Sunday 27 May 2018
Be Bop Deluxe - Axe Victim (1974)
The debut album from this British band.
Be Bop Deluxe was a quartet with a lineup of guitars, grand piano, keyboards, bass, drums and vocals.
The band had help with some backing vocals and orchestral arrangements too.
This band lead by the multi-talented Bill Nelson released five albums in the 1970s before they gave up the ghost and Bill Nelson embarked on a solo career.
This band is one of those quirky British bands who did not really fit into any categories and labels. Which was and still is a problem for the legacy of this band.
This forty-three minutes long album contains some songs and music somewhere between straight rock'n'roll, glam rock and art rock. There is a lot of David Bowie in their music and the band was lumped together with him, Cockney Rebels and Mott The Hoople throughout their career.
There is most certainly a large element of art rock in their music and that is how I see this band.
The music is songs and pop music orientated with some pretty short songs which follows the pop and rock formula.
Some of the songs are pretty good too with some good vocals and nice guitars work.
The quality is not overly good. This album is somewhere between decent and good. I still have some more albums from them to review and I wonder where the next albums will take me....