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Wire’s Colin Newman reissuing his first 3 solo LP (listen to “Order for Order” demo)

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Wire singer/guitarist Colin Newman‘s first three solo albums — 1980’s A-Z, 1981’s provisionally entitled the singing fish, and 1982’s Not To — are being reissued on vinyl and CD via his own Sentient Sonics label on October 28. The albums, which originally were released on Beggars Banquet (A-Z) and 4AD (singing fish/Not To), were made in the period following Wire’s dissolution in 1980 and found Newman working in both the pop and the abstract.

A-Z, especially, stands up well, with the song “Alone” both covered by This Mortal Coil and used in the “sewng” montage scene in Silence of the Lambs. Provisionally Entitled the Singing Fish, meanwhile, was an ambient album, and Not To saw him returning to rock. All three albums will come with a companion CD of bonus material including extra tracks, B-sides and demos, many of which have never been released before. You can listen to a demo version of “Order for Order” from the A-Z bonus disc:

All three albums can be pre-ordered now. Check out artwork and tracklist below…

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A–Z – Vinyl & CD disc 1 tracklist:
1. I’ve Waited Ages / 2. & Jury / 3. Alone/ 4. Order for Order / 5. Image 6. Life on Deck / 7. Troisième / 8. S-S-S-Star Eyes / 9. Seconds to Last 10. Inventory / 11. But No / 12. B

A–Z – CD disc 2 track list:
Studio Demos
1. Life on Deck / 2. The Classic Remains / 3. Don’t Bring Reminders / 4. Image 5. Not Me / 6. But No / 7. Troisième / 8. I’ve Waited Ages/ 9. Order for Order
Studio Recordings
10. Alone on Piano / 11. The Classic Remains
Home Studio Demos
12. Order for Order / 13. Not Me / 14. The Classic Remains / 15. Troisième 16. Standard Practice/ 17. Part of Our History

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provisionally entitled the singing fish – Vinyl & CD disc 1 track list:
1. fish1 /2. fish2/3. fish3/4. fish4/5. fish5/6. fish6/7. fish7 8. fish8/9. fish9/10.fish10/11.fish11/12.fish12

provisionally entitled the singing fish – CD disc 2 track list
Studio Recordings
1. You and Your Dog / 2. Here Come the Fleeing Rabbits / 3. No Doubt 4. The Grace You Know / 5. This Picture
Home Studio Demos
6. fish 9 / 7. fish 11 / 8. Crystal Clear / 9. A Passing Parade / 10. Soft Option 11. Original Suicide / 12. You and Your Dog / 13. Is It Worth Repeating?
14. It Isn’t Quite Enough / 15. I Can Feel It / 16. Atmos 1 / 17. Atmos 2
18. Now You Know / 19. Kiora Kora / 20. Vox Pop

not-to

Not To – Vinyl & CD disc 1 track list:
1. Lorries / 2. Don’t Bring Reminders / 3. You, Me and Happy
4. We Meet Under Tables / 5. Safe / 6. Truculent Yet / 7. 5/10
8. 1, 2, 3, Beep, Beep / 9. Not To / 10. Indians! / 11. Remove for Improvement 12. Blue Jay Way

Not To – CD disc 2 track list:
Home Studio Demos
1. Truculent Yet / 2. Remove for Improvement / 3. You, Me and Happy
4. 1, 2, 3, Beep, Beep / 5. I’m Still Here / 6. It’s Just My Heart
7. If Time Had Been / 8. Hello Mr. Sandman / 9. Greensleeves / 10. This Time 11. Keeping It to Myself / 12. You Must Decide / 13. Don’t You Disagree?
14. Lunaris / 15. At Rest / 16. A Word in Your Ear / 17. Where Was I? / 18. Wo Hoe 19. But Either Way / 20. We Means We Starts / 21. Ye Rama Dabble Am
Studio Recording
22. We Means We Starts

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