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My Secret Studio [4 CD Box set] Box set

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  • Audio CD (23 Nov 1995)
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Resurgence
  • ASIN: B000024JOK
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 699,588 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Neil on 21 July 2009
Format: Audio CD
Bill Nelson's Secret Studio.

A superb, but limited introduction to the work of a superb musician. The 4 cd set, complete with cards and signed confirmation that this is a limited edition of 2000 is rare, but still obtainable, at a price.

That said, each of the 4 cd,s are samples of Bill,s music sketchbook - which is far better than most major league players finest work. Buddha Head is the best, in my opinion, of the 4 cd,s - but each offer something different and unique.

Bill,s talents stretch across musical genres and instruments - he plays a mean guitar, superb keyboards and his ability with tape loops and voice montages offer up a style of music that is greatly satisfying and will endure - unlike many of the offerings given more press.

I cannot regard Bill Nelson too highly, having been a fan for over 30 years - all I could ask is that the major music shops and suppliers have the decency to stock some of his recent cd,s - however brave music, or music that has an artistic integrity, will never be popular with pile em high merchants.

Long live Bill!!!!
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4 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Iain on 26 Feb 2003
Format: Audio CD
These were some of the first songs after the final farewell to Be-Bop Deluxe, all of which I have on vinyl (and still in good nick) but not yet on CD. The collection is worth the price for three songs alone: Empire of the Senses and Another Day.. are optimism in musical form. Undaunted by the lack of broad success for the band, Bill restates his claim on innovative, shining, poetic, future-mystic musical style. October Man is magnificent, defiant. An artist's declaration. You need an intense love of music to forgo the riches of pop - he is after all a virtuoso guitarist - and stick to your beliefs and.. your dreams. If you dream of many things, you'll love this collection.
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Electrically Speaking: Bill's finest 14 Sep 2001
By Michael Thomas Roe - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
I don't think Bill Nelson would agree, but this might possibly be his finest work to date. It's a 4 CD collection of songs, completely with vocals, done in true Bill fashion, meaning fast and furious. What's significant is that the bulk of this material was recorded during a period of emotional duress, making for some pretty heavy listening. "Electricity Made Us Angels" bears the brunt of most of this emotional fall out. Tunes like "Wonders Never Cease", "God Thundered Boy" and "She Sends Me", are filled with what could be termed beautiful despair, Bill's voice literally cracking at points. All is not gloom, however, in the world of Bill. "Juke Box For Jet Boy" is a fun synthetic romp thru the playground of Bill's yesteryears, predating Bill's later fascination with his childhood and its arcana. Simply put, there are a lot of great tunes here and I dare say that the listener, in time, will be able to absorb the entire collection with great pleasure and ease. Bill-the-guitar-player fans will certainly find lots of tasty guitar playing through out. "Begin to Burn" (a personal favourite) and "Year 44 (The Birthday Song)", among others, contain some blazing guitar work. So get your heart on one sleeve and your air guitar on the other, this could be, as mentioned, Bill's best.
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Bill Nelson's First "Long Form" Masterpiece 28 Sep 2004
By Marshall Boswell - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
One the unheralded innovations of the CD age is what I'd like to call the "Long Form Album." This term refers to box sets of original material by mercurial artists who have dispensed with the old LP format in favor of the new expansiveness made available by the relative cheapness of CDs in the CDR age. Albums in this mode include The Magnetic Fields' "69 Love Songs," Prince's "Emancipation" and "Crystal Ball," and this remarkable box set, released in 1996, same year as "Emancipation," and encompassing four CDs that must be taken all together for a full and fair hearing. Here, Nelson, after years of experimenting with purely instrumental music, returns to the rock song format with 4 discs of eastern-influenced ambient pop chronicling his triumphant psychic recovery from a broken divorce, which event was itself painfully and somewhat embarrassingly chronicled in an earlier and much less successful 4-disc box set, "Demonstrations of Affection," which is only for collectors, trust me. The sound on "My Secret Studio Vol. 1" is warm, electronic, guitar heavy, and lush, with songs that stay in your head for weeks on end and melodies that soar and throb in the lower reaches of your consciousness. More consistent overall than his 6-CD set "Noise Candy," "My Secret Studio" is the Bill Nelson work that I'll grab if my house ever burns down.
More quirky Nelsonia 6 May 2005
By Anthony D Ravenscroft - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
When I got these CDs, it took me a few listens until I adapted. There's something about the tone of these tracks that isn't as warm as, say, "My Secret Studio II." Once you get past that, I think you'll find some of your favourite nelson tracks in this set.

Just for the sake of reference:

This four-CD set consists of the following titles, to match the Amazon.com track listing --

-- Buddha Head

-- Electricity Made Us Angels

-- Deep Dream Decoder

-- Juke Box for Jet Boy

The first three are available as separate CDs, & have apparently been reissued recently. To my knowledge, the fourth has never been released except as part of this set.
Great music from a great musician. 20 Jun 2001
By Ian - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Anyone familiar with Bill's work will enjoy this album, anyone who enjoy's the music of Brian Eno et al won't fail to enjoy this piece of work.
Give it a listen, it'll be well worth it.
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