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Album Review

Originally planned as a mere stopgap release between albums, Chimera turned out to be a welcome showcase for Bill Nelson at his peak, commercially and creatively. Following the triumph of his 1982 album The Love That Whirls, the British guitarist built Chimera in the same vein, setting his romantic and erotic poetry to the sort of synthesized settings favored by his younger pop peers. However, where much of Nelson's previous output had been a virtual one-man show, the six songs that form the original album benefit from his new desire to collaborate, most notably with Yellow Magic Orchestra drummer Yukihiro Takahashi (whose band Nelson had produced). The result is the elegant dance music of "Everyday Feels Like a New Drug" and "Glow World"; the latter song also features the rubbery fretless bass of Japan's Mick Karn and is perhaps the best of all the attempts at this sort of oriental funk made by Karn's bandmates, Gary Numan, and several other artists. The guests don't seem to have sparked Nelson's desire to return to his Red Noise, guitar-hero days (although he does crank out some jagged, Robert Fripp-style leads in "The Real Adventure"), but the focus here was on balancing Nelson's instrumental and theoretical fights of fancy with the demands of modern pop, a job performed with aplomb. [Some reissues add two songs apiece from the previous albums Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam and The Love That Whirls.]

Customer Reviews

Wake Up Bill - Smell The 21st Century

Sadly this is the only Work Bill Has Allowed To Be Sold On Line. For reasons which he will go at great length to justify, he will not sell his work via digital downloads. This man is a musical genius and had produced an incredible ammount of material in just about every genre you care to mention and for this reason he has something for everyone. I have seen this guy Live and marveled at his talents. Yet the man is a financial lunatic for not making his music availble on demand. I would have bought his entire collection on line if it were availble, but it isnt, so I wont be! Wake Up Bill - Smell the 21st Century

Nelson on iTunes?!!!

A long way from being his best music - so I could only give it 4 stars! An underated songwriter and a great guitarist/musician. More on iTunes please - there is a huge back catalogue available

Bill at his best?

Great album but I would dispute it was his peak but then again, it's all subjective. It's a good blend of his pop and new world styles for an intro' to newcomers but depending on which Genre you prefer you'll get more of a kick out of Quit Dreaming for my money. I label his music in 2 categories - Good or Bad, and most of it is good!


Born: 18 December 1948 in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

Bill Nelson is both an enigma and a highly public person whose motivations sometimes seem shrouded in complex mysteries, yet whose at-times prodigious output amounts to public development of song ideas and musical experiments. He has been both a guitar hero and the background figure in any number of art installations, exhibitions, and theatrical presentations. While difficult for record company executives to grasp and often obscure to the general public, Nelson has nonetheless built up a strong and...
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