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Adrian Belew - Twang Bar King [Island 7 90108-1] (September 1983)

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Artist:

Adrian Belew

Title:

Twang Bar King

Released: September 1983
Label: Island
Catalog: 7 90108-1
Genre: Electronic Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 I'm Down
02 I Wonder
03 Life Without A Cage
04 Sexy Rhino
05 Twang Bar King
06 Another Time
07 The Rail Song
08 Paint The Road
09 She Is Not Dead
10 Fish Head
11 The Ideal Woman
12 Ballet For A Blue Whale
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Album Review

Twang Bar King is the second solo album by Adrian Belew, released in 1983.

Made while Belew was an active member of King Crimson during the early 1980s, Twang Bar King was recorded in between the sessions and tours for Beat and Three of a Perfect Pair. Like its predecessor Lone Rhino, it features the members of Belew's pre-King Crimson band GaGa (this time augmented by session drummer and former Elvis Presley band member Larrie Londin) and the songs on it are drawn from GaGa's repertoire. This would be the last album on which Belew would work with the GaGa lineup. The R&B interlude ''Sexy Rhino'' continues the ''rhino'' theme from Lone Rhino and uses a Roland TR-808 drum machine.

Adrian Belew's Biography

Adrian Belew (born Robert Steven Belew, December 23, 1949) is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. A multi-instrumentalist primarily known as a guitarist and singer, Belew is noted for his unusual, impressionistic approach to guitar playing, which, rather than relying on standard instrumental tones, often resembles sound effects or noises made by animals and machines.

Perhaps best known for his long stint as frontman and co-guitarist for the progressive rock group King Crimson from 1981 to 2009, Belew is widely recognized as an ''incredibly versatile player'' who has released nearly twenty solo albums for Island Records and Atlantic Records, blending or alternating Beatles-inspired pop-rock with more experimental fare. Belew is a member of the intermittently-active pop band the Bears, and fronted his own band GaGa in the late 1970s and early 1980s. He has worked extensively as a session and touring musician, including periods with Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Talking Heads, King Crimson, Laurie Anderson, and Nine Inch Nails, as well as contributing to hit singles by Paul Simon, Tom Tom Club, and others. Belew himself scored a Top 10 hit single in 1989 with ''Oh Daddy,'' and his 2005 single ''Beat Box Guitar'' was nominated for a Grammy in the Best Rock Instrumental Performance category.

Belew has also worked in instrument design and multimedia, collaborating with Parker Guitars to help design his own Parker Fly signature guitar, and designing his own iOS mobile apps, ''FLUX by belew'' and ''FLUX:FX, the multi-effect audio processor app.''
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