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4.0 out of 5 stars Be Bop Deluxe's studio albums all in one place (except for a single), 12 Dec. 2011
This review is from: Futurist Manifesto - 1974-1978 (Audio CD)
Be Bop Deluxe had the misfortune in the U.S of being slightly ahead and of their time. Carrying many of the same influences as Bowie and Roxy Music, the band was lumped into the same movement but the band also stood apart with Bill Nelson's stunning guitar solos and unusual approach to composing the material. The band's influence outlasted their career and when they broke up Nelson went out of his way to try new approaches that rejected the guitar hero role he was assigned by fans. The albums themselves vary from four to have stars hence the four star rating although this should really be four and one half stars particularly for the fifth disc of previously unreleased demos, live tracks, etc.

Nelson doesn't really like to revisit the past so this opportunity to update the band's discography is quite welcome. Remastered by Peter Mew and Ian Jones at Abbey Road studios without the over use of noise reduction of the previous masters this set, over all, improves on the masters from nearly 20 years ago. Contrary to speculation ALL of the albums have been remastered. The mastering was not supervised by Bill Nelson although he approved them rejecting the first mastering attempt.

Packaged like the recent Robin Trower EMI boxed set (but with a booklet featuring the original CD notes and some new notes for the previously unreleased demo disc), this will probably be the definitive edition for fans. Be aware however that there are some differences in the bonus tracks included. The live tracks that were sprinkled on each disc taken from their live albums have been removed (with the exception of Maid in Heaven and replaced in many cases by previously unavailable single edits a previously and the single (Japan) on CD.

So the big question is whether or not this is worth picking up for fans given that they own the bulk of these on the individual releases and the answer would be yes as the bonus disc and some of the single edits make this essential for any fan of the band and, unlike the previous CDs, Bill actually earns a royalty on this set.

Please note that this is missing the "Teenage Archangel" single (If I recall correctly Nelson nixed this being part of the set).

Track Listing:

Disc 1

1 Axe Victim 5:15
2 Love Is Swift Arrows 4:12
3 Jet Silver And The Dolls Of Venus 4:10
4 Third Floor Heaven 2:28
5 Night Creatures 3:35
6 Rocket Cathedrals 3:01
7 Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape 3:25
8 Jets at Dawn 7:18
9 No Trains to Heaven 6:39
10 Darkness (L'Immoraliste 3:22
11 Stage Whispers 3:05
12 Love with the Madman 3:12
13 Maid in Heaven 2:26
14 Sister Seagull 3:36
15 Sound Track 6:15
16 Music in Dreamland 4:45
17 Jean Cocteau 2:53
18 Between the Worlds 3:18
19 Swan Song 6:01

Disc 2

1 BetweentThe Worlds 3:20
2 Maid in Heaven [Live] 2:34
3 Fair Exchange 4:48
4 Heavenly Homes 3:36
5 Ships in the Night 4:01
6 Crying to the Sky 3:59
7 Sleep That Burns 5:16
8 Beauty Secrets 2:48
9 Life in the Air-Age 4:00
10 Like an Old Blues 3:27
11 Crystal Gazing 3:24
12 Blazing Apostles 4:30
13 Shine 7:49
14 Speed of the Wind 4:20
15 Blue as a Jewel 5:13
16 Ships in the Night [Single Edit] 3:36

Disc 3

1 Orphans of Babylon 3:16
2 Twilight Capers 4:25
3 Kiss of Light 3:12
4 The Bird Charmers Destiny 1:21
5 The Gold at the End of My Rainbow 3:55
6 Bring Back the Spark 3:38
7 Modern Music 3:41
8 Dancing in the Moonlight (All Alone 2:10
9 Honeymoon on Mars 1:22
10 Lost in the Neon World 0:48
11 Dance of the Uncle Sam Humanoids 2:12
12 Modern Music [Reprise] 1:40
13 Forbidden Lovers 5:03
14 Down on Terminal Street 4:00
15 Make the Music Magic 1:53
16 Futurist Manifesto [B-side 1977] 4:32
17 Quest for the Harvest of theStars 4:11
18 Autosexual 5:53
19 Japan [A-side 1977] 2:39

Disc 4

1 Electrical Language 4:50
2 New Precision 4:30
3 New Mysteries 4:45
4 Surreal Estate 5:00
5 Love in Flames 4:09
6 Panic in the World 5:04
7 Dangerous Stranger 3:06
8 Superenigmatix 2:10
9 Visions of Endless Hopes 2:23
10 Possession 2:35
11 Islands of the Dead 3:45
12 Blimps 2:47
13 Lovers Are Mortal 4:55
14 Lights 2:46
15 Electrical Language [Single Edit] 3:35
16 Love in Flames [Single Edit] 3:51
17 Panic in the World [Single Edit] 3:32

Disc 5

1 The Saxophonist [Demo] 3:52
2 Visions of Endless Hopes [Demo] 2:20
3 Blue as a Jewel [Demo] 5:12
4 Speed of the Wind [Demo] 4:27
5 Possession [Rough Mix] 2:37
6 Maid In Heaven [Top of the Pops Backing Track] 2:30
7 The Modern Music Suite [Live] 11:53
8 Forbidden Lovers [Live] 4:41
9 Down on Terminal Street [Live] 10:32
10 Swan Song [Live] 6:46
11 Heavenly Homes [Flashman Remix] 6:39

Highly recommended.
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