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Be Bop Deluxe: Quest For The Harvest Of The Stars

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from lp: Modern Music, 1976, and lp "The Best of and the Rest of ..(1978)" Be Bop Deluxe was founded in Wakefield, Yorkshire, England, by Bill Nelson in 1972. They never played bebop music, but instead came out of the blues-based British rock scene of the late 1960s. Nelson was acclaimed as one of the finest guitarists in British rock at the time, and the music showed that, with his distinctive tones adorning most tracks. Stylistically, the songs took elements from progressive rock, glam rock (the band had flirted with make-up in the early days) and hard guitar rock. Ships in the Night was their most successful single in the UK and USA. Bill Nelson was always the principal songwriter for the band. He also played lead guitar and sang lead vocals on all but one song. The original Be Bop Deluxe line-up was as follows: * Ian Parkin: Rhythm and Acoustic Guitar. * Robert Bryan: Bass and Backing Vocals. * Nicholas Chatterton-Dew: Drums and Percussion That lineup only lasted for one album, Axe Victim (1974), and a short tour. Nelson disbanded the group and reformed with various musicians, finally settling on: * Paul Jeffreys: bass guitar. Formerly with Cockney Rebel. * Milton Reame-James: keyboards. Formerly with Cockney Rebel. Now with Banana Rebel.[1] * Simon Fox: Drums and Percussion. Later with Blazer Blazer[2]. However, the line-up didn't last long, and only Nelson and Fox remained in the band. Shortly afterwards they added: * Charlie Tumahai: Bass and Backing Vocals. He was added in late 1974, after extensive auditions. He recorded the Futurama album. * Andrew Clark: Keyboards. He originally was a guest keyboardist for the Futurama tour, but joined shortly afterwards to record the remaining albums. more info on: http://www.billnelson.com/usarchives/bebopdeluxe/discography.htm