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The Practice Of Everyday Life Box set

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  • Audio CD (21 Nov. 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Cocteau
  • ASIN: B005Q9F83O
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 103,060 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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* An Extensive 8cd Deluxe Boxed Set Career Anthology - Celebrating 40 Years Of Bill Nelson's Recording Career From 1971 - 2011
* Featuring Solo Recordings, Be Bop Deluxe & Bill Nelson's Red Noise Including 11 Unreleased Tracks
* 68 Page Lavishly Illustrated Book With Notes By Bill Nelson & Previously Unseen Photos & Memorabilia

The year 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of BILL NELSON's recording career and to celebrate this Esoteric Recordings announce a new release on their recently launched Cocteau Discs imprint, the lavish boxed set "THE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY LIFE - Celebrating Forty Years of Recordings." This is the most extensive and detailed anthology of Bill's astoundingly creative career to date. Over the past four decades Bill has consistently proved himself to be one of Britain's most original and creative musicians, exploring an astonishing diversity of musical styles, consistently pushing musical boundaries and earning the admiration of legions of fans throughout the world and enlightened critics alike. As a guitarist, Bill ranks as a great and uniquely gifted figure, but this eclectic selection of tracks also highlights his work as a singer/songwriter and instrumental composer.

The 1971 album "Northern Dream" was the first release of his illustrious career. Although recorded on rudimentary equipment at a small Wakefield recording studio, the record was a fine early example of an independently produced album. "Northern Dream" was championed by the legendary DJ John Peel and paved the way for Bill's future career, beginning with his legendary band Be Bop Deluxe, (a group who recorded five successful studio albums plus a live album for EMI's Harvest label), and the equally innovative Red Noise. His acclaimed solo career continued with the release of the album "Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam", and a succession of diverse releases for both major labels and his own independent company, Cocteau Records (a venture which saw Bill become a pioneer of the "do-it-yourself" approach to recording and releasing music).

Track listed by Bill himself, this deluxe anthology gathers together more than 150 tracks over Eight CDs. The set begins with his earliest recordings and includes previously unreleased material by Be Bop Deluxe, along with examples from Bill's extensive solo catalogue, exploring a wide range of styles. The anthology also includes a selection of material from his more recent albums, self-released by Bill on his Sonoluxe label. The set is rounded off by the inclusion of a bonus CD featuring two previously unreleased BBC Radio One sessions from 1981 and 1983 respectively.

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Kraftwerker on 9 Feb. 2012
Format: Audio CD
TPOEL is a must-have for anyone who has liked Bill Nelson at some point in their life, celebrating the career and work of one of the UK's most innovative, creative and workaholic musicians. Running at nearly 10 hours of remastered music, it comes in a really top-notch glossy thick card package that folds out to reveal all eight discs plus a pocket for the lavishly illustrated autobiographical booklet. A good chunk of the booklet describes his childhood and formative years, illustrated with lots of photos and copies of flyers, artwork, set-lists etc promoting his early bands like Gentle Revolution and his first solo album "Northern Dream" (some hilarious early Be-Bop Deluxe glam poses also stand out). Despite having been a Bill Nelson fan since BBD's "Futurama" LP and despite reading the excellent Paul Sutton Reeves biography "Music in Dreamland", this little booklet still reveals hitherto unknown gems of interest. For example, the title of TPOEL can be read as a neat summation of Bill's daily work ethos: into the studio at 10-30, a break in the afternoon, then a return to the studio to complete the day's work, allowing himself time off only for food, sleep, weekends or when he (temporarily) runs out of ideas. The need to create music has run quite simply through his veins everyday from a young age, clearly at the expense of taking a "proper" rock-biz career trajectory at times, which is why he maintains a faithful cult following and is not more widely known. But I guess Bill wouldn't have it any other way, and what a body of work he has given us.Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By P. Taylor on 31 Dec. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Any trawl through Amazon will reveal no shortage of box sets and retrospectives, some good , some bad, many very expensive. This set stands out from the crowd for a number of reasons. £48 for 8 packed discs represents good value for money in my book. The content, all chosen by Bill himself, charts 40 years in the business from Northern Dream, through Be-Bop Deluxe and on to the present. Be-Bop Deluxe, being one of the very first gigs I ever went to, were always a massive favourite of mine so for me, and anyone like me who, for whatever reason, didn't manage the transition into Bill's post Be-Bop output this collection offers a hugely enjoyable voyage of discovery. Finally the packaging is absolutely first rate. Bill's eye for the visual was always as sharp as his ear for the music and this doesn't disappoint. Top quality card, great photos and a clever design where the discs are arranged in a 2x4 layout which fold in on themselves to form a flattened house-brick shape. The eye for detail even extends to individual designs for each of the discs featuring some of his many guitars. The icing on the cake is a thick book packed with more great photos and a pretty detailed autobiography. I can't recommend this highly enough.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By K. W. Dandridge on 15 Dec. 2011
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WOW!! arrived today & what surperb package it is, excellent artwork & a booklet full of interesting information covering Bill Nelson's 40 year recording history ( you won't get this neat presentation on downloading ), this box set is a MUST HAVE collection to any new fans or those fans who have lost trace of Bill's musical talents over the years.
Many of the tracks featured on this box set are off albums i do not have, so in this format they are a extra bonus to me, i'm not keen on Bill's Be-bop Deluxe years (apart from Sunburst Finish), but i must admit the BBD tracks on TPOEL will certainly appeal to BBD fans past & present ( i might even buy BBD box set Manifesto at some point ), i don't know how many TPOEL box set's have been pressed, but if Noise Candy was anything to go by, i would say don't delay but TPOEL box set today, because Noise Candy is very hard to find & sell's for silly money.
If you like what you hear on this box set, then you will be pleased to hear, many of the albums from which some tracks were sampled , are still available to buy on Bill Nelson's website via the friendly & helpful service of SOS.
If it's for Christmas, the New Year , your Birthday or what ever reason, GET THIS BOX SET!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. MOORE on 27 Dec. 2011
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This has just arrived and what a joy it is to any BN fan and what a year we are having with new material. After waiting for so long the activity around Bill in these last couple of years has been fab- started with the release of the Japanese paper mini LP jacket set, followed up by the book of Paul Sutton's, continued with his first DVD (earlier this year) and the new BBD Manifesto set- and now a bumper box set.

The material is a joy for any serious fan and the star item is the book which has some amazing photos etc. This purchase is simply something you do not mull over if you are a fan you need this and I guess it will disappear quickly so perhaps buy two- yes I am going to buy another. Thanks to everyone who was involved in this project and it is great to see an artist get this type of packaging right as so many do not.
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