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Sound-On-Sound CD

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  • Audio CD (26 July 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: EMI
  • ASIN: B00000JR4Y
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 138,906 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
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When I saw that this cd was available at Amazon I bought it immediately. It's one of those that I carry round on the shopping list in the back of my head to be purchased when I finally come across it. For me memories of the 'Furniture Music' and 'Revolt into Style' singles, on red and blue vinyl respectively were still very strong. Add to this the killer vocoder chorus of 'Art/Empire/Industry', plus the many other fine moments and you have a great album, well worth the modest price. Bill Nelson uses more anger and dischord on this album than on any of his Be Bop Deluxe albums, but that's no bad thing as the whole album hangs together very well.
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"Posession" on the final BeBop Deluxe studio album "Drastic Plastic" was an indicator of how Bill Nelson was reacting to the changing musical climate around him and this short but brilliant album leads off from that point. This captures the man in the white-heat of creativity, reacting to the influences and speed of punk and newer, more electronic/keyboard leaning New Wave bands like Ultravox or XTC (check "Out of Touch"). Yet Bill finds something new to add to the mix with all the song-writing experience and studio-craft under his belt. And, of course, Bill disbanded Red Noise after "SOS" as he was already moving into even newer pastures! One of the most starkly "electronic-sounding" records made, to be honest, right from the opening staccato drum-synth of "Don't Touch Me". The Nelson guitar licks are still there, but you often have to listen hard to notice them: furious drums, sax and keyboard squiggles dominate much of this album. Most songs clock in at a couple of minutes or so, so it's one big adenalin rush from start to finish. Only "Furniture Music" seems to trundle along at a more sedate pace. A firm favourite in my house and Very Highly Recommended indeed.
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I'd better admit to having bought Sound On Sound when it originally came out on vinyl in 1979, and again when it was first released on CD by Cocteau Records in 1989. The edition sold here doesn't include the extra tracks included on the Cocteau CD (Stay Young and Out of Touch, both recorded live in Leicester in 1979), but at the low price who's complaining? A year or so ago this album was exchanging hands on eBay for over $100. Amazon's offering an absolute bargain for a uniquely British new wave classic from the end of the punk era. Despite Bill Nelson having won fame with his glam-and-art-school band Bebop Deluxe, Red Noise was ranked alongside the likes of Devo and early Tubeway Army for sheer demented originality. Backed with one catchy riff after another, the songs charge off in melodic directions that songs really aren't supposed to go, and are all played twice as fast as anyone else would reasonably try. If for no other reason, Sound On Sound is perfectly evocative of the new wave era in the UK just over 20 years ago. "And though I know the time is almost 1984, It feels like 1965..."
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and like a comet, it really should reappear periodically.....for example under a re-mastered-issue with all the B-sides of the "furniture music" single , along with a second CD with the live tracks in Sheffield (which comprised an old Be Bop Deluxe track "obsession" played at a double speed compared to the original...and please EMI-Harvest,if this is you who are still in charge, don't forget this time the lyrics sheet and the pictures of the inside sleeve ...That would be really fantastic.
These remarks do not have to take you away from this because ,even in this simple version, it's still a good product.
Now Bill showed low interest for that kind of music in his latter career but to me , this remains the best work he did along with "Quit Dreaming and Get on the beam". What is remarkable in this oeuvre is that the denunciation of the complete decay of the modern world is done by using futuristic artefacts belonging to the same world and which are still outstanding 30 years later.Everything is contemporary in this masterwork.The melodies are incisive, the guitar solo's are brief but edge cutting, the rhythms are diabolical, the lyrics are so cliché, so post modern, so schizophrenic, so serious and hilarious at the same time......It has aged perfectly and I still re-listen to my home made remastered version.And I do not resist to copy herewith some of the classical lyrics found throughout this CD:
"It's a brave new world for young moderns, it's a zero hero lifestyle,it's a nouveau go-go-gone wild, It's a brave new world for young moderns,it's a never ending search for romance, it's a killer if you try to resist"
After this, "Red Noise" was gone: Bill found a better home in the phantom zone.
A classic,really, hats off.
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Quite simply, a soundtrack for my years at art school. The sheer verve, energy and musicianship displayed on this album is years ahead of its time, and easily ranks in my all-time top 5 albums. Only the apparent lack of support and promotion on EMI/Harvest's part (also the reason for Be Bop Deluxe's marginalisation) stopped it from achieving greatness and kudos akin to Floyd's "Dark Side...". If nothing else, it is worth buying for 'Revolt Into Style' alone: an absolute stormer of a track, and a pop gem. I await delivery with fevered anticipation after years of listening to a cassette-only version!
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