Tripping The Light Fantastic

by Bill Nelson

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Nick Bradey
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Nick Bradey Superb release . Are there any other live
recordings in the vault Bill? Please make
any available
Robert Boschen
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Robert Boschen Simply put, a fantastic listening experience. Wonderful!
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Goaliebob Incredible technique , a marvel of guitar work drawing u in and out of time and space. The last live album I have in my record collection still :) Favorite track: Beatniks From Outer Space.
John Mentzer
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John Mentzer A rare live album from Bill Nelson. If not for the clapping and cheering I'd have never known. I couldnt say that about many (read as any) other live guitar performances. Bill brings a level of perfection, beyond the kin of most mortals to what he does. Fans will know that he did this in the midst of health issues affecting both sight AND hearing. Beethoven of our times? Bill seems to feel the music in much the same way I like to imagine Beethoven did. Favorite track: Hypnos.
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Introduction 00:34
Hypnos 06:15
Luxeodeon 06:02


’Tripping The Light Fantastic’ is only the second live album I’ve ever officially released. The first was Be Bop Deluxe’s ‘Live In The Air Age’ album, way back in the distant 1970s. A great deal of ‘time saturated’ water has flowed under all our rickety bridges since then, but this new live album captures a brief moment in that same flow of time.

Sensibilities change, both on the part of the audience, and also every artist worthy of the term ‘artist’ over the years, but I’m very happy to say that my audience has grown with my own development and peculiar sensibilities throughout the years. This isn’t music from then, but music from ’now,’ (though the now is always in flux and shifting, as am I.)

So, it is to those loyal, enthusiastic, brilliant listeners that I dedicate this album.
Bill Nelson 2017.

This digital download version includes different artwork than the limited edition 500 CD pressing, catalogue number Sonoluxe CD044.

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released September 3, 2017


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Bill Nelson

Founder of Be-Bop Deluxe in 1973, guitarist Bill Nelson wrote all of the bands material. Signed to EMI, the band released five studio albums and scored a top ten UK hit with the single "Ship In The Night." In 1979 Bill disbanded Be-Bop Deluxe and launched Red Noise.
As a solo artist he's worked with the David Sylvian, Harold Budd and Cabaret Voltaire as well as producing The Skids and Gary Numan.
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