Progarchives, the progressive rock ultimate discography
Be Bop Deluxe - The Best of and The Rest of CD (album) cover


Be Bop Deluxe


Crossover Prog

3.04 | 6 ratings

From, the ultimate progressive rock music website

Special Collaborator
Prog-Folk Team
3 stars As far as I know, this double LP has never officially transitioned to the digital age, and no existing Be Bop Deluxe CD actually covers the same ground. The first LP consisted of a "Best of" from the group's 5 studio albums, while the second contained a variety of singles and B-sides. Perhaps not surprisingly, the second LP contains slightly more accessible material, but both are of equal value in making the collection what it is.

The first LP, that is songs 1 through 11, move chronologically from "Axe Victim", featuring the title cut, to "Drastic Plastic", represented by "Panic in the World". In it, "Panic" being a good example, we can hear how Be Bop Deluxe presented a paradoxically less flamboyant alternative to David Bowie glam. Of course, Nelson's searing guitars were not even fathomable by Mick Ronson. These are just 2 of Be Bop's prog credentials. Other highlights from the first part are the 1-2-3 punch of "Sister Seagull", "Sleep that Burns" and "Ships in the Night", which show Nelson's ability to extract a team effort to do his writing justice. These are catchy yet enduring and heartfelt songs.

The second LP opens with a couple of electronic numbers that presage Nelson's RED NOISE, before offering the lovely ballad "Lovers are Mortal", that draws together romantic lyricism with a steady acoustic guitar against spacey keys and a dirge like beat. "Quest for the Harvest of the Stars" is like Hawkwind gone acoustic, and works well in a kitschy way, while "Japan" and another heart stopper "Speed of the Wind", offer more of the group's quality prog credentials. Even if "Shine" is a bit too much a vehicle for Nelson's guitar and not much else, and "Blue is a Jewel" is an odd foray into southern boogie, the compilation pleases in its breadth.

If you can track down this LP, it could serve as a good introduction to the group, but it could also be a worthwhile addition if you have not replaced, and do not plan to replace your BBD LPs, on the basis of the "rest of" tracks.

kenethlevine | 3/5 |


As a registered member (register here if not), you can post rating/reviews (& edit later), comments reviews and submit new albums.

You are not logged, please complete authentication before continuing (use forum credentials).

Forum user
Forum password

Share this BE BOP DELUXE review

Social review comments () BETA

Review related links

Copyright Prog Archives, All rights reserved. | Legal Notice | Privacy Policy | Advertise | RSS + syndications

Other sites in the MAC network: — jazz music reviews and archives | — metal music reviews and archives