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Barry Adamson

Barry Adamson's work as a bassist for Magazine and Nick Cave's Bad Seeds gave little indication of the complex, cinematic works he has composed as a solo artist. After leaving the Bad Seeds in 1987, Adamson decided to follow the path of film composers like John Barry, Ennio Morricone, and Bernard Herrmann, whose work had intrigued him since childhood. His first full-length album, 1989's Moss Side Story (he had released one previous EP in 1988), was a tour de force, blending post-punk, industrial, spy guitar, and various classic movie composer quotes into a seamless 54-minute soundtrack to an ominous film noir that didn't exist. This recording led to Adamson's work on soundtracks for actual films in the early '90s, including Delusion, Gas Food Lodging, and Shuttle C**k. Adamson also continued to compose quasi-cinematic recordings for imaginary films like 1996's Oedipus Schmoedipus, although none have matched the sustained excitement of Moss Side Story. As Above, So Below followed in 1998 and a best-of compilation titled The Murky World of Barry Adamson appeared a year after that. Adamson returned in 2002 with The King of Nothing Hill, his first collection of new material in four years. Stranger on the Sofa followed in 2006, Adamson's first for his Central Control International imprint. Back to the Cat, his second album for the label, was released in March 2008. Its title track was used in the popular video game Alan Wake. He also took part in the first of the Howard Devoto's Magazine reunions in 2008, completing one tour before leaving again to concentrate on his own music. In 2010 he issued the digital-only single "Rag and Bone." It was released in physical form as a 12" single in 2011. The same year he wrote, directed, and scored the film Therapist. Adamson followed the single with his next full-length, I Will Set You Free, on his Central Control International label. It was released on Valentine's Day in 2012, followed by a world tour. He also contributed the closing title theme to the film The Sweeney by director Nick Love and played bass on two tracks from Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' Push the Sky Away.

Adamson offered an aural sneak peak of his next album with "Texas Crash" in November 2015. The full-length, Know Where to Run, was released by his Central Control label in February of the following year. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I Will Set You Free

1. Get Your Mind Right

2. Black Holes In My Brain

3. Turnaround

4. The Power Of Suggestion

5. Destination

6. The Trigger City Blues

7. Looking To Love Somebody

8. The Sun And The Sea

9. If You Love Her

10. Stand In

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Track List: Back To The Cat

1. The Beaten Side Of Town

2. Straight 'Til Sunrise

3. Spend A Little Time

4. Shadow Of Death Hotel

5. I Could Love You

6. Walk On Fire

7. Flight

8. Civilization

9. People

10. Psycho_Sexual

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Track List: Stranger On The Sofa

1. Here In The Hole

2. The Long Way Back Again

3. Officer Bentley's Fairly Serious Dilemma

4. Who Killed Big Bird?

5. Theresa Green

6. The Sorrow And The Pity

7. My Friend The Fly

8. Inside Of Your Head

9. You Sold Your Dreams

10. Deja Morte

11. Dissemble

12. Free Love

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Track List: The King Of Nothing Hill

1. Cinematic Soul

2. Whispering Streets

3. Black Amour

4. When Darkness Calls

5. The Second Stain

6. Twisted Smile

7. Le Matin Des Noire

8. That Fool Was Me

9. The Crime Scene

10. Cold Comfort

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Track List: The Murky World Of Barry Adamson

1. The Man With The Golden Arm

2. Jazz Devil

3. The Big Bamboozle

4. What It Means

5. The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes

6. Mitch And Andy

7. The Snowball Effect

8. Can't Get Loose

9. 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme

10. Something Wicked This Way Comes

11. Walk The Last Mile

12. Saturn In The Summertime

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Track List: Oedipus Schmoedipus

1. Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Pelvis

2. Something Wicked This Way Comes

3. The Vibes Ain't Nothing But The Vibes

4. It's Business As Usual

5. Miles

6. Dirty Barry

7. In A Moment Of Clarity

8. Achieved In The Valley Of The Dolls

9. Vermillion Kisses

10. The Big Bamboozle

11. State Of Contraction

12. The Sweetest Embrace

13. Set The Controls Again

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Track List: Moss Side Story

1. On The Wrong Side Of Relaxation

2. Under Wraps

3. Central Control

4. Round Up The Usual Suspects

5. Sounds From The Big House

6. Suck On The Honey Of Love

7. Everything Happens To Me

8. The Swinging Detective

9. Autodestruction

10. Intensive Care

11. The Most Beautiful Girl In The World

12. Free At Last

13. Alfred Hitchcock Presents

14. Chocolate Milk Shake

15. The Man With The Golden Arm

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Track List: An Album Club Exclusive EP

1. The Reckoning

2. Now He Knows Your Name

3. Crackula Has Risen From The Grave

4. Five Minutes To The Gates Of Paradise

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Track List: Dreams Of A Life (Original Score)

1. The Investigation

2. Mixed Impressions

3. Profile Of Joyce

4. Noir (Ish)

5. The Investigation (Con't.)

6. Mystery

7. Mystery Atmos

8. Profile Of Martin

9. A Beautiful Dress

10. Joyce Alone

11. Electro Dreams

12. Xmas Wrapping

13. Profile Of Joyce's Father

14. To Be Somebody

15. Memories Of Joyce

16. Joyce In Hospital

17. Dreams Of A Life

18. Tell Me

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Track List: Rag And Bone (Single)

1. Rag And Bone

2. Rag And Bone (Version Excursion)

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Track List: Soul Murder

1. Preface

2. Split

3. The Violation Of Expectation

4. Suspicion

5. A Gentle Man Of Colour

6. Trance Of Hatred

7. Checkpoint Charlie

8. Reverie

9. Un Petit Miracle

10. 007, A Fantasy Bond Theme

11. The Adamson Family

12. Cool Green World

13. On The Edge Of Atonement

14. Epilogue

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Track List: Texas Crash (Single)

1. Texas Crash

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Track List: The Long Way Back Again EP

1. The Long Way Back Again (Single Edit)

2. Look No Further

3. Besides

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Track List: The Negro Inside Me

1. The Snowball Effect

2. Dead Heat

3. Busted (Michelangelo Version)

4. Cold Black Preach

5. Je T'aime ... Moi Non Plus

6. A Perfectly Natural Union

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Brilliant.
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Meet him.
Have all music.
Artist like no other.
Your mind creates his reality
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Funky and great. Listen to some of his new worker. The lyrics sound like a lounge singer on drugs. Still some great insturmental s but lots more.

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