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VINE VOICEon 28 October 2014
The BBC has so much material in their vaults that it does beggar belief at times just how long some of it takes to re-surface....but thank your lucky, lucky stars that they do...and in this 3 CD / 1 DVD box set are some glorious performances from Bill and the band along with some rather dubious ones.....but, at the end of the day, that's what makes/breaks a live set!
The first album from '74 holds some good early performances but also includes some rather dodgy (and way off key) keyboard moments, but, as in the saying "The Show Must Go On", Bill and the boys are completely unfazed and go on to complete the number irrespective! But it's the second and third albums that produce (for me) what BeBop Deluxe were all about - rocking, intelligent music presented by a powerful and well polished band at the height of their powers - and listening (and watching) all here, I still fail to understand why the band did not go onto the dizzy heights...but then, that's rock n' roll I guess.
All of the favourites are here and in the third album we see the stripping away of the more formal rock arrangements and the progression towards more electronic music from the Drastic Plastic era....brilliant stuff....and worth every penny (even though I did hang on until this came up cheap... :) )
A must for any avid collector of great 70's rock music!!
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on 22 June 2015
Talk about having a stupid grin on my face - I haven't heard this music since my late 'teens (a very long time ago), and it's a great pleasure to make its re-acquaintence. Futurist Manifesto is a worthy retrospective of one of the UK's great undervalued bands, not to mention its' leader, Bill Nelson. Founded on Nelson's endlessly inventive, fluid and stunning guitar playing, Be Bop were always a tight band - and they really make his songs shine. But this is beyond mere nostalgia - this music has vaulting ambition that calls early Bowie and Jimi Hendrix to mind. Bill Nelson was one our greatest guitarists, and like his other great contemporary Steve Hillage, both men later put down their guitars to explore other musical paths - presumably feeling constrained by the burden of guitar-hero status. This set has all the 2004 remastered Be Bop albums plus plenty of extras from the archives - if you just want the albums, just get the Original Album Series, which replicate the original record sleeves (though sadly not the gatefolds). At this small amount of money, I got both. A great band that cries out for re-discovery - or if you weren't around at the time, discovery. Modern Music indeed.
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on 27 November 2013
As someone who began to listen to Be Bop Deluxe a few years after they played their last shows, I have enjoyed listening to this box set and watching the DVD. It compensates for not having been old enough and I am pleased this has now filled in certain gaps in my knowledge about them. At the price it is a good place to begin if you want a compilation and the presentation of the box lends itself to the futuristic nature of their act... it's what the jewel case was made for...
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on 23 April 2016
Be-bop Deluxe, Brilliant! Very underrated band should have been massive in the 70s, I would put Bill Nelson up with the best guitarists, superb set of CDs.
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on 19 November 2013
AMAZING, FANTASTIC RECORDINGS AND A GREAT DVD TO GO WITH IT, I HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR YEARS FOR A BBD BBC SET TO OFFICIALLY COME OUT AND IM GLAD IT DID, ALSO THE DVD IS GREAT TO!!!!!!!!!
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on 23 March 2015
Brilliant compelation of Be Bop Deluxe at the Beeb. Bill Nelson is so underated. Brilliant guitarist in a fantastic band. Should really have been much bigger and deserved more success.
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on 23 September 2015
Wanted to find "Lovers Are Mortal" from the "Sight and Sound" concert for YEARS (I taped it from the radio when it was broadcast - but it doesn't exactly sound like Hi-Fi any more). Finally... after waiting 36 plus years, it's been released. DELIGHTED!!!!
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on 20 November 2013
Fantastic compilation of BBC recordings.As for the DVD,it's great to finally consign my old VHS copy to the bin.
Could have done better with the booklet though.
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on 20 August 2015
Great to have the DVD with this 3CD set. Shows how the band progressed and what a great talent Bill Nelson is.
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on 6 June 2014
An absolute must have for any fan of Be Bop or the great Bill Nelson. Loads of stuff I've never heard. Worth the price for the DVD alone.
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