Iconography - Bill Nelson's Orchestra Arcana

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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Code: COCD1008
Weight: 200
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1. Christ via wires
2. Clock conscious
3. I wonder
4. Eastern electric
5. Search and listen
6. News from nowhere
7. One man’s fetish is another man’s faith
8. Right, then left
9. Iconography
10. The gods speak
11. Life class
12. Altar natives
13. Sex, psyche, etcetera
BONUS TRACKS

14. Several famous orchestras
15. Who he is

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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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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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Simplex
NEW REMASTERED EDITION OF BILL NELSON’S ALBUM – 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 re-mastered edition of the album, "SIMPLEX”.
The album was issued unofficially in the early 1990s and officially in 2000, but has been unavailable for over ten years. The music within comprises recordings commissioned by the Henry Moore Foundation in 1987 to accompany the film "Henry Moore and Landscapes”, a documentary directed by Murray Grigor. In addition, Nelson added further complimentary recordings made at his Echo Observatory studio in 1987 and 1988 to complete the album.
Described by BILL NELSON as; "One of my favourite albums. "Simplex” is, in essence, a collection of miniatures, a box of sonic jewellery”, the album is a fine collection of Bill’s musical sketches.
The Cocteau Discs edition fully restores the original artwork and features a new note by Bill Nelson.

Release Date: 30/07/2012
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Getting the Holy Ghost Across (Expanded and Remastered)

· NEWLY REMASTERED EDITION OF BILL NELSON’s 1986 ALBUM

· EXPANDED OVER TWO CDs TO MAKE A COLLECTION OF THE COMPLETE RECORDINGS MADE BY BILL NELSON FOR THE PORTRAIT RECORD LABEL

· INCLUDES ELEVEN BONUS TRACKS INCLUDING THREE NEVER BEFORE ISSUED ON CD

· 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 newly remastered and expanded release of his 1986 album "GETTING THE HOLY GHOST ACROSS”. Released in 1986, the record was Bill’s sole album for the Portrait label, and was a superbly realised work. Previously released on CD as strictly limited edition of 500 copies on Bill’s Sonolux label, the album is hugely sought after on CD by collectors.

This Cocteau Discs edition is expanded over two CDs to include all the material from the "LIVING FOR THE SPANGLED MOMENT” and the "WILDEST DREAMS” 12-INCH EPs, (featuring three tracks previously unreleased on CD). The reissue fully restores the original album artwork and features a new note by Bill Nelson.

Available 28/10/2013
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Noise Candy: Deluxe 6CD Box Set
•    OFFICIAL REISSUE OF BILL NELSON’s CLASSIC & LONG DELETED SIX CD BOXED SET ORIGINALLY RELEASED IN 2002
•    RESTORES THE ORIGINAL BOXED SET ARTWORK & BOOK

Esoteric Recordings’ imprint Cocteau Discs are very pleased to announce the re-release of one of the most sought after titles in BILL NELSON’s extensive solo catalogue, the boxed set "NOISE CANDY”.

Originally released in 2002 on the Tone Swoon imprint, the set was available for a matter of months before the distributors ceased to exist. "NOISE CANDY” was a fascinating project that gathered together a host of recordings made by Bill at his various home studios between 1990 and 2000. Featuring 121 tracks, the set comprised 6 CDs of songs and instrumental music, each CD an album in their own right and entitled variously "Old Man Future Blows the Blues”, "Stargazing With Ranger Bill”, "Sunflower Dairy Product”, "King Frankenstein”, "Console” and "Playtime”.

Beautifully designed, "Noise Candy” was one of Bill Nelson’s most involved projects and one of his most memorable. With copies extremely difficult to find, "Noise Candy” has since gained a legendary status amongst Bill Nelson fans. This Cocteau Discs limited edition reissue restores the album artwork and is presented in the same box format as the original 2002 release.

Please Note: This title is released December 8 and will not be dispatched before this date.

Track Listing:

DISC ONE:

OLD MAN FUTURE BLOWS THE BLUES


1.    HUMMING IN THE VOID / GIRL WITH THE THOUSAND WATT SMILE
2.    VISTA-DOME-RAILCAR
3.    BEHOLD DUMB WONDERS
4.    DREAMLAND AVENUE
5.    JET TOWN
6.    ATOM BLASTED CADILLAC
7.    ROCKET SCIENCE RANCHBOY
8.    NO MEANING
9.    WHATEVER I DO
10.    EMERALD CITY
11.    ONE WAY TRACK
12.    NOWHERE FAST
13.    REAL THING THIS TIME
14.    BUDDHA’S EYES ARE EVERYWHERE
15.    ROCKAROLLA
16.    SWING SONG
17.    EDGE OF RECALL
18.    MY PARANOIA
19.    TOMORROW’S WORLD
20.    BLOWIN’ THE DUST OFF THE BOOK OF THE FUTURE

DISC TWO:

STARGAZING WITH RANGER BILL


1.    GREAT PLAINS
2.    BIG YELLOW MOON
3.    HOT-ROD RACER
4.    THAT WAS THEN
5.    SPACE-RANCH
6.    MONORAIL
7.    GHOST TRAIN
8.    ALL THIS AND A GIRL LIKE YOU
9.    MORE RAIN
10.    THE LONESOME COWBOY RADIO SHOW
11.    SLEEPY SNAKES
12.    WILD LILAC
13.    PERDITA ROSE
14.    WORLD OF DREAMS
15.    REAL GONE
16.    TIME TODAY
17.    THE COWBOY CLUB
18.    HIGH AND MIGHTY

DISC THREE:

SUNFLOWER DAIRY PRODUCT


1.    BABY RUTH’S BIG SPECIAL
2.    FIRST BOY ON THE MOON
3.    DOWN COMES THE RAIN
4.    DON’T CRY, SPACE-GUY
5.    PEPPERMINT FOREVER
6.    MAGIC HILL
7.    THE WORLD WAKES UP
8.    DUMB-WORLD
9.    LAY-ZEE BOY RECLINER
10.    NEVERTHELESS
11.    BRIGHT N’ BREEZY
12.    THE HIPSTER GIMMICK
13.    DREAMGIRL
14.    SOAKIN’ IN THE BATHTUB
15.    STAR SUGAR SKY
16.    DREAMBOAT SITUATION
17.    GOD’S OWN NEIGHBOURHOOD
18.    LOOKING FOR A LANTERN
19.    EXISTENTIALISM
20.    STARS WILL SHINE

DISC FOUR:

KING FRANKENSTEIN


1.    PLANET OF GUITARS
2.    HALF-MAN, HALF-STATIC
3.    MONSTER OVER THE FENCE
4.    BUDDHA SMOKED MY CIGARETTES
5.    THE INVISIBLE VENUS OF NEW YORK CITY
6.    SUNNY BUNGALOWS
7.    GLITTERING STAR
8.    ELEVATED RAILWAY
9.    LUMINOUS INTELLIGENT SEXY ADULTS
10.    SWEET LITTLE DREAMER
11.    MY LUMINOUS PLANET
12.    ZIP, BOOM, BANG
13.    REALITY CHECK
14.    SOMEWHERE, NOWHERE, ANYWHERE
15.    THE FLOWER THIEF
16.    ART FOR ART’S SAKE
17.    A HAT LIKE THIS
18.    BLINK OF AN EYE
19.    WHEN ACCIDENT BECAME MY BRIDE
20.    HORSE EATS HAT
21.    KING FRANKENSTEIN

DISC FIVE:

CONSOLE


1.    QUIETLY NOW (MANIPULATING THE PHONOGRAPH NO. 2)
2.    HELLO CHILDREN
3.    ETHEL’S ATTIC (NO. 3, MARRIOT’S BUILDING, 1948)
4.    CLOUDS ABOVE THE CORN
5.    WONDERFUL WEATHER IN WOODGATES LANE
6.    FILLIGREE
7.    MEMO RECORDER DREAM NARRATIVE NO. 1
8.    PINK POODLE PARADE (PIANO VERSION)
9.    THE CLOCK THAT TIME FORGOT
10.    HOLIDAY EXPRESS
11.    NO BEE IN HIS BONNET
12.    DUST AND SUNBEAMS AND THE TICKING OF A CLOCK
13.    ADVENTURE ANNUAL
14.    DREAMSTATE USA (MEMO RECORDER DREAM NARRATIVE NO. 2)
15.    BOY WITH BUBBLEPIPE
16.    AMERICAN MODERNE
17.    FUZZY DUX
18.    RAIN ON A CARAVAN ROOF (ST. LEONARD’S 1951)
19.    A SHORT HISTORY OF THE FUTURE
20.    ECTOPLASM TURBINE
21.    PAINTED BOATS ON STILL WATERS

DISC SIX:

PLAYTIME

1.    FUTURA
2.    BAKELITE (50TH BIRTHDAY SONG)
3.    LUCKY SOMETIMES
4.    LIFE IS LIKE THIS
5.    THE ASTRAL TRAMWAYS OF ENGLAND
6.    BE HERE NOW
7.    ALOHA NIAGRA
8.    MY ELEVATED SWEETHEART
9.    LADDERS LEADING NOWHERE
10.    THE NOW THAT NEVER WAS
11.    ENIGMATRON
12.    BAMBOOZLED
13.    HIERONYMOUS BOSCH BEYOND
14.    BEING AND NOTHINGNESS LAND
15.    LIGHTS OF KINGDOM COME
16.    BEFORE WE FALL
17.    WORLD STILL TURNS
18.    DREAMING OF A GIRL
19.    WHAT WE WISH FOR
20.    BIG EMPTY SKY
21.    ENDLESS AUTUMN
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