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Bill Nelson

voc, *1948 GB, City of Wakefield
Singer / Musician / Songwriter / Producer of Rock and Electronic
A.k.a. William Nelson Orchestra Arcana

Bill Nelson (born William Nelson, 18 December 1948, Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire, England) is an English singer, guitarist, songwriter, producer, painter, video artist, writer and experimental musician. He rose to prominence as the chief songwriter, vocalist and guitarist of the rock group Be-Bop Deluxe, which he formed in the 1970s. Nelson has been described as "one of the most underrated guitarists of the seventies art rock movement". In 2015, he was recognised with the Visionary award at the Progressive Music Awards. He currently lives in York.

  • Vocals
  • Guitar
  • Percussion
  • Cowbell
  • Acoustic guitar
  • Rock
  • Electronic
  • Pop
  • Jazz
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Acceleration on Chimera by Bill Nelson
The Shadow Garden on Dreamy Screens: Soundtracks from the Echo Observatory by Bill Nelson
Tender Is The Night on Chimera by Bill Nelson
Do You Dream In Colour on Quit Dreaming by Bill Nelson
When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True on The Love That Whirls by Bill Nelson
Flaming Desire on The Love That Whirls by Bill Nelson
Hope For A Heartbeat on The Love That Whirls by Bill Nelson
Banal on Quit Dreaming by Bill Nelson
Living In My Limousine on Quit Dreaming by Bill Nelson
Empire Of The Senses on The Love That Whirls by Bill Nelson

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Title Artist Year Type
The UnrealistBill Nelson2018Album
That Old MysteriosoBill Nelson2018Album
Dynamos and TremolosBill Nelson2018Album
Drive This Comet Across The SkyBill Nelson2018Album
AuditoriaBill Nelson2018Album
Tripping The Light FantasticBill Nelson2017Album
Luxury Wonder MomentsBill Nelson2017Album
Songs For GhostsBill Nelson2017Album
The Awakening Of Dr. DreamBill Nelson2017Album
Dreamy Screens (Soundtracks From The Echo Observatory)Bill Nelson2017Album
Kid Flip and the Golden SpacemenBill Nelson2017Album
Six String Super Apparatus (Painting With Guitars Volume Three)Bill Nelson2016Album
All That I RememberBill Nelson2016Album
Perfect MonstersBill Nelson2016Album
New Northern DreamBill Nelson2016Album
Special MetalBill Nelson2016Album
The YearsBill Nelson2015Album
Swoons And Levitations (Musical Magic From Fantasmo's Soundarium)Bill Nelson2015Album
Quiet BellsBill Nelson2015Album
Plectrajet (Painting With Guitars Volume Two)Bill Nelson2015Album
Electric AtlasBill Nelson2015Album
Loom (Astroloops Volume Two)Bill Nelson2015Album
AstroloopsBill Nelson2015Album
PedalscopeBill Nelson2014Album
Stereo Star MapsBill Nelson2014Album
Fantastic GuitarsBill Nelson · Reeves Gabrels2014Album
Shining ReflectorBill Nelson2014Album
The Sparkle Machine (Several Sustained Moments)Bill Nelson2013Album
The Tremulous Doo-Wah-Diddy (Blip! 2)Bill Nelson2013Album
Albion Dream VortexBill Nelson2013Album
Blip!Bill Nelson2013Album
Joy Through Amplification : The Ultra-Fuzzy World Of Priapus StratocasterBill Nelson2012Album
The Dreamshire ChroniclesBill Nelson2012Album
Songs Of The Blossom Tree OptimistsBill Nelson2012Album
Return To Tomorrow (These Tapes Rewind: Volume One)Bill Nelson2012Album
The Palace Of Strange VoltagesBill Nelson2012Album
The Last Of The Neon CynicsBill Nelson2012Album
Signals From Realms Of LightBill Nelson2011Album
Model VillageBill Nelson2011Album
FantasmatronBill Nelson2011Album
The Practice Of Everyday Life: Celebrating 40 Years Of RecordingsBill Nelson2011Compil.
Fables and Dreamsongs (A Golden Book of Experimental Ballads)Bill Nelson2010Album
Picture PostBill Nelson2010Album
Frost-O-MaticBill Nelson2010Single
Modern Moods For Mighty AtomsBill Nelson2010Album
Captain Future's Psychotronic CircusBill Nelson2010Album
Picture HouseBill Nelson2010Album
Non-Stop Mystery ActionBill Nelson2009Album
Fancy PlanetsBill Nelson2009Album
Theatre Of Falling LeavesBill Nelson2009Album
The Dream Transmission PavilionBill Nelson2009Album
Here Comes Mr MercuryBill Nelson2009Album
Mazda KaleidoscopeBill Nelson2008Album
Golden Melodies Of TomorrowBill Nelson2008Album
I Hear ElectricityBill Nelson2008Single
Clocks & DialsBill Nelson2008Album
Illuminated At DuskBill Nelson2008Album
Silvertone FountainsBill Nelson2008Album
Gleaming Without LightsBill Nelson2007Album
And We Fell Into A DreamBill Nelson2007Album
Secret Club For Members OnlyBill Nelson2007Album
Return To Jazz Of LightsBill Nelson2006Album
Arcadian SalonBill Nelson2006Album
Neptune's GalaxyBill Nelson2006Album
Orpheus In UltralandBill Nelson2005Album
Rosewood (Ornaments And Graces For Acoustic Guitar) - Volume OneBill Nelson2005Album
The Alchemical Adventures Of Sailor BillBill Nelson2005Album
Rosewood (Ornaments And Graces For Acoustic Guitar) - Volume TwoBill Nelson2005Album
Satellite SongsBill Nelson2004Album
Wah-Wah GalaxyBill Nelson2004Album
Custom DeluxeBill Nelson2004Album
Dreamland To StarboardBill Nelson2004Album
PlaythingBill Nelson2004Album
Luxury LodgeBill Nelson2003Album
WhimsyBill Nelson2003Album
The Romance Of Sustain - Volume One: Painting With GuitarsBill Nelson2003Album
Noise Candy (A Creamy Centre In Every Bite!)Bill Nelson2002Album
Flashlight Dreams...And Fleeting ShadowsBill Nelson2002Album
Three White Roses & A BuddHarold Budd, Bill Nelson & Fila Brazillia2002Album
Astral MotelBill Nelson2002Album
Electrotype (The Holyground Recordings 1968 · 1972)Bill Nelson2001Album
Whistling While The World TurnsBill Nelson2000Album
What Now, What Next? (The Cocteau Years Compendium)Bill Nelson1998Compil.
Deep Dream DecoderBill Nelson1998Album
Atom ShopBill Nelson1998Album
Weird CrittersBill Nelson1997Album
Buddha HeadBill Nelson1997Album
Confessions Of A Hyperdreamer - My Secret Studio Volume IIBill Nelson1997Album
Electricity Made Us AngelsBill Nelson1997Album
Magnificent Dream PeopleBill Nelson1997Album
Four Songs From After The Satellite SingsBill Nelson1996Album
After The Satellite SingsBill Nelson1995Album
Practically Wired Or How I Became GuitarboyBill Nelson1995Album
Culturemix With Bill NelsonCulturemix With Bill Nelson1995Album
My Secret Studio, Vol. 1 (Music From The Great Magnetic Back Of Beyond)Bill Nelson1995Album
Selected Cuts From After A Satellite SingsBill Nelson1995Album
Crimsworth: Flowers, Stones, Fountains And FlamesBill Nelson1995Album
Blue Moons And Laughing GuitarsBill Nelson1992Album
"Magpie" Box SetBill Nelson1992Album
The Dead We Wake With Upstairs DrumsBill Nelson1992Single
SimplexBill Nelson1990Album
Life In Your HandsBill Nelson1989Album
Do You Dream In Colour?Bill Nelson1989Single
Chimes And RingsBill Nelson1989Album
NudityBill Nelson1989Album
HeartbreaklandBill Nelson1989Album
DetailsBill Nelson1989Album
Map Of DreamsBill Nelson1987Album
Chance Encounters In The Garden Of LightsBill Nelson1987Single
Secret Ceremony (Theme From Brond)Scala Featuring Bill Nelson & Daryl Runswick1987Album
Chimera/Savage Gestures For Charms SakeBill Nelson1987Compil.
The Cote D'Azur E.P.Bill Nelson1986Single
Getting The Holy Ghost AcrossBill Nelson1986Album
Wildest DreamsBill Nelson1986Album
Living For The Spangled MomentBill Nelson1986Album
Because Of YouBill Nelson1986Album
ContemplationBill Nelson1986Album
ChameleonBill Nelson1986Album
Trial By Intimacy (The Book Splendours)Bill Nelson1985Album
The Summer Of God's PianoBill Nelson1984Album
The Two-fold Aspect Of EverythingBill Nelson1984Compil.
VistamixBill Nelson1984Compil.
Giants Of The Perpetual WurlitzerBill Nelson1984Single
AccelerationBill Nelson1984Single
Hard Facts From The Fiction DepartmentBill Nelson1984Single
The World And His WifeBill Nelson1983Single
Dancing On A Knife's EdgeBill Nelson1983Single
ChimeraBill Nelson1983Album
Savage Gestures For Charms SakeBill Nelson1983Album
Permanent Flame (The Beginners Guide To Bill Nelson)Bill Nelson1983Single
Flaming DesireBill Nelson1982Album
Hope For The Heartbeat (Remix)Bill Nelson1982Album
Eros ArrivingBill Nelson1982Single
Touch And GlowBill Nelson1982Single
Das Kabinet / La Belle Et La BeteBill Nelson1982Compil.
A Half NelsonBill Nelson1982Album
SleepcycleBill Nelson1982Single
Flaming Desire / Hope For The HeartbeatBill Nelson1982Single
Flaming Desire And Other PassionsBill Nelson1982Album
The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart) / La Belle Et La Bete (Beauty And The Beast)Bill Nelson1982Album
King Of The CowboysBill Nelson1982Single
BanalBill Nelson1981Single
Das Kabinett ('The Cabinet Of Doctor Caligari')Bill Nelson1981Album
The Be Bop Deluxe Singles A's & B'sBe Bop Deluxe With Bill Nelson1981Compil.
Youth Of Nation On FireBill Nelson1981Single
Living In My LimousineBill Nelson1981Single
Quit Dreaming And Get On The BeamBill Nelson1981Album
Sounding The Ritual Echo (Atmospheres For Dreaming)Bill Nelson1981Album
Rooms With Brittle ViewsBill Nelson1980Single
Do You Dream In Colour?Bill Nelson1980Single
Northern DreamBill Nelson1971Album
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