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

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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.

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Photograph (A Beginning)
  2. Northern Dreamer
  3. See It Through
  4. Love's a Way
  5. Teenage Archangel
  6. Jets at Dawn [Version]
  7. Axe Victim
  8. Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape
  9. Darkness L'Immoraliste
  10. Night Creatures
  11. Music in Dreamland
  12. Maid in Heaven
  13. Jean Cocteau
  14. Sister Seagull
  15. Between the Worlds
  16. Swan Song
  17. Crystal Gazing
  18. Heavenly Homes
  19. Ships in the Night
  20. Crying to the Sky [Alternate Guitar Solo] [Alternate Take]
  21. Sleep That Burns

Disc: 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
  8. Forbidden Lovers
  9. Down on Terminal Street
  10. Life in the Air Age [Live] [Live]
  11. Piece of Mine [Live] [Live]
  12. Blimps
  13. Futurist Manifesto
  14. Lovers Are Mortal
  15. Surreal Estate
  16. Visions of Endless Hope
  17. Panic in the World [Juan Les Pins Mix]
  18. Don't Touch Me (I'm Electric)
  19. Revolt Into Style
  20. Furniture Music
  21. Stay Young [Live]
  22. Out of Touch [Live]
  23. Do You Dream in Colour?

Disc: 3

  1. Banal
  2. Life Runs Out Like Sand
  3. Living in My Limousine
  4. Mr. Magnetism Himself
  5. Sleep
  6. Opium
  7. Near East
  8. The Funeral
  9. The Sonambulist and the Children
  10. The Dream Dance of Jane and the Somnambulist
  11. Beauty and the Beast
  12. The Enchanted Glove
  13. Eros Arriving
  14. Hope for the Heartbeat
  15. A Private View
  16. The October Man
  17. The Passion
  18. Echo in Her Eyes (The Lamps of Oblivion)
  19. Glow World
  20. The Real Adventure
  21. Acceleration [Short Version] [Version]
  22. Happily Addicted to You
  23. The Last Summer for Dancing
  24. Les Amoureux
  25. Another Kiss for Your Slender Neck

Disc: 4

  1. The Eternal Female
  2. Sleeplessness
  3. The Golden Bough
  4. Tomorrowland (The Threshold of 1947)
  5. Sacrament
  6. Over Ocean
  7. Perfido Incanto
  8. City One
  9. Blue Sky
  10. To the Sea in Ships
  11. Suvasini
  12. Contemplation
  13. Wildest Dreams
  14. The Hidden Flame
  15. Illusions of You
  16. Search and Listen
  17. Right Then Left
  18. Iconography
  19. Clock Conscious
  20. At the Gates of the Singing Garden
  21. Water of Life (Transfiguration)
  22. Spinning Creatures
  23. The Angel at the Western Window
  24. Day of Eternity
  25. Night Tides
  26. Finis Floria Mundi

Disc: 5

  1. Calling Heaven, Calling Heaven
  2. Deva Dance
  3. Um, Ah Good Evening
  4. Short Wave
  5. Aqua Magica
  6. Heros de Lumiere
  7. Kiss Goodbye
  8. Dreams of Yesterday
  9. Playing Jesus to Her Judas
  10. Still Waiting
  11. Feels Like Up to Me
  12. Only Love Can Tell
  13. Broken
  14. Heartbreak Thru the Telephone
  15. Love's Immortal Shining Angel
  16. Man on Fire
  17. Aeroplane Wings
  18. Stay with Me
  19. A Luminous Kind of Guy
  20. Is This Alchemy
  21. Wait for Tomorrow
  22. God Man Slain
  23. Boat to Forever
  24. The Invisible Man and the Unforgettable Girl
  25. Dream Ships Set Sail
  26. Crimsworth Part One

Disc: 6

  1. Big Noise in Twang Town
  2. Pink Buddah Blues
  3. Her Presence in Flowers
  4. Big River
  5. The Big Illumination
  6. Buddah Head
  7. Begin to Burn
  8. Heaven's Happy Hemisphere
  9. It's All True
  10. Year 44 (The Birthday Song)
  11. Dreamnoise and Angel
  12. No Fool for You
  13. On a Train I Never Boarded
  14. Hold On to Your Heart
  15. Deeply Dazzled
  16. Memory Babe
  17. Zoom Sequence
  18. Quarter Moons and Stars
  19. Candyland
  20. Sun at Six Windows
  21. Queer Weather
  22. The Girl I Never Forgot

Disc: 7

  1. Pointing at the Moon
  2. Dreamland Avenue
  3. Humming in the Void/Girl with the Thousand Watt Smile
  4. Big Yellow Moon
  5. Planet of Guitars
  6. Wonderful Weather in Woodgates Lane
  7. The Ceremonial Arrival of the Great Golden Cloud
  8. Moments Catch Fire on the Crests of Waves
  9. Cascade [Improvisation for Three Harp Guitars]
  10. Superserene
  11. Young Dreams Whirled Away
  12. Fearless Beauty (Kisses and Cream)
  13. The Golden Days of Radio [Compact Mix]
  14. The Trace We Left When All Was Gone
  15. Once I Had a Time Machine
  16. Music Spins My Globe
  17. Moon Gold Palladium

Disc: 8

  1. Rooms with Brittle Views [John Peel Show, BBC Radio One, 1981]
  2. Stay Young [John Peel Show, BBC Radio One, 1981]
  3. Sleep Cycle [John Peel Show, BBC Radio One, 1981]
  4. Jazz [John Peel Show, BBC Radio One, 1981]
  5. Dancing on a Knife's Edge [David "Kid" Jensen Show, BBC Radio One, 1983
  6. Time Tracking [David "Kid" Jensen Show, BBC Radio One, 1983]
  7. Contemplation [David "Kid" Jensen Show, BBC Radio One, 1983]
  8. Indiscretion [David "Kid" Jensen Show, BBC Radio One, 1983]


Product Details

  • 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 (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #177,442 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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By W. R. Jones on 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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First off, this is the most lush, well designed 8cd box set I have ever seen!!! Every conceivable surface (with the exception of the cd play sides) is filled with pix, artwork, commentary, old venue posters (BBD toured with Blue Oyster Cult a lot, cool) and a wild quasi-psychedelic collage abounds everywhere. All this and I haven't even opened the spectacular booklet that's included!!!

I bought this after only some small exposure to Be-Bop Deluxe (BBD) back in 1974. I had no real knowledge of Bill Nelson at all. Wow!
I've had this box set since 2012 and over the years managed to listen, really listen, to all its component parts. Since then I have purchased the 'Futurist Manifesto' BBD set.

Besides the BBD tracks included (@ 27 or so) there is a HUGE amount of solo material. I'll admit that these solo works took me a little time to traverse, as well as appreciate. My first impressions were of the Bowie 'spiders from mars' era. The more I listened the more I saw how Nelson's work was so much more in complexity, lyrics, arrangement and wit. No commercial sell-out here, ever!

This set is now the gem of my various box set collections. And to think that the Jack Bruce 6cd set 'Will You Follow' was classy (it is very very good but design is nowhere near as nice), not to mention Robert Plant's 'Nine Lives' (excellent 'cept for the 9cd holding slats, cumbersome). This one blows them both away!
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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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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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