Phatfish - 15: The Anniversary Collection

Published Thursday 4th December 2008
Phatfish - 15: The Anniversary Collection
Phatfish - 15: The Anniversary Collection

RATING 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9
OUR PRODUCT CODE: 51795-14975
LABEL: Authentic 8204912
RELEASE DATE: 2008-11-20
RRP: £14.99

Reviewed by Tony Cummings

Here's a nicely packaged piece of British Christian music history. From their early days when they were doing acid jazz as Purple Phatfish, through to their stab at the American Christian pop rock market with 1999's 'Purple Through The Fishtank', their stripped down acoustic worship from 2002's 'Phatfish Unplugged' right on through to tracks from 2007's 'Guaranteed', the best tracks are all here. Intriguing to hear how Lou Fellingham has developed as a vocalist down the years and considering the band have straddled both worship and non-worship fields there was a consistency in Phatfish's crisp musicianship which meant they seldom slipped into formula. Good old Mike Rimmer contributes the informative sleevenote though it's a shame the variety of photos couldn't have been dated rather than displayed in a rather dull collage. But I'm nit-picking. If you have fond memories of any of Phatfish's 15 years this 2CD set should be checked out.

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Product Description
Double CD containing the best of Phatfish through the years.

Phatfish have been together for 15 years and to celebrate, in conjunction with Authentic Media, they have compiled a collection of their best songs in this special double album. Phatfish have penned a wonderfully diverse catalogue of songs over the years, many of which are sung in churches around the world today, but this collection also shows some of their more performance oriented songs, dating back to 1994 when they spent as much time playing in clubs as they did in churches. This album is a must for all Phatfish fans and also for those who have not yet had the privilege of encountering them. This is Phatfish’s 15 year anniversary collection.

Reader Comments

Posted by MLH in UK @ 14:46 on Apr 25 2009

This album is a great mix of the various styles the band have covered over the years and really showcases their versatility. I especially like the superb rock and funk rhythms. The whole band has always been strong - Lou's vocals are great but the highlight for me is the rhythm section - especially Luke F.'s superb bass playing and feel for a groove. Yes there are a few weaker tracks but hey, it's a double CD so you can afford to skip a few! Overall it's a classy album that is worthy of a place in anyone's CD collecton, whether Christian or not.
Buy it, you won't be disappointed!

Posted by Jack in Norwich @ 20:26 on Mar 9 2009

This is an excellent album, 30 Phat songs from young and old delivered in a fresh, inspiring way.

From the worship classics like Holy, Holy & There Is A Day, to the funky Rise Up and River Of Life to the U2-esque ballads of Stepping Out, Audience With God and From The Rising Of The Sun, this is world class Christian music at its very best. The guitars of Mike Blow and Alan Rose are astounding, the constant crispness and originality of the production (thanks to Nathan Fellingham amongst others like Julian Kindred), the stylized keyboards of Mike and the solid bass lines of Luke, not forgetting one of the most distinctive, powerful and angelic voices of our age Lou Fellingham, its all here. The songwriting will blow you away, the lines and verses and scripture drenched lyrics are unbelievably accurate, inspiring and so musical.

Phatfish have delivered an album that truly says, yeah, we did that, we've been there, and we succeeded in glorifying his name.

This might be the final Phat album, but I certainly wish we could see more of this Fish!

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