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Barry Adamson

I Will Set You Free - 2022 Reissue

    Initially released in 2012, I Will Set You Free amalgamated elements of Barry’s previous work, resulting in an album that is unmistakably Barry Adamson. Like many of Adamson’s records, the album is a genre odyssey that jumps from garage rock rock, to blues, to new-wave pop, with the adventurous brass section injecting an acid jazz touch. His overwhelming desire to examine cultural shifts and embrace them within the quest to improve oneself that often centres in Adamson’s art is clearly present in I Will Set You Free. This subsequently makes it a quintessential Barry Adamson record that fits right in with the back catalogue. 

    TRACK LISTING

    A1 Get Your Mind Right
    A2 Black Holes In My Brain
    A3 Turnaround
    A4 The Power Of Suggestion
    A5 Destination
    B1 The Trigger City Blues
    B2 Looking To Love Somebody
    B3 The Sun And The Sea
    B4 If You Love Her
    B5 Stand In

    Barry Adamson

    Know Where To Run - 2022 Reissue

      Barry’s 2016 album, Know Where To Run, was produced by Barry himself and recorded in Brighton with Paul Pascoe, whilst WTNSS mixed and provided additional production at the legendary Dean Street Studios. The concept behind the album emerged when Barry started taking photos during a Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds North American tour, playing with the idea of traversing different states of the human condition and different states across America. The result was an audio/visual project inspired by these pictures, with the record being presented alongside a curated photobook. 

      TRACK LISTING

      A1 In Other Worlds
      A2 Cine City
      A3 Come Away
      A4 Death Takes A Holiday
      A5 Claw And Wing
      B1 Texas Crash
      B2 Mr Greed
      B3 Up In The Air
      B4 Evil Kind

      Barry Adamson

      Stranger On The Sofa - 2022 Reissue

        Barry Adamson takes us Back to the Catalogue with a series of reissues on coloured vinyl and CD.

        Originally released in the mid-2000s, Stranger On The Sofa is an album tied together by its mysterious cinematic composure. Each track is used to demonstrate the breadth of musicianship and re-presentation of countless timeless genres, moving in between electronica and jazz with shadowy ambience scattered throughout. Nick Plytas and Adrian Owusu provided their expertise on the organ and slide guitar, with Barry playing almost every other instrument. Composing, performing, recording and producing Stranger On The Sofa undoubtedly makes it an album that represents Adamson fully embracing the DIY aesthetic from where he began.



        TRACK LISTING

        A1 Here In The Hole
        A2 The Long Way Back Again
        A3 Officer Bentley's Fairly Serious Dilemma
        B1 Who Killed Big Bird?
        B2 Theresa Green
        B3 The Sorrow And The Pity
        B4 My Friend The Fly
        C1 Inside Of Your Head
        C2 You Sold Your Dreams
        C3 Déjà Morte
        D1 Dissemble
        D2 Free Love

        Barry Adamson

        Steal Away EP - 2022 Reissue

          Barry Adamson’s Steal Away EP released for the first time on vinyl via Mute. The EP was written and recorded at the time Adamson was writing his memoir ‘Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars’. The record ended up becoming an intrinsic part of the book writing process with Barry explaining, “The book is the past, the record is the past present. I needed to write it to get through the book, to stay present.” Sitting amongst Barry’s diverse catalogue, Steal Away EP presents a refreshing vibrancy and western-like feel that further demonstrates Adamson’s multifaceted ability in songwriting. 

          TRACK LISTING

          A1 Let’s Steal Away
          A2 Broken Moments
          B1 The Climber
          B2 Sundown County Ft. Big Walt Daniels

          Barry Adamson

          Back To The Cat - 2022 Reissue

            Originally released in 2008, Back To The Cat, was in keeping with the artist who developed the concept of the imaginary soundtrack, with every song building a compelling narrative around Barry’s lifelong investigation of identity, sexuality, race, spirituality and society. The record picked up the threads of his previous work and continued to showcase his musical ambidexterity covering noir jazz, sun-drenched pop ballads, fractious funk, heavenly blues and subversive soul.

            TRACK LISTING

            A1 The Beaten Side Of Town
            A2 Straight 'Til Sunrise
            A3 Spend A Little Time
            A4 Shadow Of Death Hotel
            A5 I Could Love You
            B1 Walk On Fire
            B2 Flight
            B3 Civilization
            B4 People
            B5 Psycho_Sexual

            Barry Adamson

            Oedipus Schmoedipus - 2022 Reissue

              Mute releases a limited edition run of Barry Adamson’s 1996 album, Oedipus Schmoedipus, featuring collaborations with Pulp’s Jarvis Cocker (‘Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis’), Nick Cave (‘The Sweetest Embrace’) and Billy Mackenzie (‘Achieved In The Valley Of Dolls’). This record explores the ‘Oedipus Complex’, with Barry describing it as "... a sexual psychoanalytical journey examining mother and son relationships in a somewhat humorous, yet dark way.”

              Since lending his talents to Magazine and Nick Cave and the Bad Seed, Barry Adamson has released a series of solo albums ranging in different musical genres. Viewed as the finale of an “unconscious trilogy” following ‘Moss Side Story’ and Mercury Prize nominated ‘Soul Murder’, Oedipus Schmoedipus showcases its composer’s embrace of various styles, moving between ambient electronics, cool jazz and elements of hip-hop.

              STAFF COMMENTS

              Laura says: Possibly the coolest Mancunian ever. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis, featuring the inimitable Jarvis Cocker at his seductive best, kicks off this exploration of the Oedipus Complex. It's a brilliant amalgamation of jazz, electronica, cinematics and hip-hop and along with the afore mentioned Jarvis, it also features guest vocals from the sadly missed Billy Mackenzie and of course Nick Cave. Along with his epic pseudo soundtrack, Moss Side Story, this is a hugely underrated Manchester LP.

              TRACK LISTING

              A1 Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis
              A2 Something Wicked This Way Comes
              A3 The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes
              A4 It's Business As Usual
              A5 Miles
              A6 Dirty Barry
              B1 In A Moment Of Clarity
              B2 Achieved In The Valley In The Dolls
              B3 Vermillion Kisses
              B4 The Big Bamboozle
              B5 State Of Contraction
              B6 The Sweetest Embrace
              B7 Set The Controls Again

              Barry Adamson

              Up Above The City, Down Beneath The Stars

                In Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars, the enigmatic Barry Adamson shines a probing light into his own heart of darkness. Born in the black and white world of post-industrial Manchester, Adamson saw music as a chance to turn his world technicolour. Propelled into punk via Magazine, he was the founding bass player in Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, before stumbling too far down a dark, drug-induced path.

                Unflinchingly candid, Adamson steers the reader through a mix of harrowing, tragic, funny and often life-affirming straights. Throughout it all, music - be it bass lines, melodies or film soundtracks - is the glue that binds a myriad of memories. Written in Adamson's distinctive and cinematic noir style, and including personal photographs throughout, Up Above the City, Down Beneath the Stars is an original and powerful memoir, full of suspense, humour and candour.

                Memento Mori charts Adamson’s career from 1978’s Magazine track, ‘Parade’ (co-written by Adamson, from their debut album Real Life), to his work as founding member, alongside Nick Cave, of the Bad Seeds (‘From Her To Eternity’, co-written by Adamson); through his nine solo albums, from 1988’s Moss Side Story to the latest Love Sick Dick EPs, bringing everything up to date with a brand new unreleased track, ‘The Hummingbird’.

                STAFF COMMENTS

                Laura says: When people talk about Manchester music legends, Barry Adamson barely gets a mention, but as this compilation demonstrates, he's been responsible for some of the most incredible, genre-bending music to come out of Manchester in the last 30 years, blending post-punk, jazz, blues, soundtracks, and everything in between in his own inimitable way. Stand out tracks include "The Man With The Golden Arm" from the briliantly noir-ish "Moss Side Story" and "Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis" from 1996's "Oedipus Schmoedipus" featuring Jarvis Cocker on vocals, along with "Parade" by Magazine and "From Her To Eternity" from his days as a Bad Seed.

                TRACK LISTING

                The Man With The Golden Arm (Moss Side Story,1988)
                Jazz Devil (As Above, So Below, 1998)
                Civilization (Back To The Cat, 2008)
                Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis (Oedipus Schmoedipus, 1996)*
                The Snowball Effect (The Negro Inside Me, 1993)
                The Sun And The Sea (I Will Set You Free, 2012)
                The Big Bamboozle (Oedipus Schmoedipus, 1996)
                I Got Clothes – ACR:MCR Rework (Love Sick Dick Remix EP, 2017)
                Come Hell Or High Water (As Above, So Below, 1998)
                Something Wicked This Way Comes (Oedipus Schmoedipus, 1996)
                The Long Way Back Again (Single Version, 2006)
                Up In The Air (Single Version, 2016)
                007, A Fantasy Bond Theme (Soul Murder, 1992)
                Sweet Misery (Love Sick Dick, 2017)
                The Hummingbird (Memento Mori, 2018)
                Parade – Magazine (Real Life, 1978)
                From Her To Eternity – Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds (From Her To Eternity, 1984)
                *with Jarvis Cocker

                Barry Adamson

                The King Of Nothing Hill

                  New album from Barry Adamson, and his most accessible to date. Still with his usual cool, dark vibes and filmic layered moods, but with an added dimension of lush, funky, soul-jazz. Add to that great musicianship and deep production and you've got yet another absolutely superb Barry Adamson album. Totally essential.


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