When discussing Bill’s early 80s output, I always see people mention tracks like “Flaming Desire” or “Do You Dream In Colour” as highlights of this period (and rightly so). However, I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone mention “Tender Is The Night” from the Chimera mini-album (or Vistamix here in the US), and in my opinion it’s one of Bill’s best-ever songs. The funky bass line, the way the synths and guitars lock together, and Bill’s expressive vocals all come together to make something extra special. Any other fans of this track?
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Chimera is such a perfect album that almost any track from it could have been a single (I recall Tony Mitchell in Sounds chiding Mercury Records for not releasing one). But we all have our favourites, and for me the pinnacle is 'Another Day, Another Ray of Hope', an absolute classic. Always a great disappointment to me that UK audiences were never afforded the opportunity to see the Chimera/Vistamix songs played live. What a show that would have been.
I agree with your choice of The Comsat Angels. The first 3 albums are near perfect. If I extend my list to include 99.9% items they are in it. I still wonder why albums 4 and 5, Land and 7 Day Weekend have not been remastered and re-packaged.
Fantastic track. The whole album is flawless and in an elite club of 15 albums that I adore that have no faults. The others: The Cars - The Cars | Candy O - The Cars | Beckett - Beckett | Atomos - A Winged Victory For the Sullen | Futurama Be Bop Deluxe | Quit Dreaming and Get on the Beam - Bill Nelson | Warrior on the Edge of Time - Hawkwind | The Colour of Spring - Talk Talk | Crocodiles - Echo and the Bunnymen | Travelogue - The Human League | Penthouse and Pavement - Heaven 17 | Double Negative - Low | Quark, Strangeness and Charm - Hawkwind | The Love That Whirls - Bill Nelson.
All bliss! There are a multitude of others with one so-so track; too many to name!