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Peter Hammill


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Peter Pan
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3 stars For two periods in his solo career Peter Hammill founded a group you can call a rock band with a classical line-up: voc, g, b, dr.

The first one was the "K Group" in the first half of the 80s, best to experience with the powerful double album "The Margin" (1983).

Ten year later in 1992 "The Noise", which was announced as "Number one of the Aloud series", came with Peter Hammill (voc, g, keyb), Nic Potter (b), Manny Elias (dr), John Ellis (g), and this was nearly the line up of the "K Group".

"The Noise" proved that the classic rock line-up doesn't meet Peter Hammill's talents at least when it comes to writing songs for this framework. The fantastic live album of the "K Group" interpreted Hammill's solo work and therefore cannot be compared to this.

Or was it just a temporary lack of creativity which directed Hammill to a "musical nowhere land" like a critic stated? Most of the tracks of "The Noise" sound strangely uninspired to me. Only the last two songs, "Planet Coventry" and "Primo on the Parapet" attract the attention of the listener. In the 8:38 long "Primo on the Parapet" with its complex imaginative structure and interesting riffs Peter Hammill produces an oppressing atmosphere. The high-quality lyrics are about the work and death of Primo Levi and are worth listening to. The line "So I'll raise this toast to Primo, climbing up upon the parapet" makes you shiver knowing the circumstances of Levi's death. Peter Hammill still plays this song (which is worth owning the complete album) on his tours.

"The Noise" was remastered in 2002. There's hard to see a difference from the cover but the remastered version has a pink CD, the old one had a silver.

For those who are occupied with the work of Peter Hammill a must-have.

Peter Pan | 3/5 |


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