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Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 1, 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Restless Records
  • ASIN: B000008IXE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #566,254 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By loteq on March 28, 2001
Format: Audio CD
After the reissue of Modern English's first three albums and Dif Juz's "Soundpool", the 4AD label continues to clean out its archives with this very worthwhile 78-minute disc which contains Newman's instrumental solo album "Singing fish" and its more vocal-oriented follow-up "Not to", both released in the early '80s. Basically, "Singing fish" was the beginning of Newman's strange fascination with fish and the living space of this species: In the '90s, he would become the owner of the 'swim' label, releasing such albums as "My pet fish", "Full immersion", or "Water communication". For all that the previous album "A-Z" was regarded as Newman's solo debut -- it was actually a Wire record without Gilbert and Lewis -- "Singing fish" is indeed the most specifically Newman-only release yet; even long-time musical collaborator and drummer Robert Gotobed appears on one track only. I knew a few things before buying this compilation and rather expected a sort of anarchic noise experiments in the style of Dome (featuring "The Other Two" of Wire), but "Singing fish" is more akin to the 4AD label's early-'80s brand of percussive goth-pop/rock, mixed with some Eno-esque layers of beautiful ambient sounds and some nods to neoclassical music. Although there are no melodic hooks per se in these sometimes relaxing, sometimes slightly menacing tracks, the music is definitely listenable and has much more to offer than New Age meanderings with a simple back-beat. In my opinion, the most important aspect about "Singing fish" is what a little focus and enough musical ideas can do for short instrumental pieces.Read more ›
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By J. GARRATT VINE VOICE on July 1, 2009
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This short little album is not "Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish/Not To." That, in itself, is a twofer 25-track CD that you can buy on Amazon. No, this is "CN1," an EP bonus-disc that came with just the first few thousand copies of Colin Newman's "Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish/Not To."

It is therefore, rare. Very rare. And this download price is very generous for such a rare find.

If you are a fan of Wire or of Colin Newman's solo career, there is very little reason not to get this since its quality runs through the same quality vein as "Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish/Not To." It includes the song "Not To" itself and the song "No Doubt" is Colin basically adding lyrics to one of the "Fish" movements (the first one, I believe). Everything else about it is pretty good. Get it before something happens to it.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Paul Ess. on May 9, 2007
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To say Colin Newman's solo work is exceptional is like saying the world must turn for us all to survive. There's just no getting away from it. And in my humble (but very trustworthy) opinion; 'Not To' is as good as it gets.

Colin Newman may well remind you of that swotty kid in your class at school who went on to make his parents proud by becoming an accountant. The mans' very name is enough to bring a 'rock' fan out in blisters. He has a slightly drony voice and he rather rolls his r's. Whenever I've seen him interviewed,(and that isn't very often I grant you) he tries to conceal his nerdy short-comings by appearing arty and enigmatic. Not at all easy, when you're making little Mo Slater look like Jim Carrey.

Of course Colin refrained from joining the economic community. Instead, with three other serious looking art students, he co-formed a punk rock group - interestingly called Wire.
His parents will still have been proud. He did go on to further education, even though noisy pop music wasn't the direction they'd wished he'd taken.
After three superb studio lps and one rather messy cod live effort, Wire decided to have a little rest and this, for this reviewer anyway, is where things get interesting.

Colin Newman (and shall we call him Col from now on - he'd love that), embarked on a rather nifty solo career. 'A-Z' was one bonkers album (see J A Parkes' sound review elsewhere on Amazon), 'Commercial Suicide' was another (slightly later, bit more subdued but still generally bonkers). He worked with a myriad of incredibly obscure European muso's (oops, I forgot, artists...), and worked for some incredibly obscure labels - some of which may well be perceived as 'industrial'.
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