BE BOP DELUXE – Drastic Plastic 2CD Edition (Esoteric)

...the continuing synth usage is perfectly counterbalanced by some snaking, nicely distorted lead guitar lines from Nelson. This is how to do short, snappily constructed synth-heavy music... Released in 1978, Drastic Plastic, the final Be-Bop Deluxe album, occupies a curious position as the band's swansong. A record which originally was never intended to be recorded..

Be Bop Deluxe – Axe Victim 2CD Edition (Esoteric)

If there ever was an album on which Bill Nelson allowed himself the luxury of being an ‘axe hero’, this would be the one. The latest installment of Esoteric Records' reissuing of the Be Bop Deluxe catalogue in deluxe editions (or should that be 'deluxe Deluxe editions) backtracks a little and alights upon the band's..