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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 30, 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Parlophone
  • ASIN: B000006ST5
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #66,514 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

1990 reissue of their 1974 album with live versions of 'Piece Of Mine', 'Mill Street Junction' & 'Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape' from 1977 as bonus tracks. 13 tracks total. Harvest/EMI.

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This album was one of my favorites and still is today.
scott
It is an achievement in song writing, musicianship and the art of recording.
Eric J. Olague
Nelson's guitar playing is nothing short of incredible on the entire album.
Chuck Potocki

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Chuck Potocki on May 3, 2002
Format: Audio CD
While this is not my favorite Be-Bop Deluxe album, it's one of my favorite albums overall (check out my Listmania list). A very competent starting point for a band that shined brightly (albeit briefly), and launched the career of one of the most prolific but vastly underappreciated musicians of our time. Bill Nelson has always been an innovator and was never afraid of experimentation, even if it meant him falling a bit out of favor with the "mainstream" audience. One listen to this album and you'll wonder how you missed hearing Nelson's fluid and fiery guitar playing, and why he wasn't even more well known.
I really get tired of people constantly referring to Bill Nelson and Be-Bop Deluxe as mere Bowie clones, which is totally NOT true; while Bowie's influence is apparent throughout this album, Nelson managed to draw upon that influence and go even further to expand it and create something new; a rare feat by any stretch of the imagination! The best tracks are the beautiful "Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape", "Jets At Dawn", "Love Is Swift Arrows", and "Night Creatures". Nelson's guitar playing is nothing short of incredible on the entire album.
You definitely can't go wrong here; this is a classic and a half!
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Robert H. Nunnally Jr. on December 18, 1999
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Be Bop Deluxe was one of the best, and certainly one of the most overlooked, of the 70s progressive rock bands. Its leader, Bill Nelson, is a fascinating lyricist and dynamic guitarist. This first album showcases many of the band's strengths--Nelson's appealing melodies and idea-filled lyrics, the guitar work filled with ringing notes and glissandi (Nelson's style in this time period became extremely influential--it is similar to the most melodic "Flame/Sky" era of Carlos Santana's guitar style) and a driving sound satisfying to even the most art-rock-resistant fan. The glam influences on the band are apparent here--"Jet Silver and the Dolls of Venus" has strong Ziggy overtones, and the music has a more acoustic feel to it than the later eras of the band. For me, the twin centerpieces of the album are "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape" and "Jets at Dawn", both languid, lyrical pieces which showcase both Nelson's way with a lyric and his coursing, redeeming guitar style. Many other songs also entertain, though-- "No Trains to Heaven" has a gutbucket riff combined with a lyric devoted to seeking the kingdom within, while "Love is Swift Arrows" contains the marvelous lyric "oh goddess in heaven whose number is 17, dressed you in blue jeans this year". Whether you are a Be Bop Deluxe fan who never got around to picking up Axe Victim or whether you have not discovered this wonderful, neglected band--this CD is right for you.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Marshall Boswell on February 24, 2005
Format: Audio CD
Four stars for the album, which is superb. But if you're in the US and you have this already, and were hoping to upgrade, forget it. Despte the fact that Astral Werks has been trumpeting these Be Bop Deluxe rereleases on its site-- with expanded booklets! Whoopee!-- these are, in fact, straight reissues of the old 1990 CD editions. Expanded booklets my ass: these booklets have been scanned from the old ones. And the mixes are identical to the 1990 editions. These so-called new editions are roughly as far, chronologically, from the original CD editions as those editions were from the LP releases. But no improvements have been made in this case. Another sterling instance of a record company simply not giving a damn. You should wait for the upcoming boxset, which Mr. Nelson is preparing even as we speak.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on October 14, 2003
Format: Audio CD
This was my first exposure to BB deluxe, I saw them play most of this album live, I say to Alan Milne, I can remember as a young guy listening to "Adventures in a Yorkshire landscape" for the very first time live and wondering what hit me, Bill standing out on the edge of the stage and breezing through it! you could here a pin drop in the audience. A classic Album and yes, very guitar orientated, Then slipping into "Night creatures" from hard rock! Great! no one can or could do that since. As for the Bowie comparisons? well if they were ever to meet, then Bowie would be sweeping Bill Nelsons Dressing room floor! Nelsons guitar playing? Class! Al dimeola collides with Jimmy page? I dunno! Bill had the works in his repertoire, lovely touches and textures. glaring riffs and licks, superb!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 21, 1998
Format: Audio CD
I was pleasently surprised and frankly amazed to find this selection on CD. I had originally found it as a teenager in the $0.99 pile in a record store... and after the Sunburst Finish album, I thought I'd check it out. At the time I thought it was the best damn album I'd ever heard. Ya gotta remember this was a transition period: this was before the ENOization of the world, and post Beatles. Looking back, the guts of the new wave were here- Bowiesque with a slide guitar. Blue Oyster Cult with lyrics. Joy Division without the depressing undertones.
Undoubtably "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape" alone makes an album, as it takes you from rainy day working class blues up and though the clouds in the guitar solo. But my personal favorite was always Night Creatures, and I was doubly amazed to find Mill Street Junction on the CD: Again a song that alone would make a album. On this first album Bill Nelson may be in a raw and uncultured state, but you know for sure he's sincere when he sings. This album is a must hear if only in that it was a sign post of a potential time-space continuum that never existed in this universe.
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