Ira Robbins
August 17, 1990 at 04:00 AM EDT

Raiding the Divine Archive: The Best of Be Bop Deluxe

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
Producers
Capitol
genre
Rock, Reissues
We gave it a B-

In the mid-’70s, an era when most rock guitarists were either living in the past or rejecting the instrument’s prominence, Be Bop Deluxe’s Bill Nelson stood alone, a devout English futurist with staggering technical prowess. Using his head as well as his fingers, the singer-songwriter and his band crafted a cerebral rock alternative with power and intelligence that holds up nicely, despite the occasionally dated sound. Raiding the Divine Archive, a 17-song collection distills the band’s five studio albums reasonably well, but the inept, inaccurate, and illiterate liner notes are a bad joke. B-

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