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The Practice of Everyday Life: Celebrating 40 Years of Recordings [Box set, Import]

Bill NelsonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)


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  • Audio CD (December 27, 2011)
  • Number of Discs: 8
  • Format: Box set, Import
  • Note on Boxed Sets: During shipping, discs in boxed sets occasionally become dislodged without damage. Please examine and play these discs. If you are not completely satisfied, we'll refund or replace your purchase.
  • Label: Cocteau Discs
  • ASIN: B005Q9F83O
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #135,942 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Editorial Reviews

Lavish eight CD box set from the acclaimed guitarist, producer, singer and songwriter, released to coincide with the 40th anniversary of the beginning of Nelson's recording career. This is the most extensive and detailed anthology of Bill's astoundingly creative career to date. Over the past four decades Bill has consistently proved himself to be one of Britain's most original and creative musicians, exploring an astonishing diversity of musical styles, consistently pushing musical boundaries and earning the admiration of legions of fans throughout the world and enlightened critics alike. As a guitarist, Bill ranks as a great and uniquely gifted figure, but this eclectic selection of tracks also highlights his work as a singer/songwriter and instrumental composer. The set begins with his earliest recordings and includes previously unreleased material by Be Bop Deluxe, along with examples from Bill's extensive solo catalogue, exploring a wide range of styles. Esoteric.

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Career - Joyful Tunes April 28, 2012
Format:Audio CD
Bill Nelson is in my top 10 artists/composers and certainly one of the best "unknowns" out of the 70's that still produce music. His career is laid out here, each song chosen to represent a moment, an era or a band long gone but still fresh in the memories of many.
This is a very special set that will really light up your eyes when opening it up for the first time, the packaging is just beautiful and it's production limited, a keeper.

What makes this man's career so interesting is the vast body of work he has produced over the years and the varying content, there is something for everyone, multiple generations of listeners can enjoy any one of the discs in this collection.
Lastly, there is something to be said of a musician that plays all the instruments, sings all of the vocals, writes all of his own music and sells most of it on an obscure website, all in an effort to maintain control of the content, quality and artistry without interference, the results are documented here for you to hear.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Collection !!! Track Listing 4 8 CD's February 25, 2013
Format:Audio CD
CD 1
1. Photograph (A Beginning)
2. Northern Dreamer
3. See It Through
4. Love's a Way
5. Teenage Archangel - Be Bop Deluxe
6. Jets at Dawn - Be Bop Deluxe
7. Axe Victim - Be Bop Deluxe
8. Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape - Be Bop Deluxe
9. Darkness L'Immoraliste - Be Bop Deluxe
10. Night Creatures - Be Bop Deluxe
11. Music in Dreamland - Be Bop Deluxe
12. Maid in Heaven - Be Bop Deluxe
13. Jean Cocteau - Be Bop Deluxe
14. Sister Seagull - Be Bop Deluxe
15. Between the Worlds - Be Bop Deluxe
16. Swan Song - Be Bop Deluxe
17. Crystal Gazing - Be Bop Deluxe
18. Heavenly Homes - Be Bop Deluxe
19. Ships in the Night - Be Bop Deluxe
20. Crying to the Sky (Alternate Guitar Solo/Alternate Take) - Be Bop Deluxe
21. Sleep That Burns - Be Bop Deluxe

CD 2
1. Modern Music
2. Dancing in the Moonlight (All Alone)
3. Honeymoon on Mars
4. Lost in the Neon World
5. Dance of the Uncle Sam Humanoids
6. Modern Music (Reprise)
7. Kiss of Light - Be Bop Deluxe
8. Forbidden Lovers - Be Bop Deluxe
9. Down on Terminal Street - Be Bop Deluxe
10. Life in the Air Age (Live) - Be Bop Deluxe
11. Piece of Mine (Live) - Be Bop Deluxe
12. Blimps - Be Bop Deluxe
13. Futurist Manifesto - Be Bop Deluxe
14. Lovers Are Mortal - Be Bop Deluxe
15. Surreal Estate - Be Bop Deluxe
16. Visions of Endless Hope - Be Bop Deluxe
17. Panic in the World (Juan Les Pins Mix/Remix) - Be Bop Deluxe
18. Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric)
19. Revolt Into Style
20. Furniture Music
21. Stay Young
22. Out of Touch
23. Do You Dream in Colour?

CD 3
1. Banal
2. Life Runs Out Like Sand
3.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Adventures in Dreamland!!! October 22, 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This (8)CD Box Set is second to none! There aren't too many artists worthy of a(8)CD Box Set. I've held off on this review because the material is so exhaustive. How does one comment on an artist's forty plus years of creative work? I own all of Bill Nelson's work with Be Bop Deluxe and only a couple albums of his solo material not really caring too much for the spacey "dreamland" material. Well? I change my mind. I love every disc in this box set! My apologies to Mr. Nelson for those missing years that I didn't get "it" - I'm getting it now! In listening to this work I hear so so much - I hear David Bowie - I hear David Byrne - I hear Pink Floyd - I hear Eno - but, most of all I hear Bill Nelson. Can it be possible that this cat has surpassed the creative output of these aforementioned artists? To my ears the answer is YES! With an open mind take a listen - take that trip to Dreamland - you won't be disappointed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars well done! June 16, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
this is a well thought out collection of Bill Nelson's material and you get your money's worth.the packaging and layout of this collection is phemnominal.you get a booklet and 8cd's which covers his expansive career and output as a musician.i never grow bored of his music and enjoy purchasing his music as a collector.bill nelson has everything there for the listening ear to hear.very excellent collection of songs!a happy buyer.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A nice but massive career highlight reel June 7, 2013
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
This is for Bill Nelson true fans only, this massive 8 disk set really covers Bill's career from beginning to the present. For the Be-Bop Deluxe fans, your band is well represented here with some tasty gems and rarities. But if you are new to Bill or only just a Be-Bop fan, this may be a bit much for you. Even for a true believer this set may be about 2 disks too long. There is a lot of fill in here. But there is also a very good book outlining Bill's career with lots of interview quotes and photos. So on balance being a big Bill Nelson fan I'm glad I've got it, but it does take a long time to get through it all! Also recommended is the recent Bill Nelson Live set also available on Amazon which is a rare live in studio set that shows that Bill still has it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars WOW!! February 21, 2013
By Klash69
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
I just got this box set delivered yesterday, and only 3 discs into it....I was (and still am) Very impressed with it. The packaging is amazing! The colors of the discs just jump out at you, and the songs go on and on....it is Great!! I have all the Be Bop CDs, Red Noise, and a few solo albums, and it is great to hear some of the alternate versions of the songs, as well as some that are difficult to find these days. Hopefully his whole catalogue will be re-released, but that's hoping for too much, I guess. Until then, I would recommend this incredible box of Mr. Nelson's music. You cannot possibly be disappointed!!! I can't wait to get through the next 5 discs, and then start all over.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars A new fan is born
My path to this boxed set was probably not the usual one. I first heard Bill Nelson's work via a few tracks on a sampler that the Discipline Global Mobile label put out called... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bice
5.0 out of 5 stars 40 years of musical magic.
Bill Nelson is one of the most underrated Guitarist/song writer of our time.
This set shows his 40 yrs.+ of genius.
Love it.
Published 7 months ago by joseph monaco
4.0 out of 5 stars Deluxe Bill Nelson
This collection was a revelation to me. I didn't realize how long Bill Nelson's career has been, nor was I aware of the diversity of his music. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Klaatu
3.0 out of 5 stars more rehashed stuff
Bought it to be re-envigored to Bill. Didn't work. Nice to hear his many great tracks again but slushing through his Cocteau years is still hard to figure out. Read more
Published 13 months ago by albie23
5.0 out of 5 stars Bill Nelson - 40 Years of Music & Art
This set is a great retrospective of the career of a singular, creative artist and musician who continues to be prolific in his musical output. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Lars
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredible bill Nelson
I had kind of lost Bill Nelson from my radar since I would say 10 years. I had been a great fan of the Be Bop and post-Be Bop stuff. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Lovblad
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTASTIC BOX SET
BILL NELSON IS NE OF THE BEST,WHO NEVER GOT WHAT HE DESERVED,,,,,I HAVE BEEN COLLECTING ALL HIS WORK SINCE THE FIRST BE-BOP DELUXE LP. Read more
Published on July 17, 2012 by P. M. Scandura
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