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Soul Murder [Import]

Barry Adamson Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (12 Aug 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Mute
  • ASIN: B000003Z6L
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,210,306 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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 Phantasy Bond Theme
11. The Adamson Family
12. Cool Green World
13. On The Edge Of Atonement
14. Epilogue

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Of The Rest 5 Oct 2002
Format:Audio CD
From the moment I heard the ragga treatment of the James Bond theme, to the eerie coldness of Checkpoint Charlie and the nod to Brian Eno with Cool Green World, I was transfixed by the amplified world of the movie soundtrack that Adamson reflects in his music.
This is an amazingly eclectic album (more varied and entertaining than Moss Side Story), that points the way to the future, more complex explorations of this greatly underrated musician.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Harry Pendulum- last of the big time swingers 22 Dec 2013
By rob
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I am almost loathe to write anything about Mr Adamson: his body of work is so special, so original, that I would hate to write a careless phrase that would inadvertently detract from the sheer aural pleasure of his music.
Adept at so many musical styles( sickeningly ), Soul Murder, I would describe as a kind of Sound Noir project.
If it were a movie, it would be from the 40s or 50s, star Fred MacMurray, and be directed by either Howard Hawks or John Huston.
Soul Murder is like a film soundtrack for a movie that has never been made. A movie you would want to see. A gritty window on the world of night time, where shady figures, with loose morals, and a need for cash on the hip lurk, waitng in even shadier doorways. This is an album of musical stories, mostly dark, sometimes brutal, and on occasion with a rare glimpse of redemption.
Anyone who is familiar with Mr Adamson's work, will know that he executes his music with the precision of a draughtsman. And you are never left with any doubt that it could've been done better by anyone else. He is a one off, a kind of musical Auteur, and also one of a handful of artists that I would buy unreservedly before even hearing a single note.
You know his music is always going to be something special, and it always is.
Listening to his wonderful music, is like being let in on a tasty secret, that you hope too many people won't find out about, not because he doesn't merit the much deserved applause, but because his music is so good I want to keep it to myself.
Put briefly, buy this, you won't be disappointed, I never am.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not for the faint heated 6 Dec 2010
By Richard
Format:Audio CD
The ever shifting landscape which is the mind of Barry Adamson takes on some pretty frightening subjects for this work.One of them is concerned with a Negro burnt at the stake and described in a mock documentary style as if its a historical account being read out.Such things happenned
At the beginning Adamson's voice is heard in a 4 letter tirade in which he catalogues all the crimes he's committed.Heard out of context this would scare any one stiff it it was played in a supermarket!
However in reality Barry Adamson is a highly intelligent musician who is equally influenced by newspapers as much as movie soundtrack music as his music reflects real life
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5.0 out of 5 stars Blond is Black 4 Feb 2010
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD
Barry's exploration of race and colour is realised within this multi hued record. Disturbing in bringing the voice of race hatred to your face and ears, it is also haunting with its dreams of child beauty and innocence as a reworked 007 theme tune. The connection is race. Barry's visceral analysis of racial dynamics is far more penetrating than a thousand social science observations on the same subject.

The difference is Barry has distilled the essence. He is a true musical alchemist. He has found the missing factor X, rather than the X factor. Social science research projects have as much chance of working this form of magic as the alchemist has in transforming base metals into gold. The true alchemist converts his imagination into art based upon something inside him needing to come out. When it emerges it creates a connection. Often due to the autism of public taste this connection may take several generations of reflection before the penny drops into the ocean.

It's not any fault of Barry this album is not being played in every coffee shop up and down the country. He has assembled all of the ingredients, psychological insight, throbbing gristle experimentation, film noir, sex, jazz, ska, soul, cynicism and hope. Carefully measured according to an Adamson secret recipe they have been blended together and crafted into cocktails of perfection.

This album will stand the test of time to become the new sex on the beach.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Okay, what have we here... 8 Jan 2000
By ess - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Fellow shoppers, heed my advice: Soul Murder is definitely not for everyone. It runs amok through the most unexpected musical pieces you're likely to find anywhere. From swinging jazz to bizaare narratives to soothing melodies begging to be jammed over an elevator speaker, this work has only one underlying, fundamental flaw-- severe lack of continuity. The musical styles Barry displays don't sound like they belong together, they don't even sound like they're composed by the same artist. I suppose this over-abundance of eclectic sound does have its benefit... the element of surprise definitely gives this album some flair. Overall, I must admit that I was very satisfied once I got a chance to sit through the whole thing. It rolls itself out slowly, and just when I think I'm going to lose interest another layer is exposed. So if you are interested in the works of Barry Adamson but are not interested in a complete system shock, my suggestion is to check out Moss Side Story or the soundtrack for the film Delusion. Soul Murder definitely takes a walk through a very strange park. I never thought I'd hear something like this again. That is, until I heard Barry's 1996 album Oedipus Schmoedipus. But that, fair listener, is another story...
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4.0 out of 5 stars Strange Brew 28 Oct 2004
By Kurt Harding - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
As other reviewers have said, Soul Murder is nothing if not a bizarre piece of work. Those familiar with Barry Adamson already know to expect the unexpected, but those new to his work may find this jarring indeed, especially since the project only starts to get some traction with a faux-newscast report of a lynching.
Soul Murder starts out a little weak and disjointed, but the listeners ears perk up with the gruesome lynching report on A Gentle Man of Colour. And except for the opening monologue, an interlude entitled A Trance of Hatred, and the Epilogue that's all there is of the bizarre. The remainder of the CD following A Trance of Hatred is a delicious pastiche of jazz, soul, and Adamson's trademark "movie music" style, much of which is so relaxing it serves as an antidote to the disquieting Gentle Man of Colour.
Though this CD is not for everyone, I find that most listeners open up to it once they get past the lynching episode.
In addition to A Gentle Man of Colour, I most enjoy the Violation of Expectation, Checkpoint Charlie, Cool Green World, and On The Edge of Atonement.
With Soul Murder, Barry Adamson once again bares his incredible talents and serves up another strange brew for his fans to ponder. Get this one while its still available.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The stage is set... 1 May 2000
By Sunspot - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
...for part two. The world of words is torn apart and we are given opportunities to gasp in horror and laugh in surprised amusement. Violation of expectation, indeed. The world is at once a comfortable and sadistic junction for every emotion that flows from our souls. The soundtrack to our fears and retributions mashes the hair-raising and the sublime into one cruel, beautiful mess. For lovers of jazz and car crashes.
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