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Moss Side Story [VINYL]

Barry Adamson Vinyl
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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B00004WS6Z
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 887,449 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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5.0 out of 5 stars The First and the Best 7 May 2008
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Why is this Barry Adamsons best record? Well, its thrilling and visceral. It has no truck with easy listening or coffee table jazz. Moss Side Story is the definitive Adamson record for me. It is just such a thrill to listen to - a realisation of his imaginary film soundtrack style. Its 'Get Carter' set in the grey Manchester of the mid-1980s. The record moves effortlessly from its claustrophobic opening through sonic landscapes pivoting on the quite indescribably beautiful "Everything Happens To Me" before disappearing off into the ether via a cute interpretation of the theme tune to "Alfred Hitchcock Presents" and a diamond hard reading of "The Man With the Golden Arm". Adamson went on to more acclaim with other records and seeing him live last year reminds me what a unique talent he is but this is his magnum opus to me. This got me hooked on his music. This is the real deal. Moss Side Story is all your dreams and nightmares rolled into a stunning panorama of music. Buy it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A black & white World 6 Dec 2010
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
The band Adamson played with-Magazine-had a hit single called Shot by both sides/Which began to sum up Manchester in the 90s-a city of fear where the blood ran in the gutters and the drug wars escalated into extreme violence and rape was an every day occasion.
In fact this work starts off with a rape and Diamanda Galas heard saying "I won't say a thing Mr Adamson" as she flees.
Using found sounds and samples and serving up a palette of jazz,hip hop and John Barry this is a highly atmospheric 54 minutes worth of what would have been called Programme Music in the classical world.
Described as the "soundtrack for a non existent movie" the Mancunian instrumentalist was inspired first by his own troubled upbringing on a sink estate but rose above it to join a band and subsequently make a number of albums in his own right
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5.0 out of 5 stars Cracked Sonic Pavements 1 May 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Barry's ascent into the jazz noir world evoked black and white mutual worlds. Easily transplanted to the brass blasted grim fairytales of urban USA, Barry did the ultimate twist. He grafted noir onto the outre social housing worlds of inner city UK grime. Suddenly instead of appearing austere gangsta rap dominated concrete, needle fixated with obliteration, Barry makes them human.

This is both a soundtrack to events yet to happen and a testament to the wasted bodies lying on the streets of inner city Manchester. "Operation Trident" transplanted, a three pronged musical score, fleshing out the humanity on the skeletal frames.

Experimental in the industrial progenitor sense, Barry returns back to the scene of the crime of his childhood and creates a lush austere industrial soundtrack. In the best British tradition, everything including the kitchen sink is thrown into the fray. Jazz, Industrial, Exotica movie tracks weave a realist fantasy from threadbare lives. Whilst the jazz method captures allure in the mid period Adamson, this, the first of Barry's opus, bottles and caps despair.

So it's not music you can whistle to, but placed late night on the deck or pumping through the car it captures a vibe. This is music for those who have travelled the dead end roads, unpaved pavements, lit by broken streetlights, smelt the burnt out buildings and read the graffiti. UK Urban Noir as art, the socially included know not what they have missed.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not Barry's best by far... 6 April 2005
By Karlito
Format:Audio CD
Despite the generally appreciative reviews, I think the 'average joe' listener will find this a hard album to like.
If this disc was my introduction to Mr Adamson's back catalogue, then I doubt that I would have bothered to sample any of his successive works, which would have been a crying shame, as there is much of great beauty and interest to enjoy elsewhere in the man's discography.
Personally, I have several other Barry Adamson CDs ("Oedipus Schmoedipus" and "The King Of Nothing Hill"), which themselves are an acquired but ultimately rewarding taste - over time they are superb albums and are real "growers" containing wonderful, if very stylishly diverse, music.
The thing with the aforementioned albums though, is that they contain songs, interspersed with instrumental melodic interludes. "Moss Side Story" however is very much a more avant garde sonic soundscape, with only the occasional melodic piece inserted within a complicated & protracted mesh of sound effects and atmosperic audio textures.
Well made without doubt, but if you expect (or like me) would prefer something a little more conventional in a melodically structured kind of way, then try either of the other two albums I mention earlier instead.
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