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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".Read more ›
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.Read more ›
"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
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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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 on August 26, 2013 by paul j lotito
this sounds like Frank Zappa but without Zappa genius. The finest of ingredients still make a rotten cake if the recipe is crap.Published on September 10, 2012 by Kevin Mcgrath
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 morePublished on November 30, 2006 by Best Of All
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 morePublished on September 29, 2005 by shadowmaster
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
... 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 morePublished on January 31, 2004 by Mark Singer
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 morePublished on October 21, 2003 by Remus