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Nelson, Bill: Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights (2 CD Remastered & Expanded Edition)

The name Bill Nelson has become synonymous with popular music of many genres and varieties. He has never been afraid to venture outside the confines of conventional wisdom and such is the case with his 1987 double album titled Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights originally released on his Cocteau label but now long out of print. That is until 2017 when Esoteric Recordings gave it some love and remastering as well as adding over twenty bonus tracks.

Here we have the guitar master exploring the world of ambient music creating a number of shorter pieces that you just have to give in to and let yourself go wherever the music wishes to take you. It might be a lonely beach or a medieval castle but whatever the place the ambient washes of guitar and electronics will surely set you free. Nelson’s soft tones and multi-coloured palette make for a totally relaxing and immersive listen and with over sixty tracks there is a lot to dig into. The music comes in two sets; disc one and two are titled The Angel at the Western Window and The Book of Inward Conversation respectively. It would be rather pointless to describe individual tracks as this should be listened to as a whole piece.

If you appreciate the meditative side of music and like the works of artists like Daniel Crommie, David Sylvan and Brian Eno, I think this will be well worth your time. Recommended.

Track Listing:
Disc One
The Angel at the Western Window
1. West Keep
2. The Spirit Cannot Fail
3. Pilots of Kite
4. Seventh Seal
5. Phantom Gardens
6. The Angel of Hearth and Home
7. Villefranche Interior
8. Night Tides
9. 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 Tracks:
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

Disc Two
The Book of Inward Conversation
1. My Dark Daemon
2. The Dove Consumed (The Serpent Slumbers)
3. Calling Heaven, Calling Heaven, Over
4. Path of Return
5. Theurgia
6. Staircase to No Place
7. Evocation of a Radiant Childhood
8. The Kingdom of Consequence
9. The Devine 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)
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

Added: November 29th 2018
Reviewer: Jon Neudorf
Related Link: Artist's Official Site
Hits: 206
Language: english

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