A NEW 2 DISC REMASTERED & EXPANDED EDITION OF THE CLASSIC 1978 FINAL STUDIO ALBUM BY BE BOP DELUXE NEWLY REMASTERED FROM THE ORIGINAL MASTER TAPES FEATURING AN ADDITIONAL 25 TRACKS DRAWN FROM NEW STEREO MIXES FROM THE ORIGINAL MULTI-TRACK MASTER TAPES, NON-ALBUM SINGLES & STUDIO TRACKS INCLUDES A LAVISHLY ILLUSTRATED BOOK WITH MANY PREVIOUSLY UNSEEN PHOTOGRAPHS & NEW ESSAY BY BILL NELSON
Esoteric Recordings is proud to announce the release of a new re-mastered and expanded 2 CD edition of “Drastic Plastic” the classic1978 album by BE BOP DELUXE.
“Drastic Plastic” would be the final Be Bop Deluxe album and was recorded in the summer of 1978 in the South of France at The Villa Saint Georges, Juan-les-Pins, utilising the Rolling Stones mobile studio, with final sessions taking place at The Manor Studio and Abbey Road Studios. The record saw BILL NELSON (vocals, guitars, keyboards), CHARLES TUMAHAI (bass, vocals), ANDY CLARK (keyboards) and SIMON FOX (drums) venture into new musical styles, with the album being ground-breaking in its move to more “art rock” and “new wave” influences. In many ways it can be seen as the signpost to where Bill Nelson would head with his RED NOISE project with a desire to continue to progress as an artist by pushing musical boundaries.
Co-produced by BILL NELSON and JOHN LECKIE, “Drastic Plastic” was another hit album in both the UK and the USA and featured such classic material as ‘Electrical Language’, ‘Panic in the World’, ‘New Mysteries’, ‘Islands of the Dead’ and ‘Surreal Estate’. The recording sessions produced many more tracks which would appear as singles (such as Japan) and others that were originally planned for release as an EP set (‘Autosexual’, ‘Lovers are Mortal’, ‘Speed of the Wind’, ‘Quest for the Harvest of the Stars’, ‘Face in the Rain’), all of which eventually appeared on the retrospective compilation The Best of & the Rest Of… later in 1978.
This expanded reissue has been newly re-mastered from the original master tapes and features an additional 25 tracks, drawn from stunning stereo mixes from the original multi-track tapes by award winning engineer Stephen W. Tayler and non-album singles and additional tracks recorded for an intended EP.
This set also includes a lavishly illustrated booklet with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. This new re-mastered and expanded edition of “Drastic Plastic” is a fitting tribute to the creative vision of Bill Nelson and the musicianship of Be Bop Deluxe.
DISC ONE: DRASTIC PLASTIC THE ORIGINAL STEREO MIX
1. ELECTRICAL LANGUAGE 2. NEW PRECISION 3. NEW MYSTERIES 4. SURREAL ESTATE 5. LOVE IN FLAMES 6. PANIC IN THE WORLD 7. DANGEROUS STRANGER 8. SUPERENIGMATIX (LETHAL APPLIANCES FOR THE HOME WITH EVERYTHING) 9. VISIONS OF ENDLESS HOPES 10. POSSESSION 11. ISLANDS OF THE DEAD BONUS TRACKS 12. JAPAN 13. FUTURIST MANIFESTO
A & B-SIDES OF SINGLE – RELEASED IN SEPTEMBER 1977
14. BLUE AS A JEWEL
B-SIDE OF SINGLE – RELEASED IN JANUARY 1978
15. AUTOSEXUAL 16. FACE IN THE RAIN (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED ON CD) 17. LOVERS ARE MORTAL 18. BLIMPS 19. SPEED OF THE WIND 20. QUEST OF HARVEST FOR THE STARS
RECORDED AT VILLA ST. GEORGES, JUAN LES PINS IN MAY AND JUNE 1977 MIXED AT THE MANOR STUDIO, AUGUST 1977 FOR AN INTENDED EP
DISC TWO: DRASTIC PLASTIC THE NEW STEREO MIX
1. ELECTRICAL LANGUAGE 2. NEW PRECISION 3. NEW MYSTERIES 4. SURREAL ESTATE 5. LOVE IN FLAMES 6. PANIC IN THE WORLD 7. DANGEROUS STRANGER 8. SUPERENIGMATIX (LETHAL APPLIANCES FOR THE HOME WITH EVERYTHING) 9. VISIONS OF ENDLESS HOPES 10. POSSESSION 11. ISLANDS OF THE DEAD BONUS TRACKS 12. PANIC IN THE WORLD (SINGLE EDIT)
A-SIDE OF SINGLE – RELEASED AS HARVEST HAR 5147 IN JANUARY 1978
13. ELECTRICAL LANGUAGE (SINGLE VERSION) 14. LOVE IN FLAMES (SINGLE VERSION)
A & B-SIDES OF SINGLE – RELEASED AS HARVEST HAR 5158 IN MAY 1978
15. ISLANDS OF THE DEAD (TAKE FOUR) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED) 16. THE SAXOPHONIST (JUAN LES PINS VERSION) (PREVIOUSLY UNRELEASED)
RECORDED AT VILLA ST. GEORGES, JUAN LES PINS IN MAY AND JUNE 1977
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