• A NEWLY REMASTERED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1988 ALBUM BY BILL NELSON’S ORCHESTRA ARCANA – UNAVAILABLE FOR OVER TEN YEARS
• BOOKLET WITH 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, “OPTIMISM”. The album was issued in 1988 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”.
“Optimism” 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 note by Bill Nelson.
N.B. This title is released 30th October 2015 and will not be dispatched before this date.
1. EXACTLY THE WAY YOU WANT IT
2. WHY BE LONELY
3. EVERYDAY IS A BETTER DAY
4. THE RECEIVER AND THE FOUNTAIN PEN
5. WELCOME HOME, MISTER KANE
6. THIS IS TRUE
7. GREETING A NEW DAY
8. THE BREATH IN MY FATHER’S SAXOPHONE
9. OUR LADY OF APPARITIONS
10. THE WHOLE CITY BETWEEN US
11. DEVA DANCE
12. ALWAYS LOOKING FORWARD TO TOMORROW
13. WORLD THRU FAST CAR WINDOW
14. PROFILES, HEARTS, STARS
15. DAUGHTER OF DREAM COME TRUE
17. UM, AH GOOD EVENING
18. KUT UP IN CARTOONSVILLE
19. SHORT WAVE