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Be Bop Deluxe / Futurama super deluxe

3CD+DVD box set • New 5.1 surround & stereo mixes • BBC ‘In Concert’

English prog rock band Be Bop Deluxe‘s 1975 album Futurama is being reissued by Esoteric as a 4-disc expanded box set in April.

Recorded in early ’75, largely at Rockfield studios, Futurama was the band’s second album the first to feature the line-up of Bill Nelson (vocals, guitars, keyboards), Charlie Tumahai (bass, vocals) and Simon Fox (drums). It was produced by Roy Thomas Baker.

This expanded reissue features content across three CDs and a DVD, including newly re-mastered audio (from the original master tapes), new stereo and 5.1 surround mixes (by Stephen W. Tayler), a previously issued BBC Radio ‘In Concert’ performance, a John Peel session, a couple of unissued alternate versions of Futurama album tracks and more.

The box set comes with a ‘lavishly illustrated’ 68-page book with many previously unseen photographs and an essay of recollections by Bill Nelson. You also get a facsimile record store poster for Futurama, replica track sheets, and postcards.

This Futurama 3CD+DVD box set is released on 26 April 2019.

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CD1: Futurama – The Original Album Remastered
1. Stage Whispers
2. Love With The Madman
3. Maid In Heaven
4. Sister Seagull
5. Sound Track
6. Music In Dreamland
7. Jean Cocteau
8. Between The Worlds
9. Swan Song
Bonus Tracks:
10. Between The Worlds (Single Version)
11. Lights

CD2: Futurama – The New Stereo Mix
1. Stage Whispers
2. Love With The Madman
3. Maid In Heaven
4. Sister Seagull
5. Sound Track
6. Music In Dreamland
7. Jean Cocteau
8. Between The Worlds
9. Swan Song
Bonus Tracks:
10. Between The Worlds (Single Version)
11. Lights
12. Music In Dreamland (Phonogram Studios Version) (Previously Unreleased)
13. Between The Worlds (Alternate Single Version) (Previously Unreleased)

CD3
BBC Radio One “John Peel Show” Session 11th March 1975:
1. Stage Whispers
2. Sister Seagull
3. Maid In Heaven
4. Lights
BBC Radio One “In Concert” 23rd May 1975 (Previously Unreleased):
5. Stage Whispers
6. Third Floor Heaven
7. Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape
8. Sister Seagull
9. Piece Of Mine
10. Maid In Heaven
11. Axe Victim

DVD: Futurama – The New 5.1 Surround Sound Mix, New 96 Khz / 24-Bit Stereo Mix And 96 Khz / 24-Bit Original Stereo Mix
1. Stage Whispers
2. Love With The Madman
3. Maid In Heaven
4. Sister Seagull
5. Sound Track
6. Music In Dreamland
7. Jean Cocteau
8. Between The Worlds
9. Swan Song
Bonus Audio Material:
10. Between The Worlds (Single Version)
11. Lights
12. Music In Dreamland (Phonogram Studios Version)
Bonus Video Material:
13. Maid In Heaven (BBC TV “Old Grey Whistle Test” Session 19th July 1975)
14. Sister Seagull (BBC TV “Old Grey Whistle Test” Session 19th July 1975)
15. Maid In Heaven (1975 Harvest Records Promotional Video)

17 responses to Be Bop Deluxe / Futurama super deluxe

  1. BritinDetroit says:

    Having bought Futurist Manifesto and Be Bop Deluxe at the BBC, I have really struggled to see where the SDEs of Sunburst Finish and Futurama really fit in other than a 5.1 or super duper packaging of albums I really like. Oh well

  2. wayne klein says:

    Ordered it some time back. Excited and looking forward to the next release!

  3. Peter Watts says:

    Amazon UK just knocked £5 further off price on a one day only promotion TODAY on orders over £25, so pre-ordered for for £49.34, excellent. Thanks for the heads up on this release.
    Really hope the Red Noise Sound On Sound gets the same SDE treatment, saw them at Sheffield on their 1978 (?) tour and loved them.

  4. Dean says:

    Since we have two of these with this announcement, it seems clear we’ll get one for each of the Be Bop albums. My most anticipated one would be Drastic Plastic, but really they’re all great. Special mention for Modern Music.

    The one I’m most curious about is Live in the Air Age, which sometimes gets forgotten. Would be wonderful if they came up with the entire gig, or at least some bonus cuts from the original release. That Metropolis cover art is special.

    I’d also like to see Sound on Sound, but I somehow think that’s going to be a step too far. I suspect this campaign is for Be Bop Deluxe only, so it won’t stretch beyond. A shame, since Red Noise are essential listening.

    The Sunburst Finish set was wonderful, so this is a no-brainer. I guess they started with Sunburst Finish because it was their most successful album…..

  5. John Murray says:

    I’m still enjoying the Sunburst Finish super deluxe set, and will definitely be getting this one too.

    Bill Nelson – a lost treasure of British music.

  6. Isaías says:

    It seems to me Esoteric got the rights to reissue the BeBop Deluxe whole catalogue. Why the label started releasing from the second album (Sunburst Finish) I have no idea but I’m looking forward to this as well as the missing three ones.

    • Ray says:

      Sunburst Finish is their third album.

    • Phil Cohen says:

      This isn’t a licensed catalog. Warner Music had to “divest” themselves of certain properties under order from regulators. Cherry Red (of which the “Esoteric” label is a subsidiary) bought,outright the following:
      The EMI/Harvest recordings of “Be Bop Deluxe”, “Barclay James Harvest” & “Third Ear Band”, the Atlantic Records solo recordings by Chris Squire, The WEA recordings by Howard Jones, the RAK Records recordings by Kim Wilde and the Warner Bros. recordings by Curved Air. Time will tell if Esoteric also bought further formerly EMI/Harvest recordings, since the “Third Ear Band” catalog wasn’t initially mentioned at the time of the aquisitions from Warner Music. Cherry Red got the masters & multitracks.
      I’m happy to see Cherry Red and Esoteric reissue,remix,remaster and expand.these albums, whether or not they release the materials in chronological order.

  7. Trash says:

    Modern Music and Drastic Plastic are the ones I would purchase in a heartbeat + an SDE of the Red Noise album (although that was released as an expanded version a while back with extra session tracks but the album itself was so badly compressed at certain points that you could actually hear the compressors kicking in).

    I’m glad these are being done – I don’t think Nelson’s work gets enough recognition.

  8. Paul Taylor says:

    No vinyl no sale ! ROFL

  9. Woodsey Niles says:

    While I took a pass on the Sunburst Finish super edition I’m definitely going for this one. Futurama is by far my favorite BBD album. The guitar work was, and still is, extraordinary. I always liked the trio format for the band. Instead of a keyboard player on their later albums I would have preferred a second guitarist who was a great singer – but it was Bill Nelson’s vehicle. I always thought the rather average vocals were what kept them from attaining superstardom. This release looks great. Strange how Amazon US does not offer the 2 CD.

    Now if we could only get a super deluxe version of Bill Nelson’s Red Noise! That one seems to be out of print and very expensive, or am I mistaken?

    • SimonF says:

      Never cared for Be Bop; did try ’em but just could not get it together. However a SDE of the Red Noise album Sound On Sound would be wonderful. Let’s see there’s the original album, a handful of single B-sides, a Peel Session (also broadcast on the Friday Rock Show) and a 30 minute Radio One/BBC 2 Sight And Sound In Concert (which I have on audio cassette somewhere!) and no doubt various outtakes, demos etc. That should make a 2CD/1DVD set. Lovely.

    • Rob Harrison says:

      Totally this is the one bebop sound defined itself on this wonder platter of course each bop album is distinct like the beatles album ( fair comparison) but this still rocks find sunburst good but a bit AOR for me tres bon

  10. Philip Birtwistle says:

    They’re getting these out fast!!! Hopefully the rest to follow.

  11. Kevin Aston says:

    already ordered through Cherry Red for less than £50 , if its as good as Sunburst Finish Super Deluxe its gonna be worth the wait! Thanks for adding the details Paul and excellent site btw

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