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BILL NELSON (OF BE BOP DELUXE) 2009 CD "FANCY PLANETS"

CHARLIE TUMAHAI & BILL NELSON OF BE BOP DELUXE PERFORMING IN SPOKANE, WA. ON 11-19-76. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.


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BILL NELSON-
“FANCY PLANETS” CD

Studio Album, released in 2009

Songs / Tracks Listing:
1. Fancy Planets.
2. The Golden Days Of Radio (Compact Mix).
3. Kiss Me Goodnight, Captain Marvel.
4. The Land Of Dreams Is Closed.
5. This Leads To That Leads To This.
6. Where Are We Now.
7. Twice In A Blue Moon.
8. Everyday Now Is Forever Again.
9. She Dreams Of Fires.
10. I Hear Electricity.
11. Mysterious Object Overhead.
12. Dream Cities Of The Heart.
13. Mystery Engine.
14. The Golden Days Of Radio (Hypermix).

Line-up / Musicians:
Bill Nelson all instruments
Releases information:
Released on Sonoluxe CD013 July 2009

REVIEWS:
#1-
BY STATGRUBBY-
NOVEMBER 2, 2009

Full vocals on this one. Edgy and perfect. IT has great melodies and hooks hooks hooks. If you love Bill..this is a classic!

#2-
BY STEPHEN B. GRIGGS – MuzikReviews.com Contributor
FEBRUARY 23, 2010

With Fancy Planets, prolific recording artist and revered experimental rocker Bill Nelson creates his own, rather well removed, sonic universe. The cover art depicts a buxom damsel distraught in the arms of a soaring space villain. Rest assured, the music is a trip too. Between lyrics on dream-space-and-time travel, super heroes (“Kiss Me Goodnight, Captain Marvel”), and super beauties (“The Land of Dreams Is Closed”) and fantastically over the top production, even the casual listener can’t help be entertained.
What Nelson creates on Fancy Planets is his own show, his own framework for his music, which makes it very hard for him to go wrong. Cheating? Maybe, but it’s arguably the same idea behind what we hear on commercial radio. The rules don’t apply; this isn’t for people who like the rules. And with that, Nelson bathes you in chimes before zapping you with synth lasers and phaser beam guitars, all the while spouting off something or other about time traveling cowboys and lucid dreams. If it weren’t all so tongue-in-cheek, it’d be cheesy, but lines like “Me oh my, oh how that dress becomes you / me oh my, and here it comes again” induce smiles rather than cringes.
Despite all the wise cracks and techie noodling, the songs on Fancy Planets make for good rock ‘n’ roll, with plenty of guitar work and a few considerable hooks that manage to get nestled in the mix. “The Golden Days of Radio” is an easy standout choice, replete with BBC Radio vocal samples and guitar tones that change at the drop of a name. Albeit, Fancy Planets would sound like more of a guitar record, but the MIDI-heavy orchestration often pushes Nelson’s fret play to the back of the mix. You can tell he’s having fun, and that enjoyment transmits, but if there’s any detractor on Fancy Planets it’s over-saturation. The carnival only comes to town for a limited time, and fourteen songs—none shorter than two and a half minutes—stuffed full of production and flippancy are likely to tire out all but the most devoted Nelson fans. A healthy tasting might include “The Golden Days of Radio,” a catalog of the man’s guitar heroes; “Kiss Me Goodnight, Captain Marvel” with its tasty refrain; “Where Are We Now” a nice ambient interlude; and “I Hear Electricity.”
Often times an artist’s prolificacy necessitates a sacrifice of quality for quantity, and ultimately, Fancy Planets—a fifth release for 2009—is another exercise of Nelson’s productive muscles. The end result is an entertaining listen, offering the odd song that earns its own despite the company.

#3-
BY BEN UPHAM
12-31-2011
I have been a fan of Bill Nelson for 36 years now. I was initially exposed to his Music at a Concert by Be Bop Deluxe in Spokane, Wa. on 11-19-76 as they were the opening act for Ted Nugent.
It was a brilliant performance that had the entire audience stomping and lighting their lighters for a full 10 minutes to get them back for a lengthy encore! This was a Ted Nugent crowd in late 1976 mind you…
After seeing that show I went out and purchased a couple of Be Bop Deluxe’s albums, “Axe Victim” and “Sunburst Finish”. The Music was fantastic and I was on my way to becoming a huge fan of this band. I was disappointed to hear that the group had disbanded in 1978. Nelson released “Red Noise” in 1979 and I remember listening to it and not appreciating it at all.
He had gone into a new realm that sounded nothing like the Rock stylings of his Be Bop Deluxe days…Almost no audible guitar could be heard…
Flash forward about 20 years and I started to give some of Bill’s later releases a chance.
The CD’s that I wound up finding were quite good….”Practically Wired….Or How I Became Guitar-Boy”, “Blue Moons and Laughing Guitars”, and “Whimsey” were among my favorites. They were fresh and found Bill exploring many new Musical Worlds…But still…For me at least they were not as intense and satisfying as the Be Bop Deluxe material from the 1970′s…
Then a few months ago I was turned on to “Fancy Planets”…
I’ve got to say that for my ears and Musical tastes this is the BEST Bill Nelson Music since Be Bop Deluxe! It’s not that it’s retro, or goes back to that Be Bop sound either…More like it has transported much of the Be Bop Space and Energy forward in Time from the 1970′s to receive a 2009 treatment….
It is a Magical, Shining open door to fresh and new ideas and lots of excitement in Bill’s singing and playing….It sounds to me like his finest work to date…The production is fantastic. The guitar work is everywhere in the mix….lots of great power chords and spacey riffs along with golden soloing and even a few Be Bop surprise licks!
I am hoping that anyone reading this that hasn’t given this CD a listen will at least sample it from the links that I’m attaching…It is a beautiful addition to anyones collection if you have any respect for this man’s gift…Thank You Bill…………..

BE-BOP DELUXE DISCOGRAPHY:
1974 Axe Victim
1975 Futurama
1976 Sunburst Finish
1976 Modern Music
1977 Live in the Air Age
1978 Drastic Plastic
1978 The Best of and the Rest of
1981 Singles A’s and B’s
1987 Raiding the Divine Archive
1994 Radioland- BBC Radio One Live in Concert
1997 Air Age Anthology
1998 Tramcar to Tomorrow
2002 Tremulous Antennae
2002 Postcards from the Future

BILL NELSON (SOLO) DISCOGRAPHY:
Northern Dream (1971)
Sound – On – Sound (1979) (Bill Nelson’s Red Noise)
Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam (1981) Mercury
Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres for Dreaming) (1981)
Das Kabinet (The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari) (1981)
The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart) (1982)
La Belle Et La Bete (1982)
Chimera (1983)
Savage Gestures For Charm’s Sake (1983)
The Two-Fold Aspect of Everything (1984)
Trial By Intimacy – The Summer Of God’s Piano (1985)
Trial By Intimacy – Chamber Of Dreams (Music from the Invisibility Exhibition) (1985)
Trial By Intimacy – Pavilions Of The Heart And Soul (1985)
Trial By Intimacy – A Catalogue Of Obsessions (1985)
Chameleon (The Music Of Bill Nelson) (1985)
Getting The Holy Ghost Across (1986)
Iconography (1986) [Orchestra Arcana]
Map Of Dreams (1987)
Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights – The Angel At The Western Window (1987)
Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights – The Book Of Inward Conversation (1987)
Optimism (1988) [Orchestra Arcana]
Demonstrations Of Affection – Chimes And Rings (1989)
Demonstrations Of Affection – Nudity (1989)
Demonstrations Of Affection – Heartbreakland (1989)
Demonstrations Of Affection – Details (1989)
Simplex (1990)
Raiding the Divine Archive – [Be-Bop Deluxe] (1990)
Altar Pieces (1990)
Luminous (1991)
Blue Moons & Laughing Guitars (1992)
Automatic (1994) [Channel Light Vessel]
Radioland – [Be-Bop Deluxe] (1994) BBC Radio 1 live in concert 1976
Crimsworth (Flowers, Stones, Fountains And Flames) (1995)
Practically Wired or how I became…Guitarboy! (1995)
My Secret Studio Volume I – Buddha Head (1995)
My Secret Studio Volume I – Electricity Made Us Angels (1995)
My Secret Studio Volume I – Deep Dream Decoder (1995)
My Secret Studio Volume I – Juke Box For Jet Boy (1995)
After The Satellite Sings (1996)
Excellent Spirits (1996) [Channel Light Vessel]
Confessions Of A Hyperdreamer: My Secret Studio Volume II – Weird Critters (1997)
Confessions Of A Hyperdreamer: My Secret Studio Volume II – Magnificent Dream People (1997)
Atom Shop (1998)
Whistling While The World Turns (2000)
Noise Candy – Old Man Future Blows The Blues (2002)
Noise Candy – Stargazing With Ranger Bill (2002)
Noise Candy – Sunflower Dairy Product (2002)
Noise Candy – King Frankenstein (2002)
Noise Candy – Console (2002)
Noise Candy – Playtime (2002)
Caliban And Chrome Harmonium (2002)
Astral Motel (2002)
Whimsy (2003)
Whimsy Two (A Garage Full Of Clouds) (2003)
The Romance Of Sustain Volume One: Painting With Guitars (2003)
Luxury Lodge (2003)
Plaything (2003)
Dreamland To Starboard (2004)
Custom Deluxe (2004)
Satellite Songs (2004)
Wah-Wah Galaxy (2004)
Rosewood: Ornaments And Graces For Acoustic Guitar Volume One (2005)
Rosewood: Ornaments And Graces For Acoustic Guitar Volume Two (2005)
Orpheus In Ultraland (2005)
The Alchemical Adventures Of Sailor Bill (2005)
Neptune’s Galaxy (2006)
Return To Jazz Of Lights (2006)
Arcadian Salon (2006)
Gleaming Without Lights (2006)
Secret Club For Members Only (2007)
And We Fell Into A Dream (2007)
Silvertone Fountains (2008)
Illuminated At Dusk (2008)
Mazda Kaleidoscope (2008)
Clocks & Dials (2008)
Golden Melodies Of Tomorrow (2008)
Fancy Planets (2009)
Here Comes Mr Mercury (2009)
Theatre Of Falling Leaves (2009)
The Dream Transmission Pavilion (2009)
Non-Stop Mystery Action (2009)
Picture Post (2010)
Modern Moods For Mighty Atoms (2010)
Captain Future’s Psychotronic Circus (2010)
Fables And Dreamsongs (2010)
Fantasmatron (2011)
Signals From Realms Of Light (2011)
Model Village (2011)

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BILL NELSON OF BE-BOP DELUXE PERFORMING LIVE IN SPOKANE, WA. ON 11-19-76. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.

BILL NELSON OF BE-BOP DELUXE PERFORMING IN SPOKANE, WA. ON 11-19-76. PHOTO BY BEN UPHAM.


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BE-BOP DELUXE-
“FIND A GROWING AUDIENCE”
BY LEE MOORE
THE WINNIPEG FREE PRESS
WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA
APRIL 29, 1978

Bill Nelson isn’t an average rock ‘n’ roll guitarist —and the outfit he leads, Be-Bop Deluxe, isn’t an average rock ‘n’ roll band. One of Britain’s faster-rising progressive groups, Be-Bop Is getting a lot of American chart action these days with its latest album, Drastic Plastic.
It’s a fitting title for the album. Nelson combines his diverse influences into a musical mix in which sleek, crystal-clear guitar lines reminiscent of the Ventures collide with screeching synthesizers and jerky, robotized disco rhythms. Lovely, fluid melodies grace much of his material, and the music underpins lyrics ranging from the playful to the menacing. Alternately seductive, hypnotic and disturbing, the music of Be-Bop Deluxe has found a growing audience.
Nelson is the man who calls the shots — he’s the band’s writer, singer
and lead guitarist. There’s more than a little of the poet and the visionary in him as well, an observation that he won’t deny.
After Be-Bop’s third album, Sunburst Finish, Nelson was touted by the rock press as being the next guitar star. His performances on the album were technically flawless and endlessly inventive and had guitar fans panting in anticipation of the next one. If people were looking for guitar flash on the next album, Modern Music, they were disappointed. Nelson, in reaction to the flurry of praise over his talents, had pulled back a little. “That was intentional,” Nelson admits. “In England, after our first album, the record people needed something to promote and I suppose the guitar playing was the most obvious aspect to pick up on. “It got to be a bit difficult when you have to keep up with that sort of thing. You don’t always want to do it. ‘I enjoy playing the guitar but it isn’t the main point of what we do.”
There was, in fact, more guitar work than ever before on Modern Music, in the form of densely layered, overdubbed ensemble work — all of it performed by Nelson. The soloing, while infrequent, was dazzling as ever.
The involved production of Modern Music is in stark contrast to the sound of Drastic Plastic. According to Nelson, “physically, it’s very spare. There’s much less overdubbing.” He says that the album opens up a new chapter in the development of the band and, on it, he plays with new ideas as well as new toys — it marks one of the first uses on vinyl of the new breed of guitar synthesizers.
Despite Be-Bop’s futuristic sound and science fiction imagery, Nelson is very much a romantic. He cites French poet and film-maker Jean Cocteau as one of his heroes and says he agrees with Cocteau’s observation that poetry isn’t a form but a quality that permeates all the arts. It’s something that has to be present in any kind of art. It’s almost a visible substance that brings painting, drama, whatever, to life. “There is poetry in music,” Nelson elaborates. “That’s the approach I’ve tried to keep in mind with everything we’ve done, not just in the sense of lyrical content — the music itself should have a sense of poetry.”
Nelson says that he feels an affinity with artists such as David Bowie and Brian Eno, who use techniques from other art forms and fit them into the context of rock rather than as the purveyors of straight rock ‘n’ roll boogie. “Rock and roll, as the media generally terms it, is very much ‘have a good time, get loaded.’ If that’s all rock and roll is, then I’m not a rock and roller,” says Nelson. “I’m just an artist using rock and roll as my medium.”
The increased acceptance Be-Bop Deluxe has gained no doubt makes Nelson very happy but he makes it clear that the band won’t change to fit someone else’s idea of rock. “Be-Bop isn’t a band for everybody,” he says. “It’s very possessive about its fans and holds them to it. The fans understand Be-Bop fully and get a lot out of the music.”
Nelson says that he has never seen the band as a permanent outlet for his ideas and looks forward to doing more experimental music. “It’s not the sort of thing I’d expect the band to carry because trying things like that puts you at odds with the critics. I wouldn’t want to expose the band as four individuals to a barrage of criticism, but I wouldn’t mind doing it myself, because I believe in it.”
Ever the Renaissance man, Nelson has extra-musical ambitions as well — he says he’d like to publish a book of his poetry and photography.

BE-BOP DELUXE DISCOGRAPHY:
1974 Axe Victim
1975 Futurama
1976 Sunburst Finish
1976 Modern Music
1977 Live in the Air Age
1978 Drastic Plastic
1978 The Best of and the Rest of
1981 Singles A’s and B’s
1987 Raiding the Divine Archive
1994 Radioland- BBC Radio One Live in Concert
1997 Air Age Anthology
1998 Tramcar to Tomorrow
2002 Tremulous Antennae
2002 Postcards from the Future
2011 Futurist Manifesto (Box Set)

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Be Bop Deluxe performing in Spokane, Wa. on 11-19-76.

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BE-BOP DELUXE: “Latest Claimant to British Rock”
by John Rockwell
New York Times 3-17-76

NEW YORK – Every month, or Is it week, seems to bring a new rock band from
Britain, eager to catch a few leftover crumbs from the Anglophilia of the IWO’s.
Most fail completely; others latch onto an FM cult success; a very few, unpredictably, make It big like Elton John (if he can be counted a British act any more), Led Zeppelin, and Bad Company.
The latest claimant, currently truddling about the country as the opening act on
various bills, is called Be-Bop Deluxe. The Band’s first New York date keeps getting
postponed; current reports have it sometime in the third week of April. It’s worth waiting for if this quartet’s live performances match its records, it could be something very special indeed.

The band Is built around Bill Nelson, who comes from Yorkshire, is 27 years old and
writes the songs, sings them, plays all the guitar parts and adds periodic harmonica and percussion.
Nelson’s first album was a privately produced venture in 1971 called “Northern
Dream.” In many ways, it’s fairly amateurish, except for Nelson’s own efforts,
but the first Be-Bop Deluxe album, “Axe Victim,” Is a vast improvement.
Both these disks are to be found here in import shops. But the next two, “Futurama” and “Sunburst Finish”, are available domestically, and “Sunburst Finish” is the first to offer the band’s current
personnel, together about a year , has just been released.
The lyrics for all these albums are a little precocious, full of rather self-conscious poeticizing with a science-fantasy overlay. They’re’ carefully considered though, and perhaps one warms to them. Nelson himself said a couple of days ago that his words inspire his music: “I write the lyrics first,” he explained. “The music is a mood related to a story idea. A particular picture of a general feeling.”
FOR THIS LISTENER, however, Nelson’s music and his guitar playing lift
Be-Bop Deluxe out of the ordinary. The music sounds something like the febrile eclecticism of Roxy Music and Queen, and Nelson admits the kinship. “But once you get down to the actual approach,” he adds, “I think we’re pretty much out on a limb of our own. We’re using a similar language, but what we’re saying is slightly different.”

BE BOP DELUXE DISCOGRAPHY:
1974 Axe Victim
1975 Futurama
1976 Sunburst Finish
1976 Modern Music
1977 Live in the Air Age
1978 Drastic Plastic
1978 The Best of and the Rest of
1981 Singles A’s and B’s
1987 Raiding the Divine Archive
1994 Radioland- BBC Radio One Live in Concert
1997 Air Age Anthology
1998 Tramcar to Tomorrow
2002 Tremulous Antennae
2002 Postcards from the Future
2011 Futurist Manifesto (Box Set)

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