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Poll Question: Choose their very best studio album
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    Posted: November 18 2012 at 04:59
One awesome band - one vote - very best album of VDGG

So much awesomeness to choose from

3.23 | 317 ratings
The Aerosol Grey Machine 
1969
4.00 | 501 ratings
The Least We Can Do Is Wave To Each Other
1970
4.31 | 803 ratings
H To He, Who Am The Only One
1970
4.41 | 1079 ratings
Pawn Hearts
1971
4.50 | 970 ratings
Godbluff
1975
4.26 | 722 ratings
Still Life
1976
3.76 | 373 ratings
World Record
1976
3.61 | 323 ratings
The Quiet Zone / The Pleasure Dome
1977
3.67 | 282 ratings
Present
2005
3.53 | 285 ratings
Trisector
2008
3.42 | 282 ratings
A Grounding In Numbers
2011
2.49 | 69 ratings
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Definitely Pawn Hearts for me. I like the crazy-ness.
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Godbluff.
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H To He, Who Am The Only One.
So very close with Pawn Hearts, but just now im in the mood for the more mellow melodic H To He


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Godbluff
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Pawn Hearts
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silivren penna míriel
o menel aglar elenath!
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H to He Who Am the Only One

I have never liked Pawn Hearts.
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Still Life
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Pawn Hearts is one of my favourite albums ever!
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Post Options Post Options   Thanks (0) Thanks(0)   Quote Gandalff Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: November 18 2012 at 07:28
Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

H to He Who Am the Only One

I have never liked Pawn Hearts.
Interesting. Two quite similar albums, and the first one you like and the second one you dislike.Confused
A Elbereth Gilthoniel
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o menel aglar elenath!
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Originally posted by Gandalff Gandalff wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

H to He Who Am the Only One

I have never liked Pawn Hearts.
Interesting. Two quite similar albums, and the first one you like and the second one you dislike.Confused


They may have a similar sound at times, but the compositions of Pawn Hearts are overall too dissonant and disorderly.  There's too much shrieking and howling.
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The magnificent Godbluff, although Still Life and World Record (sadly maligned by many) aren't too far behind. I vastly prefer their 1975-1976 period to the other stuff.

Originally posted by Gandalff Gandalff wrote:

Originally posted by Epignosis Epignosis wrote:

H to He Who Am the Only One

I have never liked Pawn Hearts.
Interesting. Two quite similar albums, and the first one you like and the second one you dislike.Confused

I don't think they're that similar. Nothing on H to He gets as blatantly noisy and discordant as "Lemmings", and even that album's exercise in patchwork songwriting ("Pioneers over C") doesn't hold a candle to the structural mess that is "A Plague of Lighthouse Keepers". "Man-Erg" could have been on H to He though, I give you that.

My point is: Even though the albums share obvious similarities, they're different enough that I can easily see somebody liking one and not the other. I too prefer H to He to Pawn Hearts for reasons I partially outlined above. And even if they were extremely similar, that still doesn't mean much. I like A Trick of the Trail a lot more than Wind & Wuthering, for example, because I happen to like most of the songs on the former and dislike most of the songs on the latter.
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I would have voted Godbluff second, by the way.
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Originally posted by someone_else someone_else wrote:

Still Life
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Godbluff for me
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H to He, then Godbluff, then Pawn Hearts
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Yeah, it's been a while for a VDGG album poll, hasn't it? I remember making one a while back, but that must have been more than a year ago now. Great to see another one up and running. Thumbs Up
My preference usually switches between Godbluff and Still Life. Every time I listen to the respected other my opinion changes, but then I'll put on the other one and it'll change again. LOL In the long run though, Godbluff has probably kept the most fire power, and most plays!
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H to the He has all of VdGG's best characteristics. 

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My fave has always been The Least We Can Do... followed by Godbluff.
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