A limited edition reissue of Bill Nelson's 4 disc ambient boxed set Trial By Intimacy (The Book of Splendours).
 
Originally released on Bill's Cocteau Records label in October 1984, Trial By Intimacy comprised recordings made by Bill at his Echo Observatory home studio. Containing around eighty pieces of music, the work presented examples of Bill Nelson's Ambient experiments.
 
This re-mastered Cocteau Discs edition restores the original elements of the Trial By Intimacy box and is an exact facsimile, reproducing the 48 page book and eight art postcards that featured in the original set.
CD ONE:
 
1. ANTENNAE TWO
2. TRANSMISSION (NBC 97293)
3. THE SLEEP OF HOLLYWOOD
4. THE CELESTIAL BRIDEGROOM
5. UNDER THE RED ARCH
6. ORIENT PEARL
7. SACRAMENT
8. FALLING BLOSSOMS
9. THE DIFFICULTY OF BEING
10. ZANONI
11. THE CHINESE NIGHTINGALE
12. TANTRA
13. SOON SEPTEMBER (ANOTHER ENCHANTMENT)
14. RURAL SHIRES
15. PERFIDIO INCANTO
16. THE LOST YEARS
17. THE CHARM OF TRANSMIT
18. NIGHT THOUGHTS (TWILIGHT RADIO)
19. WYSTERIA
20. SWING
21. SNOWFALL
22. REALM OF DUSK
23. OVER OCEAN
 
CD TWO:
 
1. THE BLAZING MEMORY OF INNUENDO
2. INTO THE LUMINOUS FUTURE
3. A DIP IN THE SWIMMING POOL REACTOR
4. TOMORROWLAND (THE THRESHOLD OF 1947)
5. LISTENING TO LIZARDS
6. ENDLESS TORSION
7. MY SUBLIME PERVERSION
8. EROS IN AUTUMN
9. SLEEPLESSNESS
10. THE LATEST SKYLINE
11. TRAIN OF THOUGHT
12. PARKS AND FOUNTAINS, CLOUDS AND TREES
13. THE GOLDEN BOUGH
14. FOREVER ORPHEUS
15. IN ARCADIA
16. SENTIMENTAL
17. AUTUMN FIRES
18. WILD BLUE YONDER
 
CD THREE:
 
1. GIFT OF THE AUGUST TIDE
2. LOVING TONGUES
3. BLUE NUDE
4. IN THE REALM OF BELLS
5. YOUR NEBULOUS SMILE
6. THE GLANCE OF A GLITTERING STRANGER
7. ANOTHER KISS FOR YOUR SLENDER NECK
8. THE WARMTH OF WOMEN'S EYES
9. SEDUCTION (RITUAL WITH ROSES)
10. DREAMED EMBRACES
11. HERSELF WITH HER SHADOW
12. THE EXQUISITE CORPSE
13. ARDENT HANDS
14. HER LAUGHING TORSO
15. MIGRATING ANGELS
16. LES AMOUREUX
17. MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON
18. MOUNTAINS OF THE HEART
19. WILLOW SILK
20. TENDER ENCOUNTERS (STATE OF GRACE)
21. MELANCHOLIA
22. THE ETERNAL FEMALE
 
CD FOUR:
 
1. SEX PARTY SIX
2. WIDER WINDOWS FOR THE WALLS OF THE WORLD
3. TIME IN TOKYO
4. HAPPILY ADDICTED TO YOU
5. SNAKES WITH WINGS
6. THE BOY PILOTS OF BANGKOK
7. EROTIKON
8. BIRDS IN TWO HEMISPHERES
9. WINDMILLS IN A WORLD WITHOUT WIND
10. LOVE'S FIRST KISS
11. INITIATION OF THE HEART'S DESIRE
12. EDGE OF TEARS
13. TEST OF AFFECTION
14. WORDS ACROSS TABLES
15. A PROMISE OF PERFUME
16. THIS DANGEROUS AGE
17. THE GLASS BREAKFAST
18. TALK TECHNIQUE
19. THE LAST SUMMER FOR DANCING
20. VIEW FROM A BALCONY