Be Bop Deluxe "Live! In The Air Age" Box Set - looks like no surround


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Aug 30, 2012
Just seen this Box Set 15 CDs & a DVD for £85, newly mixed by Stephen W Taylor - sadly no surround by the looks of it though

Live! In The Air Age (


A limited, re-mastered and expanded super-deluxe box set of Be Bop Deluxe's 1977 concert release, Live! In The Air Age.

15CD/1DVD boxset with book (with rare photos and an essay by Bill Nelson), postcards, and replica poster.

Mixed from the original tapes by Stephen W Tayler, the set includes additional concert recordings, a John Peel session, and a region-free DVD of the televised performance, Star Rider In Concert.

BBD’s most successful album, Live! In The Air Age was a Top 10 charting album in the UK.


Live! In the Air Age would be the band’s only live record and was recorded on a series of dates in the UK in February and March 1977 on the Rolling Stones mobile unit with John Leckie, who had engineered co-produced the band’s previous two albums, supervising the location recordings.
The band’s UK tour began in late January and was an audio-visual extravaganza that featured the use of projection screens and excerpts from the 1927 German silent film Metropolis, director Fritz Lang’s striking science fiction masterpiece. Continuing into February, the first concert to be recorded was at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester on the 12th of that month. The following two nights saw concerts at the Grand Theatre in Leeds which were both captured on tape and saw Bill Nelson perform to an enthusiastic home audience. However, at this juncture fate would intervene to cause a postponement to the remainder of the tour. Travelling to a concert in Bristol on 15th February 1977, Bill Nelson and John Leckie were involved in a car accident which resulted in them being hospitalised at Huddersfield Infirmary. Thankfully, all involved recovered quickly from their injuries, but as a result of the accident, the remaining concerts were postponed until the end of March. The tour began again with two concerts at Hammersmith Odeon in London on March 25th and 26th 1977 which revealed the band to be on top form, feeding off the tremendous warmth of the audience. Further shows in Bristol and Bournemouth on the 27th and 28th March respectively also contained many fine moments. Bill Nelson and John Leckie selected the best performances for mixing at Abbey Road and Advision studios in London and LIVE! IN THE AIR AGE was released in July 1977.

Research of all of the Be Bop Deluxe master tapes revealed that multi track tapes of all the shows recorded on the UK tour of 1977 had survived. After digitising and listening through to all of the Rolling Stones mobile unit 24-track tapes it was decided to include each concert in its entirety in this expanded boxed set. The concerts were mixed over a period of several months by Stephen W. Tayler and are presented here for the very first time. They reveal the improvisational side of Be Bop Deluxe, particularly on pieces such as Shine and Blazing Apostles which made each concert unique.

This set features the original album, newly remastered from the original master tapes, and restores the correct running order of the original LP release and has three bonus tracks drawn from a BBC Radio One JOHN PEEL SHOW session from January 1977. This box also adds an NTSC / Region Free DVD of STAR RIDER IN CONCERT - BE BOP DELUXE, which was first screened on television in 1977 and appears exclusively in this boxed set for the first time. Finally, this limited-edition boxed set includes an illustrated 68- page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. Additionally, the set includes postcards and a replica poster. This special deluxe limited-edition boxed set of LIVE! IN THE AIR AGE is a fitting tribute to a fine live band and the creative vision of Bill Nelson.
well, I am one who ALWAYS wants a MCH but I understand if there is not one on this...the intricacies of studio work is more inclined for MCH.. live is just .. LIVE... for gtr/keys/bass/drums stereo is good...
Understand a new stereo remix could be good of this fantastic album (I actually feel most of these live cuts are BETTER versions of their studio counterparts which is highly unusual) but having the 24 track originals and no surround is disappointing as hell. Especially while they are releasing all their studio stuff right now in surround. AND, you would have hoped at least a high resolution version of the original tracks remixed would have been included on the DVD. Disappointed. Big set with many nights of most likely the same song set each night just isn't where I will spend my money and hope we have a high res. version off HDTracks eventually.
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