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3.63 | 12 ratings | 2 reviews | 8% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1981

Songs / Tracks Listing

1. Banal
2. Living in My Limousine
3. Vertical Games
4. Disposable
5. False Alarms
6. Decline and Fall
7. White Sound
8. Life Runs Out Like Sand
9. A Kind of Loving
10. Do You Dream in Colour?
11. U.H.F.
12. Youth of Nation on Fire
13. Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam

Line-up / Musicians

Andrew Clark Keyboards
Rick Ford Bass
Tom Kellichan Drums
Dave Mattacks Drums
Bill Nelson Guitar, Vocals, Multi Instruments, Producer, Engineer
Ian Nelson Saxophone
Steve Peer Drums

Releases information

CD Enigma 73385-2 (1989)
Recording Date Feb 1979-Jun 1979
Original LP Mercury 6359 055 UK
was released as well on double LP as Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam + Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres For Dreaming) by Mercury
6359 055 + ECHO 1

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BILL NELSON Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam ratings distribution

(12 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(8%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(42%)
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Review by thellama73
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
4 stars When you think about it, this album is a very natural progression from Be Bop Deluxe. That band's last album, Drastic Plastic (their best effort in my opinion) started to incorporate lots of electronic elements and experimentation, found sounds, even musique concret, while still maintaining their art rock image. With Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam, Bill Nelson has ditched his old band and taken the next logical step into full blown electronica/post-punk.

The arrangements have become dense and at times obscure, the synths are stacked up heavily and the vocals are buried in the mix, but Nelson's strengths as a songwriter shine through. His chord progressions and song structures have always been a little too adventurous for your average FM radio listener, but this becomes less of a problem now that he has abandoned the glam rock mantle of his past and embraced experimentation. The melodies are still catchy and the occasional solo shows that he can still wail on the guitar as much as he ever could.

The album opener, Banal, is one of the strongest tracks of Nelson's career, with a great melody and plenty of guitar and sax. It probably could have been a hit were it not for the dense layers of sound piled on top of an otherwise straightforward rock song. My only real criticism is that all the songs are a bit "samey" due to Nelson's fascination with his new studio techniques, so that by the end of the album I tend to grow a little tired of it. But taken one track at a time, there's not a weak moment and I find I get something new out of it every time I listen.

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3 stars "Banal" has a rocky electronic mood and excellent guitar breaks. The killer cut "Living In My Limousine" a fantastic uptempo song with a superb production & uplifting chorus - it amazes me why it was never a huge hit! "White Sound" is good without being hit material. "Life Runs Out Like Sand ... (read more)

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