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    Posted: October 11 2016 at 13:54
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I'm sure the prevailing opinion is one of:

Pawn Hearts
Godbluff
Still Life

But for me it would be between 

The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
H To He, Who Am The Only One

I feel that the latter two contain some of the best rocking sections the band ever put down, and Peter Hammill keeps his voice more restrained, not distracting from his brilliant lyrics.
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It's debatable between Godbluff and Pawn Hearts, my choice is easily for Godbluff. Still Life comes close to those two as well. Nothing else in their discography comes close to that trilogy despite what some people *looks up* might say. If anything, World Record would probably be my fourth favorite. They never properly figured out their sound until PH, everything earlier just sounds dated and awkward now, albeit still quite good and occasionally exceptional. 
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Originally posted by Magnum Vaeltaja Magnum Vaeltaja wrote:

I'm sure the prevailing opinion is one of:

Pawn Hearts
Godbluff
Still Life

But for me it would be between 

The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
H To He, Who Am The Only One

I feel that the latter two contain some of the best rocking sections the band ever put down, and Peter Hammill keeps his voice more restrained, not distracting from his brilliant lyrics.

I don't think he really started with the screaming thing until Godbluff.
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Either The Least We Can Do is Wave to Each Other, Pawn Hearts or Godbluff; it changes all the time in my case. Can't go wrong with any of the 3 though.

Edited by Larkstongue41 - October 11 2016 at 15:17
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Heard maybe 4 or 5,and the only one I like is Quiet Zone/Pleasure dome.

So I guess , that one is the best one of all time.


Edited by gr8dane - October 11 2016 at 15:23
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Originally posted by Magnum Vaeltaja Magnum Vaeltaja wrote:

I'm sure the prevailing opinion is one of:

Pawn Hearts
Godbluff
Still Life

But for me it would be between 

The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
H To He, Who Am The Only One

I feel that the latter two contain some of the best rocking sections the band ever put down, and Peter Hammill keeps his voice more restrained, not distracting from his brilliant lyrics.

Well said.
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Pawn Hearts -- it was one of those "where have you been all my life" album. 
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If Peter Hammill hadn't made it, and I had Peter Hammill talents, and I had been born in England during the 40's and I had made part of the VDGG group, I would had made exactly the same album. (what?)  
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Originally posted by AFlowerKingCrimson AFlowerKingCrimson wrote:

Originally posted by Magnum Vaeltaja Magnum Vaeltaja wrote:

I'm sure the prevailing opinion is one of:

Pawn Hearts
Godbluff
Still Life

But for me it would be between 

The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
H To He, Who Am The Only One

I feel that the latter two contain some of the best rocking sections the band ever put down, and Peter Hammill keeps his voice more restrained, not distracting from his brilliant lyrics.

I don't think he really started with the screaming thing until Godbluff.

Uh yeah Pawn Hearts has a great deal of screaming, particularly on Plague. Not as much as Arrow or Childlike Faith perhaps, but it's definitely there (and fantastic). 
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The Quiet Zone/The Pleasure Zone, Still Life and Pawn Hearts are top, top albums, and none of these deserves to not be the best. I don't really get Godbluff despite this being the highest rated on PA.
 
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The Least We Can do.. through Still Life are all tied for 1st for me.
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H to HE
Pawn hearts
The least we can do...
Godbluff
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"Pawn Hearts" for me , but "Godbluff" is excellent as well. unlike most others I consider "World Record" to be better than "Still Life". I actually don't think they ever made any weak album though; all are at least 4 stars, even the first one.

Friede and I actually went through a VdGG marathon yesterday and listened to all 13 studio albums in succession and completeness; a 12 hour task. wow, what a ride!

their latest album "Do Not Disturb" is excellent, by the way. my favorite track is "(Oh No! I Must Have Said) Yes". the album is a strong competitor to their best material from the 70s


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When you have at least 5 works you can call the best, like fingers, that's a pretty good hand.  Smile
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I'm in a marathon trying heard then to set up an order. But there are many good albums. I can say that my favorite is Pawn Hearts.
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Originally posted by Guy Guden Guy Guden wrote:

When you have at least 5 works you can call the best, like fingers, that's a pretty good hand.  Smile


That's a great way of thinking about it.

I'm listening to Still Life at this moment and thinking this might be my favourite... but then tomorrow I'll listen to Godbluff/Pawn Hearts/He to HE/The Least We Can Do and think the same thing.
(If I had a gun to my head I'd pick Godbluff cos Arrow is such an awesome song)
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Guy Guden Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: October 13 2016 at 17:31
Originally posted by astrowhiz astrowhiz wrote:

Originally posted by Guy Guden Guy Guden wrote:

When you have at least 5 works you can call the best, like fingers, that's a pretty good hand.  Smile


That's a great way of thinking about it.

I'm listening to Still Life at this moment and thinking this might be my favourite... but then tomorrow I'll listen to Godbluff/Pawn Hearts/He to HE/The Least We Can Do and think the same thing.
(If I had a gun to my head I'd pick Godbluff cos Arrow is such an awesome song)
Thank you very much Astrowhiz.  I pretty much feel the same way.  The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other touches me a little more than the other earlier works.  And on Godbluff it is Sleepwalkers that got the most airplay out of me.  cheers!
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For me it's between Pawn hearts and he to He
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