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Van Der Graaf Generator

 

Eclectic Prog

1.66 | 16 ratings

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ZowieZiggy
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1 stars This one is quite similar to "Time Vaults". Actually seven tracks out of ten are the same. Here was my feeling about "Time Vaults" :

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" ("It All Went Red" on this one) 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" is a typical example of a potentially good song that is 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).

Since, I rated "Vaults" as a one star album, there is no wonder that this one gets the same poor rating. There are virtually NO reason to buy/get hold of this one. The three songs from Jackson / Banton / Evans effort are useless as well. Avoid it by all means. One star.

ZowieZiggy | 1/5 |

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