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Trial By Intimacy - The Book Of Splendours Box set, Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (29 Oct. 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Box set, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Cocteau
  • ASIN: B0093NOC18
  • Other Editions: Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,269 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. Antennae Two
2. Transmission (Nbc 97293)
3. The Sleep Of Hollywood
4. The Celestial Bridegroom
5. Under The Red Arch
See all 23 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. The Blazing Memory Of Innuendo
2. Into The Luminous Future
3. A Dip In The Swimming Pool Reactor
4. Tomorrowland (The Threshold Of 1947)
5. Listening To Lizards
See all 18 tracks on this disc
Disc: 3
1. Gift Of The August Tide
2. Loving Tongues
3. Blue Nude
4. In The Realm Of Bells
5. Your Nebulous Smile
See all 22 tracks on this disc
Disc: 4
1. Sex Party Six
2. Wider Windows For The Walls Of The World
3. Time In Tokyo
4. Happily Addicted To You
5. Snakes With Wings
See all 20 tracks on this disc

Product Description

Esoteric Recordings announce a new release on their recently launched Cocteau Discs imprint, a limited edition reissue of BILL NELSON s classic 4 disc ambient boxed set TRIAL BY INTIMACY (The Book of Splendours) . The set was originally released on Bill s Cocteau Records label in October 1984 and comprised recordings made by Bill at his Echo Observatory home studio. Comprising some eighty pieces of music, the set was a fine example of Bill Nelson s grasp of Ambient music and has subsequently been hailed as a ground-breaking work. Long deleted, the set is made available once more with this newly re-mastered Cocteau Discs edition. The new release fully restores the original elements of the TRIAL BY INTIMACY box and is an exact facsimile, reproducing a 48 page book and eight art postcards that featured in the original set. A LIMITED EDITION NEWLY REMASTERED 4CD DELUXE CLAMSHELL BOXED SET OF BILL NELSON S RARE AND LEGENDARY AMBIENT COLLECTION OF RECORDINGS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON COCTEAU RECORDS IN 1984 INCLUDES REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL BOX FEATURING A 48 PAGE BOOK, 4CDs IN SLIPCASED ARTWORK AND POSTCARDS OF BILL NELSON s ILLUSTRATIONS

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Vaughan on 26 Jun. 2013
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As all Bill Nelson fans will know, this is a reissue of a 4-LP box set that was first released way back in the 80's. Nelson had a few box sets, and they were always rather lavish. In the case of this LP set it shipped with 6 postcards, and a boklet with photographs by Nelson, strung together in a loose narrative. And of course, each LP had its own cover, with shamelessly borrows from Man Ray and Maplethorpe. All in all then, it was a great collectors piece.

As for the music - I'm not sure what this is. Nelson was known for his guitar work, and coming into the 80's he'd given us Red Noise and Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam. However, he wanted to break away from being a guitar hero, and spread his wings. So he built his own recording studio (albeit one limited bhy the technology of the day) and made whatever music he saw fit. In short, these are experimental instrumentals. Some have called them "New Age", others "Ambient", but I don't think either fits. They're not New Age because, musically, they're too intricate. They're not Ambient because this is music that is meant to be listened to, not something to become part of the background noise (I'm a fan of ambient music, but for me this isn't it.) These recordings are a long stream of ideas brought vaghually into the world. Nelson would go on to write some more spiritual instrumentals, but I think these are a step removed from that. All I can say is, this music is INTERESTING. Perhaps that's not much help. --lol--

So, on to this release. First and foremost let me say - this is an incredibly nice reissue. It ships in a heavy duty cardboard box (CD sized). It's an exact copy of the original box, and is built to last. It is hinged.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By frogman on 19 Feb. 2013
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Everyone bangs on about Brian Eno being the master of ambient, but this four-album box set gives him a run for his money. Superb from start to finish, this is Bill Nelson in complete ART mode. No tunes and no demonstrative guitar pyrotechnics. Instead we have experimental electronic music that feeds the soul. Subtle and contemplative – give it a chance to weaves its magical spell and it becomes irresistible.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Woody Debris on 13 Aug. 2013
Format: Audio CD
Kudos to Esoteric for keeping the Bill Nelson flame alive, and doing it with so much care. This is an exact copy of the original four-LP box shrunk down to CD-size, complete with the postcards and the original booklet of Bill's black and white photographs. The music - short, dreamlike, abstract compositions rendered on analog synths - transcends its primitive origins and its time. If you're a BN fan or a lover of ambient music then you should check this out.
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