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Blue Moons & Laughing Guitars Import


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  • Audio CD (1 July 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Eg
  • ASIN: B00004XNL2
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 98,482 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Ancient Guitars
2. Girl From Another Planet
3. Spinnin' Around
4. Shaker
5. God Man Slain
6. The Dead We Wake With Upstairs Drums
7. New Moon Rising
8. The Glory Days
9. Wishes
10. Angel In My System
11. Wings And Everything
12. Boat To Forever
13. The Invisible Man And The Unforgettable Girl
14. So It Goes
15. Fires In The Sky
16. Dream Ships Set Sail

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By John M. Mccartan on 26 Mar 2004
Format: Audio CD
Continuing his journey back to Guitarville , Bill Nelson just about hits the mark with this one.There's the usual self-penned liner notes about these being 'whimsically fragile flowers' or whatever , but it wouldn't be the full Nelsonian experience without that.The material is robustly Nelson , lots of chiming guitar , insistent beats , and lyrics reflecting on Bill's current interest....I think it was Gnosticism at the time.Not as melodically inspired as 'Luminous' or the breathtaking 'Chimera' , it nonetheless is vastly superior to the stuff produced by his contemporaries (if indeed they are still producing stuff),and vital and fresh compared to the work of much younger artists.As usual on a Nelson album , there's at least one little masterpiece , this being the gorgeous 'Wings and everything'.Whichever woman inspired it , she must have been really something.....a soaring over-wrought piece of classic Bill. Nelson's defining charateristic is his immense musical curiousness , always hitched to a rigorous sense of melody , and 'Blue Moons and Laughing Guitars' , whilst far from his best , continues in the noble tradition of the Greatest Living Yorkshireman.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 14 Mar 2001
Format: Audio CD
Bill wrote the music for this album with the intention of having it recorded by a new Be-Bop Deluxe. As it happens that project didn't come to fruition so Bill recorded the songs himself and they were nearer to rock 'n' roll than anything he had done since the heady days of Be-Bop Deluxe. If you've liked anything by Bill BUY THIS!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
Nelson continues to expand his palette. 20 April 2004
By Phil Watkins - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After a long stretch of instrumental albums, Bill Nelson brings his voice back to the fore.
With "Blue Moons & Laughing Guitars", he's back to a song-based theme. Originally, this was to be recorded with a full band. But upon putting things together, things fell apart and he released his solo version.
Don't think "solo" as a guy sitting with a guitar & singing. Bill has the full-group effect, playing synthesizer, drums, and other instruments getting a rich, full sound.
Highlights are "God Man Slain", "Angel in My System" and "Wings & Everything".
If you're a Nelson fan, this is a must.
If you're not a Nelson fan, this can be a good introduction.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
No More BeBop Deluxe? 15 Nov 2002
By Gu1tarb0y - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One of my solo faves from BN. This record absolutely cooks with guitar work even though it is almost 10 yrs old. ...And the great guitar band experiment will not happen after all... due to various dark forces. So what. Bill spent 5-6 years with BBD and the past 25 years without them.
I have also waited for years for the magic ride back to the 70's but it ain't gonna happen. Bill has moved on, but can rip a solo as well as any time in the past. He is wandering through various churches of thought and concept today , not just kneeling at the altar of rock.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Another Bill Nelson Gem!! 12 May 1999
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
On this album while writing some of the most romantic songs of the decade, Bill has also sythesized the strongest aspects of his many styles from the guitar heroics of his early days to the electronic aspects of songs like the Real Adventure. Of the 16 songs,I have my favorites: (Ancient Guitars, New Moon Rising, Spinning round) -14 of them I would rate as very good to excellent. Blue Moons is one of those albums that gets better with each listening. Although intended as a Demo the sound quality is quite good, (a couple of spots the vocals could have been a bit louder).... It baffles me the major labels haven't invested the money in one of the most talented and prolific songwriters of the modern era, not to mention great guitarists.... Enjoy!!! GMX
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Be Bop Deluxe and Jan please come home 19 Sep 1998
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After trying to shed the source of two great sorrows and joys in his life (Be Bop Deluxe and Jan) Bill now attempts to resurrect and deal with these past ghosts. Intended for a new and improved Be Bop Deluxe line-up the songs still addresses his break up with his ex-wife Jan. Jan has been and will remain a constant theme for Bill well into the 90's. The music is a high quality demo intended for the new line-up. Though Be Bop Deluxe and Jan never re-emerge into Bill's life the music is still very good.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Be Bop Deluxe and Jan please come home 2 Sep 2005
By Walter Peretiatko - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
After first trying to shed the source of two great sorrows and joys in his life (Be Bop Deluxe and Jan) Bill now attempts to resurrect these two former ghosts. Intended for a new and improved Be Bop Deluxe line-up, the songs still addresses Bill's break up with his ex-wife Jan. Jan has been and will remain a constant theme for Bill, unless he becomes a sailor in a Fassbinder movie. The music is a high quality demo intended for the new line-up. Though Be Bop Deluxe and Jan never re-emerge into Bill's life the music is still very good.
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