Monday, July 25, 2011

Nick Mason - Nick Mason's Fictitious Sports (81 uk/us prog related - Flac)

One would have to say that by 1981, it was high time for Nick Mason, Pink Floyd's drummer, to unleash a solo work, as all other Floyd members had already done so years before.

What we have here is not a Mason 'solo' work per se, (we don't get any experimental treats like 'The Grand Vizier's Garden Party) ; all of the compositions were written by Jazz keyboardist Carla Bley, and involved many jazz oriented musicians such as Gary Window, Steve Swallow, Mike Mantler, Chris Spedding and the wonderful Robert Wyatt, among others.

The musical style couldn't be further away from Floyd as this : a nod towards Zappa, a touch of Canterbury, and kind of alternative rock with slight RIO tendencies (actually, these observations could be applicable to certain Floyd in some ways...).

Humour permeates many songs on the album, and with Wyatt handling the mic, there is no-one better to convey the often quirky lyrics with as much intelligence and wit.

Technically speaking, Mason's drumming is almost perfunctory (he's not the world's greatest drummer, but he often has a headful of ideas and a 'magic touch') whilst the rest of the band play their parts perfectly around him, the brass instruments in particular.

No one song is better or worse than the other, making it a fairly consistent listen throughout, but hats off to 'I Was Wrong' and 'I'm a Mineralist' (minimalist, I guess). (by Tom Ozric from progarchives)

Track List :
01.Can't Get My Motor To Start
02.I Was Wrong
04.Hot River
05.Boo To You Too
06.Do Ya?
08.I'm A Mineralist

Personnel :
*Nick Mason - drums, percussion
*Carla Bley - keyboards, songwriter
*Robert Wyatt - vocals
*Chris Spedding - guitars
*Steve Swallow - bass guitar
*Michael Mantler - trumpet
*Robert Wyatt - vocals
*Karen Kraft - vocals
*Gary Windo - tenor/bass clarinet, flute, additional vocals
*Gary Valente - trombones, additional vocals
*Howard Johnson - tuba
*Terry Adams - piano on Boo To You Too, harmonica and clavinet on Can't Get My Motor To Start
*Carlos Ward - additional vocals
*D. Sharpe - additional vocals
*Vincent Chancey - additional vocals
*Earl McIntyre - additional vocals

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