Barry AdamsonThe Murky World Of Barry Adamson

Label:Mute – CD STUMM 174
CD, Compilation
Style:Acid Jazz, Downtempo


1The Man With The Golden Arm
2Jazz Devil
3The Big Bamboozle
4What It Means
5The Vibes Ain't Nothin' But The Vibes
6Mitch And Andy
7The Snowball Effect
8Can't Get Loose
9007, A Fantasy Bond Theme
10Something Wicked This Way Comes
11Walk The Last Mile
12Saturn In The Summertime

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A selection of tracks from the Barry Adamson albums so far. Track 6, 11, & 12 are new, unreleased tracks.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 5 016025 611744
  • Label Code: LC5834
  • Matrix / Runout (Mirrored): D3448 CDSTUMM 174 : [Nimbus logo]
  • Mastering SID Code (Mirrored, repeated x2): IFPI L123
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2308

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The Murky World Of Barry Adamson (CD, Compilation)Mute, MuteCDStumm174, 7243 4 84624 2 8Germany1999
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The Murky World Of Barry Adamson (CD, Compilation)Mute9093-2US1999
The Murky World Of Barry Adamson (CD, Compilation)Mute, Liberation RecordsCD STUMM 174Australia & New Zealand1999
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The Murky World Of Barry Adamson (CD, Compilation)Mute, Labels8475662, 7243 8475662 8Europe1999
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The Murky World Of Barry Adamson (CD, Compilation, Promo)MuteACDStumm174UK1999


  • streetmouse's avatar
    Edited 4 years ago
    Barry Adamson was the former bass player for Magazine, the Birthday Party, along with Nick Cave's Bad Seeds, so it’s no surprise that this album often comes across as if you’re hearing it though the thin floral patterns of a motel’s wall, one decorated with confusing velvet Elvis paintings. That being said, all of the songs create an atmosphere of just having ducked in out of the rain, finding yourself wet and alone in a hazed smoky bar watching Adamson’s reflection play in the mirror of a bar-back, where unfamiliar yet delicious looking spirts are up-lighted for both effect and inspiration, drawing you into intoxication before the glass in front you has even been filled.

    All of the songs are clever in a good way, delivered with hushed mellow crooning vocals and a funky bass line checked by a smooth vibraphone, snappy hi-hat and piano, spiraling you ever deeper into a Twin Peaks’ world of answers in search of a single question. Adamson’s presentations exist somewhere between the blinking neon and gas mixed with rain water from an accident at the stoplight floating down the gutter. Adamson is darkly romantic, dead set on putting himself at the heartbeat center of his personal world of cool, delivering each note with the intensity of a cinematic atmospheric soundtrack of both mystery and art, where the music is laced with an air of compelling impending danger and bewilderment.

    These songs exist in the darkness of stage lights, all are deeply stylistic and orchestrated, infused with the attitudes of beatnik hipsters talking to strangers in tuxedos with pistols tucked neatly into the folds of their clothes, all evocative of double-dealing lies and menacing mistrust … yet it’s all impossible to turn away from.

    I warn you, by the time this record has spun out, repeatedly clicking at the end of its runout groove, that bar you wondered into will be filled with disheveled characters facedown on their respective tables, Adamson and his band vanished into the ether, with the handset for a vintage telephone beeping a busy signal as if to rouse you from a murky half forgotten memory.

    Review by Jenell Kesler



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