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Iconography Original recording remastered

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  • Audio CD (1 July 2013)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Cocteau
  • ASIN: B00CI5MXLE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,134 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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9. Iconography
10. The Gods Speak
11. Life Class
12. Altar Natives
13. Sex, Psyche, Etcetera
14. Several Famous Orchestras
15. Who He Is

Product Description

ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON s catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of on-going releases with the release of a newly remastered edition of the album, ICONOGRAPHY . The album was issued in 1986 credited to ORCHESTRA ARCANA, due to the contractual situation Bill found himself in with CBS Records. The music within comprises recordings made at Bill s Echo Observatory home studio in 1984 and 1985. BILL NELSON reflected on the album thus; Whilst these recordings are lo fi in nature, I have always been fond of them. These recordings serve as a reminder that expensive technology isn t always the key to creativity . Iconography is a fine album that remains fascinating and engaging nearly three decades later. The Cocteau Discs edition fully restores the original album artwork and features a new note by Bill Nelson. It also features two bonus tracks from the Sex Psyche Etc. EP released in 1985.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Simon Levene on 29 Aug. 2013
I had been a fan of Bill Nelson's work for several years when I bought this album on it's initial vinyl release. I had previously bought the 12 inch single of Sex, Psyche, Etc (the last three tracks on this release were included on the 12 inch single) and didn't really understand or enjoy the music at the time. Being a hardcore fan, I bought this album despite some reservations.
Even on first listen this album was clearly an instant classic. It pushed the boundaries of what I had been exposed to back then. It's essentially an instrumental album but each track contains several "found" vocals taken from various vintage radio and film sources. These vocals are used often in a mesmerizing, repetitive way laid over Bill's complex keyboard textures. Despite the obvious lack of the standard verse/chorus/verse/chorus structure, these songs are surprisingly immediate but repeated listens will reveal greater depths.
Some of the tracks, such as The Gods Speak and Who He Is, can be a little taxing hence only a four star review.

Highlights include Christ Via Wires, Clock Conscious, Eastern Electric and News From Nowhere. The attention to detail in the mixing, matching and splicing of the vocal parts is quite amazing, particularly when you remember that this was recorded way before the days of digital cut and paste. I often wonder just how long these pieces took to create. A welcome re-release and a glimpse of a true genius at work.
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A piece of pure genius. Sound montage, sonic tour de force, sound landscape creations which still stand the test of time. Bill Nelson's Orchestra Arcana - Iconography album conveys such vivid surreal dreamscapes through film,tv and radio cutups spun together with playful rhythms, beautiful synthesizer layers and touches of exquisite guitar work. One of my top ten albums.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
great remaster! 7 Sept. 2013
By todd fritz - Published on Amazon.com
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Bill Nelson, Iconography.
wonderful sound. I cant believe how great they maid this disc sound!
I've owned this disc since it came out and now I've heard sounds I've never heard before! Bravo!
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