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    Posted: May 03 2005 at 18:31

A band that totally passed me by but I had some prog freinds who use to love 'em. I remember they use to talk alot about an album called 'Sunburst Finnish' & their amazing guitarist 'Bill Nelson'.

Any of their albums worth a spin?

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 03 2005 at 18:37

I liked "live in the air age" but I don't think it's out on cd. You can check out "tramcar to tomorrow" although I didn't find it as exciting as Ait age.

 

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 02:38
I've got a 2 CD compilation.The prog connection is self evident.Excellent band.I honestly believe they should be included in the archive and filed under 'Art rock'. Any number of tracks they did could be called prog.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 03:09

Definately check out Live in the Air Age as Gleam suggests.The version of Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape on this is excellent.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 04:31

"Ships in the Night" I'd file that as Art Pop Rock

It's a Proggy Pop Rock single in my view but great though.

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 07:56
YES! I definitely think they deserve an addition to the archives, they're total art rock and quiote a lot of their material leans into the prog area. Bill Nelson's guitar work is fantastic, and I recommend 'Futurama' and 'Modern Music' to anyone with a liking for quirky, adventurous rock a la 10cc or Max Webster. 'Sunburst Finish' is pretty good too.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 08:02

Drastic Plastic!

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 11:37
Live in the air age! Bill nelson truly is fantastic, ive heard some of his solo stuff really good (i cant for the life of me remember what the album was called)
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 11:58
BeBop Deluxe was an absolutely fantastic band.  One Way reissued Live In The Air Age in the US some years back, but i don't see it in stores much anymore ... it may be out of print.  Sunburst Finish is a classic, and I loved Drastic Plastic as well, although it was leaning in the new wave/new romantic direction Nelson's solo work took later.  I just picked up Axe Victim for a paltry $13.99 at Tower Records...sort of prog/glam, if there is such a thing.  A totally underrated band.  And Bill Nelson's guitar-playing on the live "Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape" is as soaring and beautiful as you're likely to find...an all-time classic in my book.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 04 2005 at 12:27
The whole of the Be Bop Deluxe catalogue (Axe Victim to Drastic Plastic)was re-issued remastered and added to about 2 years ago,including Live in the Air Age

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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2008 at 22:08
In this Order: Futurama
              Modern Music
              Axe Victim                 
            Live In the Air Age
            Sunburst Finish
            Didn't care for Drastic Plastic
           Hated most of Bill's solo stuff but i listen to
           these still pretty regurly.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 13 2008 at 23:32
I've not spent much time listening to Be Bop Deluxe. But I have a lot of the solo stuff. He's inventive and prolific as a composer. About the only problem is that at times he releases unfinished stuff. Thinly produced.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2008 at 13:27
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2008 at 20:28
Mediocre compositions lifted by a somewhat eccentric guitarist, from a band that managed one or two kind of memorable tunes. Not bad, just not that good.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 14 2008 at 23:23
Your opinion and many more as well. Who cares. Those that like it usualy love it because it speaks to them. For them, cheers!
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2008 at 05:36
I have a lot of time for Bill Nelson especially as a musician and artist who has been ploughing his own furrow for 30 years - check out the opening tune of the compilation What Now What Next for a hint of the man's artistic objective. I was fortunate to stage manage one of Be Bop Deluxe's early gigs when they were  still semi-pro and about to sign to Harvest. That was when Nelson was deep into his version of Ziggy Stardust  and you may hear that early 70's Bowie influence at times in the music. Nelson and co turned up in Loughborough in their work clothes having left work in Rotherham and Sheffield early that afternoon - they came out of our dressing room completely altered, make-up and essentially glam-rock clothing. They went on stage as unknowns to most of reasonably large audience and did a storming set of music largely from the future Axe Victim album - and I watched this from the wings of the stage, and theywere impressive  - Axe Victim has remained my favourite. However, I agree with Debrewguy about the inconsistency; all their albums have high points but also tracks that get skipped. I can recommended Nelson's first solo(?) Red Noise, which for obvious reasons and some less so, the bridge between Be Bop Deluxeand his subequent electronica career, when Nelson rarely touched his guitar favouring synths.
 
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2008 at 20:08
Originally posted by Dick Heath Dick Heath wrote:

 
Very supportive for Be Bop Deluxe in Art Rock

They are already Crossover. Do you mean you would like them in Eclectic?


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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2008 at 23:06
Be Bop Deluxe and Kansas were my introduction to prog way back in the day.  I got Modern Music and Masque for Christmas one year and never looked back.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 15 2008 at 23:12


A nifty compilation with outstanding sound.
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Direct Link To This Post Posted: May 16 2008 at 08:01
Originally posted by vocanodancer vocanodancer wrote:

Your opinion and many more as well. Who cares. Those that like it usualy love it because it speaks to them. For them, cheers!

Thank you for recognizing comment as opinion. Thank yo0u also for pointing out importance of differing opinion to those who disagree.Tongue

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