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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LAF 2182 Bill Nelson Northern Dream (Album) Smile Records (9) LAF 2182 UK 1971 Sell This Version
6359 055 Bill Nelson Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam (Album) Mercury 6359 055 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
PVC-101, PVC 101 Bill Nelson The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart) / La Belle Et La Bete (Beauty And The Beast) (Album) Mercury PVC-101, PVC 101 US 1982 Sell This Version
JCM 3 Bill Nelson Savage Gestures For Charms Sake (MiniAlbum) Cocteau Records JCM 3 UK 1983 Sell This Version
MER BC 19 Bill Nelson Chimera (MiniAlbum) Mercury MER BC 19 UK 1983 Sell This Version
JC 9 Bill Nelson A Catalogue Of Obsessions (Album) Cocteau Records JC 9 UK 1984 Sell This Version
7 73376-4 Bill Nelson The Summer Of God's Piano (Album) Cocteau Records 7 73376-4 UK 1984 Sell This Version
JC 07 Bill Nelson Chamber Of Dreams (Music From The Invisibility Exhibition) (Album) Cocteau Records JC 07 UK 1984 Sell This Version
JC8 Bill Nelson Pavilions Of The Heart And Soul (Album) Cocteau Records JC8 UK 1984 Sell This Version
JEAN 2 Bill Nelson Trial By Intimacy (The Book Splendours) (Album) Cocteau Records JEAN 2 UK 1984 Sell This Version
JCS 12 Bill Nelson Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres For Dreaming) (Album) Cocteau Records JCS 12 UK 1985 Sell This Version
TIM 1050 Bill Nelson Chameleon (Album) Themes International Music TIM 1050 UK 1986 Sell This Version
PR 33109 Bill Nelson Getting The Holy Ghost Across (Album) Portrait PR 33109 Australia 1986 Sell This Version
JEAN 20 Bill Nelson Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights (Album) Cocteau Records JEAN 20 UK 1987 Sell This Version
TCJC 19 Bill Nelson Map Of Dreams (Album) Cocteau Records TCJC 19 UK 1987 Sell This Version
TCJC 26 Bill Nelson Heartbreakland (Album) Cocteau Records TCJC 26 UK 1989 Sell This Version
TC JEAN 89, TCJC 24, TCJC 25, TCJC 26, TCJC 27 Bill Nelson Demonstrations Of Affection Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records, Cocteau Records TC JEAN 89, TCJC 24, TCJC 25, TCJC 26, TCJC 27 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
none Bill Nelson Altar Pieces The Orpheus Organisation none UK 1990 Sell This Version
JCCD 23 Bill Nelson Simplex (Album) Cocteau Records JCCD 23 UK 1990 Sell This Version
ILL CASS 02 Bill Nelson Luminous (Album) Imaginary Records ILL CASS 02 UK 1991 Sell This Version
CDVE 912 Bill Nelson Blue Moons And Laughing Guitars (Album) Caroline Records CDVE 912 UK 1992 Sell This Version