Tuesday, August 22, 2017

CD Review: Revisit Bill Nelson's "Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights" With New Deluxe Edition

English singer/songwriter/musician Bill Nelson gained fame early as a member of Be-Bop Deluxe. He released his first solo album in 1971 and was awarded the Visionary Award at the 2015 Progressive Music Awards. Back in July, Cherry Red Records re-issued his 1987 album "Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights" as an expanded 2CD set.

The new set features 63-tracks that combines the original 2-disc set with 8-songs from the bonus 7-inch EP that came with the original release of the album, plus an additional 14-tracks that did not appear on the original album or cassette. The first 24-tracks come from "The Angel At The Western Window" release and carries a Avant garde sound that just floats along. The remaining bonus tracks on the first disc have a more stark feeling. Songs like "The Piano Room" and "Aching Heart" still sound as if they are in their development stage, while the darker tones of "Female Nebula" and "Realm Of Archons" looks to inject a different feeling into Nelson's overall sound on this album.

The second disc includes the 17-track album "The Book Of Inward Conversation" as Nelson seems to experiment more with his electronic instrumentation. Songs like "Calling Heaven, Calling Heaven, Over" has a space-like tone, while "Evocation Of A Radiant Childhood" seems years ahead of its time as a complete work of art. The 8 bonus tracks that finish off the second disc have a very atmospheric feel and could be considered as one 13-minute epic piece of music. To find out more about this new re-issue of Bill Nelson's iconic piece of experimental, Avant garde album "Chance Encounter In The Garden Of Lights," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

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