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Van Der Graaf Generator


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4.54 | 39 ratings

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5 stars As someone who lives in the parts where it is very unlikely to see VDGG playing live, I must say this film presents an amazing visual experience.

Reduced to a trio, these guys are forced to shift the instrumental tasks in order to find a new balance between them and they do it perfectly well. This is especially evident on old numbers where Banton fills some of Jackson's (otherwise irreplaceable!) reeds parts. He provides an awesome sound with his keyboards (organ) and bass pedals. Evans is remarkable as ever, providing drumming and percussive patterns filling every possible "gap" in the space. Hammill, besides singing and his famous "yelling", plays Roland electric (or is it called now "electronic") piano and electric guitars (very interesting to see him in this role) in several tracks.

Camera and direction are excellent in providing visuals of different angles of the band on stage and of the small dedicated audience in what looks like a cozy club atmosphere. They performed several new songs, unfamiliar to me, but after I heard them live, rest assured I am prepared to buy the new studio album "A Grounding in Numbers" from which they had been taken from. After the show, there is additional footage with all three of the band evoking the past band experiences and explaining their future plans.

This DVD is a must for every devoted VDGG fan, while I would strongly recommend it to anyone wishing to see what truly means to "progress" and stay artistically true to themselves at the dawn of the 21st century's 2nd decade.

Seyo | 5/5 |


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