Saturday, 11 June 2011

Bill Nelson: "Night Creatures" from the "Legends" DVD

Well, it finally came yesterday and after all the hoohah about dodgy performances, bad mixes and lord knows what else, the Rushbo opinion is that it looks and sounds fantastic. 

Apparently, Mr Nelson had to dig into his own pocket to mix the audio, but it was money well spent as it sounds superb. There are some really lovely performances too. Fortunately, there are no close ups of yours truly as I'd managed to find a bit of room just off by stage right, and jigged about in that arrhythmical, forty-something manner so popular with ageing  concert-goers. No one needs to see that. No one. You can argue all day long about the track listing (and knowing Nelson fans, they probably will...) but it's a pretty decent representation of his career. Suffice to say, it's essential.

It seems to be doing pretty brisk business too, so maybe Mr N might make some hard earned and long awaited cash from this. We can only hope. So to whet your appetite, here's my favourite tune from that night - 'Night Creatures'. Ah, 1974...now where did I put my eyeliner...?


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(This is a low res clip from the DVD...no cheeky downloading, go and buy one!)

19 comments:

  1. I want to buy it. Hell, I want to come to England and smack you for being there. But...is it an all region DVD?

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  2. Mine arrived midweek, it's been played over half a dozen times already.

    It's like a coaster shaped wet dream.

    Truly wonderful.

    I did look out for you to throw stuff at, but couldn't see you blah blah etc etc.

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  3. Nyah nyah nana nyah.

    It's region 0 which I'm reliably informed is a worldwide format.

    "A coaster shaped wet dream"...was that Shelley or Byron?

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  4. Don Byron, actually. Live version of "Gypsy."

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  5. Twas all my own work, but I've just looked up Don Byron and see the similarity, although I honestly haven't a clue who he is.

    Sal, have a look how much you'd get it for, don't know the exchange rate comparisons.

    Amazon.co.uk are doing it at £8.99, if you are stung for the postage, we get it delivered free in the UK and I can send it to your Stateside Palacial residence.

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  6. I think Amazon UK has a special. I'll get a Be Bop book, as well. Thanks for the offer.

    Don Byron? Uriah Heep? He, of the "moog simplifier" gaff on "Uriah Heep Live?"

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  7. "Uriah Heep Live" was recorded in Birmingham, donchaknow?

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  8. I have to admit that I am not a Uriah Heep fan at all, never have been, can't explain why.

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  9. I've always thought the Heep were a kind of happyshopper Deep Purple... I did catch them in the eighties when John Sloman was singing with them and I have to say they were pretty good- in an AOR style.

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  10. Thank you so much for posting that clip. I ordered my copy from Amazon last Wednesday and I'm still waiting for it to arrive. What a great version of an old favourite. With the picture being so low res I was forced to concentrate more on the sound. Bill's decision to remix the audio (at great personal expense) was well worth it. He's in fine voice too, isn't he? I was worried a mature Bill might struggle with some of the older material but not a bit of it.

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  11. Well it's Monday and it still hasn't arrived which makes this clip even more precious. Sorry I repeated some of your info about the audio mix. To be honest I was so excited about finding this clip I didn't really read the post properly and then just gabbled a bit in my comment. Here's hoping the postie has a nice surprise for me tomorrow.

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  12. Just ordered my copy. This morning. Still not here. I can't take it.

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  13. Hey Mick - gabble away! I'm glad this little clip is sustaining you while you wait.

    Sal...the wheels grind slowly in the UK. Even as we speak, highly trained Pigeons are having 'coaster shaped wet dreams' gently attached to their skinny little legs, given a flask of Bovril and an egg sandwich and are pointed in the general direction of the colonies. Expect to see it by Christmas. In the meanwhile, here's Ken Hensley to play you a melody divine on the Moog Simplifier...

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  14. Yay! It came today. I've already watched it one and a half times. I actually skipped Night Creatures because I've played your clip to death and I was impatient to hear the rest. Wish I could have been there but I couldn't justify nearly £200.

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  15. Wow I can't believe that. The cut you selected had practically none of the stuff I heard about Bill Nelson for, and I still loved it. Hopefully there's a version of this stateside (I have to go look now... oh wait, check's not in for another three weeks.)

    Thanks!

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  16. I'll have you know that I have copyrighted that phrase, that's seven and six you owe me Mr Rushbo.

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  17. Will you take a postal order, Don?

    Thanks for the comment John - I got into bill Nelson via Red Noise so 'Night Creatures' is a world away from that! Let me know if you're struggling to find a copy on the old US of Stateside and I'll see what I can do.

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  18. There is some more background on the concert here:

    http://humandynamics.wordpress.com/2011/05/27/bill-nelson-releases-itv-legends-concert-dvd/

    and some BBC radio plugs we got Bill at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ba2vi1AM0zk

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  19. My DVD arrived this morning. I watched the first song, "The October Man." I had to stop. YES, I was that overcome.

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