Most of the time we’re a little ahead of the release date for the announced album. In this case, we’re a bit behind. But, as it’s said, better late than never.

As many of you music lovers reading this page will already know, Bill Nelson was the guitar extraordinaire essential component of UK’s eclectic band, Be Bop Deluxe. Their recorded longevity of approximately five years accounted for five studio albums, and a brilliant live set. When the band could no longer properly express themselves, Bill Nelson opted for a solo career. During that, he released a massive treasure chest of music with more than fifty titles to his burgeoning library. One of them is the much appreciated Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights.

Released in 1987, This conceptualized piece was splintered into two separate sets (The Angel At The Western Window, and The Book of Inward Conversation). both add to his mystery of music in a great way.

On July 28 (passed), Esoteric, in conjunction with Nelson’s own Cocteau Records, released a combined set featuring both albums in the UK market. The set is presented as Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights, and will add in a collection of bonus tracks that were presented in the 1988 CD set as well a drawn from a limited edition (and rare) vinyl EP that was originally included in the original vinyl edition of the double LP. The EP inclusion represents eight additional songs making this new 2CD remaster a complete representation of this excellent album in its intended entirety.

Cherry Red continues to provide excellent music from the past in exclusive and beautiful reproductions. Long live Cherry Red!!

Chance Encounters In The Garden Of Lights Bill Nelson

CD1 (The Angel At the Western Window):
01. WEST KEEP
02. THE SPIRIT CANNOT FAIL
03. PILOTS OF KITE
04. SEVENTH SEAL
05. PHANTOM GARDENS
06. THE ANGEL OF HEARTH AND HOME
07. VILLEFRANCHE INTERIOR
08. NIGHT TIDES
09. FIRST MEMORY
10. AZURE EXTENSION
11. RADIANT SPIRES
12. THE EVENING PEAL
13. THRENODIA
14. A SHORT DRINK FROM A CERTAIN FOUNTAIN
15. BODY OF LIGHT
16. AT THE CENTRE
17. SELF-INITIATION
18. THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH
19. THE HERMETIC GARDEN
20. REVOLVING GLOBES
21. THE FOUR SQUARE CITADEL
22. LITTLE DAUGHTERS OF LIGHT
23. ORIENT OF MEMPHIS
24. THE ANGEL AT THE WESTERN WINDOW ADDITIONAL
Bonus Tracks not on Album or Cassette Release:
25. THE PIANO ROOM
26. RAIN DANCE
27. ACHING HEART
28. ARISING
29. WELCOME TO REALM SEVEN
30. WITHOUT A BLUE HORIZON
31. FEMALE NEBULA
32. DEMON RAISING
33. BURNING THE GROVE OF SATYRS
34. THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF
35. REALM OF ARCHONS
36. THE ROSSETTI EFFECT
37. INFINITE STATION
38. PIANO ANGELICA

CD2 (The Book of Inward Conversation):
01. MY DARK DAEMON
02. THE DOVE CONSUMED (THE SERPENT SLUMBERS)
03. CALLING HEAVEN, CALLING HEAVEN, OVER
04. PATH OF RETURN
05. THEURGIA
06. STAIRCASE TO NO PLACE
07. EVOCATION OF A RADIANT CHILDHOOD
08. THE KINGDOM OF CONSEQUENCE
09. THE DIVINE RAPTURES OF SISTERHOOD
10. BRIGHT STAR (MOONLIGHT OVER OCEAN BLUE)
11. A BIRD OF THE AIR SHALL CARRY THY VOICE
12. CLOTHED IN LIGHT AMONGST THE STARS
13. GNOSIS
14. BRINGERS OF LIGHT TO THE FEAST
15. HASTENING THE CHARIOT OF MY HEART’S DESIRE
16. TRANSCENDENT
17. CONSOLAMENTUM ECCLESIA GNOSTICA (MUSIC FOR THE INTERIOR CHURCH)
Bonus Tracks taken from 7″ EP originally included with first issued LP)
18. SET ME UP AS A SEAL UPON THINE HEART
19. MYSTERIUM
20. KATHAROS
21. DAY OF ETERNITY
22. EVENING ADORATION
23. ECCLESIA GNOSTICA
24. YOUNG ANGELS BY AN ANCIENT RIVER
25. FINIS GLORIA MUNDI