Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish

Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish

Colin Newman

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12" Vinyl Album 12 tracks 14.99
CD Double Album 32 tracks 11.99 Out of stock.

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Colin Newman - Provisionally Entitled The Singing Fish

In the early 1980s, Newman released a brace of solo albums which continued to push several envelopes. His second album, the perversely named provisionally entitled the singing fish, was released in 1981 and proves that Newman was more than able to work outside the traditional rock format.

A collection of imaginary soundtrack pieces in the manner of Brian Eno’s Music For Films, provisionally entitled the singing fish is a diverse collection of instrumentals, encompassing the atmospheric, the abstract and the thrillingly propulsive. Now, for the first time, this album has been completely remastered and augmented with a whole disc of additional tracks, including alternate vocal versions, B-sides and demo recordings.

Sounds described it as “Wonderfully cinematic”. And it’s not hard to see why. Witness the misty, ambient marshes of ‘Fish 4’, or the tripped out Morricone-esque soundscape of ‘Fish 11’. But there are moments of intensity here too. Check out the deliriously insistent krautrock of ‘Fish 7’, or ’Fish 9’, where Newman speeds up the rhythm tracks to dadaist effect. The album as a whole displays a true desire to endlessly experiment.

Newman’s first self-produced set, its ambition and scope show why he would go on to become producer of choice for post punk luminaries such as Minimal Compact and Virgin Prunes.

The CD-only bonus disc presents an additional 20 tracks, only five of which have previously seen the light of day. There’s a number of fascinating vocal versions of the Fish tracks, including the wide eyed ‘No Doubt’ (‘Fish 1’) and the skeletal psych of ‘You And Your Dog’ (‘Fish 11’). Meanwhile, Newman’s home recordings from the era reveal that aside from experimenting with more abstract soundscapes, he was also simultaneously developing a set of vocal songs. Of particular note are the fuzz bass driven ‘Is It Worth Repeating?’ which features one of Newman’s most relaxed vocals and the airy Canterbury Scene stylings of ‘Crystal Clear’. In contrast, the menacingly insistent ‘Vox Pop’ sees a snarling vocal riding atop waves of pulsing distorted guitars.

In the late 80s, numerous artists as diverse as Barry Adamson and In The Nursery would go on to release so called imaginary soundtracks. But with 1981’s provisionally entitled the singing fish, Newman proved that, as ever, he was well ahead of the curve.


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provisionally entitled the singing fish CD 1 Instruments, mouth noise, cover and production: COLIN NEWMAN. Engineering and facilitating: STEVE PARKER. Track 9 drums ROBERT GREY. Recorded and mixed at Scorpio Sound (London). Photographs by ANNETTE GREEN.

provisionally entitled the singing fish CD 2 Tracks 1–4 additional recording by JOHN FRYER at Blackwing Studio (London). Track 5 recorded by STEVE PARKER at Scorpio Sound (London). Tracks 6–9 and 11–20 performed by COLIN NEWMAN. Recorded in West Norwood. Track 10 performed by DESMOND SIMMONS, ROBERT GREY, SIMON GILLHAM, COLIN NEWMAN in Rob’s basement studio in Brixton.

Tracklisting

12" Vinyl Album (SS03 LP)
  1. Colin Newman - Fish 1
  2. Colin Newman - Fish 2
  3. Colin Newman - Fish 3
  4. Colin Newman - Fish 4
  5. Colin Newman - Fish 5
  6. Colin Newman - Fish 6
  7. Colin Newman - Fish 7
  8. Colin Newman - Fish 8
  9. Colin Newman - Fish 9
  10. Colin Newman - Fish 10
  11. Colin Newman - Fish 11
  12. Colin Newman - Fish 12
CD Double Album (SS03/04 CD)
  1. Colin Newman - Fish 1
  2. Colin Newman - Fish 2
  3. Colin Newman - Fish 3
  4. Colin Newman - Fish 4
  5. Colin Newman - Fish 5
  6. Colin Newman - Fish 6
  7. Colin Newman - Fish 7
  8. Colin Newman - Fish 8
  9. Colin Newman - Fish 9
  10. Colin Newman - Fish 10
  11. Colin Newman - Fish 11
  12. Colin Newman - Fish 12
  13. Colin Newman - You & Your Dog
  14. Colin Newman - Here Come The Fleeing Rabbits
  15. Colin Newman - No Doubt
  16. Colin Newman - The Grace You Know
  17. Colin Newman - This Picture
  18. Colin Newman - Fish 9 (Original Demo)
  19. Colin Newman - Fish 11 (Original Demo)
  20. Colin Newman - Crystal Clear
  21. Colin Newman - A Passing Parade
  22. Colin Newman - Soft Option
  23. Colin Newman - Original Suicide
  24. Colin Newman - You & Your Dog (Original Demo)
  25. Colin Newman - Is It Worth Repeating?
  26. Colin Newman - It Isn't Quite Enough
  27. Colin Newman - I Can Feel It
  28. Colin Newman - Atmos #1
  29. Colin Newman - Atmos #2
  30. Colin Newman - Now You Know
  31. Colin Newman - Kiora Kora
  32. Colin Newman - Vox Pop

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