NUCLEUS Box Their BBC Sessions

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NUCLEUS –
Live At The BBC

Ian Carr’s NUCLEUS was a British jazz-rock institution which, despite the presence of many an outstanding player – including stellar guitarists Chris Spedding and Allan Holdsworth – and the recent attempts to anthologize the band’s classic output, still isn’t celebrated enough. One of the reason’s of the ensemble’s criminal underestimation might be the scarcity of their concert recordings, with those available documenting their ’80s experiments, rather than the glorious ’70s forays into the unknown – and the forthcoming box set “Live At The BBC” should address this issue.

Comprised of a dozen discs, it spans 1970-91 and contains more than 13 hours of music, with CD 10 holding improvised works that have never been previously released. Out on November 26th, it’s going to be a treat and a thrill for all the fusion aficionados.

CD 1:
BBC Radio 1 Top Gear, 7 March 1970:
1. Elastic Rock
2. 1916
3. Orpheus
4. Persephone’s Jive
5. Twisted Track
BBC Radio 2 Jazz Club, 6 May 1970:
6. Cosa Nostra
7. Elastic Rock
8. Stonescape
9. Single Line
10. Twisted Track
11. 1916
12. Persephone’s Jive
BBC Radio 1 Sounds Of The 70s, 24 July 1970:
13. Never Carry Any More Than You Can Eat
14. Ballad Of Joe Pimp
15. 1916
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 27 July 1970, Part 1:
16. Sun Child
17. Introduction: Brian Priestley
18. Freudian Saturday
19. Introduction: Brian Priestley

CD 2:
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 27 July 1970, Part 2:
1. Oasis
2. Introduction: Brian Priestley
3. Jam
BBC Radio 2 Jazz Club, 11 October 1970:
4. Battle Of Boogaloo
BBC Radio 2 Jazz Club, 11 October 1970:
5. Song For The Bearded Lady
6. We’ll Talk About It Later
7. Snakehips Dream
BBC Transcription Service Jazz London, 9 March 1971:
8. Song For The Bearded Lady
9. Elastic Rock
10. Snakehips Dream

CD 3:
BBC Radio 1 Top Gear, 27 March 1971:
1. Snakehips Dream
2. Song For The Bearded Lady
3. Morning Call
BBC Radio 1 John Peel Sunday Concert, 18 April 1971:
4. Song For The Bearded Lady
5. Snakehips Dream
6. Crude Blues

CD 4:
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 19 April 1971:
1. Dreams
BBC Radio 1 Top Gear, 10 October 1972:
2. Mayday
3. Belladonna
4. Suspension
BBC Radio 2 Jazz Club, 8 May 1972:
5. Introduction: Humphrey Lyttelton
6. Mayday
7. Suspension

CD 5:
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 11 March 1974:
1. New Life
2. Sarsaparilla
3. Pastoral Graffiti
4. Theme 3: Rites of Man
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 28 August 1975:
5. Snakehips Etcetera
6. Alive And Kicking
7. Rat’s Bag
BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of Jazz, 26 June 1977, Part 1:
8. Splat
9. Brain Child

CD 6:
BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of Jazz, 26 June 1977, Part 2:
1. In Flagrante Delicto
2. Introduction: Charles Fox
3. Sassy (American Girl)
4. Black Ballad (Ecce Domina)
5. Simply This (The Human Condition)
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 16 February 1981:
6. Conversation With The Blues, Part 1
7. Conversation With The Blues, Part 2
8. Sidewalk
9. DJ Outro
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 8 November 1982, Part 1:
10. Easy Does It Now

CD 7:
BBC Radio 3 Jazz In Britain, 8 November 1982, Part 2:
1. The Pretty Redhead
2. For Miles And Miles
BBC Radio 1 Sounds Of Jazz, 12 December 1982:
3. Dawn Choruses
4. Commentary
5. After The Rain
6. Commentary
7. You Can’t Be Serious You Must Be Joking
8. Commentary
BBC Radio 3 Jazz Today, 6 April 1983:
9. Commentary
10. Symptoms Of Love
11. She Tells Her Love
12. Commentary
13. Love In Barrenness
14. Remorse Code
15. Commentary

CD 8:
BBC Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz, 22 April 1984:
1. Something For Mister Jelly Lord
2. She Tells Her Love
3. Bouquets Pour Ma Belle
BBC Radio 3 Jazz Today, 12 February 1985:
4. Commentary
5. Chiaroscuro
6. Commentary
7. Midnight Oil
8. Commentary
9. Awakening
10. Commentary
BBC Radio 2 Sounds of Jazz, 14 April 1985:
11. Dawn Choruses
12. Commentary
13. For Miles And Miles
14. Commentary
15. Easy Does It Now

CD 9:
BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of Jazz, 31 January 1988:
1. Commentary
2. Dawn Choruses
3. For Miles And Miles
4. Open Country

CD 10:
BBC Radio 3 Music In Our Time, 7 March 1991:
1. Introduction
2. Trio for Open Trumpet, EWI & Drums
3. Duo in B Minor for Harmon-Muted Trumpet & Bass Guitar
4. Quintet In A
5. Introduction
6. Duo For Trumpet & Soprano Saxophone
7. Trio in D for Flugelhorn, Guitar & Bass Guitar
8. Introduction
9. Duo in Fast Tempo for Cup-Muted Trumpet & Drums
10. Duo for Straight Muted Trumpet & Guitar
11. Duo for Open Trumpet & Tenor Saxophone
12. Introduction
13. Old Heartland
14. Outro

CD 11:
BBC Radio 2 Jazz Parade, 7 November 1991:
1. Commentary
2. Uncertain Seduction
3. Commentary
4. Full Fathom Five
5. Commentary
6. Pandemonium
7. Commentary

CD 12:
BBC Radio 2 Sounds Of Jazz, 22 February 1987:
1. Dawn Choruses
2. For Miles And Miles
3. You Can’t Be Serious You Must Be Joking
4. Easy Does It Now

October 7, 2021

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