Neither Fish nor Flesh

Neither Fish nor Flesh

by Terence Trent D'Arby
     
 
Following the major success of his debut, Terence Trent d'Arby made the always-difficult sophomore effort more difficult. In addition to the brash declarations that preceded his first record, d'Arby made ultimately self-sabotaging demands upon his label, concerning Neither Fish nor Flesh's promotion and release (to coincide with the competitive Christmas market

Overview

Following the major success of his debut, Terence Trent d'Arby made the always-difficult sophomore effort more difficult. In addition to the brash declarations that preceded his first record, d'Arby made ultimately self-sabotaging demands upon his label, concerning Neither Fish nor Flesh's promotion and release (to coincide with the competitive Christmas market). The challenging nature of the album didn't help matters. Neither Fish nor Flesh is a sprawling, overly ambitious work that incorporates Middle Eastern flavorings and even more of a gospel influence into his gritty mix of rock, R&B, and funk. Lyrically, d'Arby's pretensions run a bit wild, but the man does possess a voice that is a force to be reckoned with. Songs like the rousing, soulful "I'll Be Alright" and the sexy "To Know Someone Deeply Is to Know Someone Softly" are masterful. Other highlights include the breezy, Motown vibe of "Billy Don't Fall" (a song actually about AIDS) and the skeletal, fiery "This Side of Love." Neither Fish nor Flesh crashed upon release, but the album remains a compelling, if flawed, effort from a musician that is one of the more baffling unfulfilled talents of his time.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/1989
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0074644535129
catalogNumber:
45351

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Performance Credits

Terence Trent D'Arby   Primary Artist,Organ,Guitar,Percussion,Piano,scratching,Cymbals,Drums,Rhythm Guitar,Kazoo,Keyboards,Marimbas,Saxophone,Sitar,Tambourine,Vocals,Clavinet,Hand Clapping,Timpani,Vibes,fender rhodes
Bob Andrews   Hammond Organ
Conor Brady   Guitar
Richie Buckley   Tenor Saxophone
Roger Chase   Viola
Simon Clarke   Alto Saxophone
Geoff Dunn   Drums
Carl Geraghty   Saxophone
Wilfred Gibson   Violin
Pete Glenister   Guitar
John Heley   Cello
Kick Horns   Horn
Cass Lewis   Bass
Roddy Lorimer   Trumpet
Martin Loveday   Cello
Christian Marsac   Guitar,Saxophone
Tony Molloy   Bass
Eoghan O'Neill   Bass
Dick Pearce   Trumpet
Tim Sanders   Tenor Saxophone
Paul Spong   Trumpet
Chris Wellington   Viola
Dave White   Clarinet
Pete Wingfield   Piano
Gavyn Wright   Violin
Helen Davies   Harp
Michael Jeans   Oboe
Neil Martin   Viola
Jack Bayle   Trombone
Mike Timothy   Bass,Piano,Hammond Organ,Recorder,fender rhodes
Stephen McDonnell   Trumpet
Incredible E.G. O'Reilly   Hand Clapping
Alan Smale   Violin
Richard Addison   Clarinet
Benedict Cruft   Violin

Technical Credits

Terence Trent D'Arby   Arranger,Lyricist,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Pete Glenister   Contributor
Tim Martin   Engineer
Mike Timothy   Contributor

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