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TIME VAULTS

Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

2.34 | 58 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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1 stars I am always sceptic about unreleased tracks. Most of the time (let's say 90%), there were very good reasons not to release them at the time of production.

This effort fully falls under this concept.

Some "lost" tracks. On top of being quite average songs, the recording sound is pretty poor (sounds like a boot).

The universe of VDGG is there, at (very few) times they sound like we are used to. "The Liquiditor" is not bad, but on the contrary "Tarzan" is pure crap, "Coil Night" is on par : a repetitive and very poor instrumental. Useless. With " It All Went Up" the band pursues in the same vein : typical VDGG improv. You could swallow four minutes or so from these type of gig while they play on stage; but on a studio album. Gosh !

"Ronvevaux" and "Black Room" are also typical examples of potentially good songs that are completely screwed up thanks to an awful recording. How is it possible for a band of such a standard to record in such extreme conditions (even if these are lost tapes) ? And then releasing such "product"! Shame on you VDGG.

FYI, I am a huge fan of VDGG, I started to listen to (and love) them in 1974. I have most of their albums, I saw them live in 1976 and I am going to see them again in 2007 (but unfortunately Jackson won't be there).

I feel pretty sad with the only rating I can think of : one star. Sorry guys.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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