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3.19 | 7 ratings | 1 reviews | 29% 5 stars

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Studio Album, released in 1983

Songs / Tracks Listing

Real Adventure
Everyday Feels Like Another New Drug
Tender Is The Night
Glow World
Another Day Another Ray Of Hope

Hard Facts From The Fiction Department
Acceleration (Long Version)
Acceleration (Dub Version)
Acceleration (Short Version)


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Bill Nelson - all instruments

Releases information

Digitally remastered edition of 1983 solo album release(with 4 bonuses) (2005)Mercury 983 1027 UK
Original LP was released as mini-LP,Mercury MERB 19 UK ,Mercury 812 099-1 Netherlands

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BILL NELSON Chimera ratings distribution

(7 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(29%)
Excellent addition to any prog rock music collection(29%)
Good, but non-essential (29%)
Collectors/fans only (14%)
Poor. Only for completionists (0%)

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Review by thellama73
COLLABORATOR Eclectic Prog Team
3 stars For this EP, Bill Nelson is joined by Yellow Magic Orchestra drummer, Yukihiro Takahashi, who laid down various drum patterns which Nelson the looped and toyed with in the studio. Needless to say, it's a very percussive release. The emphasis is on drums, with prominent bass and marimba.

The music is similar to the other albums Nelson released for the Mercury label, so if you've heard Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam, you will pretty much know what to expect. The use of looping patterns, aggressive 80's synths and sampled dialogue is reminiscent of Brian Eno and David Byrne's "My Life In The Bush Of Ghosts." It's a shame that album gets so much credit for its inventiveness while Nelson's contemporary work is usually overlooked.

Aside from the raw sound of the record, the songwriting is up to Nelson's usual high standard, with the single "Acceleration" being the stand out track. The other songs are reasonably catchy and it's amusing to hear Nelson's best Bowie impersonation on "Glow World." The CD reissue adds one additional track in the same vein and three alternate mixes of "Acceleration," inessential certainly, but enjoyable nonetheless.

If you like what Bill Nelson was doing in the 80's, you will certainly like this (it is high quality throughout), but the album's brevity and lack of diversity in bonus tracks mean that I can't give it more than three stars.

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