English musician Bill Nelson began his career in the 1970s as a founding member of the progressive rock band, Be-Bop Deluxe. After their break-up in the late 70's, Nelson headed out on his own, recording over 60 albums in the past three decades. On December 1st, Esoteric Recordings' imprint label Cocteau Discs revisited recordings that Nelson made in his Yorkshire home studio in 1981 and 1982.
The new 3-disc set features over 60 tracks of atmospheric instrumentals that showcase Nelson's experimental side. The first disc contains a variety of songs that displays Nelson's time in the studio as he was looking for his sound at the beginning of his solo career. Drum machines and keyboards are all the tools that Nelson needed to develop his emotions throughout this first disc, which was originally issued as a bonus LP with his 1981 album "Quit Dreaming And Get On The Beam."
The 30-minute long second disc is a soundtrack to the stage production of "The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari" and was issued on its own in 1981. The songs are short, concise pieces of music that work better along with the visuals that each piece of music represents. The third disc in the set is a soundtrack to the stage production of the 1946 classic "Beauty & The Beast." The music is filled with emotion and grace as Bill Nelson did an outstanding job with the magic he created in the studio. The album was originally released as a bonus LP with his 1982 album "The Love That Whirls." To find out more about Bill Nelson's new 3CD box set "Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks From Echo Observatory," please visit cherryred.co.uk.