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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
How does one annotate a four-decade-plus career as prolific -- and sometimes as obscure -- as guitarist, songwriter, composer, and pop conceptualist Bill Nelson's? With an enormous box set, of course. The founder of Be Bop Deluxe has released 51 solo albums under different monikers. His entire career to date has been documented by Cherry Red's Esoteric Records via Nelson's own label Cocteau, in a lavishly designed, eight-CD box set, curated by Nelson and Esoteric label boss Mark Powell. It also includes an exhaustively annotated booklet filled not only with a liner essay, but loads of rare photos and reflections from Nelson. The first two discs in the set document selections...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
How does one annotate a four-decade-plus career as prolific -- and sometimes as obscure -- as guitarist, songwriter, composer, and pop conceptualist Bill Nelson's? With an enormous box set, of course. The founder of Be Bop Deluxe has released 51 solo albums under different monikers. His entire career to date has been documented by Cherry Red's Esoteric Records via Nelson's own label Cocteau, in a lavishly designed, eight-CD box set, curated by Nelson and Esoteric label boss Mark Powell. It also includes an exhaustively annotated booklet filled not only with a liner essay, but loads of rare photos and reflections from Nelson. The first two discs in the set document selections from his very first album, Northern Dream, with Nelson as a singer/songwriter. It was recorded in 1970 and released in 1971. It's followed with tracks from every Be Bop Deluxe recording, and contains rare B-sides and extraneous material. Disc two ends with his first recordings after the breakup of Be Bop in 1978, when he emerged as Bill Nelson's Red Noise in 1979; the latter's only recordings were the album Sound on Sound and the EP Revolt Into Style. The final track on disc two is the A-side single, "Do You Dream I Colour," under Nelson's own name in 1980. Then begins a wondrously illuminating, four-disc trawl through Nelson's labyrinthine solo career. These discs are made up equally of '80s home studio tapes of his commissions for theater and cinema, ambient works and songs, and his more formally produced recordings, such as his two albums as Orchestra Arcana. They move into the '90s with his formal return to songwriting and recording with an ambition and execution that puts David Bowie to shame. There are cuts from the stellar Blue Moons and Laughing Guitars, Jukebox for Jet Boy, Practically Wired...Or How I Became Guitar Boy, After the Satellite Sings, and Atom Shop, to mention a few. There are numerous sides from 12" EPs and 7" singles provided as well. Disc seven is devoted to Nelson's material from the first decade of the new century, of which there were 15 albums! This disc offers tracks that display Nelson's requisite sense of humor three album titles: Stargazing with Ranger Bill, Alchemical Adventures with Sailor Bill, Golden Memories of Tomorrow, as well as his vast experimentation with a wide array of styles, from shimmering acoustic guitar workouts to electro-jazz constructs to majestic ambient works to intimate classical tone poems, all infused with 21st century futurism. The final disc in the package compiles tracks from John Peel's and David "Kid" Jensen's shows at the BBC's Radio One in the '80s. In sum, while it's an intimidating amount of material, it is more than worth going through. Despite Nelson's relative obscurity in North America, he is followed and celebrated across the rest of the globe. Aside from his well-deserved reputation as a gifted guitarist, Nelson is one of Britain's most original and creative artists. His astonishing diversity and mastery of so many musical styles is singular in contemporary music.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/29/2011
  • Label: Esoteric
  • EAN: 5013929750265
  • Catalog Number: 2975026

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Photograph (a Beginning) (0:18)
  2. 2 Northern Dreamer (2:42)
  3. 3 See It Through (3:15)
  4. 4 Love's a Way (3:34)
  5. 5 Teenage Archangel (3:31)
  6. 6 Jets At Dawn (6:52)
  7. 7 Axe Victim (5:04)
  8. 8 Adventures In a Yorkshire Landscape (3:26)
  9. 9 Darkness L'immoraliste (3:22)
  10. 10 Night Creatures (3:34)
  11. 11 Music In Dreamland - Grimethorpe Colliery Band (4:46)
  12. 12 Maid In Heaven (2:28)
  13. 13 Jean Cocteau (2:51)
  14. 14 Sister Seagull (3:38)
  15. 15 Between the Worlds (3:18)
  16. 16 Swan Song (6:02)
  17. 17 Crystal Gazing (3:26)
  18. 18 Heavenly Homes (3:36)
  19. 19 Ships In the Night (4:08)
  20. 20 Crying To the Sky (3:50)
  21. 21 Sleep That Burns (5:17)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Modern Music (3:42)
  2. 2 Dancing in the Moonlight (All Alone) (2:09)
  3. 3 Honeymoon on Mars (1:22)
  4. 4 Lost in the Neon World (0:48)
  5. 5 Dance of the Uncle Sam Humanoids (2:12)
  6. 6 Modern Music (Reprise) (1:39)
  7. 7 Kiss of Light (3:11)
  8. 8 Forbidden Lovers (5:03)
  9. 9 Down On Terminal Street (4:00)
  10. 10 Life In the Air Age (4:23)
  11. 11 Piece of Mine (5:12)
  12. 12 Blimps (2:47)
  13. 13 Futurist Manifesto (4:32)
  14. 14 Lovers Are Mortal (4:55)
  15. 15 Surreal Estate (5:02)
  16. 16 Visions of Endless Hope (2:25)
  17. 17 Panic In the World (4:59)
  18. 18 Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric) (1:51)
  19. 19 Revolt Into Style (3:25)
  20. 20 Furniture Music (3:33)
  21. 21 Stay Young (3:00)
  22. 22 Out of Touch (3:43)
  23. 23 Do You Dream In Colour? (3:48)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Banal (3:55)
  2. 2 Life Runs Out Like Sand (5:24)
  3. 3 Living In My Limousine (4:12)
  4. 4 Mr. Magnetism Himself (3:12)
  5. 5 Sleep (3:22)
  6. 6 Opium (1:48)
  7. 7 Near East (2:19)
  8. 8 The Funeral (3:07)
  9. 9 The Sonambulist and the Children (0:44)
  10. 10 The Dream Dance of Jane and the Somnambulist (1:48)
  11. 11 Beauty and the Beast (2:03)
  12. 12 The Enchanted Glove (1:21)
  13. 13 Eros Arriving (3:36)
  14. 14 Hope For the Heartbeat (3:55)
  15. 15 A Private View (5:30)
  16. 16 The October Man (6:43)
  17. 17 The Passion (3:10)
  18. 18 Echo in Her Eyes (The Lamps of Oblivion) (2:04)
  19. 19 Glow World (4:07)
  20. 20 The Real Adventure (4:12)
  21. 21 Acceleration (3:51)
  22. 22 Happily Addicted To You (1:02)
  23. 23 The Last Summer For Dancing (2:09)
  24. 24 Les Amoureux (2:49)
  25. 25 Another Kiss For Your Slender Neck (2:08)
Disc 4
  1. 1 The Eternal Female (2:58)
  2. 2 Sleeplessness (6:11)
  3. 3 The Golden Bough (3:36)
  4. 4 Tomorrowland (The Threshold of 1947) (3:15)
  5. 5 Sacrament (2:45)
  6. 6 Over Ocean (1:29)
  7. 7 Perfido Incanto (1:20)
  8. 8 City One (1:16)
  9. 9 Blue Sky (1:30)
  10. 10 To the Sea In Ships (2:32)
  11. 11 Suvasini (1:43)
  12. 12 Contemplation (8:57)
  13. 13 Wildest Dreams (4:37)
  14. 14 The Hidden Flame (4:27)
  15. 15 Illusions of You (3:39)
  16. 16 Search and Listen (2:11)
  17. 17 Right Then Left (3:35)
  18. 18 Iconography (2:17)
  19. 19 Clock Conscious (4:25)
  20. 20 At the Gates of the Singing Garden (1:25)
  21. 21 Water of Life (Transfiguration) (4:59)
  22. 22 Spinning Creatures (1:23)
  23. 23 The Angel At the Western Window (2:57)
  24. 24 Day of Eternity (1:13)
  25. 25 Night Tides (2:02)
  26. 26 Finis Floria Mundi (3:00)
Disc 5
  1. 1 Calling Heaven, Calling Heaven (3:46)
  2. 2 Deva Dance (1:36)
  3. 3 Um, Ah Good Evening (2:56)
  4. 4 Short Wave (3:28)
  5. 5 Aqua Magica (1:53)
  6. 6 Heros De Lumiere (5:53)
  7. 7 Kiss Goodbye (2:37)
  8. 8 Dreams of Yesterday (3:46)
  9. 9 Playing Jesus To Her Judas (2:34)
  10. 10 Still Waiting (2:34)
  11. 11 Feels Like Up To Me (1:27)
  12. 12 Only Love Can Tell (3:48)
  13. 13 Broken (1:56)
  14. 14 Heartbreak Thru the Telephone (2:48)
  15. 15 Love's Immortal Shining Angel (3:49)
  16. 16 Man On Fire (2:17)
  17. 17 Aeroplane Wings (3:28)
  18. 18 Stay With Me (2:45)
  19. 19 A Luminous Kind of Guy (2:16)
  20. 20 Is This Alchemy (2:36)
  21. 21 Wait For Tomorrow (1:47)
  22. 22 God Man Slain (4:09)
  23. 23 Boat To Forever (3:31)
  24. 24 The Invisible Man and the Unforgettable Girl (3:47)
  25. 25 Dream Ships Set Sail (3:46)
  26. 26 Crimsworth Part One (3:07)
Disc 6
  1. 1 Big Noise In Twang Town (2:23)
  2. 2 Pink Buddah Blues (4:07)
  3. 3 Her Presence In Flowers (4:10)
  4. 4 Big River (4:10)
  5. 5 The Big Illumination (4:00)
  6. 6 Buddah Head (3:23)
  7. 7 Begin To Burn (3:33)
  8. 8 Heaven's Happy Hemisphere (3:51)
  9. 9 It's All True (2:17)
  10. 10 Year 44 (The Birthday Song) (3:36)
  11. 11 Dreamnoise and Angel (2:56)
  12. 12 No Fool for You (3:43)
  13. 13 On a Train I Never Boarded (2:58)
  14. 14 Hold on to Your Heart (2:16)
  15. 15 Deeply Dazzled (5:51)
  16. 16 Memory Babe (3:51)
  17. 17 Zoom Sequence (4:05)
  18. 18 Quarter Moons and Stars (3:41)
  19. 19 Candyland (3:56)
  20. 20 Sun At Six Windows (2:12)
  21. 21 Queer Weather (5:06)
  22. 22 The Girl I Never Forgot (1:53)
Disc 7
  1. 1 Pointing At the Moon (4:24)
  2. 2 Dreamland Avenue (4:22)
  3. 3 Humming In the Void/Girl With the Thousand Watt Smile (5:23)
  4. 4 Big Yellow Moon (4:09)
  5. 5 Planet of Guitars (3:32)
  6. 6 Wonderful Weather In Woodgates Lane (3:20)
  7. 7 The Ceremonial Arrival of the Great Golden Cloud (8:12)
  8. 8 Moments Catch Fire On the Crests of Waves (6:14)
  9. 9 Cascade (2:47)
  10. 10 Superserene (4:29)
  11. 11 Young Dreams Whirled Away (4:33)
  12. 12 Fearless Beauty (Kisses and Cream) (4:09)
  13. 13 The Golden Days of Radio (3:47)
  14. 14 The Trace We Left When All Was Gone (7:43)
  15. 15 Once I Had a Time Machine (5:03)
  16. 16 Music Spins My Globe (2:51)
  17. 17 Moon Gold Palladium (4:48)
Disc 8
  1. 1 Rooms With Brittle Views (3:30)
  2. 2 Stay Young (3:02)
  3. 3 Sleep Cycle (4:05)
  4. 4 Jazz (5:35)
  5. 5 Dancing on a Knife's Edge [David "Kid" Jensen Show, BBC Radio One, 1983 (3:21)
  6. 6 Time Tracking (3:31)
  7. 7 Contemplation (6:50)
  8. 8 Indiscretion (4:34)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Bill Nelson Primary Artist, Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Flute, Guitar, Mandolin, Percussion, Piano, Drums, Bass Guitar, Electric Guitar, Keyboards, Marimbas, Recorder, Vocals, E-bow, Tubular Bells, Bottleneck Guitar, Vocal Harmony
Andy Davis Keyboards
Mick Karn Bass Guitar
Andrew Clark Synthesizer, Percussion, Keyboards, Vocals
Gareth Eilledge Bass Guitar
Simon Fox Percussion, Drums
Dave Mattacks Drums
Ian Nelson Keyboards, Saxophone, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jan Nelson Background Vocals
Ian Parkin Acoustic Guitar, Rhythm Guitar
Steve Peer Percussion, Drums
Don Snow Keyboards
Yukihiro Takahashi Drums
Charlie Tumahai Percussion, Bass Guitar, Vocals
Bogdan Wiczling Drums
Iain Denby Bass Guitar
Richard Brown Drums
Rick Ford Bass Guitar
Nicholas Chatterton-Dew Percussion, Drums
John Berryman Conductor
Preston Hayman Percussion
Bogdan Jobson Vocals
Andy Evans String Bass
Alan Quinn Bass Guitar, Vocals
Rob Bryan Bass Guitar, Background Vocals
Peter Greeves Violin
Technical Credits
Bill Nelson Composer, Producer, Engineer, Liner Notes, drum machine, drum programming, Art Direction, Concept, Instrumentation, Drawing
Louie Austin Engineer
Roy Thomas Baker Producer
Haydn Bendall Engineer
Nick Froome Engineer
John Leckie Producer, Engineer
Gary Lyons Engineer
Ian McLintock Producer
Steve Nye Engineer
Ted Sharpe Engineer
Nick Tauber Producer
Rod Harper Engineer
Pete Silver Engineer
Leon Phillips Engineer
Mike Engels Engineer
John Spence Engineer
Pat Moran Engineer
Mike Ross Engineer
Sir Peter Oxendale Arranger
Dale Griffin Producer
Martin Bostock Cover Photo
Anthony Denselow Liner Notes
Peter Williams Engineer
Mike Levon Engineer
Joan Komlosy Liner Notes
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