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Which 5 Peter Hammill albums are 'essential'

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Poll Question: Pick your FIVE best PH albums of the vinyl age
Poll Choice Votes Poll Statistics
10 [5.68%]
22 [12.50%]
34 [19.32%]
27 [15.34%]
24 [13.64%]
23 [13.07%]
4 [2.27%]
7 [3.98%]
10 [5.68%]
5 [2.84%]
5 [2.84%]
4 [2.27%]
1 [0.57%]
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    Posted: January 15 2012 at 11:12
Pick your five favorite Peter Hammill solo albums from the vinyl age. Feel free to add some words of advice, I already own 'In Camara', 'Over' and 'A Black Box' (of which I only like side 1).
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Ive only heard 5 soooo.. :D

Chameleon, Camera, Stage, ph7, Black Box
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That was not easy.  But I went with...
Silent Corner,
In Camera,
Over,
Black Box,
and Sitting Targets

But Patience could have easily found a spot, too.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote progtapper Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 15 2012 at 13:52
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Silent Corner (not only top 5 of PH, but top 5 period), Over, Future Now, Nadir (love Rikki), In Camera
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I voted Chameleon through Over
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I picked Over and then In Camera, The Future Now, PH7 and The Silent Corner.
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Camera>Silent Corner>Over>Black Box>Patience
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Unf., there're only two I like: Sonix & The Appointed Hour.
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Originally posted by Lynx33

Unf., there're only two I like: Sonix & The Appointed Hour.
 
That's two more than I like!
 
 
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The first five, by far.....
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The first 7 are all great, but if I had to pick one I'd go with In Camera for sure.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote treebeard Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 15 2012 at 19:00
Over is fantastic as is stage, te top 4 and over is my 5
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Post Options Post Options   Quote memowakeman Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 15 2012 at 19:33
Over
The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
PH7
Fool's Mate
In Camera

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Over
The Future Now
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Over
The Silent Corner and the Empty Stage
The Chameleon in the Shadow of the Night
Nadir's Big Chance
In Camera

Outiside of the list I'd like to mention And Close as This, which in my opinion doesn't get the attention it deserves. It may be a bit inconsistent, but it includes several of Hammill's best and most heartwrenching songs (Empire of Delight, Too Many of My Yesterdays, Other old Cliches, Silver).


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Post Options Post Options   Quote Man With Hat Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 15 2012 at 23:17
The first nine are probably the most essential from a progressive rock standpoint (Even though I'm not the biggest fan of Chameleon or Nadir.) even though the rock quotient will vary. You should certainly get Silent Corner if nothing else.
 
My favorites from the above list are: In Camera, Silent Corner, Loops & Reels, Fool's Mate, and Over.
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Originally posted by Hercules

Originally posted by Lynx33

Unf., there're only two I like: Sonix & The Appointed Hour.
 
That's two more than I like!
 
 
 
If I see a topic called "Top 5 Jethro Tull albums" or "Tony Banks'/Genesis' best ARP synth sounds of the 70's", I'm not even going to open it up (why would I? To say that I think they all suck? I do, but that's beside the point). Why would you even open this thread; I can't imagine your comment is helpful to the OP...
 
Almost any PH album from the 70's is considered a 'classic' amongst the PH/VdGG fan(atic)s (and many critics). It's the golden Charisma age, when a youthful Hammill was as creative as he was prolific. 
 
With the 80's, things started out great and got patchy. A Black Box, Sitting Targets, and the following K-Group albums are all excellent. The second half of the decade was a bit spotty. And Close As This is really good, though.
 
The 90's is really spotty. My two personal faves are Fireships (a really mature album) and Roaring Forties (one of his best, from any era).
 
The 00's... Started out patchy, but seemed to pick up when the VdGG era kicked in. Maybe having the band back together gave him a burst of creative enthusiasm. Singularity is a startling return to form, a really glorious album. I haven't heard all of Thin Air, but the consensus is that it's a real belter.
 
So, that's my two cents. Sorry, I could never pick just five!


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Silent Corner, A Black Box, Over, In Camera, and either Fools Mate or the uneven Chameleon.. 
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Post Options Post Options   Quote ergaster Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: January 17 2012 at 05:18
Silent Corner, In Camera, Nadir's Big Chance, Over, and I'll have to toss a die for the fifth spot.....
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