Bill Nel­son – My Se­cret Stu­dio Vol­ume 1

Yorkshire Post - Culture & The Guide - - 8/FILM - DUN­CAN SEA­MAN 3/5

The art rock band Be-Bop Deluxe might have earned Wake­field-born singer and gui­tarist Bill Nel­son a brush with the top 20 in the pre-punk era but his enig­matic solo work since the early 1980s has had more niche ap­peal. My Se­cret Stu­dio – Vol 1 is a reis­sue by the Cherry Red off­shoot Es­o­teric Record­ings of a box set Nel­son orig­i­nally put out in 1995. At­trac­tively pack­aged in a clam­box, it com­prises four al­bums’ worth of ma­te­rial that he demo-ed for de­vel­op­ment with a po­ten­tial band. For “var­i­ous and ne­far­i­ous rea­sons” that band may never have ma­te­ri­alised but Nel­son’s highly dis­tinc­tive gui­tar-play­ing and song­writ­ing high­lights such as Killing My De­sires, She’s So Ex­treme and Snow­ing Out­side make this in­trigu­ing lis­ten­ing.

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