Practically Wired (or how I became guitar boy) - Bill Nelson

Practically Wired (or how I became guitar boy)
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON’s catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of on-going releases with the release of a newly remastered edition of the album, "PRACTICALLY WIRED (or HOW I BECAME GUITAR BOY)” from 1995.

The album has been unavailable for over ten years and was described by BILL NELSON as "An instrumental guitar album – The plan was to record very quickly and spontaneously; no preparation except for a list of moods and titles. ‘Practically Wired’ is a Polaroid snapshot of a personal paradise…a dream of electric guitars”.

The Cocteau Discs edition fully restores the original artwork and features a new note by Bill Nelson.

Press:-

"Don't expect much languid Duane Eddy twanging - Nelson gets mad-busy from the off as frenetic opener Roses And Rocketships explodes in a barrage of cut-ups, samples and twists. In fact, it's a relief when the album calms down, easing into what might be called grooves and allowing him to charm over the seductive, mid-tempo Pink Buddha Blues, or the ultra-mellow Kid With Cowboy Tie. Perhaps a spirtual heir to Jeff Beck's Blow By Blow, and admirably ambient". (7/10*)

Chris Roberts - Classic Rock (Summer 2012)

 

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Northern Dream
Esoteric Recordings is pleased to announce the launch of a new imprint, Cocteau Discs, the home of Bill Nelson’s catalogue between 1971 and 2001.

The series of ongoing releases begins with the re-release of Bill’s classic album Northern Dream, recorded on rudimentary equipment at Holyground studios in Wakefield in 1971. One of the first truly independently produced albums to be released in Britain, the album featured wonderful compositions such as Everyone’s Hero, End of the Seasons, Love’s a Way and Smiles . Championed by John Peel, the album paved the way for Bill’s future career with his bands Be Bop Deluxe and Red Noise and for his highly regarded solo career.

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The Practice of Everyday Life - Celebrating 40 Years of Recordings -
The year 2011 marks the 40th anniversary of BILL NELSON's recording career and to celebrate this Esoteric Recordings announce a new release on their recently launched Cocteau Discs imprint, the lavish boxed set THE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY LIFE Celebrating Forty Years of Recordings." 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 1971 album Northern Dream was the first release of his illustrious career. Although recorded on rudimentary
  equipment at a small Wakefield recording studio, the record was a fine early example of an independently produced album. Northern Dream was championed by the legendary DJ John Peel and paved the way for Bill's future career, beginning with his legendary band Be Bop Deluxe, (a group who recorded five successful studio albums plus a live album for EMI's Harvest label), and the equally innovative Red Noise. His acclaimed solo career continued with the release of the album Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam , and a succession of diverse releases for both major labels and his own independent company, Cocteau Records (a venture which saw Bill become a pioneer of the do-it-yourself approach to recording and releasing music).

Track listed by Bill himself, this deluxe anthology gathers together more than 150 tracks over Eight CDs. The set begins
  with his earliest recordings and includes previously unreleased material by Be Bop Deluxe, along with examples from Bill'sextensive solo catalogue, exploring a wide range of styles. The anthology also includes a selection of material from his more recent albums, self-released by Bill on his Sonoluxe label. The set is rounded off by the inclusion of a bonus CD featuring two previously unreleased BBC Radio One sessions from 1981 and 1983 respectively.

THE PRACTICE OF EVERYDAY LIFE Celebrating Forty Years of Recordings is a lavish tribute to a true original.


Press:-

"Nelson’s creative restlessness manifests itself in myriad musical voyages (he even dabbles in drum’n’bass on 1996’s After The Satellite Sings), recording for the most part in his home studio to his own deadlines.”  

Record Collector May 2012

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Luminous
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON’s catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of ongoing releases with the release of a re-mastered edition of the album, "Luminous” from 1990. The album has been unavailable for over 20 years and was described by BILL NELSON as "A fragment from my home studio sketchbook. A collection of previously unreleased songs which have been preserved in their original raw state. The rule was to use only first takes and to move from the initial idea to final mix in as short a time as possible. Although the recordings were made with the use of limited technology, I hope that the result captures something of the charm and innocence of spontaneous improvised songwriting…”

Press:-

"Post-Bop Bill delivers the dreamy synthpop goodies. He was the sparkling axe victimiser in Be Bop Deluxe, the uniformed new waver in Bill Nelson’s Red Noise, and a solo artist and producer who very nearly fit the 80s perfectly with his dreamy synthpop.”  

Classic Rock Magazine

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Trial By Intimacy (The Book of Splendours) 4CD LIMITED EDITION BOXED SET
THERE ARE A LIMITED NUMBER OF THESE FANTASTIC BOX SETS AVAILABLE SIGNED BY BILL NELSON HIMSELF - GET YOUR COPY NOW!


A LIMITED EDITION NEWLY REMASTERED 4CD DELUXE CLAMSHELL BOXED SET OF BILL NELSON’S RARE AND LEGENDARY AMBIENT COLLECTION OF RECORDINGS ORIGINALLY RELEASED ON COCTEAU RECORDS IN 1984

INCLUDES REPLICA OF THE ORIGINAL BOX FEATURING A 48 PAGE BOOK, 4CDs IN SLIPCASED ARTWORK AND POSTCARDS OF BILL NELSON’s ILLUSTRATIONS
 
Esoteric Recordings announce a new release on their recently launched Cocteau Discs imprint, a limited edition reissue of BILL NELSON’s classic 4 disc ambient boxed set "TRIAL BY INTIMACY (The Book of Splendours)”.   The set was originally released on Bill’s Cocteau Records label in October 1984 and comprised recordings made by Bill at his Echo Observatory home studio. Comprising some eighty pieces of music, the set was a fine example of Bill Nelson’s grasp of Ambient music and has subsequently been hailed as a ground-breaking work.   Long deleted, the set is made available once more with this newly re-mastered Cocteau Discs edition. The new release fully restores the original elements of the "TRIAL BY INTIMACY” box and is an exact facsimile, reproducing a 32 page book and eight art postcards that featured in the original set.  
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Iconography
NEW REMASTERED EDITION OF THE DEBUT ALBUM BY BILL NELSON’S ORCHESTRA ARCANA – UNAVAILABLE FOR OVER TEN YEARS
BOOKLET WITH FULLY RESTORED ARTWORK & NEW ESSAY
ESOTERIC RECORDINGS imprint Cocteau Discs, the home of BILL NELSON’s catalogue between 1971 and 2001, continues their series of on-going releases with the release of a newly remastered edition of the album, "ICONOGRAPHY”. The album was issued in 1986 credited to ORCHESTRA ARCANA, due to the contractual situation Bill found himself in with CBS Records. The music within comprises recordings made at Bill’s Echo Observatory home studio in 1984 and 1985.
BILL NELSON reflected on the album thus; "Whilst these recordings are "lo fi” in nature, I have always been fond of them. These recordings serve as a reminder that expensive technology isn’t always the key to creativity”.
"Iconography” is a fine album that remains fascinating and engaging nearly three decades later.
The Cocteau Discs edition fully restores the original album artwork and features a new note by Bill Nelson. It also features two bonus tracks from the "Sex Psyche Etc.” EP released in 1985.

Release Date: 24/06/2013
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