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Fictitious Sports

Nick MasonAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 4, 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Col. Spec. Prod
  • ASIN: B000005DAL
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #183,743 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Can't Get My Motor To Start
2. I Was Wrong
3. Siam
4. Hot River
5. Boo To You Too
6. Do Ya?
7. Wervin'
8. I'm A Mineralist

Editorial Reviews

Produced by Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason and released in 1981, this project is a potent fusion of jazz and rock composed entirely by the post-bop great Carla Bley. Featuring the enigmatic vocals of Robert Wyatt and the searing guitars of Chris Spedding, this cross-genre soup enabled Mason to produce and play drums with an accomplished group of musicians while not straying entirely away from the sound he helped mold with Pink Floyd. Track listing 1. Can't Get My Motor to Start. 2. I Was Wrong. 3. Siam. 4. Hot River. 5. Boo to You Too. 6. Do Ya?. 7. Wervin'. 8. I'm a Mineralist.

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "python legs are poached in slimy toad saliva" March 9, 2009
Format:Audio CD
...sure, it says its "Nick Mason's" Fictitious Sports. Nick Mason himself even produced it with "Hipgnosis" supplying the cover art. Hipgnosis as you know has handled nearly every Pink Floyd album cover. This particular assortment of material was even released by Columbia Records. ...and there was probably a good reason for all the aforementioned. That reason being money. In retrospect, this should've been called "Carla Bley's Fictitious Sports" (considering the fact that she wrote all the words and music and even co-produced it). ...or even billed as a Robert Wyatt solo project (which might've produced some good numbers in Europe under the Harvest label). the US, nobody would have ever purchased it, let alone listen to it. Carla Bley being a little known jazz composer at the time and Robert Wyatt not being heard of stateside by anyone unfamiliar with Pink Floyd. I'm positively certain the record executives' at Columbia figured it would be a better idea to market this product under Nick Mason's name instead.

However, because it was released under "Nick Mason" (who by the way, supplied all the drumming). It garnered the attention of millions of Pink Floyd fans and fanatics alike. ...although, it does make you wonder why some Pink Floyd fans weren't aware of Norman "Hurricane" Smith's hit back in the early 70's with "Oh Babe, What Would You Say". Or, their still in shock over it. What's shocking here is, Nick Mason's "solo" effort is actually better than anything Roger Waters ever produced in the post-Floyd era, "The Pros And Cons Of Hitch Hiking" included (well...with the exception of the cover art). "Sports" contains a slew of gems like Robert Wyatt's deadpan delivery in the classic "Siam".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
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Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason released his first solo album entitled Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports in May of 1981.
This album may say Nick Mason as the name of the artist, seeing as he played all the drums and co-produced and helped record the album, but the tracks were all written and co-produced by jazz artist/musician Carla Bley.
The album featured a good collection of jazz artists like Carla, her husband trumpet player Michael Mantler (whom also helped record the album) and saxophonist (the late) Gary Windo plus rock artists like former Soft Machine drummer and singer Robert Wyatt who appears on all but one track and session guitarist Chris Spedding.
The album was recorded in November of 1979 but it wasn't released until the spring of 1981 as CBS (Nick's label in the US at the time) saw that it would be bad luck to release in England before America and not to compete with Pink Floyd's blockbuster The Wall.
The album starts with the funny "Can't Get My Motor to Start" which is about Nick's love of cars and automobiles and featured male and female voices. Next was "I Was Wrong", which was a science fiction song and the first to feature Robert Wyatt's vocals. Next, is "Siam" which would not have sounded out of place on a Pink Floyd album as does the next track "Hot River" in where Chris Spedding does a David Gilmour-type guitar work and musically sounds like something from The Dark Side of the Moon period (Nick confirmed this in a 1981 BBC interview to promote the album).
The rock shuffle "Boo to You Too" kicked off the second half and a great song. "Do Ya" follows and is not the ELO song but a nice quiet jazz type slow tune with some great trumpet work from Mantler.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This guy has a serious sense of humour October 20, 1998
Format:Audio CD
Nick Mason, drummer with Pink Floyd and lover of classic cars, for some unknown reason got out one day and put together a collection of songs that contain some of the funniest lyrics I ever heard! To whit, in "I'm a Mineralist" the singer drones ......"I creep up to broken cars and lick off the rust.......I'm a mineralist........"
"Can't get my motor to start" is a scream and "Hot River" oozes heavy heavy glam rock with gorgeous slow rhythms; reminiscent of Peter Gabriel in " Here comes the Flood"
It's not everyone's taste but for the PF afficionado it is a must
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fiction August 16, 2005
Format:Audio CD
No, it doesn't sound like Pink Floyd, and yes, it really is Nick Mason's album in name only. A lot of Floyd fans hated this when it came out, but they probably had never heard of Carla Bley or Robert Wyatt either. Now that they have, they probably still hate it.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply: Love it! July 10, 2010
By Musick
Format:Audio CD
What modern, crazy, touch of psycedelic Pink Floyd is this? (Ok, this is Carla Bley, but I'm sure there is a conection between them ;) )

Anyway: Let me tell you: This is beauty beyond the bizarr... and I love it, because "bizarr" is what we humans are all about (well, maybe not "all", but a lot, for sure). Fantastic musicians, a lot of (crazy) houmor (and rock'n'roll), sexy saxes, nice drumming (of course), varied vocals with big punch(es) and real beauty in its body, and really crazy, nice, jazzy, proggy, poppy, weird, and Beautiful Songs...

This one is full of surprises and strange qualities... Try it if you dear (and don't give up) ;)
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5.0 out of 5 stars Review for Fictitious Sports
Great and extremely prompt service. I am very happy with this purchase. All my expectations were met and the price was a good deal.
Published 7 months ago by paul j lotito
1.0 out of 5 stars a waste of vinyl (at the time)
this sounds like Frank Zappa but without Zappa genius. The finest of ingredients still make a rotten cake if the recipe is crap.
Published 19 months ago by Kevin Mcgrath
5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Sport
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason delivered a surprisingly outstanding jazz-rock collaboration with Carla Bley - she wrote the music and lyrics - her ensemble, along with vocalist... Read more
Published on November 30, 2006 by Best Of All
5.0 out of 5 stars Hail Fictitious Sports!! Hail Nick's project!!
If you are expecting Floyd arrangments in this album you will see none but what you get is a lively Canterbury rock like Hatfield, Robert Wyatt, Kevin Ayers et al. Read more
Published on September 29, 2005 by shadowmaster
5.0 out of 5 stars Floyd drummer's overlooked solo debut
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason released his first solo album Fictitious Sports in May of 1981.

The album was hugely ignored when first released and peaked at a dismal... Read more
Published on June 20, 2004 by Terrence J Reardon
3.0 out of 5 stars From memory...
... since this is, of course, nearly impossible to find, just as it was back in '81. The title really should be "Nick Mason Piggybacks Carla Bley's Band (minus drummer D. Read more
Published on January 31, 2004 by Mark Singer
3.0 out of 5 stars Bit of fun--but could've been better
I haven't heard any of Carla Bley's other stuff, but I'm not at all sure I like her voice. Something about the odd guitar work and feeling of the music clashing severely with her... Read more
Published on October 21, 2003 by Remus
5.0 out of 5 stars An incredible enjoyable album
As some other writter said, not for Pink Floyd fans (and i do love Pink Floyds music too)...more likely to appeal to jazz or avant garde rock fans. Read more
Published on April 30, 2003 by miguel hiraldo
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best...
...records I have ever heard. I'd been a fan of these people for years before this record was released. Fantastic musicians, some of the finest in the world. Read more
Published on July 4, 2002 by mac
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