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Van Der Graaf Generator

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- Peter Hammill / vocals, guitars, piano
- Hugh Banton / organ, bass
- Guy Evans / drums and percussion
- David Jackson / saxes, flute
- Nic Potter / bass, electric guitar
- Keith Ellis / bass, backing vocals
- Jeff Peach / flute

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3.13
(21 ratings)
Essential: a masterpiece of progressive rock music(19%)
19%
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Review by Easy Livin
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3 stars A plague of journalists, band members and producers

The Van Der Graaf Generator entry in the "Inside" series of rockumentaries covers the period from their formation in 1969 through to their "Godbluff" album of 1975. While the cut off point may seem arbitrary, it does mean that more time can be given to each of the 5 albums recorded during the period, and that the focus is firmly on what many consider to be the band's best years. That said, it would have made sense to have gone on for one more year to gather in "Still life", since it contained work started during the recording of "Godbluff", and is for many the band's best album.

The credibility of this set is boosted by the presence of former band members Judge Smith, Nic Potter and David Jackson, but this is offset to some extent by the absence of any commentary from three of the classic line up, Peter Hammill, Guy Evans and Hugh Banton.

The coverage of the various albums is somewhat uneven, with over 20 minutes being given over to "The least we can do.." but around three sufficing for the following "H to He.." (the same as for the "Theme one" single). The lack of footage of the band playing tracks from "H to He.." probably accounts for its curt coverage but Judge Smith correctly reminds us that despite his brief tenure with the band, he did co-write the fine "Killer" from that album.

"Pawn hearts" is represented only by VDGG playing "A plague of lighthouse keepers" for RTBF television, but the track did admittedly account for half the album. Archive footage of three tracks from "Godbluff" has been found and included, but as with all the clips on these productions the excerpts are short enough to avoid copyright violations.

The selected journalists etc., who include a rare appearance on these collections by Geoff Barton, know the band well and offer informed comment on both the recordings and contributions of the band members. Interestingly, this is one of the few in the series which is not produced and directed by Bob Carruthers, who is completely absent from the project.

In all, an interesting overview of the early years of one of prog's most enigmatic bands. It may not attract many new fans to wish to explore Van der Graaf generator's early albums, but those who are familiar with them should find this to be a worthwhile hour spent.

Interesting fact from the documentary; the song "Whatever would Robert have said" is a tribute to Robert van der Graaf, the inventor of the eponymous generator.

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