Thursday, October 17, 2013
Bill Nelson: 40 Years & 906 Albums
It was a review of the record "Futurama" in a 1975 issue of Creem Magazine, or maybe it was Circus, that first opened my eyes and ears to Be Bop Deluxe. It was all I needed and I've been a fan ever since.
It's not easy to keep up with Bill Nelson. The guy has been flying under the radar for years, finding inspiration with each gust of wind, and recording what seems like hundreds and hundreds of records, varying in styles from the early guitar-based rock and glam of Be Bop Deluxe to electro-punk solo work soon after, to Hank Marvin inspired guitar instrumentals to adventures in classical and jazz.
Where to begin?
I would suggest the beginning.
The Be Bop Deluxe catalogue is essential. This inexpensive set is complete.
As for his solo work, if you've gotten as far as Be Bop and would like to go further, this recently released box is a fantastic overview of this unsung guitar hero.
I want to thank ASH for getting me in the mood. The clip up top is from a very rare live performance from 2012 of the Be Bop Deluxe classic "Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape" from their debut "Axe Victim." Seems like Bill's still got it.