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Swimmer CD

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  • Audio CD (10 April 1989)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B000026GJ0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 307,912 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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Format: Audio CD
Way back in 1986 my then-girlfiend (now wife) gave me 'Prospect Street', the 12" single, as a gift. I've still got it. Later I purchased 'Swimmer' and although the original vinyl has gone, the CD is still cherished and often-played.

As indeed is 'Satellites', but really only because of the songs 'Miss America' and 'Across The Province'. I could never take to the second album 'Creeping Up on Jesus', and I reckon The Big Dish lost some momentum with that release.

'Swimmer' is a more rounded affair. Opener 'Prospect Street' echoes Springsteens 'Born To Run' 4-note guitar cadence, and it was this song, not the title track itself that engendered me to the band.

But my favorite song is easily a bonus track on the CD 'From The Neighbourhood' - a perfect and fantastic treasure.

There just isn't a song on the album that isn't infectious, catchy or melodic. But this was 1986, and then music was exiting and dynamic and there were plenty of other artists and bands able to write catchy songs. These days of course any record label would bite its own hand off to sign a band like The Big Dish, with its hit-machine-in-the-making Steven Lindsay.

But that was then and this is now. And we can only speculate. Lindsay had good reason to want to have nothing to do with the music industry after The Big Dish was effectively killed-off (by Virgin).

You can't keep a good man down though, and he re-emerged with what is a low-key but still excellent solo career (my personal favorite is 'Kite'). And best yet he reformed the band to perform a few gigs, though he hasn't ventured beyond Scotland to-date.

I'm a 'prog' fan and Lindsay would probably happily strangle me if I called his music 'progressive'. It isn't, but it is certainly 'intelligent pop'.
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I first came across the Big Dish supporting Lloyd Cole & The Commotions in Glasgow. The first four tracks were all released as singles giving a strong opening. The real highlight though is the title track which I'm always happy to hear come up when I'm on random play on my MP3 player.

Steven Lindsay (the singer) is back releasing material, so check out his two solo albums - Exit Music and the 2007 release Kite.
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I first listened to this album in 5th year in high school.And it is still one of my top ten Scottish Music Albums.
Every song is a guaranteed winner.If you like hipsway, love & money e.t.c then buy this i guarantee you will love it.
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I bought this album whilst at University back in the 80s just on the back of a review in 'Record Mirror', having never heard of the band before. From the first time, I just loved it and it remains one of my favourite albums. The first three tracks are an absolute masterclass in producing perfectly crafted guitar pop songs that gently gnaw their way into your brain. Steven Lindsay's vocals are yearning, heartfelt and plaintive and the lyrics are emotional without being cloying. I'm still astonished that the band weren't much more successful; Virgin, who signed them, clearly believed they were going to be.

For me, the standout track is "Christina's World" but it's hard to single out any others. The easiest comparison to make is Lloyd Cole and the Commotions but that doesn't really tell the whole story. The similarity is that each band's songs don't have choruses in the traditional sense but the Big Dish's sound is somehow simpler and more charming. I cannot recommend this too highly.
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