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Boxset/Compilation, released in 1978

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Axe Victim (5:09)
2. Maid in Heaven (2:23)
3. Music in Dreamland (4:42)
4. Sister Seagull (3:33)
5. Sleep That Burns (5:18)
6. Ships in the Night (3:53)
7. Blazing Apostles (6:01)
8. Kiss of Light (3:10)
9. Dance of the Uncle Sam Humanoids (2:10)
10. Forbidden Lovers (4:56)
11. Panic in the World (5:01)
12. Blimps (2:43)
13. Autosexual (5:52)
14. Lovers Are Mortal (4:53)
15. Shine (7:48)
16. Quest for the Harvest of the Stars (4:08)
17. Japan (2:28)
18. Speed of the Wind (4:19)
19. Lights (2:44)
20. Blue As a Jewel (5:11)
21. Face in the Rain (1:01)
22. Futurist Manifesto (4:30)

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Releases information

1978 LP Harvest 410
1978 LP Harvest SKBO-11870
1979 LP Harvest 1187 0

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(8 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(25%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(12%)
Good, but non-essential (50%)
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Review by kenethlevine
3 stars As far as I know, this double LP has never officially transitioned to the digital age, and no existing Be Bop Deluxe CD actually covers the same ground. The first LP consisted of a "Best of" from the group's 5 studio albums, while the second contained a variety of singles and B-sides. Perhaps not surprisingly, the second LP contains slightly more accessible material, but both are of equal value in making the collection what it is.

The first LP, that is songs 1 through 11, move chronologically from "Axe Victim", featuring the title cut, to "Drastic Plastic", represented by "Panic in the World". In it, "Panic" being a good example, we can hear how Be Bop Deluxe presented a paradoxically less flamboyant alternative to David Bowie glam. Of course, Nelson's searing guitars were not even fathomable by Mick Ronson. These are just 2 of Be Bop's prog credentials. Other highlights from the first part are the 1-2-3 punch of "Sister Seagull", "Sleep that Burns" and "Ships in the Night", which show Nelson's ability to extract a team effort to do his writing justice. These are catchy yet enduring and heartfelt songs.

The second LP opens with a couple of electronic numbers that presage Nelson's RED NOISE, before offering the lovely ballad "Lovers are Mortal", that draws together romantic lyricism with a steady acoustic guitar against spacey keys and a dirge like beat. "Quest for the Harvest of the Stars" is like Hawkwind gone acoustic, and works well in a kitschy way, while "Japan" and another heart stopper "Speed of the Wind", offer more of the group's quality prog credentials. Even if "Shine" is a bit too much a vehicle for Nelson's guitar and not much else, and "Blue is a Jewel" is an odd foray into southern boogie, the compilation pleases in its breadth.

If you can track down this LP, it could serve as a good introduction to the group, but it could also be a worthwhile addition if you have not replaced, and do not plan to replace your BBD LPs, on the basis of the "rest of" tracks.

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