Title: The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart)
Side One - Empire Of The Senses / Hope For The Heartbeat / Waiting For Voices / A Private View / Eros Arriving / The Bride Of Christ In Autumn
Side Two - When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True / Flaming Desire / Portrait Of Jan With Flowers / The Crystal Escalator In The Palace Of God Department Store / Echo In Her Eyes (The Lamps Of Oblivion) / The October Man
When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True
When Your Dream Of Perfect Beauty Comes True opens side two of Bill Nelson's second solo album The Love That Whirls (Diary Of A Thinking Heart). It may well have been inspired by an admiration for all things Yellow Magic Orchestra but the way he pushes a Roland TR-808 drum machine presages Acid House by a good five years.
Title: La Belle Et La Bete
Side One - Overture / The Family / Sisters And Sedan Chairs / In The Forest Of Storms / The Castle / The Gates / The Corridor / The Great Hall / Dreams (The Merchant Sleeps) / Fear (The Merchant Wakes) / The Rose And The Beast / Magnificent (The White Horse) / Beauty Enters The Castle / The Door / The Mirror / Candelabra And Gargoyles / Beauty And The Beast
Side Two - Transition No. 1 / Transition No. 2 / The Hunt / The Gift / The Garden / Transition No. 3 / Transition No. 4 / The Tragedy / Transition No. 5 / The Enchanted Glove / Tears As Diamonds (The Gift Reverses) / The Beast In Solitude /The Return Of Magnificent / Transition No. 6 (The Journey) / The Pavilion Of Diana / Transition No. 1 / Transition No. 2 / The Final Curtain
Initial copies of The Love That Whirls were packaged with Nelson's ambient soundtrack to The Yorkshire Actors Company's reworking of Jean Cocteau's Beauty and the Beast. The show was produced by a guy called Andy Winters who worked part time at the BBC in White City and ran a record label called Sharp that was releasing stuff by The Passmore Sisters. We met in 1985 when I was new in town and he placed an ad for someone to help out with the label's running around.
Winters also played guitar in an early line up of Miaow and another group called The Yes Men with Food Record's Andy Ross as well as directing fringe productions including a stage adaption of the silent horror film The Cabinet of Dr Caligari that I saw at The Half Moon in Herne Hill again featuring music by Nelson.
The Arts Council funded La Belle Et La Bete was recorded at Bill's home studio The Echo Observatory and came in the inner sleeve above with liner notes on each piece and its relevant scene. The Garden reflects the tenderest point in the production and sounds suspiciously like a blueprint for Boards Of Canada...
There's some Red Noise here