Bill Nelson

Bill Nelson

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William Nelson
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Bill Nelson is a British musician, painter and photographer. Born December 18, 1948 in Wakefield, West Yorkshire (England) he is best known as the founder of Be Bop Deluxe (1972-1978), although he is also a prolific and accomplished solo artist in his own right.

Following an education at Wakefield College Of Art, Bill Nelson's first recorded works were contributions to Holy Ground recordings A-Austr: Musics From Holyground (1970) and Astral Navigations (1971). His first solo album Northern Dream was released on Smile Records in 1971 and saw notable airplay by John Peel. A year later Bill formed Be Bop Deluxe, a venture that under Nelson's guidance morphed from its initial blues and glam rock beginnings into a stylistically experimental endevour that encompassed elements of prog rock, new wave, art rock and proto punk. Bill disbanded Be Bop Deluxe in 1978, however these influences were taken further for his next project Red Noise (1978-1979), after recording the seminal Sound On Sound he concentrated on working as a solo musician and received critical acclaim for his experimental synth-pop releases Do You Dream In Colour?, Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam and The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart). The latter part of the 1980s saw Nelson progress into increasingly esoteric territory as his personal interest in occult and gnostic beliefs were packaged alongside voluminous ambient albums which were created with the immediacy of creative inspiration. This work ethic saw the release of a staggering amount of music.

Despite personal and financial troubles through the late 1980s he has maintained a prolific recorded output to this day and although he does not tour he makes a single public performance each year at annual 'Nelsonica' events in Yorkshire, England.
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Bill Nelson Discography

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Bill Nelson Northern Dream (Album) Smile Records (9) UK 1971 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam (Album) Mercury Germany 1981 Sell This Version
JC 2 Bill Nelson Das Kabinett (The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari)(LP, Album) Cocteau Records JC 2 UK 1981 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart) / La Belle Et La Bete (Beauty And The Beast) (Album) Mercury US 1982 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Savage Gestures For Charms Sake (MiniAlbum) Cocteau Records UK 1983 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Chimera (MiniAlbum) Mercury UK 1983 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson A Catalogue Of Obsessions (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson The Summer Of God's Piano (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Chamber Of Dreams (Music From The Invisibility Exhibition) (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Pavilions Of The Heart And Soul (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Trial By Intimacy (The Book Splendours) (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1984 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres For Dreaming) (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1985 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Chameleon (Album) Themes International Music UK 1986 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Getting The Holy Ghost Across (Album) Portrait Australia 1986 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Map Of Dreams (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1987 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Heartbreakland (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Demonstrations Of Affection Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records UK 1989 Sell This Version
JCCD 25 Bill Nelson Nudity(CD, Album) Cocteau Records JCCD 25 UK 1989 Sell This Version
JCCD 27 Bill Nelson Details(CD, Album) Cocteau Records JCCD 27 UK 1989 Sell This Version
JCCD 24 Bill Nelson Chimes And Rings(CD, Album) Cocteau Records JCCD 24 UK 1989 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Altar Pieces The Orpheus Organisation UK 1990 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Simplex (Album) Cocteau Records UK 1990 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Luminous (Album) Imaginary Records UK 1991 Sell This Version
Bill Nelson Blue Moons And Laughing Guitars (Album) Caroline Records UK 1992 Sell This Version