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Be-Bop Deluxe - Axe Victim [Harvest SM-11689] (June 1974)

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Artist:

Be-Bop Deluxe

Title:

Axe Victim

Released: June 1974
Label: Harvest
Catalog: SM-11689
Genre: Rock, Glam Rock


T R A C K L I S T:
01 Axe Victim
02 Love Is Swift Arrows
03 Jet Silver And The Dolls Of Venus
04 Third Floor Heaven
05 Night Creatures
06 Rocket Cathedrals
07 Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape
08 Jets At Dawn
09 No Trains To Heaven
10 Darkness (L'Immoraliste)
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Album Review

William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

When Be Bop Deluxe's first album was released during the glam rock wave in 1974 and the band (then comprised of Bill Nelson and Ian Parkin on guitars, Robert Bryan on bass, and Nicholas Chatterton-Dew on drums) turned up on the back of the record cover in heavy makeup, it was viewed as being in the David Bowie mold, which certainly took in Nelson's thin but confident tenor vocals and the uptempo rock approach, and even ballads like ''Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape'' that sounded a lot like Bowie's ''Rock 'n' Roll Suicide.'' But it was already obvious that Nelson was an unusually lyrical guitar slinger, and in fact the tunes often took a back seat to his sometimes jazzy, sometimes metal-ish excursions. He was, as he sang, ''an axe victim,'' but at the same time, Be Bop Deluxe's musical identity was uncertain.


Be Bop Deluxe - Modern Music [Harvest ST-11575] (1976)

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Be Bop Deluxe

Title:

Modern Music

Released: 1976
Label: Harvest
Catalog: ST-11575
Genre: Rock
NOTE: Braille sticker on back cover
T R A C K L I S T:
01 Orphans Of Babylon
02 Twilight Capers
03 Kiss Of Light
04 The Bird Charmer's Destiny
05 The Gold At The End Of The Rainbow
06 Bring Back The Spark
07 Modern Music
08 Dancing In The Moonlight (All Alone)
09 Honeymoon On Mars
10 Lost In The Neon World
11 Dance Of The Uncle Sam Humanoids
12 Modern Music (Reprise)
13 Forbidden Lovers
14 Down On Terminal Street
15 Make The Music Magic
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William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

Things had changed for Be Bop Deluxe by the time of the group's fourth album. The band that turned up in glam rock regalia on its 1974 debut, Axe Victim, was in suit and tie on the cover of Modern Music in 1976. Inside, the band's transformation into a sophisticated pop group seemed complete. Arrangements were still ornate, but the songs were dominated by their highly imagistic lyrics, and as often as not, Nelson was borrowing ideas from the Beatles. It didn't quite work, despite pleasant numbers such as "Orphans of Babylon" and "Kiss of Light," perhaps because a true pop sensibility requires a gift for simplicity that Nelson has never exhibited. The album charted high in England and made the Top 100 in the U.S., but it was Be Bop's peak, not its breakthrough.

Be Bop Deluxe's Biography

William Ruhlmann [allmusic.com]

Be Bop Deluxe was a '70s British rock group led by guitarist Bill Nelson (born on December 18, 1948, Wakefield, Yorkshire, England) who veered between glam rock, pop, and heavy metal, with lots of demonstrations of Nelson's guitar prowess. After recording with Gentle Revolution and on his own, Nelson put together the first lineup of Be Bop Deluxe in 1972: Ian Parkin (guitar), Robert Bryan (bass), and Nicholas Chatterton-Dew (drums). But after the release of the first album, Axe Victim, Nelson sacked the band. The second album, Futurama, featured Nelson with a rhythm section of bassist Charles Tumahai and drummer Simon Fox. Keyboard player Andrew Clark joined for the third album, Sunburst Finish, which contained the U.K. chart single "Ships in the Night." Be Bop Deluxe released a fourth album, Modern Music; a concert recording, Live! In the Air Age, that became their only U.K. Top Ten hit; and a fifth studio album, Drastic Plastic, before Nelson folded the enterprise, briefly tried another group, Red Noise, and went solo again in 1979. Since then he has recorded prolifically, if experimentally, and handled occasional production jobs.
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