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Van Der Graaf Generator - Theme One / W CD (album) cover


Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

3.64 | 29 ratings

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2 stars An all instrumental single from VDGG can only be equalled by a vocal one from Tangerine Dream I guess !

"Theme One" is an instrumental piece of music with little inspiration. Repetitive and a bit boring. Few Jackson's interventions (only during the second half). Very keyboard oriented (strong though). It was the generic of the radio programme "Rock Friday Rock Show" and written by Georges Martin. Peter Hammill was not even in the studio when it was recorded ! VDGG will play it first as a rehearsal, then in live gigs but there was never a place for it on a album (guess why). Peter will say : "This was something different for VDGG". I bet you !

B-side "W" is another forgotten song from the "Pawn Hearts" sessions. It starts OK but ends up in a jazz impro leading nowhere. Poor. No wonder those two tracks never made a place on a VDGG album. They were just leftovers (if you have read some of my reviews, you know my feeling about leftovers).

FYI, I started listening VDGG in 1974, I have their entire official catalogue and saw them played live in 1976 (October, Brussels, Cirque Royal). I'll soon go back and see them in April this year - 2007). So, yes : I am a die-hard fan but not blind nor deaf.

This is crappy. Two stars (and I am very generous).

ZowieZiggy | 2/5 |


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