Price: £12.49
Format: cd
Artist: Bill Nelson
Availability: 28-07-2017
CatNo: COCD2 1014
Dating from 1987, Chance Encounters in the Garden of Lights is part of Esoteric's ongoing Bill Nelson reissue series.
 
This deluxe and re-mastered double CD set - in digipak - features two distinct works, The Angel at the Western Window and The Book of Inward Conversation.
 
In his note for the original release Bill Nelson declared, “The music presented on these two albums marks the consolidation of several years of musical and philosophical practice. Almost every piece was conceived during moments of intense stillness or ‘magical vacuity’. Of all the music I have made, this is, perhaps, the most personal and yet the least demonstrative.”
 
Long out of print, this 2017 Cocteau Discs re-mastered limited edition restores the original artwork and features 21 bonus tracks drawn from the 1988 CD edition plus a rare limited edition EP included with the very first LP pressing of the double album.

 

DISC 1 - THE ANGEL AT THE WESTERN WINDOW:
 
1. WEST KEEP
2. THE SPIRIT CANNOT FAIL
3. PILOTS OF KITE
4. SEVENTH SEAL
5. PHANTOM GARDENS
6. THE ANGEL OF HEARTH AND HOME
7. VILLEFRANCHE INTERIOR
8. NIGHT TIDES
9. FIRST MEMORY
10. AZURE EXTENSION
11. RADIANT SPIRES
12. THE EVENING PEAL
13. THRENODIA
14. A SHORT DRINK FROM A CERTAIN FOUNTAIN
15. BODY OF LIGHT
16. AT THE CENTRE
17. SELF-INITIATION
18. THE WORD THAT BECAME FLESH
19. THE HERMETIC GARDEN
20. REVOLVING GLOBES
21. THE FOUR SQUARE CITADEL
22. LITTLE DAUGHTERS OF LIGHT
23. ORIENT OF MEMPHIS
24. THE ANGEL AT THE WESTERN WINDOW
 
ADDITIONAL BONUS TRACKS NOT ON ALBUM OR CASSETTE RELEASE:
 
25. THE PIANO ROOM
26. RAIN DANCE
27. ACHING HEART
28. ARISING
29. WELCOME TO REALM SEVEN
30. WITHOUT A BLUE HORIZON
31. FEMALE NEBULA
32. DEMON RAISING
33. BURNING THE GROVE OF SATYRS
34. THE STUFF THAT DREAMS ARE MADE OF 35. REALM OF ARCHONS
36. THE ROSSETTI EFFECT
37. INFINITE STATION
38. PIANO ANGELICA
 
DISC 2 - THE BOOK OF INWARD CONVERSATION:
 
1. MY DARK DAEMON
2. THE DOVE CONSUMED (THE SERPENT SLUMBERS) 3. CALLING HEAVEN, CALLING HEAVEN, OVER
4. PATH OF RETURN
5. THEURGIA
6. STAIRCASE TO NO PLACE
7. EVOCATION OF A RADIANT CHILDHOOD
8. THE KINGDOM OF CONSEQUENCE
9. THE DIVINE RAPTURES OF SISTERHOOD
10. BRIGHT STAR (MOONLIGHT OVER OCEAN BLUE)
11. A BIRD OF THE AIR SHALL CARRY THY VOICE
12. CLOTHED IN LIGHT AMONGST THE STARS
13. GNOSIS
14. BRINGERS OF LIGHT TO THE FEAST
15. HASTENING THE CHARIOT OF MY HEART’S DESIRE 16. TRANSCENDENT
17. CONSOLAMENTUM ECCLESIA GNOSTICA
(MUSIC FOR THE INTERIOR CHURCH)
18. SET ME UP AS A SEAL UPON THINE HEART
19. MYSTERIUM
20. KATHAROS
21. DAY OF ETERNITY
22. EVENING ADORATION
23. ECCLESIA GNOSTICA
24. YOUNG ANGELS BY AN ANCIENT RIVER 25. FINIS GLORIA MUNDI
 
(TRACKS 18 – 25 TAKEN FROM THE 7-INCH EP ORIGINALLY AVAILABLE WITH THE FIRST LP PRESSING OF “CHANCE ENCOUNTERS IN THE GARDEN OF LIGHTS”)