During the mid-70’s diverse pop era ranging in styles from progressive rock to folk, from R&B to disco, and even the power driven leading days of punk and trendy glam rock, Be-Bop Deluxe surfaced with their debut release “Axe Victim” in 1974. The original band comprised of Bill Nelson and Ian Parkin on guitars, Robert Bryan on bass, and Nicholas Chatterton-Dew on drums. Taking on a bit of a David Bowie look, the band turned up on the back cover in heavy makeup, adding stylistic flair to Nelson's confident tenor vocals and the group’s up tempo art rock songs. Additionally, Nelson’s unusual lyrical guitar playing are often emphasized by his jazzy and even sometimes metal-ish excursions, which go on to take the band in a variety of directions.
Now, some 46 years later, audio engineer Stephen W Tayler has remixed this classic album in both 96kHz / 24-bit 2.0 stereo and 48kHz/ 24-bit 5.1 surround from the original master tapes. These new mixes are found in a deluxe box set that contains 3 CD’s and a DVD, along with A 68 page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. The limited edition set also contains previously unreleased BBC sessions from 1973 and 1974, including the lost John Peel session from November 1973, plus both sides of the rare Smile Records single ‘Teenage Archangel’ and ‘Jets at Dawn,’ released by the band in 1973 prior to being signed to EMI. Also included fans will find the previously unreleased audition session for Decca Records from December 1973, and previously unreleased out-takes from the original album sessions, all of this and more across the three compact discs.
Be-Bop Deluxe devotees will certainly know how wonderful this celebration of the band’s debut album is. and there will be no way collectors will want to miss adding Axe Victim into their library. For Art Rock lovers and even Progressive Rock fans, the album is truly worthy of your ears, and soon surround enthusiasts like myself will get to hear the surround version! Pre-orders are being taken now.
Scheduled for released July 17, 2020
3 CD + 1 DVD NTSC-0 limited deluxe edition with 48k / 24-bit 5.1 surround mix and 96k / 24-bit stereo mix. Also available on vinyl.