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Van Der Graaf Generator


Eclectic Prog

4.42 | 1961 ratings

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5 stars In my opinion the best prog album ever. It 's amazing to think that this album has 40 years, because the emotions you feel in listening to this masterpiece are still very unique and there is something new to discover every time you play it. This is music that comes from some hidden part of a universe that we don't know. As a musician I wonder what could have inspired at the time these guys to create a work of this kind, which leads the imagination towards places always different between them: unknown planets, windy seas, misty seaports, abandoned factories, empty and silent rooms... Certainly, the lyrics have a key role in this album, but I have to say that I never paid much attention to the meaning, what has always struck me is only the music, especially the magical plots between Banton's keys and Jackson's winds, a real trademark of VDGG. Personally I don't like too much sax and woodwinds in general, but Jackson's playing is perfect for the music of VDGG and creates a unique atmosphere. The 3 songs on the album are basically three suites, among which stand out the 23 minutes of "Lighthouse Keeper", a succession of sweet melodies, neurotic part, captivating and mysterious effects; the song structure is reminiscent of Supper's ready, but "Lighthouse" excited me more. But here we are in "Man-erg ', one of the most beautiful songs in history: the wonderful voice of Hammill, angelic and devilish at the same time, rising to unexplored worlds, piano and organ drawing enchanted melodies, a mad and dissonant interlude with organ and saxes that leaves you amazed, an ending worthy of a symphonic work. There are no words, this album is a masterpiece of modern music and beyond.
prog61 | 5/5 |


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