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  • Vinyl
  • Label: MERCURY
  • ASIN: B003YXHJS6
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)

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Format: Audio CD
One of the few artists to successfully make the transition from the oeuvre of 70's Rock to the realms of 80's New Wave, this was the album that found him emerging from the chrysalis absolutely brimming with ideas, and laying them down in a style that was often intricate, but never fussy. You can hear the influence of Kraftwerk, and of Japan and the Yellow Magic Orchestra in there but the melodies are pure Bill Nelson. Good of course to hear the guitar creeping in over the newer textures, most especially on the sublime 'October Man'

A full on remaster certainly does the job, as it was quite a long album on vinyl - with the three extra tracks it weighs in at over an hour and at a budget price it's an absolute must - whether you're coming back to an old favourite or checking out the man's music for the first time.
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By A Customer on 25 Mar. 2006
Format: Audio CD
One of the best records ever made. Amazingly original - free of the cliches of rock n' roll, of pop, of rap, of hip-hop or whatever - it shows how refreshing a bit of original thought is. And how rare it is.
Over twenty years later it reveals the banality of most popular music before and since.
Devastating.
Bill has never quite got there ever again I'm afraid. But I live in hope.
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Format: Audio CD
Bill's follow-up album to 'Quit Dreaming...', continued the sonic experiments with that same cunning pop sensibility. This album displayed glistening instrumental passages hinting at Bill's restless creative nature. Contains the classics 'The October Man' & 'Flaming Desire', with Bill's E-Bow guitar work gliding the relentless rhythms. Essential Nelson.
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Format: Audio CD
About time !! This,along with "Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam" and "Chimera" has taken way too long to appear. When it was released back in 1982,I was flat on my back in bed with a back injury,but I lurched slowly to my local Woolworths in absolute agony to get it. And God was it worth it! From the opening airstream rush of "Empire Of The Senses" to the massive slowburn of "The October Man",this is one of the great lost albums of the early eighties.And so are the other two,just buy em!
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Fantastic electronic album of Bill Nelson. I'm a huge fan of Be Bop Deluxe so I thought I would have a look at some of his solo work and I'm pleased that I did. This album features great TS-808 drum beats and utilization of synths. Definitely worth a listen, great samples. I bought this on vinyl and it sounds great.
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I had returned from seeing The Rolling Stones at Wembley and made a detour to pick this up from town on the day of its release. The reason was that like "Quit Dreaming", the album before it, there was a free second album called "La Belle Et La Bete" (The Beauty And The Beast) included. While that is understandably missing here, this surely remains Bill's finest hour. An incredible mixture of fantastic drum machines, oriental synths and whirling guitars. But at its heart it's simply a collection of outstanding 80s pop songs. Commercial without being nauseous, electronic without being cold, I cannot recommend it enough.

The influences are obvious when you hear it - Brian Eno, David Bowie, Yellow Magic Orchestra - indeed I think it was Yukihiro Takahashi from the latter band that once said about Bill, "You're more Japanese than we are!"

Personally I love the mixture of East and West styles, with Bill's great vocals and clever lyrics. ("Girl with the mouth of microphone, You kiss my lips and I kiss your chrome".)

The track "Flaming Desire" features some of the most amazing stretched keyboard sounds ever. It's as if Hendrix had returned to play the synth. If you can, track down the 12-inch version as it is extended into pure aural bliss!

The only issue here left to raise is that Track 2 should be called "Hope For The Heartbeat", a mistake I've seen on other sites too. Ah well, at least it's now available for download, so if you haven't already bought it, now's your chance to grab one of the best pop albums ever made.
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