I want more of this last part because I feel that's what's missing here and these guys can deliver but I think it's more about the farewell. And speaking of farewell the final song is "Go" which opens with spacey organ and sounds before these fragile vocals join in around a minute. A sad and reflective album that doesn't scratch that itch for me but it comes across as being a must-have considering the circumstances.
For the music 3 stars for lyrics 4 stars. However, it still sounds like VdGG and it is instantly recognisable, mainly because of Peter Hammill I have been a VDGG fan for nearly a decade now and each time they do a release I wonder if it will be their last. My wife hates them, which has given me pause, mostly about my wife's taste and the either direct or indirect reflection of said taste in relation to my personal characteristics. I love Van Der Graaf Generator and feel they can do no wrong.
With this new release, they try to make more complex musical arrangements. The newer music always sounds closer to Peter Hammill solo material than the signature sound established and solidified in the 70s. Free International Shipping. Free In-store Pickup.
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If ever there was a cautionary anthem for our times, this is it. Please try again later. Verified Purchase. After nearly imploding from the stress associated with the intense tours of Italy in , VDGG disbanded only to regroup for this great effort. Although the liner notes indicate that there were significant stumbling blocks when the music was first being put together, you would never know by listening to the compositions, all of which are strong. The performances are very good all around and Peter Hammill's aggressive vocal style is in great form.
In contrast with classic albums such as Pawn Hearts , this album may not be musically as experimental and far-reaching but it still makes for a challenging listening experience.
This is especially apparent in David Jackson's playing, which is also somewhat tamed down - he does not unleash the "free-jazzish" explosions of atonal notes on his saxophone as he did on earlier albums. I suppose this all sounds like I am complaining although I am not. There are some fantastic compositions on this album, and melodies are actually used very well. Overall, the VDGG "thing" is still present, albeit in a somewhat toned down manner - they seemed to want to loosen up, even if only a tiny bit.
In addition to the original tracks, this superb EMI remaster features two live bonus tracks including Forsaken Gardens 12'23" and A Louse is not a Home 10'26" - this track was originally featured on Peter's solo album The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage.
Although the sound quality is pretty rough, the performances are out of this world and recall the band at their heaviest. One thing I feel compelled to point out is that the improved sound quality has really brought out the subtleties of Guy Evan's incredible drumming.
In fact, all of the remastered VDGG albums are like that - it is just a shame they waited so long to remaster the catalog, Guy is just fantastic. In addition, the liner notes are extremely informative and feature a ton of pictures of the band black and white.
World Record is the last s album to feature the classic lineup, although it is not nearly as good as Godbluff or Still Life. I've been a fan of this band for about ten years. I don't remember them from the 70s I'm that old but I discovered them kinda late. I've read about Godbluff for years. Never heard it until I bought it recently. I have 4 other VDGG albums. My favorite is still "Pawn Hearts. Godbluff took a few spins to grow on me, but I knew from the first second that this album was claasic VDGG.
Favorite track is "Scorched Earth. Godbluff is as good as anywhere to start except the 21st century re-union albums. Start with Godbluff or Pawn Hearts. Highly recommended. The box was intact upon arrival, product as expected. Prog-tastic disc VDGG returns with a vengeance. This album is the one that finally turned me on to VDGG.
It's a spooky and emotional roller-coaster ride through Peter Hammill's brain. Now I want to go back and try Pawn Hearts again, which didn't grab me the first time. People who enjoy this may want to try Fripp's "Exposure" album, on which Hammill sings a couple of knockout numbers.
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After that the band was quick to record 'Still Life' on which the band's sound matured with a more solid production. The Moody Blues. Download as PDF Printable version. Buying Format. In the instrumental part we recognize the usual van der graaf sound, but on the whole the song is by trade, without inspiration. It might not LP for them. LP the band is releasing yet another new album as a trio, 'ALT'. Free Returns. Retrieved 5 September
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