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Colin Newman Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (5 May 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Beggars UK - Ada
  • ASIN: B000006NTQ
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 211,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Listen  2. & Jury 2:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Alone 3:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Order For Order 2:440.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Image 4:180.99  Buy MP3 
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Listen  7. Troisieme 4:090.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. S-S-S-Star 2:100.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Seconds To Last 7:080.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Inventory 2:110.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. But No 3:060.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. B 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Classic Remains 3:520.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Alone On Piano 1:560.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. This Picture 3:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen16. Not Me 2:390.99  Buy MP3 
Listen17. Don't Bring Reminders 2:220.99  Buy MP3 


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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A cult album of the 1980's. 3 Oct 2002
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
'A-Z' fits alongside The The/Matt Johnson's Burning Blue Soul and The Sound's In the Lion's Mouth as a key cult album of the early 1980s. Newman with Lewis move into a more experimental area from the launchpad of '154' - tracks such as 'I Should Have Known Better' & 'The 15th' (covered by comedy group Fischerspooner).
This album is one that is lost and is in need of rediscovery - fans of This Mortal Coil's It'll End in Tears and Filigree&Shadow will be familiar with Not Me and Alone- the former as great as Map Ref, while the latter goes places Wire almost reached with songs like Blessed State and A Touching Display. Alone is also one of the great songs used in The Silence of the Lambs (the others are The Fall's Hip Priest & Tom Petty's American Girl)- very otherworldy , sort of between Eno's No Pussyfooting and Associates Sulk. At this budget price this is one of the albums to have - best played between Durutti Column and Furniture.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Alphabet of wire 26 Nov 2010
By D. J. H. Thorn TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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I first heard this album in its original 'A' form when a friend played it to me shortly after its release. What surprised me was how much more impressed I was with it than Wire's then-recent '154' album. The feel of 'A-Z' for me is closer to Wire's first two albums than '154' on which the band seemed to go for a denser sound. 'A-Z' recalls the beatier, rumbling bass of their earlier material, but does have some of the greater musical ambition of '154'.
Newman and his band, which includes both the Wire drummer and '154' producer, conjure up a wide range of nightmarish sounds which complement his typically unsettling, elusive lyrics. The first four tracks in particular are magnificent, but the whole album makes for compelling listening.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Time went slow 19 Aug 2000
By loteq - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Originally planned as Wire's fourth proper album, their former record company refused to release "A-Z" and dropped the band, so Colin decided to put it out under his name and settled down at Beggars Banquet, one of U.K.'s premier independent labels of the late-'70s/early-'80s. With band members Bruce Gilbert and Graham Lewis out of the picture -- they were working on their 'Dome' project and explored the leading edge of noise -- "A-Z" is less caustic and arty than the preceding "154" and relies more on conventional songcraft than on sonic extravaganzas. Surprisingly, the guitars rarely sound like rock guitars, and Mike Thorne's gentle, pointed electronics and effects add much to the album's drive. Colin remained a gifted songwriter with tastes in progressive rock, power pop, new wave, and even neo-classical ("Alone on piano"), and there are a couple of tracks here which match the best on Wire's classics "Pink flag" and "Chairs missing". The bouncy "&jury", the moody "Alone", as well as "Inventory" and "Don't bring.." are among the highlights. "Not me" was later covered by 4AD band This Mortal Coil for the album "It'll end in tears", and the instrumental "B" is more eccentric than any Wire song. There are a few tracks I always have to skip because Colin's singing is overdone and pathetic at times, distracting from the music's quality. But on the strength of all these great songs here, "A-Z" is absolutely worthwhile and stands out as Colin's most satisfying solo album.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wire's 4th Album? 12 Mar 2005
By David Rutherford - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Very much a progression from '154' - perhaps more guitar driven and conventiomal than 'document & eyewitness' but well worth the purchase if you even remotely dig Wire.

Best songs: 'Alone', 'Inventory' (tho' I have a weakness for the 'S-s-s-star Eyes' wig out) and 'But No'.

Undoubtably Colin's best LP!!!
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The 4th WIRE album?????? 2 Dec 2002
By Warren BONES - Published on Amazon.com
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Colin Newman's strongest solo effort is very reminiscent of the 3rd WIRE album, 154, possibly because he used several of that album's collaborators [WIRE's drummer and 154's producer]. The songs are catchy, off-centre pop-rock in the main with eerie interludes like Alone, featured in Silence of the Lambs, rounding out the collection. If you're a fan of early WIRE you will really love this album.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Pop record blurred 3 Sep 2000
By DAC Crowell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Sort of a Wire project, but not quite a Wire project, Colin Newman's 'A-Z' represents one of the two streams of artistic direction that came out of that band in its breakup. Lewis and Gilbert were heading in the direction of industrial/experimental music at the time of this release, and drummer Robert Gotobed was off pursuing dark electropop with Fad Gadget. So this left Colin Newman to turn out this wonderful release of rather bent-out-of-shape pop music. Much of what's here will seem familiar to those who've heard Wire's '154', although it seems to me that Newman is pursuing matters in a more 'composerly' direction by this point, making more extensive use of studio resources, and thereby increasing the sonic complexity of his music. There's a couple of tracks here that don't quite click, and Newman's vocals sometimes get a bit monotonous, but these really are the only flaws. Two of the tracks here ("Alone", "Not To") were later reworked by This Mortal Coil, and the former of those also made a rather creepy appearance in the soundtrack of 'The Silence of the Lambs'. Anyone who prefers more than a little atmosphere to their pop music really owes it to themselves to pick this up and give it a listen.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Makes me a Newman fan, not just a Wire fan 3 Aug 2008
By Said Head - Published on Amazon.com
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Per some of the other reviews, I decided to chance this album expecting a few good songs, but I was pleasantly surprised. I wouldn't call this 'pop-rock', more along the line of progressive rock, at least. Unlike the previous Wire albums, this makes great use of electronics, along with other non-punk instruments (which, needlessly to say, is not just guitars and percussion). I think this is sort of the kind of album Wire have always wanted to make, or maybe even been destined to make (no one can listen to 154 or Chairs Missing, or Document & Eyewitness for that matter, and not see the shift). Fans of Pink Flag will probably stay away from this one, just because this isn't a punk album, per se. Listening to this, I really feel more a fan of Colin Newman than just Wire, and I hope to get more of his solo work.
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