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Bill Nelson - My Secret Studio Vol. 1 album review

Album Review

Home demos from undervalued prog genius

Having mastered the art of idiosyncratic baroque pop-prog with Be Bop Deluxe and Red Noise, Bill Nelson (his insatiable compulsion to experiment increasingly constricted by the confines of band membership) embarked upon a solo career more characterised by perpetual forward momentum than formulaic reliability.

A guitar virtuoso at music technology’s cutting edge, Nelson seemed as devoted to innovation as David Bowie. His best recordings succinctly defined their zeitgeist, yet he never seemed to take time out to consolidate his successes before moving on. If ever there was a career that favoured art above commerce, it was Nelson’s.

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