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Barry AdamsonAs Above So Below

Barry Adamson - As Above So Below album cover
Label:Mute – 9035-2
Format:
CD, Album
Country:US
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Genre:Electronic
Style:Acid Jazz, Downtempo

Tracklist

1Can't Get Loose
Backing VocalsClaudia Sarne, Claudia Sarne
BassHenry Olsen
DrumsTim Weller
GuitarMalcolm Ross
Organ [Hammond], PianoSeamus Beaghan*
Vocals, Programmed ByBarry Adamson
Written-ByDoc Pomus, Mort Shuman
5:28
2What It Means
DrumsAndrew Crisp*
GuitarMalcolm Ross
Organ [Hammond], Piano, SynthesizerSeamus Beaghan*
Programmed ByWill Johnstone
Vocals, Programmed ByBarry Adamson
3:59
3Deja Voodoo
Instruments [All Instruments]Barry Adamson, Flood
ProducerBarry Adamson, Flood
4:25
4Come Hell Or High Water
Arranged By [Strings]Barry Adamson, Seamus Beaghan*
Bass, Vibraphone, VocalsBarry Adamson
DrumsTim Weller
GuitarMalcolm Ross
LeaderGavyn Wright
Organ [Hammond]Seamus Beaghan*
SaxophonePete Whyman
5:31
5Jazz Devil
Arranged By [Brass Arrangement]Barry Adamson, Seamus Beaghan*
BassHenry Olsen
DrumsAndrew Crisp*
GuitarMalcolm Ross
Organ [Hammond], Electric Piano [Fender Rhodes]Seamus Beaghan*
Programmed ByWill Johnstone
SaxophonePete Whyman
TromboneAdrian Lane
TrumpetMike Lovatt
VocalsBarry Adamson
5:06
6Still I Rise
DrumsAndrew Crisp*
GuitarMalcolm Ross
Programmed ByWill Johnstone
Programmed By [Additional Production]Atticus Ross
Vocals, Bass, Programmed ByBarry Adamson
2:19
7Girl
Vocals, InstrumentsBarry Adamson
Written-ByAlan Vega, Martin Rev
4:48
8The Monkey Speaks His Mind
DrumsAndrew Crisp*
GuitarMalcolm Ross
Organ [Hammond]Seamus Beaghan*
SaxophonePete Whyman
ThereminFlood
TrumpetMike Lovatt
Vocals, Guitar, Bass, Programmed ByBarry Adamson
5:33
9Goddess Of Love
BongosAndrew Crisp*
Organ [Hammond]Seamus Beaghan*
SaxophonePete Whyman
TrumpetMike Lovatt
Vocals, Programmed ByBarry Adamson
3:11
10Jesus Wept7:18
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Notes

Recorded at Swanyard Studios, Murkyworld and the Instrument, London.
Additional production and mixing at The Instrument.
Mastered at The Exchange.

Track 1 samples 'Can't Get Used To Losing You' composed by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
Track 6 samples drums from 'Bring The Noise' performed by Anthrax featuring Chuck D of Public Enemy.
Track 9 samples brass from 'Voodoo Doll' composed by Albert Van Dam.
Track 10 samples drums from 'Frankie Teardrop' performed by Suicide.

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode: 7 24596-9035-2 0
  • Matrix / Runout: wea mfg. OLYPHANT W3272 HV 9035-2 01 M1S2
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L901
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 2U3Z

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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As Above So Below (CD, Album)MuteCDStumm161UK1998
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As Above So Below (LP, Album, Stereo)Mute, MuteSTUMM 161, Stumm161UK1998
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As Above So Below (CD, Album)Labels7243 8 45793 2 6France1998
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As Above So Below (CD, Album)Mute, Intercord Tonträger GmbH, MuteCDStumm161, 7243 4 84559 2 5, Int 4 84559 2Europe1998
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As Above So Below (CD, Album)Mute, MNW ILRCDStumm161Scandinavia1998

Reviews

  • there's a loose sort of concept here. some attention is paid to barry adamson's tendency to write "soundtracks for films that don't exist", but not as much attention is paid to the actual story lines themselves. if this album is any indication, there's some justification for that. the story seems as though it's almost there but not really in your face so any attempts at a construction will be marred by perception.

    i'm not going to write an essay about what i perceive the story to be because that may even ruin it for you. but, the general storyline seems to be of a fellow that is rejected from heaven several times before he's finally allowed entry. in the first three tracks, adamson seems to intertwine the general story with a first person viewpoint of each of the three elements of the christian trinity. the fourth track completes the square by casting satan as - who else? - a girl on pedestal shoes......we are in a lounge reality on this record. the second half seems to be devoted to discussing the transmigration of some morally unscrupulous soul and focuses rather heavily on an exploration of the twin vices of jazz music and masturbation. eventually, the soul finds it's way to a rather welcoming homecoming.

    it's an intriguing listen - it's very well produced and very well written. while it doesn't break any musical boundaries or push any musical taboos, it does manage to combine some rather diverse influences into one place; the odd palette of influences references quite a few different strains of jazz, funk, hip hop, electro, industrial and punk. adamson's story-telling is lively, his vocals are melodic and his sense of humour is as omnipotent as the slightly cartoonish interpretation of satan that is presented in the concept.

    what hit me most on the first few listens were the vocals. i found this disc at a going-out-of-business sale for a local used cd store in 2008, ten years after it was released. i had heard some instrumental adamson, but nothing with vocals. yet, for $4 it was a steal. i was certain that i was actually listening to some guest vocalists until i checked the liner notes. track 2 sounds eerily like mike patton, track 3 sounds strangely like mark lanegan and the intonation adamson uses in several tracks is noticeably similar to that of trent reznor. given that barry adamson played in several influential punk acts in the late 70s and early 80s, i'm sure the influence actually flows the other way around but i was exposed to adamson after all three of those singers so i haven't been able to break the attachment. track 3 is still "the mark lanegan song" in my head and probably always will be.

    from a musician's standpoint, don't expect too much. the disc is full of samples and less than technical playing. yet, the soundscaping is superb and profoundly listenable; it really is directed more at english majors and film school types.

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