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Bill Nelson - Northern Dream (1971) review

Bill Nelson - "Northern Dream"(Cocteau Discs, 2011)

Bill Nelson - musician, producer and painter, who gained a commercial success during the 70s. His work was compared with many musicians of that time, but he always managed to create without turning back and went forward upgrading his music. Famous for his experimental albums, with progressive music and deep lyrics, Nelson continues exploring the creative, hidden corners of his mind until present day. One period of his artistic career was marked with the band “BeBop DeLuxe” with whom he recorded and released five studio albums during the seventies.

His debut “Northern Dream” from 1971, was supported and financed by local record store from Wakefield, England. The success came after the record got into the hands of famous BBC DJ John Peel, who was one of the first broadcasters of psychedelic and progressive rock.
First of all, this album has unique charm made by his playing style and beautiful voice.
Starting with a short message intro “Photograph”, albums goes with fantastic gems like “Everyone`s a hero”, “House of sand” and psychedelic diamond “End of seasons”. The energy of “Rejoice” combined with progressive and folk sound is something a true good music fan must hear, as it is a true classic. “Love`s a way” questions “…Have you see the many faces / of the Lord / In between the empty spaces / Of any key or chord…”. Nelson showed on his debut that he is a serious poet with straight and pure meanings. Besides being a great poet, Nelson is a great guitar player. Instrumental “Northern dreamer” and songs like “Bloo Blooz” (that`s actually Blue Blues) and post hippie “Sad Feelings” surely prove it. “See it through” is another confirmation of his great poet ability. Album comes to an end with extended progressive “Smiles” and short acoustic outro track “Chymepeace (An Ending)”.
The album sounds naive, gentle, pure and avant-garde at the same time. Probably it was the best way to start a long lasting music career.

Review made by Andrija Babovic/2013
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