net, Mark Wilkinson's artwork. 03:29
04. Bosnia, Forgotten Sons and the Falklands War, phone calls from the front, Spike Milligan, Bosnia's scenic beauty 03:55
05. Writing the album, working with Steve Wilson, Porcupine Tree and NoMan, band problems. 02:52
06. Musical styles, the fan base, 'movies for people's ears', dramatic vocals, Cinemascope production techniques. 02:31
07. The recording progress, instruments used, working with Calum Malcolm and Avril Mackintosh, mastering the album. 02:52
08. The Perception of Johnny Punter, Lenny Bruce, influence of Bosnia v Croatia. 02:04
09. Goldfish & Clowns, fairground images, 'the shows', marital problems. 01:58
Change of Heart, looking at relationships, glory in defeat, Scottish World Cup dreams, classic pop songs, Kayleigh, declaring love in black and white. 01:55
12. What Colour is God?, Malcolm X, talking to Tara, St Lucia, racial stereotyping. 04:11
13. Tara, Soweto and Brazil, growing up in the Sunsets world, fairy tale versus reality, another sunrise. 02:38
14. Jungle Ride, beat poetry, the fastest ride in the fairground, the watering hole, the epitome of sex. 02:41
15. Worm In A Bottle, the sad man's Happy Birthday song, drinking the dregs and crushing the Mezcal worm. 01:27
Brother 52, grooves and loops, Doc's story, the video shoot, working with Duncan of Jordanstone College, Bim's Tattoo Studio, first live tattoo in a video. 02:12
18. Sunsets on Empire, 'join the dots' lyrics, night of the big awakening. 01:20
19. Say It With Flowers, sick lullabies, short red roses, problems during mixing. 02:07
Total Time (CD 2) Only with lim. edition Digipack 46:56


Thanks to Carol Craft at Q Sound, Brian, Tom. Donna, Rachel & John at Gateway Mastering Studios, Malcolm Macpherson at Henderson, Boyd Jockson, George at Walsall Music Shop, Roger Trinder & Nark Sale & Sealandair, Tracey, Steve & Graham at Dream Hire, London, Zildjian Cymbals.

Special thanks to David Sawyer, Gary Hobbis & The Midland Bank for 'Sunrise Maintenance', Goertz Elbertzhagen, Lynda Hill, Kristov & everyone at Kick International, Koln, David Massey for the introduction, Merlin for the Tarot & Bill for contacts, Debbie & June, Kenny Graham & the 6 o'clock club at the Tyneside for stress management, Nigel & Emma at PTI Agency, Graham Carpenter, Tets & everyone at Pony Canyon, Robert White, Mark W, Neil Dalgleish, Tommy Z, Lars Olaf, Helene, Raffa & Tomas, Richard Astbury & all at CSE & SSVC, especially everyone involved with IFOR in Bosnia & Croatia, May 1996, and at Smudge's Bar, the 'in-country club' Sarajevo for the experimences, memories & the wake up.

Extra special thanks to Robin, Frank, Squeeky, Foss & Ewen, Steve the 'prog prince', Avril the 'comping cherub', Gunner Elliot, Calum, Bob L, Terry Storey, 'Doc' in the 'Brother 52', & Everyone who helped in the creation of this album. Mark & Julie Wynne, Bill McNie & all the members and organisers of the illustrious Company who make our world spin round and finally of course, to Jeremy Lawson, Shona Ford, Jane Findlay, Kelvin Boys Yates 'Yatta', Tammi, Tara & my family without whom I could never see the light of day. See you in the morning when the sun comes up.

Track   1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
FISH lead vox
STEVEN WILSON lead guitar                
  rhythm gtr              
  slide gtr                  
FOSS PATTERSON Hammond organ          
  backing vox                  
ROBIN BOULT rhythm gtr    
  12 string gtr    
  lead gtr/e-bow                
FRANK USHER lead gtr            
  rhythm gtr          
  slide gtr                
DAVE HASWELL percussion              
CHRIS GAUGH cello                
BRIAN HALE violin                
MARTYN BENNETT violin                
LORNA BANNON backing vox            
KATHERINE GARRETT backing vox                

Other additional musicians: Don Jack & Chris Thompson; backing vocals track 1 / Annie McCaig backing vocals, Terence Jones frence horn track 9 / Fraser Spiers harmonica track 6 / voice on telephone in Brother 52 - 'Doc' / string arrangements on track 1: Steve Wilson, track 5: Foss Patterson. Samples on track 4 sent from the heavens. 'Empire awakening' pianola played by Tara Rowena Dick.

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arrangend and produced by Steven Wilson
vocal sessions produced by Avril Mackintosh
engineered by Elliot Ness
mixed by Calum Malcolm
recorded & mixed at Millennium Recording Studios, Haddington, East Lothian, Scotland.
mastered at Gateway Mastering Studios, Portland, Maine, USA by Bob Ludwig.
Q Sound Labs, Inc. Canada supplied QSYS/TDM & QX/IDM Software plug-ins for
Digidesign Protols III which were used on this album.

Postal address: The Company Scotland, PO Box 3, Haddington, East Lothian EH41 3TA

Main cover artwork by Mark Wilkinson, graphic design by Neil Dalgleish - from Fishy concepts.
Main Fish photo: David Darling. All other photos by Fish except 'Perceptions' - Media Operations, HQ Land Command
(Crown Copyright)

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Last Modified:
27 Mar 2003