Excellent Spirits

Excellent Spirits

by Channel Light Vessel
     
 
The second album by Channel Light Vessel, the short-lived supergroup of Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Laraaji, and Kate St. John, is more abstract and groovy (in the psychedelic sense, not the dancey sense) than 1995's Automatic, which had been these art-rockers' idea of pop music. Excellent Spirits finds Nelson taking a greater role

Overview

The second album by Channel Light Vessel, the short-lived supergroup of Bill Nelson, Roger Eno, Laraaji, and Kate St. John, is more abstract and groovy (in the psychedelic sense, not the dancey sense) than 1995's Automatic, which had been these art-rockers' idea of pop music. Excellent Spirits finds Nelson taking a greater role in the proceedings (Automatic had largely been Eno's project), singing the majority of the lead vocals and covering most of the songs in his typical gauzy-treated guitars and keyboards (warning for those with low pretension tolerances: Instrument credits include "bible of dreams guitar" and "elevator to nirvana synths"). A good chunk of the songs are either instrumentals or have minimal wordless vocals (usually in St. John's angelic soprano), and, to be frank, Excellent Spirits doesn't sound that much different from the majority of Bill Nelson's solo records of the '90s. The main difference is a more prominent rhythm section to most of the songs, which brings to mind Nelson's new wave era hits "Do You Dream in Colour'" and "Flaming Desire," no bad thing. There is absolutely nothing here that will change the mind of anyone who isn't already a Bill Nelson or Roger Eno fan, but fans will find much to enjoy.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/28/2006
Label:
All Saints
UPC:
0031257151429
catalogNumber:
571514

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Channel Light Vessel   Primary Artist
Roger Eno   Organ,Synthesizer,Piano,Strings,Trumpet,Accordion,Euphonium,Bass Guitar,Horn,Keyboards,Oboe,Vocals,Brass,Loops,Jaw Harp,Synthesizer Strings,Electric Bongos,Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Laraaji   Piano,Chimes,Keyboards,Vocals,Human Whistle,Zither,Kalimba
Bill Nelson   Organ,Acoustic Guitar,Bagpipes,Percussion,Piano,Pedal Steel Guitar,Drums,Gong,Bass Guitar,Electric Guitar,Pipe,Vocals,Bells,Slide Guitar,Loops,Rattle,E-bow,Synthesizer Bass,Piano (Grand),Vocal Harmony,Group Member
Kate St. John   Organ,Piano,Oboe,Saxophone,Vocals,Vibes,Cor anglais,Vocal Harmony,Group Member

Technical Credits

Bill Nelson   Producer,Atmosphere
Channel Light Vessel   Producer
Dave Coppenhall   Artwork,Images

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