Live! In The Air Age

Be Bop Deluxe

album - 22 July 1977

Live! In The Air Age - Cover
Live! In The Air Age US inner sleeve
Live! In The Air Age CD page 2
Live! In The Air Age CD page 6
Live! In The Air Age CD page 12

TRACKS:

01)  Life In The Air Age

02)  Ships In The Night

03)  Piece Of Mine

04)  Fair Exchange

05)  Shine

06)  Sister Seagull

07)  Maid In Heaven

08)  Mill Street Junction

09)  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape

10)  Blazing Apostles

ALBUM NOTES:

Live! In the Air Age is the fifth album by Be Bop Deluxe, and was recorded at unspecified gigs staged in 1977. It would prove to be the only live document of the band to be released during its existence.
   
The album appeared on vinyl and cassette, but had no single release at the time to aid its promotion (which is unusual, but not unheard of). However, the album itself included a 7" EP (as sides B and C of the album) that helped push playing time to around 55 minutes - which would have been too much music for a single album. Vinyl copies were released in a single sleeve, and the record was housed in an inner sleeve bearing a few live photos and a few explanatory words concerning the album's content.

For North American release, the EP included with the album was pressed on 12", and the package appeared in two pressings: standard black vinyl; and a combination of white vinyl (for the album) and black vinyl (for the EP). The musicians appearing on the live recording were the now established quartet of Bill Nelson, Simon Fox, Charlie Tumahai and Andy Clarke. Although the credits include an apparent fifth member in the shape of "Cabasa El Dubova", providing percussion on "Shine", this was in fact later revealed to be Nelson himself, who provided some post-production overdubs.

When reissued on CD in 1991, EMI chose not to include any additional material, although the songs that comprise the 3 track EP were designated as "bonus tracks" and tagged on to the end of the CD, rather than being placed in the centre as they had been on the original vinyl release. As with other releases in the series, informative sleeve notes penned by Kevin Cann provide useful context.

 

On 27 August 2021 Live! In The Air Age became the sixth Be Bop Deluxe album to be issued as a Deluxe Edition comprising:

  • a deluxe 16 disc limited edition box set of the classic 1977 live album by Be Bop Deluxe

  • the original album is newly remastered from the original master tapes restoring the correct album running order

  • with an additional 14 CDs featuring every concert recorded on the Be Bop Deluxe UK tour of February and March 1977 all newly remixed from the original multi-track tapes by Sephen W. Tayler

  • includes a BBC radio one John Peel session from January 1977

  • also includes a DVD (NTSC/region free) of the 'Star Rider In Concert' TV film first screened in 1977, released here for the first time

  • includes a lavishly illustrated book with many previously unseen photographs and new essay by Bill Nelson

  • also includes postcards and a replica poster

 

The album is presented in a triple fold out digi-pack and contains a 68 page booklet with an essay penned by Bill Nelson, previously unseen photographs from the period, postcards and a replica poster.   

A 3CD edition of the album is also being released at the same time as the Deluxe Edition which will also replace the standard download edition.  

 

The full track listing for the Deluxe Edition is:

Disc One:

"Live! In The Air Age" Re-Mastered

1.  Life In The Air Age

2.  Ships In The Night

3.  Piece Of Mine

4.  Fair Exchange

5.  Shine

6.  Sister Seagull

7.  Maid In Heaven

8.  Mill Street Junction

9.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape

10.  Blazing Apostles

Bonus Tracks

11.  Still Shining (BBC John Peel Session – January 1977)

12.  Mill Street Junction (BBC John Peel Session – January 1977)

13.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (BBC John Peel Session – January 1977)

Disc Two:

Leicester - De Montfort Hall 12th February 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (Leicester 12.2.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (Leicester 12.2.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (Leicester 12.2.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (Leicester 12.2.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (Leicester 12.2.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (Leicester 12.2.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (Leicester 12.2.77)

8.  Swansong (Leicester 12.2.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (Leicester 12.2.77)

10.  Shine (Leicester 12.2.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (Leicester 12.2.77)

Disc Three:

Leicester - De Montfort Hall 12th February 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (Leicester 12.2.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (Leicester 12.2.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (Leicester 12.2.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (Leicester 12.2.77)

5.  Terminal Street (Leicester 12.2.77)

6.  Blazing Apostles (Leicester 12.2.77)

Disc Four:

Leeds - Grand Theatre 13th February 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (Leeds 13.2.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (Leeds 13.2.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (Leeds 13.2.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (Leeds 13.2.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (Leeds 13.2.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (Leeds 13.2.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (Leeds 13.2.77)

8.  Swansong (Leeds 13.2.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (Leeds 13.2.77)

10.  Shine (Leeds 13.2.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (Leeds 13.2.77)

Disc Five:

Leeds - Grand Theatre 13th February 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (Leeds 13.2.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (Leeds 13.2.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (Leeds 13.2.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (Leeds 13.2.77)

5.  Terminal Street (Leeds 13.2.77)

Disc Six:

Leeds - Grand Theatre 14th February 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (Leeds 14.2.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (Leeds 14.2.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (Leeds 14.2.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (Leeds 14.2.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (Leeds 14.2.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (Leeds 14.2.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (Leeds 14.2.77)

8.  Swansong (Leeds 14.2.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (Leeds 14.2.77)

10.  Shine (Leeds 14.2.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (Leeds 14.2.77)

Disc Seven:

Leeds - Grand Theatre 14th February 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (Leeds 14.2.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (Leeds 14.2.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (Leeds 14.2.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (Leeds 14.2.77)

5.  Terminal Street (Leeds 14.2.77)

6.  Blazing Apostles (Leeds 14.2.77)

Disc Eight:

London - Hammersmith Odeon 25th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (London 25.3.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (London 25.3.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (London 25.3.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (London 25.3.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (London 25.3.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (London 25.3.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (London 25.3.77)

8.  Swansong (London 25.3.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (London 25.3.77)

10.  Shine (London 25.3.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (London 25.3.77)

Disc Nine:

London - Hammersmith Odeon 25th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (London 25.3.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (London 25.3.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (London 25.3.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (London 25.3.77)

5.  Terminal Street (London 25.3.77)

6.  Blazing Apostles (London 25.3.77)

Disc Ten:

London - Hammersmith Odeon 26th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (London 26.3.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (London 26.3.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (London 26.3.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (London 26.3.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (London 26.3.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (London 26.3.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (London 26.3.77)

8.  Swansong (London 26.3.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (London 26.3.77)

10.  Shine (London 26.3.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (London 26.3.77)

Disc Eleven:

London - Hammersmith Odeon 26th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (London 26.3.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (London 26.3.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (London 26.3.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (London 26.3.77)

5.  Terminal Street (London 26.3.77)

6.  Blazing Apostles (London 26.3.77)

Disc Twelve:

Bristol - Colston Hall 27th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (Bristol 27.3.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (Bristol 27.3.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (Bristol 27.3.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (Bristol 27.3.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (Bristol 27.3.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (Bristol 27.3.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (Bristol 27.3.77)

8.  Swansong (Bristol 27.3.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (Bristol 27.3.77)

10.  Shine (Bristol 27.3.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (Bristol 27.3.77)

Disc Thirteen:

Bristol - Colston Hall 27th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (Bristol 27.3.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (Bristol 27.3.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (Bristol 27.3.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (Bristol 27.3.77)

5.  Terminal Street (Bristol 27.3.77)

6.  Blazing Apostles (Bristol 27.3.77)

Disc Fourteen:

Bournemouth - Winter Gardens 28th March 1977

Previously Unreleased

1.  Introduction - Blimps (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

2.  Life In The Air Age (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

3.  Fair Exchange (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

4.  Piece Of Mine (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

5.  Sister Seagull (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

6.  Mill Street Junction (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

7.  Ships In The Night (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

8.  Swansong (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

9.  Maid In Heaven (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

10.  Shine (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

11.  Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

Disc Fifteen:

Bournemouth - Winter Gardens 28th March 1977

Previously Unreleased 

1.  Bill Nelson's Introduction (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

2.  Twilight Capers (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

3.  Modern Music Suite (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

4.  Forbidden Lovers (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

5.  Terminal Street (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

6.  Blazing Apostles (Bournemouth 28.3.77)

Disc Sixteen:

Be Bop Deluxe - Star Rider In Concert

Previously Unreleased

1.  Fair Exchange (Star Rider In Concert Film)

2.  Ships In The Night (Star Rider In Concert Film)

3.  Maid In Heaven (Star Rider In Concert Film)

4.  Bring Back The Spark (Star Rider In Concert Film)

5.  Blazing Apostles (Star Rider In Concert Film)

PAST RELEASES:

The original edition of Live! In the Air Age was deleted sometime around 1979/80, and was never reissued on vinyl.  

 


CURRENT AVAILABILITY:

This 16-Disc box set and 3-CD set is available to pre-order in the Dreamsville Store. 



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BILL'S THOUGHTS:


"Some of the Live! In The Air Age album was recorded there, (at the Grand Theatre), and my mother came along to one of the shows. I remember that I played a few bars of 'Jeanie With The Light Brown Hair' as part of my free-form solo guitar improv at the close of the concert for her.  (Mum's name is Jean, you see.) So long ago, so far away..."
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"The "Shine" track started life as a jam at Abbey Road studios. Charlie was away, (in New Zealand, I think), and the track was created simply by Simon, Andy and myself having a 'mess about'...a bit of fun. I played bass on the track as well as guitars. I also tried to make the bass part have some reference to Charlie's own style. In fact, we eventually did the number live with Charlie. I dreamt up the name 'Funky Phaser And His Unearthly Merchandise' to allow for the fact that it wasn't a 'proper' Be Bop Deluxe track as Charlie was missing from the equation."
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"The recently released Futurist Manifesto 5 CD set from EMI contains the only previously unreleased Live! In The Air Age recordings in existence."

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"I also got permission from the widow of Fritz Lang to use stills from the film as cover art on Be Bop's Live! In The Air Age album."



FAN THOUGHTS:

BFD:

"Recorded in England, Spring Tour 1977 - and still one of the very best (mostly) live albums of the 70's and a hard earned Top 10 hit in the UK. We are not worthy."


old_goat:

"It was 1977, I'm a sophomore in high school, over at a friend's house one afternoon playing backgammon. He's at the turntable blocking my view and says, "check this out", and cues up "Adventures in a Yorkshire Landscape" from Live in the Air Age. Eight minutes later, I'm trading my original Apple label blue album straight across for it."


Paul Andrews:

"Was it really thirty-five years ago I sat in my friends bedroom listening to Live! In The Air Age, ever so slightly "borrowed" from his elder brother's record collection? It was a world away from my normal listening habits at the time, hormonal teenager that I was. I remember it like the cold white light of revelation."


swampboy:

"I was at work when "Shine" from Live! In The Air Age came over the ceiling speaker.  I slowly put down my tools and stared at the speaker as guitar licks bounced all over the room. The DJ announced the song and album and I bought it the next day. Of course, this led to me buying the rest of what Be Bop Deluxe had to offer."


felixt1:

"I can tell you that the live version of "Adventures In A Yorkshire Landscape" from Live! In The Air Age is one of the best pieces of rock guitar I've ever heard by anyone. I put it right up there with anything that Hendrix or Clapton etc. have done."


jazzman1:

"For me at the time of the release of Live! In the Air Age, that album was a musical milestone. The way Bill looked, his level of playing, particularly the solo on "Adventures in A Yorkshire Landscape" raised my aspirations."


Holer:

"Mid-70's - hanging out in someone's bedroom, listening to records. (Do kids still do that? I guess I still do!) My buddy played "Mill Street Junction" off of the BBD Live! In the Air Age LP. That was also the first time I ever saw a White Vinyl record."


Telecat:

"I was at the Grand Theatre for that show and remember going down the street at the side and seeing the Trailer with the "Studio" in it. I do remember having to leave early as at the time I was still at School and had limited funds so had to catch the Bus home!"


Paul Simpson (of The Wild Swans):

"Last time I saw them was doing the Live! In The Air Age stuff. Wonderful group and a big influence on me."


John Spence:

"A few years ago, when Bill and I mixed some previously unreleased recordings from that tour, the original session sheets showed that some recording also took place at the Colston Hall, Bristol. All done using the Stones Mobile and under the watchful eye of John Leckie.
An absolute delight to work on."


JohnR, commenting on the 'Music In Dreamland' book:

"Live! In The Air Age is stated to be based on four concerts - two at the Hammersmith Odeon, one at Bristol and one at Bournemouth. However, I went with a group of friends to a concert at a large theatre in the centre of Leeds where the Rolling Stones mobile was parked outside. I can remember it being announced that the concert was being recorded for a live album, which certainly galvanized the audience. At the end, when it came to the obligatory Terminal Street singalong, we dashed down to sit on the edge of the stage and face the audience to help drum up the singing. To my amazement, we weren't immediately booted off by bouncers and Bill seemed happy enough - we left thinking he was a top bloke!"

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